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Taiwan

In the Diocese of Hualian since 1953, later also in Kaohsiung und Taipei.

Taiwan became a new field of operation for the Missionaries expelled from China, although in the first years they hoped they could soon return to the mainland.

This hope was never realised so the SMB concentrated on their work in Taiwan. This required that they had to learn the various Malayan languages of the aborigines of the east coast of the island.

Altogether 36 SMB priests and brothers worked in Taiwan. In addition to building up Christian communities, they also dedicated themselves to the development of skilled trade with the founding of an industrial high school and a vocational training centre.

The work of the SMB, with a view to handing over, has borne fruit in the Taiwan Region. Altogether, to date, the diocese has produced 26 priests, 2 of them Bishops.

The population which was very poor at the beginning has profited from the founding of a hospital.

Later the training of church leaders became a priority of their work

Ernst Gassner, Gottfried Vonwyl and Josef Eugster are engaged in pastoral work in the diocese of Hualian, and Ueli Scherer in the diocese of Kaohsiung. Brother Augustin Büchel is the manager and economist of the Regional House.

The close cooperation between the members of the SMB and lay workers has a long tradition in Taiwan. The differing origins, history, training and work, as well as the various workplaces of the individual missionaries, both male and female, has always been experienced as a mutual enrichment. The SMB members always appreciated the youthful spirit of the lay co-workers and they in turn were grateful for the experience and knowledge of the priests and brothers.

Through the withdrawal of the BMI from the Chinese-speaking area, this era goes unfortunately to an end in 2014.

In 2005 Karl Stähli and Laurenz Schelbert visited Qiqihar, the first mission area of the Mission Society in the far north of China, They became aware of the great shortage of possibilities for further training for pastoral workers, and the Taiwan Region of the SMB introduced further training courses for Chinese priests, nuns and lay-leaders.

Website: SMB in Taiwan
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Ongoing training of Chinese- speaking pastoral workers