Taiwan, Republic of China
ARRIVAL OF THE CHRISTIANITY IN TAIWAN
Spanish station for Japan-bound galleon trade was built in northern Taiwan with the fort named Santisima Trinidad. Start of Christianization and the establishment of a city named San Salvador. A church was built and administered by. Fr. Francisco Mola, OP.
Second settlement in northwestern coast was established.
Dutch-Spanish war which signaled the end of the first attempt of “gospelization”.
As fruit of the underground flourishing of Catholicism in Mainland China, the first China Synod held inChong-qing (Si Chuan) was held.
French Treaty of Whampao secured the toleration of Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.
May 18, 1859
Two Dominican priest brought some Catholic lay persons from Xiamen to Kaohsiung. Revival of Catholicism in Taiwan so that by 1961 a big church was built in Wan-ching, in Pingtung country.
Taiwan became officially part of the apostolic Vicariate of Xiamen (a.k.a. Amoy).
July 19, 1913
Establishment of the Apostolic Prefecture of Taiwan, as separated from Continental China.
Division of Taiwan into 3 Apostolic Prefectures: Taipei, Kaohsiung and Taichung. (Taipei became an Archdiocese in 1952).
March 21, 1961
Pope John XXIII established the Diocese of Kaohsiung with Most. Rev Cheng Tian-Hsiang, OP,DD (Joseph Cheng), as first bishop.
OAR Parishes within the Diocese of Kaohsiung
- IN KAOHSIUNG
- St. Joseph Parish
10 Chang-pien, 2nd Rd. Chinan li,
Hsiao Kang, Kaohsiung City
- St. Augustine Parish
242 North Rd.,Linyuan,
Linuan Hsiang, Kaohsiung Hsien
THE RECOLLECTS IN TAIWAN
Arrival of the first Recollects in Taiwan: Frs. Melecio Ho and Felipe Liu. Later, Frs. Manuel Pierola and Antonio Lasheras joined them.
Kaohsiung bishop entrusted to the Recollects the districts of Chung-Hsing in Taliao and Linyuan.
May 15, 1965
Inauguration of a parochial complex built in December 1964.
July 22, 1965
Arrival of two more religious-Frs. Pedro Tung and Benito Suen.
A Kindergarten was opened.
Fr. Cipriano Zubiri also came.
ARRIVAL OF FILIPINO RECOLLECTS
Construction of their central house in taliao. Arrival of the Filipino Recollects in Taiwan: Frs. Sotero Macabudbud and Arsenio Escabusa.
Fr. Celestino Cachapero came next and stayed until 1995.
Frs. Rouel Sia and Antonio Limchaypo followed. The former stayed until mid-2000; the latter until 1996.
Diaconal exposure of classmate of Rev. Anthony Morillo and Corvin Maturan. Few months after, they left Taiwan for their presbyteral ordination in the Philippines.
November 10, 1997
Arrival of Fr. Anthony Morillo, Corvin Maturan and Joel Villaruel in Taiwan.
November 28, 1998
Mission stations in Linyuan and Santimen were given to the newly-erected Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno. The St. Augustine Parish convent serves as the central house for the Province. [cf.House Directory at Appendix VIII, p. 243.]
Fr. Villaruel returned to the Philippines. Fr. Cachapero went back to Taiwan where, on 4 October 2003, he died.
Fr. Jerome Virtudazo received his patente (dated 19 August) For Taiwan missions. Fr. Morillo returned to the Philippines in October.
Arrival of Frs. Jerome Virtudazo and Joel Dequilla. The form,er went back to the Philippines in 2006.
Fr. Virgilio Paredes arrived in Taiwan.
- IN PINGTUNG
- Holy Cross Parish
15 Hsing-cheng St., Santi Tsun,
Pingtung Hsien 90141
- St. Joseph Parish
9 pei-yeh Tsun, Machia Hsiang
Pingtung Hsien 90341