We are holding our exhibition to highlight the island that we call home both as a homage to the life, landscape, and people of Taiwan, and to honor Fr. Moal's in his mission. Father Yves Moal has worked as a missionary for the people of Yuli in southern Taiwan for over 40 years.
In recognition of his service, he was recently awarded a Presidential Culture Award for his efforts in caring for those who need social care in Hualien. Father Yves Moal will soon receive a Taiwanese passport while being able to keep his original nationality, 50 years after arriving in the country, reports said Wednesday.
Moal, who is known as Liu Yi-feng (劉一峰) in Mandarin, visited a police station in Yuli, Hualien County, Wednesday to apply for the proof of good behavior or police criminal record certificate which would allow him to apply for Taiwanese citizenship, reports said.
The local police chief described the Frenchman as a “good neighbor” and thanked him for his constant efforts helping to find work for the homeless, drug addicts and other groups, reports said. He moved from Brittany to Taiwan in 1966, at the age of 25, travelling by ship out of Marseilles just months after having been ordained a Catholic priest.
He has spent most of his half century on the island helping physically and mentally challenged residents as well as orphans and other underprivileged members of society. He has also managed a second-hand book store and sold furniture made by the residents of the Saint Andrew Training Center.
Last year, Moal launched the plan for an “Yi Feng Garden,” a center where the physically and mentally challenged can find a new home once they grow old and no longer have any family members who can care for them.
To read more about the life and works of Fr. Moal:
- Taiwan Panorama's article: Fifty Years of Caring for Hualien’s Disadvantaged—Father Yves Moal
- Taiwan News: French priest to receive Taiwan citizenship
- Taipei Times: French priest upbeat on finding money to finish nursing home
- Taiwan Mag: Père Yves Moal, l’aide à autrui est la plus grande des joies
- 中央社: 法籍神父劉一峰照顧偏鄉半世紀 攝影展募款
感謝贊助 – Thanks to Our Kind Sponsors
In recognition of Father Moal’s work, TEPC appreciates the generous support of its sponsors for this event, including Dea Villas Bali, CyberLink訊連科技, Artissimo Gallery Bali, Jazz Image Gallery爵士影像藝廊, Lutetia Patisserie, Photowalkers Taiwan, Richard Saunders and Sue Babcock from the Community Center, and HD Metal Prints – 瑋思影像.
They’ve supported our art work, our venue, our lucky draw, and our events. In recent news, we’ve been inundated with last minute gifts of all sorts of wonderful goodies: Taiwan books, DVDs, board games, to name but a few. So we’d like to say a big thank you to all sponsors and donors!