Archdiocese of Osaka

Bishop Abella Batlle

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Auxiliary Bishop Josep Maria Abella Batlle

Tamatsukuri 2-24-22, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi 540-0004, Japan

(06)6941-9700

Fax :6946-1345

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Bishop Josep Maria Abella Batlle, C. M.F., was born on 3 November 1949 in Lleida, Spain. After completing his studies in philosophy and theology at the Faculty of Jesuit Theology in Sant Cugat del Vall├Ęs, Barcelona, he was sent to Japan to learn the language. He gave his first profession on 22 August 1966, and his perpetual profession on 8 December 1972.

He was ordained a priest on 12 July 1975.

Since priestly ordination he has held the following positions: coadjutor of the parish of Midorigaoka in the diocese of Nagoya (1975-1977); counsellor of the Claretian Province (1976-1981); director of the Uminohoshi kindergarten in the archdiocese of Osaka (1981-1984); pastor of the Hirakata parish in the archdiocese of Osaka (1981-1988); director of the scholastic institute (1981-1991); director of the Akenohoshi kindergarten in the diocese of Nagoya (1989-1992); provincial of the Claretian Fathers (1981-1992); director of the Claretian Committee for Evangelization in Rome (1991-2003); and superior general of the Missionaries Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Rome) for two terms (2003-2015); following his return to Japan, he resided at the parish of Imaichi, in the archdiocese of Osaka (2015-2016); since 2016 he has been a member of the Shirokita Foraria vicariate, in the archdiocese of Osaka; and since 2017 he has been parish priest of the Cathedral of the archdiocese of Osaka.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Michael Goro Matsuura ( 19 Apr 1999 - 29 Mar 2015)
  • Archbishop Leo Jun Ikenaga (1997 - 2014 Retired)
  • Archbishop Paul Hisao Yasuda (1978-1997)
  • Archbishop Paul Hisao Yasuda (1978-1997)
  • Archbishop Paul Yoshigoro Taguchi (1941-1978; 1969-1978 Archbishop; 1973-1978 Cardinal)
  • Bishop Jean-Baptiste Castanier, M.E.P. (1917-1940)
  • Bishop Jules Auguste Chatron, M.E.P. (1896-1917)
  • Bishop Henri Vasselon, M.E.P. (1893-1896)
  • Bishop Felix Nicolas Midon, M.E.P. (1888-1893; 1888-1891 Vicar Apostolic; 1891-1893 Bishop)

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