The First Church Building in the Philippines Under the Patronage of Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon

The First Church Building in the Philippines Under the Patronage of Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon

The Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon Mission Station

Brgy. Lucero, Jamindan, Capiz

Growing into Our Future

The Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon Mission Station is the future home for the 45 Basic Ecclesial Communities of Brgy. Lucero, Jamindan, Capiz. The Mission Station is the first church under the patronage of Blessed Justo Tamayama Ukon of Manila. It was canonically established by His Eminence Jose Cardinal Advincula, D.D., on March 25th, 2021. This new church will stand as a symbol of the deep faith of this Christian community and a triumph for our Lord, Christ Jesus, and his servant Blessed Justo Tamayama Ukon. Help us come together under one roof.

Project Goals

The Archdiocese of Capiz has a construction committee in place and the proposed building design finished. The community is now tasked with fundraising for this amazing church building dedicated to Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon. Even with the strong Bayanihan spirit to build this church, we need capital funding, to undertake this project. We appreciate every donor, both local and foreign. We appreciate your generosity and your devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ, the Blessed Mother Mary, and Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon.

Our Patron

How did a Japanese samurai-commander become a patron saint in the Philippines? Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon was a powerful samurai (Japanese warrior) known for his military prowess and his deep Christian faith. In Japan he built churches as well as castles, and he was responsible for the conversion of thousands of Japanese to the Faith. His zeal and unwavering devotion caught the ire of the ruling lords of Japan who subsequently outlawed the Christian Faith, and martyred or banished the Christian population. Blessed Justo and his family were exiled to Manila, where they arrived on December 21st, 1614. The harsh treatment before his exile, and the ill-fated and grueling travel weakened Blessed Justo and he would succumb to illness and injury soon after arriving in his final home of Manila, on February 3rd, 1615. He died a martyr’s death for the hatred of the Faith. In 1630 the Archdiocese of Manila submitted their first investigation for the cause of canonization of Justo Takayama Ukon. The political situation in Japan made the investigation impossible for centuries. Just over 400 years after his death, Pope Francis approved Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon’s beatification. He was beatified on February 7th, 2017, and his Feast Day is February 3rd.


If you would like to share in our mission of building this wonderful church, please consider making a donation. Join with faithful believers, now from three different continents, in their commitment to seeing this faith community grow. Every peso helps us get closer to our goal.

At present, our pastor Rev. Fr. Krys Joseph Señerez is collecting and administering all PayPal donations.

“Go up into the hill country;

bring timber, and build the house

that I may be pleased with it,

and that I may be glorified, says the LORD.”

(Haggai 1:8)

© The Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon Mission Station, 2022-2023

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