Makung (Agenzia Fides) - On 8 July, San Camillo Hospital in Makung, Pescadores islands, Taiwan, celebrated 60 years of activity. The hospital was built by Camillian Missionaries (MI) when, expelled from China in 1952, arrived in Makung, a small town on one of the 64 islands that form the small archipelago of Taiwan's Pescadores. The islands, then inhabited by fishermen and poor peasants, were rich in wind and sand, said to Agenzia Fides Luigi Galvani, MI. This, however, did not discourage the Camillian missionaries, who immediately went to work by promoting various social and charitable works: various churches on the different islands, some clinics, a center for disabled children and in 1957 San Camillo Hospital.
The hospital, with about eighty beds, has always been the reference point for hundreds and hundreds of sick people from various islands.
The commemorative celebration of the 60 years of activity was attended by the Bishop of Tai Nan, His Exc. Mgr. Lin Bosco, the mayor of the city, several Camillians from abroad, and many Christians. For the occasion, doctors and nurses were awarded, some of whom had been working for thirty to forty years.
Today the Camillians in Taiwan are also well-known in other health institutions, such as "St. Mary's Hospital" in Lotung with 600 beds, a nursing school with more than 3,000 students, a center for the handicapped, two homes for the elderly and the well-known "Lanyang" youth center, which promotes Chinese culture throughout the world through its famous dance performances. In addition, the Camillians provide pastoral service in a dozen small villages scattered in the mountainous area of the Ilan region. Their dedication to the sick has always been highly appreciated by both the population and civil authorities. (LG/AP) (Agenzia Fides, 12/7/2017)