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The Catholic Church in Taiwan

Birth, Growth and Development

  • Francis K.H. So
  • Beatrice K.F. Leung
  • Ellen Mary Mylod

Part of the Christianity in Modern China book series (CMC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Beatrice K. F. Leung
    Pages 1-14
  3. José Eugenio Borao Mateo
    Pages 15-37
  4. Beatrice K. F. Leung, Tony Yun-chung Li
    Pages 103-128
  5. Beatrice K. F. Leung, Wen-ban Kuo
    Pages 129-152
  6. Peter Yao-tang Lin, Beatrice K. F. Leung
    Pages 153-177
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 255-265

About this book


This book provides a ground breaking interdisciplinary study of the Catholic Church in Taiwan, focusing on the post 1949 Civil War in China through to the present day, and discusses the role played by the Catholic Church in contemporary Taiwanese society. It considers the situation of the Catholic church of Taiwan during the Japanese Occupation, Taiwan-Vatican Relations from 1949 onwards and triangular Relations among the Vatican, Taiwan and China during Tsai Ing-wen’s Administration. Written from a wide range of perspectives, from history and international relations to literature, philosophy, and education, this volume offers an important perspective on the birth and development of the Catholic Church in Taiwan, contributing a key work to religious studies in the Greater China Region.


Taiwan Catholicism Catholic Church Inculturation Liturgical Indigenization Church-State relations Forms of Evangelization Oriental Spirituality Taiwan Catholic Church History Focolare in Taiwan Bridging Endeavor with China Literature and Religion

Editors and affiliations

  • Francis K.H. So
    • 1
  • Beatrice K.F. Leung
    • 2
  • Ellen Mary Mylod
    • 3
  1. 1.Kaohsiung Medical UniversityKaohsiungTaiwan
  2. 2.Wenzao Ursuline University of LanguagesKaohsiungTaiwan
  3. 3.Wenzao Ursuline University of LanguagesKaohsiungTaiwan

About the editors

Dr Francis H.K. So is Chair Professor of English at Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan and is Councilor of the Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies.  He has published in Chinese and co-edited A Guide to Major Texts in English Literature (2007), Identity and Politics: Early Modern Culture (2005) and Emotions in Literature (2010). Most recently he edited Perceiving Power in Early Modern Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). 

Dr Beatrice K.F. Leung, is a Sister of the Congregation of the Precious Blood. She graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science. From 1989 to 2004 she taught in universities in Hong Kong and Macau. She is now a visiting research professor in Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages. Her research interest is Sino-Vatican-Taiwan relations.  

Mary Ellen Mylod is an Ursuline Sister of the Roman Union of the Order of St. Ursula. She graduated from London University in French and Latin and from the London University Institute of Education. She has worked in Taiwan (Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages), Hong Kong and Xiamen (China) for over 40 years. She was Chairperson of the English Department for 16 years from 1974 and founded the Department of Foreign Language Education in 2003.

Bibliographic information


“This timely and insightful essay collection balances the study of the institutionalization of Catholicism in Taiwan with a sociocultural analysis of the Catholic faithful.” (Joseph Tse-Hei Lee, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Vol. 70 (2), April, 2019)