BCA Bishops & MVBT ABA Memorial Service

On October 9, ABA will host the BCA Bishops and ABA Memorial Service.  Bishop Marvin Harada will be the guest speaker. 

Background of Rev. Harada

Reverend Harada became BCA Bishop in 2020 as the world faced a remarkable moment in its history: “May we face this challenging time together and may it give us even greater resolve to dedicate ourselves to support our temples and the BCA, so that we can continue to share the Dharma in whatever medium or manner that we can.”

Prior to beginning his tenure as Bishop, Reverend Harada served as head minister of Orange County Buddhist Church for 33 years.  He received degrees from the University of Oregon and Institute of Buddhist Studies before continuing his education in Japan at Chuo Bukkyo Gakuin Seminary and Ryukoku University (M.A., Shin Buddhist Studies).

Certification of Minister’s Assistant Devon Matsumoto

During the service, Bishop Harada will certify Devon Matsumoto to become a Certified Minister’s Assistant.  A former MVBT Dharma School student, Miroku and YBA member, Devon has a Bachelor’s of Social Work from the University of Utah and has been studying toward his Masters of Arts in Buddhist Studies for two years.  Devon is currently the Leadership and Middle School Program Coordinator at Fresh Lifelines for Youth.  Congratulations to Devon as he continues his studies toward becoming a BCA minister.


With gassho,

Jean Shimoguchi

ABA President