Immigrant Church, Immigrant Sisters – Manzanar

Manzanar War Relocation Center

Confirmation at Manzanar War Relocation Center, 1944

Executive Order 9066 ordered the removal of all Japanese and Japanese Americans from the West Coast in 1942. Maryknoll Sisters and Fathers accompanied parishioners from the Los Angeles Catholic Mission to Manzanar, one of 10 incarceration centers. Shortly before the war, Antoinette Yae Ono, a Nisei (second-generation Japanese American) had converted to Catholicism. In camp she became a Maryknoll sister, taking the name Sister Paul Miki.

Pictured here: Confirmation at Manzanar with Bishop Philip Scher of the Diocese of Fresno; Maryknoll Sisters Bernadette and Susanna present.

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