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Serving the Elderly in Taiwan

                     SERVICE TO THE NEEDY

Holy Name of Jesus Unit

Service to the Needy! We feel very much honored to be entrusted by the Department of Health of Kaohsiung City Government to set up day care stations for elder people with slight dementia.

We may say that the visible sign of our society today is aged people! And they need special care. Our St. Joseph Hospital is ready to meet this need. In fact before we got the request from the Department of Health, we have had special day care services for the elderly with dementia in our Nursing Home, where the Hospital staff not only kept the aged people indoors, but also coordinated various activities to get them involved, happy and become healthy.

Responding to the request of the Department of Health, we set up two places for this purpose. One is in our St. Joseph Hospital and the other is in Zuoying, the former site of our kindergarten built in 1956, near St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Church. Looking back at the history of service to people in Zuoying, we can see that our apostolic service has been responding to the call of the times. Originally our mission was to take care of the parish Catechism for the children during summer and winter vacations starting in 1952, the kindergarten in 1954, and then a clinic in 1956 in which our German Sister Pacis took care of the clinic and Sister Hilda came over to help from Kaohsiung City twice a week. In the same year, a small St. Theresa convent behind the kindergarten was also built. When those two German Sisters retired and went back to their country, the clinic was closed. Zuoying city has developed. In 1985, the kindergarten was also closed because of the decreasing number of children. Then in 1997 the vacant convent and the kindergarten were renovated and became a social service center – Well Spring Home (康達家園) which was used to take care of abused women and later became   a halfway home for adolescent girls. We ended this social service in June 2016 because more and more there are larger social service institutes taking care of them now around this island.

Then the city’s call for utilizing our vacant space to serve people with dementia came to us. The former administration office of Well Spring Home and the class rooms of the former kindergarten are again renovated into “Happy Living School,” a day care center for  elder people with slight dementia. Now this School is currently providing a different means to help the elderly enjoy life in their golden age and slow down or prevent dementia. Moreover, the School is also used for the family members. It is very important to help, encourage and support those family members who take care of the elderly with dementia, and to provide proper ways of accompanying the old.

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Holy Name Unit

The First Unit Assembly of Holy Name of Jesus Unit

 

The First Unit Assembly was held from January 16 to 20, 2018. Minister General, Sr. Livramento Oliveira, and Assistant Minister General, Sr. Bea trice Yang were invited to attend our first unit assembly.

On Jan. 16, Most Rev. Bosco Lin, the local diocesan bishop, presided an opening mass at 9:00 am at the unit center, where all 37 assembly members were present, each responding with a positive “yes” to the role calling by Sr. Caritas Chen.

Following the timeline of implementing the new governance model of the whole congregation, this First Unit Assembly created an unprecedented beginning in the history of the province, with a specific new change during the entire sessions of the assembly: ALL SISTERS, instead of only nominated representatives, involved. Thus, the temporary professed, especially the young Vietnamese sisters (except student sisters), all were present, and even a few of them were assigned to take the roles as group facilitators during the assembly sessions.

In order to foster effective communication and reach great consensus, all sisters were divided into two different groups, based on the nature of issues on the agenda: base community and consensus group, in which sisters were able to engage in the communal discernment, exchange feelings, reflections, views or thoughts during the sessions of faith sharing, proposals, and of the election of the new leadership team.

On Jan. 20, the first unit leadership team was established, then followed by a thanksgiving ritual for the out-going provincial leadership team.  With deep gratitude, we thank God for His Spirit fully flowing throughout the assembly gathering, and put trust in His wisdom to continue guiding our new leadership team who will direct all sisters in the unit toward our declaration and new resolutions for the next three years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

top photo: discussion units

mid photo: Srs. Livramento Oliveira, Minister General and  Beatrice Yang, Assistant Minister

 

bottom photo: new Unit Leadership: Srs. Scholastica, Paulina, Benedicta, Catherine, Catherina

 

 

 

 

 

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