Shinseikaikan’s history of more than
80 years dates back to 1934.
- St. Filippo Dormitory Foundation was established.
With the establishment of St. Filippo’s Dormitory for students, Father Iwashita started his Catholic lectures.
- The dormitory was torn down due to forced evacuation.
- A temporary shed, called the Shirobato Dormitory, was built.
- Japan Catholic Students Federation was formed.
- A decision was made to tear down the student dormitory to build a student culture center (Shinseikaikan).
The fund-raising committee for building Shinseikaikan was established (Honorable Chairman: Bank of Japan Governor Hisato Ichimata, Chairman:
Fund-raising began (funds totaling approx. 21 million yen were raised by November 1952).
- Catholic and action lectures.
- Shinseikaikan’s Culture Course began.
- Shinseikaikan was closed for rebuilding and a temporary office was set up at 2-6 Kojimachi.
- The Shinseikaikan Bldg. was completed (the building was entrusted to Mitsubishi Trust and Banking Corp. and a part of it was leased to a third party).
The Culture Course “Shusaku Endo’s Image of Christ” began.
- The Catholic Education Study Group was launched.
- The first symposium was organized.
- The first Southeast Asian tour (South Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand and Taiwan) was organized.
- The first national Catholic student seminar was organized.
- The Bible class, reading club, Thomas Aquinas study group, etc., were organized.
- A “gathering to think about Shinseikaikan” was organized.
- The Shinseikaikan debate, “Students and Daily Life,” was organized.
- A general assembly of the “gathering to think about Shinseikaikan” was organized.
- The Bible Center was inaugurated. Father Marcel Le Dorze’s “The Bible in 100 Weeks” was continued at Shinseikaikan.
- A mass commemorating the completion of repair work was held.
- The Bible Center began issuing “Materials of Lord’s Day Gospels” (ended in May 2014).
- The Lifelong Learning Center was inaugurated.
- The in-house publication, Vital, began (ended in May 2014).
- Became a general incorporated foundation
- We began rebuilding the Shinseikaikan Bldg. and examining the possibility of offering part of the site to Sophia School Corporation.
- We began accepting donations to the rebuilding fund.
- Shinseikaikan was temporarily closed for preparations for rebuilding and began carrying out activities outside the facilities.
- We reached an agreement with Sophia School Corporation on building a new Shinseikaikan along with Sophia’s student dormitory on the site.
- Demolition of the Shinseikaikan Bldg. began.
- The rebuilding of the Shinseikaikan Bldg. was completed.