Mission in Asia
Since 1920, the Sisters of Providence have had a presence in Asia.
Six Sisters of Providence responded to a call to the foreign mission, echoing Saint Mother Theodore Guerin’s response to go to a foreign land in 1840. Currently, the Sisters of Providence minister in five locations, including St. Theresa Opportunity Center, Reed School, St. Camillus de Lellis Center for the Mentally Challenged, Miracle Home and Providence University.
Ministries in Asia
St. Theresa Opportunity Center
Originally founded in 1988 by Sister Joan McCarthy, the St. Theresa Opportunity Center provides physical therapy and education for mentally and physically challenged children from ages 3 to 19. Facilities include a combination playground and garden called the “Garden of Innocence and Peace.”
The Center is located in Yuching and serves all of Tainan County. It has been recognized by the local government for its services and excellence.
Located in Hsinshr, Taiwan, the Reed School (Luway Opportunity Center) tends to the needs of physically and/or mentally disabled persons. Sister Rose Chiu has served as director since 2002. Facilities include buildings for early intervention and for vocational training. Originally founded in 1996 by Wen-Rong Kang and a group of Christians, the school is now owned and sponsored by the Tainan Diocese.
St. Camillus de Lellis Center for the Mentally Challenged
St. Camillus de Lellis Center for the Mentally Challenged is located in Makung on Penghu, an island between Taiwan and China. It is a 35-minute trip by plane. Sister Rose Chiu serves as director and goes there about once a week to visit teachers and give them in-service training. Charity Yang, the administrator of St. Theresa Opportunity Center, also goes at least once every two weeks. The Bishop of Tainan asked for this service several years ago.
Miracle Home collaborates with county and township governments to serve an increasing number of low-income clients who are elderly or with disabilities in the area of Taishan and Wugu townships. Located in Taishan, Taiwan, it was founded in 2000 by Sister Delan Ma. Sister Rose Chiu serves as directory of the facility, which includes a senior service center with daily on-site services and social activities. The ministry has a Meals on Motorcycles program to deliver meals to the homebound. Miracle Place personnel also train caregivers to work in homes where they give services such as bathing, simple forms of physical exercise, housecleaning and cooking.
Several Sisters of Providence minister at this modern co-ed university located in Shalu, Taiwan. Providence University has a full complement of programs leading to undergraduate and graduate degrees. The original school was founded in China in 1920 by Sister of Providence Mother Marie Gratia Luking, carrying on the educational legacy of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin. The University is now under the supervision of the Diocese of Taichung and moved to its current location in Shalu in 1987.