The Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement arrived in Japan in 1957 and resided in Kawasaki, in Kanagawa Prefecture. In 1962, a new convent, which included a Novitiate, was built in Yokohama. For years in Yokohama, the Sisters have been involved in teaching kindergarten and directing programs there for children.
They are also involved in pastoral ministries, teaching English classes and other missionary work. The Sister were appreciated and well-loved in Yokohama for many years. As time moved on, the need for a smaller convent and property became a reality. The Yokohama convent was sold and the Sisters transitioned temporarily to a small convent in Yamato. Soon thereafter, they acquired property in Chigasaki and by 2015, the ground-breaking took place to erect a new convent and chapel for the Sisters.
Once again, the Sisters have established themselves within a wonderful local parish and minister in various ways to all people there ~ especially focusing their efforts in teaching children and adults and being involved in parish activities.