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30 Days Challenge - Day 6

Author // Geoffrey Butz Categories // Figurative, 30 Paintings, Painting

Venerable Satoko Kitahara

30 Days Challenge - Day 6

Day 6 is a painting of Ven. Satoko Kitahara 12x12 Oil on Wood Panel. She worked closely with Br. Zeno, who was a great influence on her conversion to Catholicism.

Born to the Japanese aristocracy, a descendent of samurai warriors, and raised in a Shinto household. Lay in the archdiocese of Tokyo, Japan. Worked in the Nakajima airplane factory during World War II as a young girl; she survived a bombing of the plant. Developed tuberculosis. Adult convert to Christianity, baptized on 30 October 1949, taking the name Elisabeth Maria. Worked with the Franciscan Mission of the Immaculate Conception (with Br. Zeno and Fr. Kolbe's Friars) to minister to the poor, sick, orphaned and displaced who lived with almost nothing in the years following the War, especially in a slum and tent city known as Ant City. Satoko eventually realized that the only way to truly help these people was to become one; she renounced her family’s wealth and position, and lived with the homeless and outcast, praying endlessly for them and with them. First Japanese person declared as Servant of God.

"To save us, God sent His only Son to be one of us... He really became one of us! It hit me now. There was only one way to help those ragpicker children: become a ragpicker like them!" So Satoko gave up her life of wealth and privilege to really live the Gospel of Jesus with the wretchedly poor. Instead of visiting the township, she went to live in Ants' Town. Taken from www.satokokitahara.com.

Born August 22, 1929 in Tokyo, Japan. Died January 23, 1958. Venerated on Jan 22, 2015 by Pope Francis.

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Geoffrey Butz

Geoffrey Butz

Geoffrey Butz is an artist who has been painting for over 30 years. He graduated from Art Center College of Design with an focus on Illustration. He has a been a freelance Graphic Print and Web designer for 15 years.

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  • Antonella

    Antonella

    14 September 2015 at 14:48 |
    AWESOME PAINTING OF SATOKO!!!!! Hopefully soon Blessed and then Saint Satoko! One more MI Saint!

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AWESOME PAINTING OF SATOKO!!!!! Hopefully soon Blessed and then Saint Satoko! One more MI Saint!

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