Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Sister M. Regina Hakataya Fukiko

✝ Monday, July 20th 2020

How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord God Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Psalm 84

July 20, 2020 about 4 a.m., our Sister M. Regina Hakataya Fukiko silently died at the age of 85 years and 6 months in Nibuno Villa, where she has lived since 2017.

Just before starting the Mass I was called, soon I run to Nibuno Villa. The night duty nurse was so surprised, and called the police. There were police and persons from the criminal identification section, so it was a restless atmosphere. Though no criminal case, once reported to the police, they must do many examinations. The report we received was that the cause of her death was fatal arrythmia, myocardial infarction and angina. This afternoon at 12:30 p.m. there was a farewell ritual in the Villa, and a little after 1:00 pm she returned to the Convent, where Sisters were waiting for her.

Sister Regina was born on January 5, 1935 in Nagasaki. In her early days, she lost both parents, and her only brother also died young. She has had contacts with her cousins. Her two cousins came from Tokyo and Osaka and are now with her. She was baptized on December 24, 1952 with the baptismal name Juliana. Since her younger years she had worked at St. Francis Hospital, as an office worker. She entered our community in 1963, professed her first vows 1966, and final vows 1972. After studying accounting and office work, she worked in our institutions. She had done Hospital Administration, and served the community as Provincial councilor/ Provincial Vicaress, and Convent superior. Her last working place was St. Francis Hospital, as a business manager. In September 2016 she was transferred to Himeji because of problems in her health.

Because of the “Corona situation” we do not do the wake service, due to regulations from the city. On July 21, at 1:00pm, Father Paul Fijiwara, OFM will celebrate the funeral Mass for her, and she will be cremated at Nagoyama. Only 6 persons are allowed to participate in that. It is totally different from our usual way, but I want to accept everything with faith.

We thank God for having lived with her, and pray for her eternal rest. May she be an intercessor for her family and our religious family.