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用生命愛台灣—葉由根神父

Love Taiwan with Heart and Soul

   葉由根神父為匈牙利人,1935年應天主教耶穌會的招募,遠渡重洋來到中國大陸傳福音。神父所屬堂區為河北大名中心,隨後到安徽安慶學習中文,兩年後赴上海徐家匯神學院讀神學,在徐家匯就讀期間被祝聖為神父。1947 年返回河北大名中心,接著戰火連年,神父著手開辦醫院,濟世救人。1949年共產黨控制中國大陸,當地的傳教士們有的被驅離,神父則被下放勞改,最後他也被驅逐出境。

Father Jaschko is a native Hungarian. In 1935, he was recruited by the Catholic Jesuits and went to China to preach the gospel. At first he learned Chinese in Anqing, Anhui. Two years later, he was sent to Shanghai Xujiahui Jesuit Seminary to study theology. He was ordained as a priest while he was studying in Xujiahui. In 1947, he returned to Dioecesis Tamimensis, Hebei. Afterwards war for years, he set up a hospital to treat and cure patients. In 1949, the People's Republic of China was founded. Lots of missionaries were caught and deported, and Father Jaschko was sent to labor camp. Finally, he was also expelled from Mainland China.

 

   1955年葉神父輾轉來到臺灣,在嘉義沿海地區的東石、鹿草、朴子、布袋,繼續他的醫療傳教事業。70年代臺灣經濟起飛,神父所開設的「貧民醫院」面臨關閉命運,同一時間神父也在新竹服務。有一天,當他坐火車抵達時,看見智障兒童流浪街頭,當下決定要幫助這些孩子,隨即在新竹天主堂創辦「仁愛啟智中心」。仁愛中心收容智障兒童日益增加,1983年找到關西鎮教會傳道學校的1700坪的院舍及土地,初名為「仁愛啟智華光分部」,至此改制獨立運作,名為「華光學園」;1984年為因應環境的需求成立董事會,遂又更名為「財團法人私立天主教華光智能發展中心」。華光智能發展中心的經營方式,神父希望以法國托利方舟社區為模式,讓智障者自然的正常生活在一般社區中,因此華光中心一直以開放的教養方式,讓智障者在純樸的關西客家小鎮生活,並希望得到鎮民的接納與愛護。

In 1955, Father Jaschko was led by Father Gaspar Lischerong, S.J. to ​​Chiayi, Taiwan. He not only went to preach but set up "the Hospital for the Poor" to treat patients in Dongshi, Lucao, Puzi, and Budai on the coastal area of ​​Chiayi. In 1970s, Taiwan was gradually prospering, but the management of "the Hospital for the Poor" gradually became difficult. At last, that Hospital was closed. During that time, Father Jaschko was sent to serve in the diocese of Hsinchu. One day, when he saw many intellectually challenged children wandering on the streets, he decided to help them. In 1975 he established the "Saint Joseph Special Education Center (Benevolence and Enlightenment Center)" in the Hsinchu Catholic Church.

 

As Saint Joseph Special Education Center accommodated more and more intellectually challenged children, he found the 1,700-square-meter Missionary School in Guanxi in 1983. And then, it has been restructured and renamed "Hua-Guang Learning Center", and operated independently, In 1984, the board of directors was established, and the Center renamed "Private Catholic Hua-Guang Intelligent Development Center." As for the operating method of the Center, Father Jaschko hoped to follow the pattern of the French L'Arche communities so that the intellectually challenged people can live normally. Therefore, the life style in Hua-Guang Center always followed an open style to let the intellectually challenged people to live in the simple Hakka town Guanxi, and these intellectually challenged people can be accepted and loved by the townspeople.

   神父為了讓這群弱勢者活得有尊嚴、活得更自在,高齡94歲的他,仍孜孜不倦的為一群長不大的孩子,籌劃一個永久的家——「華光福利山莊」。2011年華光在社會大眾幫助之下實現了多年的夢想,打造一個「終身安養的家-由根山居」來照顧這些需要他人支持及幫助的智能障礙者。  

 

   葉由根神父於2009年3月17日蒙主恩召,享年99歲,葉由根神父最後的時間,依舊掛念著華光的師生、華光福利山莊的興建、傳教工作、要讓更多的人因為耶穌的工作,而更相信天主。

 

In order to allow these intellectually challenged people to live more comfortablely with dignity, the 94-year-old Father Jaschko still worked vigorously to plan a permanent home " Hua-Guang Welfare Villa". In 2011, under the expectation of the general public, the dream of many years has been realized. This villa, also named "Kert Jaschko", was built.

 

Father Jaschko passed away on March 17, 2009. He was 99. During the last moments of his life, he was still concerned about missionary work with his strong faith and huge heart. He blessed all beloved members of Hua-Guang, church and friends. He is always willing to make more and more people believe in the grace of the Lord.

 

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