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09/10/2018.Wenzao Holds the International Volunteering Camp of Pope Francis; Students from Taiwan, Japan, and Korea Gather to Show Care for the Environment and the Disadvantaged

發布日期 2018-09-10 15:42:00

 


 

 

 

August 10, 2018

【Press release courtesy of the Office of International and Cross-strait Cooperation】

     

The Third Asian Catholic University Volunteering Camp of Pope Francis was held in Taiwan for the first time, co-hosted by the President Association of the Catholic University of Korea and Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages; nearly 150 students and teachers from over ten schools in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan gathered in Taiwan. Before the event on August 4th, six catholic colleges and universities in Taiwan and the President Association of the Catholic University of Korea signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU). Undergraduates from Taiwan, Japan and Korea were arranged to serve at charities when they were at the volunteering camp, doing their share for the elderly, the disadvantaged and the environment.

 

The third Asian Catholic University Volunteering Camp of Pope Francis was held from August 4th to August 11th in Taiwan. Before the event, more than ten schools, including six catholic colleges and universities in Taiwan (Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, Fu Jen Catholic University, Providence University, Cardinal Tien Junior College of Healthcare and Management, St. Mary's Junior College of Medicine, Nursing and Management, and Chung-Jen Junior College of Nursing, Health Sciences and Management), and the President Association of the Catholic University of Korea signed an MOU. On the afternoon of August 4th, Chairman Jong-Chul Won and President Han-Sun Chiang signed the MOU on behalf of the President Association of the catholic University of Korea and Fu Jen Catholic University, respectively, in Ambassador Hotel Kaohsiung, facilitating the international exchanges of catholic institutions of higher education. After that, they moved to Kaohsiung Hero House to attend an opening ceremony for the third Asian Catholic University Volunteering Camp of Pope Francis. Archbishop Peter Lau Cheng-Chung welcomed all the guests on behalf of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kaohsiung. 

 

On the following day (August 5th), chargée d'affaires of the Holy See in the Republic of China, Msgr. SLAĐAN ĆOSIĆ, hosted the opening mass for the volunteering camp, praying for participating students and teachers from Taiwan, Japan, and Korea. During the opening mass, Msgr. SLAĐAN ĆOSIĆ encouraged attending students to dismiss egocentrism. He pointed out that the letter “I”, being one of the shortest words, has been frequently used by the younger generation. Many lately coined words, such as “iPhone’ and “iPad”, demonstrate how egocentric and neglectful of others young people are. By letting go of their egocentrism, young people could pay more attention to their surroundings and further have a sense of gratitude and joy via volunteering. 

 

The Asian Catholic University Volunteering Camp of Pope Francis originated from Pope Francis’s goal to enhance the solidarity and understanding of cultural differences among various Asian ethnic groups and thereby to build friendship among Taiwan, Japan, and Korea, as well as to reach a peace consensus in Asia. The first two camps were held in Korea and Japan, respectively, inviting students to serve as international volunteers. This year (2018), under the aegis of President Shieu-Ming Chou of Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, the volunteering camp was hosted for the first time by Wenzao. Through volunteering work and daily reflection, young international volunteers had the chance to know more deeply about Taiwan’s society. They gained hands-on experience and cultivated the spirit of love and dedication to society. Three Indian students from Wenzao also attended the camp as volunteers. 

 

This year, almost 150 people from over 10 schools in Taiwan, Korea, and Japan attended the camp. International volunteers were divided into four groups, serving different charities, including Linhousilin Forest Park, Hsiao Ai Home for the Aged, the Recycling Center of Tzu Chi Kaohsiung Jing Si Hall, and the Ark Employment Association in Renwu. In Linhousilin Forest Park, one group of volunteers carried out ecosystem services, cleaned waterways, pulled weeds, and trimmed branches. In Hsiao Ai Home for the Aged, another group of volunteers undertook elderly services, pushed wheelchairs, accompanied the elderly, and helped them exercise. In the Recycling Center of Tzu Chi Kaohsiung Jing Si Hall, yet another group of volunteers learned about recycling, sorting, Tzu Chi technology, and environmental education. In the Ark Employment Association in Renwu, the other group served the disadvantaged in employment transition.  

 

When volunteers worked in the Ark Employment Association, they served in groups, taking turns to help the physically challenged make sweet potato balls and egg pancakes; they also planted vegetables and weeded the field with homeless people. Members of the Association learned how to greet in Japanese and Korean, and interacted with international volunteers. After four-day services, international volunteers shared foreign cultures at the wrap-up presentation, leaving each other with fantastic memories. The third Asian Catholic University Volunteering Camp of Pope Francis was concluded on August 9th. Participating students and teachers went on a cultural tour in Tainan. The 2019 Asian Catholic University Volunteering Camp of Pope Francis will be held in Korea.  

 

 

  

Photos courtesy of the Office of International and Cross-strait Cooperation

 

President Shieu-Ming Chou of Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages (left) and President Jong-Chul Won of the Catholic University of Korea (right) presented gifts to each other. 

Participants took a group photo after signing the MOU.

Archbishop Peter Lau Cheng-Chung (second from the right) welcomed all participants on behalf of all the churches in Taiwan.
Photo courtesy of the Office of the President 

Chargée d'affaires of the Holy See in the Republic of China, Msgr. SLAĐAN ĆOSIĆ, addressed at the opening ceremony of the volunteering camp.

President Shieu-Ming Chou of Wenzao addressed at the opening ceremony.

Representatives of the volunteering camp of Pope Francis swore. 

The third Asian Catholic University Volunteering Camp of Pope Francis was held in Taiwan for the first time. A group photo at the opening ceremony
Photo courtesy of the Office of the President

Chargée d'affaires of the Holy See in the Republic of China, Msgr. SLAĐAN ĆOSIĆ, hosted the opening mass.

International volunteers went to Hsiao Ai Home for the Aged to help the elderly.   

International volunteers went to the Recycling Center of Tzu Chi Kaohsiung Jing Si Hall to learn recycling, sorting, Tzu Chi technology, and environmental education.

International volunteers traveled to Linhousilin Forest Park for ecosystem services. 

International volunteers helped clean drains, pulled weeds, and trimmed branches.