Sophia University

About Learning about SOPHIA on the Web

Learning about SOPHIA on the Web

Our intentions in presenting “Learning about SOPHIA on the Web”

In 1981, for the first time in history, a Pope came from Rome to visit Japan. Pope John Paul II delivered a speech in Hiroshima. His Appeal for Peace was directed at the whole world. The Pope explained that looking back on the past is part of our responsibility toward the future. These words of the Pope’s appeal for peace surely apply also to our present-day educational legal person Jochi Gakuin. The Pope’s valuable message has told us as well to take responsibility for our future by reviewing our past in detail.

In 2013, Jochi Gakuin celebrated the one-hundredth anniversary of the founding of Sophia University, the fortieth anniversary of the founding of Sophia Junior College, and the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Sophia School of Social Welfare. Based on our traditional spirit of always seeking for the magis, for what is better than we now have, under the various changing circumstances of the world, and based also on the generous support of many persons all over the world. Jochi Gakuin has managed to overcome many difficulties.

We have collected many events from the histories of our three educational institutions. We will present some of these events in episodes on the WEB site that we are opening for public access. Publication of these episodes will strengthen the foundations for our future development during this new century. In this way, we hope to live up to our responsibilities to Japanese society and to our well-wishers throughout the world.

Origins of the School Name; the School Emblem and School Flag; the School Colors and School Song(347KB)
The 1932 Yasukuni Shrine Incident(285KB)
Women Students at Sophia(189KB)
The Sophia University TV Center(233KB)
Xavier and Sophia University(151KB)
Two Mountain Lodges(179KB)
All Sophians’ Festival(218KB)
Hermann Hoffmann, the First President(218KB)
Cherry Trees Planted by Sophia University Students(304KB)
Student Cafeteria(186KB)
Faculty of Science andTechnology(253KB)
Jochi Catholic Settlement(698KB)
Dramas and Foreign-Language Dramas(303KB)
Continuing Education in Sophia School of Social Welfare(326KB)
Sophia Junior College Alumnae Association(149KB)
Support for the Disabled Students(228KB)
Boschtown dormitory(180KB)
Summer Session(265KB)
Sophia-Nanzan Sports Festival(186KB)
PET (Philippines Experience Tour)(209KB)
The Service Learning Center(203KB)
The Visit of Pope John Paul II to Sophia(151KB)
Saint Aloysius Student Residence(261KB)
Festival of Xavier(184KB)
Commemoration of the Founders of Sophia(198KB)
Sophia Junior Festival(396KB)
The Locations of the Sophia School of Social Welfare(255KB)
The battleship Missouri and Sophia University(247KB)
Serious disputes arose among students at our educational institution(269KB)
Background of the Founding of Sophia University's Faculty of Law (229KB)
Orientation Camps (230KB)
Special Characteristics of the Curriculum of the Sophia School of Social Welfare(302KB)
Overview of English Education at Sophia Junior College (341KB)
The Brick-by-Brick Fund-Raising Campaign for Building Number 1(421KB)
Mother Teresa (PDF 211KB)
Raising Money for Refugees from Indochina (238KB)
Peter Heidrich, SJ, the Founder (217KB)
The Four Seasons at the Hadano Campus (400KB)
In Spite of the Defeat of Japan, the Sprit of Sophia Could Prosper (274KB)
The Launching of a Small Residence Hall of Learning (314KB)
Conceived a Long Time Ago (240KB)