I was just notified by Maryknoll that you had contacted them and wanted to get in contact with me. It's good to hear from you. I hope all is well with you.
Right now I am at my sister's house in Michigan. I came to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. I think it is the first time in 50 years to have Thanksgiving with my family because I was in Japan for 50 years and never visited the U.S. at this time of year. I will be returning to Maryknoll Headquarters in Ossining, NY in a few days.
Last year I was transferred from Japan to Maryknoll's headquarters in Ossining, New York. It was not my choice. I wanted to stay in Japan, but they had a job for me.
We have a place for our elderly priests and brothers who cannot take care of themselves and for our men who are sick and need nursing care. It's called Saint Teresa Home. We have 50 men there at present.
My job is to be a chaplain to the men, to look after their human needs (not their medical needs - the doctors and nurses take care of that). I visit them one by one to see how they are coping with their situation. When I visit one of them, I may be with him for just five minutes (usually because their mental situation is such that they can't communicate or they just don't want to talk.) If they have a problem, I will do my best to have it taken care of.
Other times I may be with the person for as long as 2 hours because he likes having someone who will listen to them. Often they want to talk about the work they did overseas as missioners. Other times I may tell them about my life in Japan. Often they ask me to help them with their emails.
I expect to be visiting Japan next May. Tell Setaka and the others. At that time it would be great to get together.
Take care, Masaru. See you next May.