Father Carlos Munilla Serrano
My name is Carlos Munilla Serrano. I was born on December 21, 1978, in Zaragoza, the northeastern region of Spain. After my degree in Philosophy and History, I was playing as a professional footballer soccer between 1995 and 2004. In 2003, I entered to Seminary in Zaragoza, receiving some missionaries experiences in South-America (Venezuela). I studied also psychology for three years. In 2008, I was ordinated as a deacon in February and as a priest in July. I worked as a diocesan priest for 4 years in the countryside in Spain (Longares and Alfamen). I joined to IEME (my group of Spanish missionaries) in 2012.
After that I studied English in Ireland (Maynooth) for a 9 months and finally, I arrived to Japan in 2014, 22 of March. Immediately after my arrival, I went to ECC International School of Japanese language and studied Japanese for two years.
After my graduation from the language school, I have been working mainly in parishes in the dioceses of Osaka. I started my pastoral work in Kishiwada, Hamadera and Izumi Church.
Presently, I am priest in charge of Umeda and Sekime Church, and also of Catholic Center of Sacra Familia.
Father Eric Bautista De Guzman
Born in Manila, Philippines on September 10, 1981.
Graduated Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at the University of the Philippines in 2001.
Came to Japan on April 1, 2004 as a Japanese government (Monbukagakusho) scholar.
Graduated Masters in Mathematical Sciences at Yamagata University in 2007.
Worked at a Japanese company from 2007 to 2009 and at the Consulate General of the Philippines in Osaka-Kobe from 2009 to 2012.
Entered Japan Catholic Seminary in April 2012 as a seminarian for the Catholic Archdiocese of Osaka.
Ordained priest on March 21, 2018 at Osaka St. Mary’s Cathedral (Tamatsukuri Church) by then Archbishop Thomas Aquinas Manyo Maeda. First assignment was as parochial vicar of Shukugawa atholic Church.
Joins the team ministry of Osaka North Area – Umeda Block (Osaka-Umeda Church and Sekime Church) starting Easter 2021.
Sister Yoshizumi Eriko
My name is Sister Yoshizumi Eriko, nice to meet you.
I was baptized at the Tetori Church in Kumamoto. I joined the religious Congregation of Saint Joseph in Osaka (Mother House in Minoo). I received the blessing of taking temporary vows in 2002 and permanent vows in 2008. I have been working at the Umeda Block since 2009.
I have lived in a Community near the Church of Sekime for about 8 years, but after the closure of Sekime, I am now living in the Community of Sonoda. I am mainly in charge of administrative affairs and some pastoral tasks. Thank you.
I am Father Akabae, I work as a collaborating priest of the Block of Umeda (Umeda and Sekime Church) since April 2016.
I belong to the Society of Saint Paul. It has been over 40 years since I was ordained as a priest. I have been involved in teaching middle and high school students; also, in the edition of newspapers and magazines. But I recognize that being able to collaborate pastorally here, gives me great joy.
I look forward to working and serving all of you.