Venerable Satoko Kitahara: Converted Aristocrat Who Lived With the Beggars of ‘Ants Town’

Aleteia, Meg Hunter-Kilmer: Buried deep within the largest cemetery in Tokyo, there is a grave marked with a cross. If you ask for directions to this plot, you’ll be met with confusion and astonishment—how could you, a westerner, have someone to visit in this cemetery? There are no signs to point out her grave, but the woman buried there changed hundreds of lives and may soon be the first Japanese non-martyr ever canonized. And while the clerks never seem to have heard of Venerable Satoko Kitahara (1929-1958), the fresh flowers on her grave make clear that some in Japan still remember Mary of Ants Town. Story is here.