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09/25/2017.Sr. Ellen Mary Mylod granted Taiwanese citizenship for her 44-year contribution to education by Kaohsiung City Mayor Chen Chu

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Kaohsiung City Mayor Chen Chu (left) presents a Taiwanese ID card to Sr. Ellen Mary Mylod (middle), accompanied by Archbishop Peter Lau Cheng-Chung of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kaohsiung (right).

Photo courtesy of Yen Ching-Hong

   

 

September 25, 2017

 

【News release: Public Relations Office】

  In a ceremony held at Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages on Sept. 18th, Kaohsiung City Mayor Chen Chu presented Lifetime Professor Emeritus Sr. Ellen Mary Mylod, OSU with a Taiwanese ID card in recognition of her setting a shining example for local foreign language education. Sr. Ellen Mary Mylod is also the first naturalized foreign citizen fulfilling the requirement of exceptional contributions in Kaohsiung City. Distinguished guests, including Archbishop Peter Lau Cheng-Chung of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kaohsiung, as well as the Political Deputy Minister Minister of Education Tsai Ching-Hwa, who was the Interim President of Wenzao, witnessed the ceremony and the historical moment. Upon hearing the good news, alumni from all over Taiwan returned to Wenzao to attend the celebration held for Sr. Ellen Mary Mylod.

 
  Mayor Chen said Sr. Ellen Mary Mylod is the first foreigner in Kaohsiung City to be officially granted citizenship for exceptional contributions under the amendments to Nationality Act promulgated on December 21st last year. The Mayor also stated that Sr. Ellen Mary Mylod has been continually grooming talents for foreign language education in Taiwan for four decades and is one of the most significant role models in the foundation of the University.

 
  Archbishop Lau pointed out that Sr. Ellen Mary Mylod arrived in Taiwan, along with her professionalism in English language teaching, which has benefited countless students. Throughout her more than 40 years in Taiwan, Sr. Ellen Mary Mylod has also grown with the land. He cordially congratulated her on becoming a Taiwanese citizen.

 

  Sr. Ellen Mary Mylod expressed in her remarks that Taiwan has always been a home to her and thanked the Government for presenting her with such honor, as well as those who helped her acquire her citizenship. Furthermore, she extended her gratitude to the Order of St. Ursula, a community where her sisters with decadeslong friendship may still think her eyes are blue and her Chinese is not fluent, but she knows this is where she belongs and never feels treated like an outsider. Sr. Ellen Mary Mylod added that today was the most special day in her life, and was grateful to Lord Jesus, and to everyone who made this possible.

  

  In the year 1973, assigned by the Roman Union of the Order of St. Ursula, Sr. Ellen Mary Mylod came from the U.K. alone to teach at Kaohsiung’s Wenzao Ursuline Junior College of Modern Languages (present Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages) without even knowing where Taiwan was before arriving. In 1988, she was awarded with The 2nd Hung Dao Prize of Private Education Association, R.O.C. as the first foreign teacher to receive the prize in Taiwan. In 2012, Sr. Ellen Mary Mylod was the first foreigner in Kaohsiung to receive an “Alien Permanent Resident Certificate of the Mackay Project” from the National Immigration Agency. In 2014, Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages honored her with the title of “Lifetime Professor Emeritus,” in acknowledgement of her long-term selfless devotion to the education at Wenzao, which was the most crucial driving force behind the foreign language education development of the University.

 

  Although Sr. Ellen Mary Mylod has retired from teaching, she is currently committed to writing books on English education and will publish books on English writing teaching, linguistics, The Catholic Church in Taiwan, etc.

    
    

Photo taken by Yen Ching-Hong of Center for Faculty Development

 

Sr. Ellen Mary Mylod was granted a Taiwanese ID card, thereby becoming a citizen of Taiwan.

Kaohsiung City Mayor Chen Chu presented a Taiwanese ID card to Sr. Ellen Mary Mylod. (From left to right) Commander of Southern Administration Corps of National Immigration Agency Hsieh Wen-Chung, Director General of Civil Affairs Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government Chang Nai-Chien, Political Deputy Minister of Ministry of Education Tsai Ching-Hwa, Kaohsiung City Mayor Chen Chu, Sr. Ellen Mary Mylod, Archbishop Peter Lau Cheng-Chung of Kaohsiung, Chairperson of the Board of Wenzao Teresa Ku, and President of Wenzao Chou Shieu-Ming

Kaohsiung City Mayor Chen Chu gave remarks. 

Archbishop Lau gave remarks.

Sr. Ellen Mary Mylod (right) gave remarks. 

President Chou Shieu-Ming (left) presented a bouquet on behalf of the University.

The nuns from the Order of St. Ursula, along with the Deputy Minister of Minister of Education Tsai Ching-Hwa (back row, first from the left), happily congratulated Sr. Ellen Mary Mylod on receiving her Taiwanese citizenship. 

The faculty, retired teachers and alumni of Wenzao celebrated together.

Vice President of Wenzao Northern Region Alumni Association Sun Hui-Fang (left) presented a gift. 

Board Director of Wenzao Alumni Association in Kaohsiung Wu Chun-Min (left) presented a bouquet.

Director of Student Association presented a bouquet on behalf of all students.

Foreign teachers in Wenzao congratulated Sr. Ellen Mary Mylod.

Retired teacher Cho Tun-Hui (middle) and alumna Sun Hui-Fang led everyone to sing “You raise me up.”

Alumna of the class of 1985 Lin Mei-Fen thanked Sr. Ellen Mary Mylod for her instruction. 

Teacher of the Department of Foreign Language Instruction Chen Mei-Hua (right) hosted the celebration; Board Director of Alumni Association Pai Pi-Yun (left), English Department alumna of the class of 1986, presented a bouquet on behalf of the association. 

The venue was packed with people.

Crowds of media attended the ceremony. 

Journalists interviewed Sr. Ellen Mary Mylod.

Crowds of media attended the ceremony. 

Teachers and students of Wenzao congratulated Sr. Ellen Mary Mylod on receiving her Taiwanese ID card.

Sr. Ellen Mary Mylod (middle) gave instruction to students in earlier times. 

Sr. Ellen Mary Mylod (second from the right) and students took a stroll on campus.