Hiroko Chabata, President of the Hiroshima International Home Stay Club, from Hiroshima, Japan, gave two gifts to Padua during the summer of 2014. Teachers Tim and Joan Giulivo presented a thousand origami paper cranes, which is a symbol of peace and good luck, to President Fr. Allan DaCorte, ofm. The second is a woodblock painting commissioned by a well-known Japanese artist who was a good friend of her late husband, Dr. Chabata.
The Chabatas were inducted into Padua’s Hall of Fame in 2013, as Franciscan Medal Award recipients. For years, their generosity was directed at enriching the lives of people and sharing Hiroshima’s vision of international peace and understanding to the Padua family. Traveling here from Japan for the first time in 1992-93, Hiroko taught Japanese language and culture to Padua students. After just one year here, Hiroko and the late Dr. Takayuki Chabata established a program which allowed Padua teachers and students the opportunity to spend two to three weeks in Japan during the summer. For more than 12 years the Chabata’s provided dozens of teachers and students this unique opportunity to promote world peace and learn of the Japanese culture.