| ■Passing Away of The
Most Rev.Toshio Miyake
When he was 15 years old, he began his religious training under Master Yasutaro Yukawa of the Konko Church of Tamamizu, and later founded the Izuo Church at the age 24. During his 72 years of service at Izuo Church, he devoted himself to bringing about mutual understanding and cooperation between religions, peace activities, refugee and relief activities on a global scale, while at the same time contributing to setting up numerous international organizations and constructing schools and orphanages in many South Asian countries. His endeavors have won wide acclaim from the United Nations, governments around the world, as well as NGO organizations. His principal role in international organizations have been Honorary President of WCRP, Honorary Chairperson of WFM, Honorary President of WAC, among others. Thus for 81 years, he has dedicated himself to helping people.
On September 4, the Church of Izuo, which had been cleansed thoroughly by the heavy rains of the
■Profile of The late Most Rev.Toshio Miyake
|1903||Born in Wakayama Prefecture.|
|1918||Start of ten years of study-training under the Master Yasutaro Yukawa in Osaka.|
|1927||Beginning of missionary work at the Church of Izuo.|
|1948||Participation in the World Federalist Movement.|
|1952||Osaka Conference of the World Federalist at the Church of Izuo.|
|1953||1953 First overseas visit
to Europe nations and the U.S. Meeting with
His Holiness Pope Pio XII at Vatican.
|1954||1954 Osaka Congress of the World Conference of Religionists at the Church of Izuo.|
|1963||Appointed International Director of the World Association of World Federalists(WAWF).|
|1968||Ceremony to celebrate the
Inauguration of the present Worshipping Hall.
Meeting wiyh His Holiness Pope Paul VI at Vatican.
|1969||Participation in the 20th
World Congress of the International Association for Religious
Freedom in Boston.
Meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras of the Greek Orthodox Church in Istanbul.
|1970||Establishment of the International
Religionist Fellowship of Osaka, appointed President.
The 1st Assembly of the World Conference on Religion and Peace (WCRP) in Kyoto.
Visit to war-torn Vietnam; start of refugee relief activities.
|1980||Named Honorary Chairperson of the WAWF; appointed President of WAWF Asian Center.|
|1984||Appointed President and Chairman
of Finance Committee of WCRP at the 5th
World Assembly of WCRP in Nairobi.
|1985||Construction of Miyake Home
in Nepal; similar homes constructed in four locations
in South Asian countries in following years.
|1991||The 1st KCI Peace Forum held
at the Church of Izuo with U.S. President
Jimmy Carter in attendance.
|1994||100th trip overseas; meeting
with His Holiness Pope John Paul II at Vatican.
Visit to Jerusalem; conferred with the three religious leaders of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Appointed Honorary President of WCRP at the 6th Assembly of WCRP in Italy.
|■The Commemorative Ceremony
On 27th August, the first anniversary of the late Rev. Toshio Miyake, the Founder of Konko Church of Izuo, was held at the church. About three thousands people including representatives from other religions and guests attended.
At 8:30 a.m., the memorial service was served by the Most Rev. Tatsuo Miyake, the Senior Chief Minister, at "the Tower of Prayer (peace pagoda＊１)" where the late reverend had kept praying for the world peace from 4 o'clock a.m. for many years.
It was a terribly hot day. The precinct was filled with believers gathering from every region by noon. Then the guests were seen to arrive at the reception desk one after another.
At 2:00 p.m., the ceremony was started at the sacred hall with full attendance. The main priest was the Very Rev. Masao Yukawa, the Chief Minister of Konko Church of Tamamizu. The prayer appreciating the late reverend was chanted leaded by Rev. Mitsuo Miyake, the late reverend's grandson. Then Rev. Tatsuo Miyake offered a sacred twig to the altar followed by Rev. Kazumichi Konko, the Most Ven. Sonkyo Takito, 105th Chief Abbott of Shi-tennoji Temple, Archbishop Leo Jun Ikenaga of Osaka archdiocese, Ven. Eko Kiyohara, Executive Director of Enryakuji-temple of Mt. Hiei, Rev. Kinjiro Niwano, the representative of Rissho Kosei-kai, and other distinguished guests. At the end of the service, all the attendance also offered the sacred branch to the altar.
At 4:30 p.m., the memorial banquet was held with an opening address by Rev. Tatsuo Miyake at the RIHGA Royal Hotel. On behalf of the guests, Rev. Takeyasu Miyamoto, President of Myochi-kai, and Rev. Motoyuki Naganuma, Special Adviser of Rissho Kosei-kai, made a speech. Both of them had friendly relationship with the late reverend through the activities of the WCRP and other interfaith cooperation. Then the Most Ven. Jisho Omori, Chief Abbott of Benten-shu, proposed a toast and all the participants reminisced the late reverend.
At the end of the reception, Rev. Tsunetada Mayumi, Chief Priest of Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto, and the Most Ven. Eiki Ikeda, the former Chief Abbott, delivered an address. In response, Rev. Tatsuo Miyake expressed his appreciation for all the participants as a closing address.