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Taiwanese Catholics celebrate 400 years of Vincentian Charism

Indigenous people were among 1,000 Catholics celebrating the legacy of St. Vincent de Paul

Taiwanese Catholics celebrate 400 years of Vincentian Charism

The Catholic Church in Taiwan has celebrated the 400th anniversary of the origin of the Vincentian Charism, the teachings of St. Vincent de Paul. (Photo from St Vincent de Paul Church, Szuhu of Chiayi Diocese)

October 2, 2017

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Taiwanese Catholics celebrated the 400th anniversary of the origin of the Vincentian Charism at a school named after a French saint.

More than a 1,000 Catholics gathered at St. Vincent Senior High School in Yunlin county, western Taiwan for the celebration on Sept. 23.

Many of those attending were indigenous people who traveled from the country's east.  

During the thanksgiving Mass, Bishop Thomas Chung An-zu of Chiayi mentioned that St. Vincent de Paul was inspired in 1617 to go into remote areas of France to evangelize and to provide relief to the poor.

Putting this further into practice, he established the Congregation of the Mission.

Lu Song-lin, principal of the St. Vincent Senior High School, said that more than 50 years ago the congregation chose remote Sihu township to build St. Vincent Senior High School, the only "Vincent" school in Taiwan.

For the event, the school hall was decorated as if it was the church in France where St. Vincent served.

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