Father Willie Donegan, who has been working in Tsukuba for the past 5 years (and in Japan for 35 years), was rather suddenly transferred to a position in Rome. Likewise, his fellow priest, Father Fernando Abalos, will also be going to a new position. Not only the Catholic community, but many others in the Tsukuba community are sad to see them leave. Father Donegan's predecessor, Father Narita, will be returning to Tsukuba to take over the reigns.
In addition to providing for the Catholic community here Father Donegan, who originally hails from Ireland, was also working closely with immigrant workers, visiting the many foreign migrants 'housed' in the prison in Ushiku and directing DARC, an organization to help rehabilitate drug addicts here in Japan. Father Abalos, a native of Spain, worked especially closely with the Latin community here.
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