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Taiwan Episcopal Church Diocesan Convention ’23 台灣聖公會第63屆教區年議會

St. Luke’s Church, Hualien, on Taiwan’s scenic east coast, was this year’s setting for the Diocese of Taiwan’s annual convention and workshop, held from May 9-12, and what a setting it was!  Of course, the scenery in Hualien is spectacular, with mountains, sea and sky in abundance, but the warmth of the welcome we received from the vicar, Rev. Antony F. W. Liang and his wife, Anita, plus diocesan seminarian / postulant Mr. Shawn Y. H. Wang 王彥軒, brothers and delegates Mr. Yang Jie and Mr. Yang Ming (pictured below), and all the church members was just as moving.  Thank you to everyone at St. Luke’s Church!

Mr. Yang Jie and Mr. Yang Ming

Under the guidance of the Bishop of Taiwan, Bishop Lennon Yuan-Rung Chang, the clergy and church members of St. Luke’s Church spent months in preparation, including the clearing out and complete renovation of the large church basement below the church, so that we could use that space – their hard work and attention to detail was much appreciated by us all! 

St. Luke’s Church, Hualien

Bishop Chang invited former Methodist Bishop Kwan-Wah Pong to lead a workshop for us all on Wednesday May 10, so he and his wife also joined us in Hualien.  Bishop Pong is already well-known in the diocese due to his involvement in the Methodist Graduate School of Theology, where he currently works, and as bishop, he was one of the signatories to a historic agreement of cooperation signed with our diocesan Trinity School for Christian Ministry (TSCM) in November 2021 (see that report here). This is Bishop Pong (left) with the TSCM dean, David Chee (right)…

Bishop Chang also invited the Asia Pacific Partnership Officer for The Episcopal Church, Rev. Canon Bruce Woodcock to join us for the week; this was Bruce’s first visit to Taiwan since Bishop Chang’s consecration in February 2020, delayed due to the pandemic. 

Bishop Chang with Rev. Canon Bruce Woodcock

Bruce arrived on Monday May 8 from New York and I met him at Taoyuan Airport. Waiting at the airport means there’s plenty of time for taking photos of all the quirky animals on display as well as watching the plane arrive from the observation deck. Ah yes, a big welcome to Bruce and all our visitors!

On Tuesday May 9, many of us from the Taipei area met at 7:30 am in Taipei Main Station, and set off for the 2-hour-plus train journey to Hualien, part of which runs down the east coast, passing Hualien’s famous Taroko Gorge on the way. 

On arrival at St. Luke’s Church, we were warmly welcomed with coffee and then an opening service in the newly-renovated church basement, led by Rev. Antony Liang…

Then followed big excitement as we set off for our outing to visit Taroko Gorge. Such a great way to see the scenery and catch up with all our old friends on the way! The day was cloudy which only added to the atmosphere at Taroko Gorge.  What a stunning place!

On the way back, we visited Qixingtan Beach….

And after dinner, so eventually we got to the hotel where we stayed for 3 nights, with its amazing views and garden. And yes we did have one free evening for swimming in that lovely pool!…

On Wednesday May 10, over 70 of us gathered at St. Luke’s Church for a diocesan workshop, held in the basement, and led by Bishop Pong on the theme of “Opportunities for Traditional Churches in Modern Day Society”.  Many said they found it really helpful and interesting, and Bishop Chang in his sermon at the opening service of the convention the following day spoke of how inspired he was listening to Bishop Pong’s lectures and sharing his experiences.  Some clergy said how much they learned about the importance of discipleship training for their church members, and another said he really appreciated hearing Bishop Pong emphasize how our faith is not dead, but living – and even though the ancient liturgies and practices of the church can sometimes seem so out of place and irrelevant in our modern world, yet they are deeply meaningful, life-giving and can lead us closer to Almighty God.  Another spoke of how he was moved to hear Bishop Pong talking about the Third Order of monastic life for lay people, and how following a disciplined rule of life can be beneficial for those who have become Christians from a similarly devout and disciplined Buddhist background but who often find it hard to adapt to being a Christian in daily life. 

Also during the break in the afternoon of the workshop, Ms. Chu Ju-zi 朱菊枝 from St. Mark’s Church, Pingtung arranged for us to try her special sweet nian-gao – it was very delicious, and all cooked on site!

Among the 70 of us gathered in Hualien for the workshop, there is no doubt that the most popular person there was none other than baby Enoch, son of our seminarian, Yu-Lin 鄭喻璘 and her husband, San-Yuan. He was hugged and cuddled and oohed and aahed over by everyone, he posed for more photos than anyone else, and added a great deal of joy to the workshop proceedings!

We finished the workshop with a very beautiful and moving Taizé service, very special indeed.

On Thursday May 9, it was the official start of the annual diocesan convention. Some of those attending only the workshop had already left, and new people had come specifically for the convention, particularly those who couldn’t take more than 2 days off work.  We had 94 people at the convention, and the event started with registration by QR code and then the Opening Service at St. Luke’s Church.

This is now the beginning of Bishop Chang’s 4th year as bishop, and according to his plan for his 7 years of ministry (until he reaches mandatory retirement at 72), years 1 and 2 were years of preparation, including the renovation of church buildings and training of church members etc, ready for the ‘action years’, which started last year and onwards.  On being asked to summarize Bishop Chang’s sermon at the opening service in just a few words, one person said, ‘Action Year!’, and yes, it’s a good summary!  Bishop Chang emphasized in his sermon our diocesan vision and development plan to expand our ministry, to reach out into new areas and establish churches.  He encouraged the church members to complain less and reach out more, pushing the clergy out of their offices into the community for outreach and encouraging the clergy to take the church members with them.  As part of the vision and plan to eventually expand into our own province, he explained the need for there to be 3 dioceses in Taiwan in order for this to happen.  To further this process, our 2 current deaneries of north and south Taiwan will in the future become 3 deaneries, with the addition of a central deanery.  This motion was later passed at the annual convention.  Bishop Chang also shared the good news about St. Peter’s Church, Chiayi, which has been preparing for many years to be upgraded to a parish but has been delayed by slower-than-expected growth of the congregation due to the pandemic. Now, at this convention, this proposal has also been passed.  Thanks be to God!

At the end of the service, presentations were made to the three seminarians graduating this year from our diocesan Trinity School for Christian Ministry (TSCM).  On hand to make the presentations of certificates were the retiring TSCM dean, Rev. Canon David Chee, and the new dean, Tim Pan, who was dressed resplendently in his beautiful academic gown of blue and green!

RetiringTSCM dean, David Chee (left) and new TSCM dean, Tim Pan (right)

Ms. Christina Hai 海小燕 and Mr. Alex Tso 左心泰 (who have both done theological training elsewhere) each received a Diploma in Practical Theology…

And Mr. Shawn Wang 王彥軒 received his Master of Divinity, the first person to ever graduate with a TSCM MDiv degree.  Congratulations to TSCM and all three graduates!

After the Opening Service, group photos and lunch, there was a small graduation party for the TSCM graduates….

And a celebratory toast to Alex Tso…

Then we said goodbye to St. Luke’s Church and set off back to the hotel for the start of our official convention meetings.   The whole event was magnificently led by our convention secretary, Mr. Timothy Liu 劉宜頌 along with Ms. Lisa Huei-Ling Hsu 許惠苓, the diocesan office manager.  They both worked so hard to make this convention a success, and everything went so smoothly!

Mr. Timothy Liu and Ms. Lisa Hsu

Mr. Yang 楊景儂 who has held the diocesan secretary role for many years also came along with his wife, they have so much valuable experience and offer helpful advice.  Here they are with former chair of the standing committee, Mr. Richard Hu….

The diocesan treasurer, Ms. May Shu-Chun Hsu 許淑羣, came with 2 of the diocesan finance staff, Huei-Yu 王蕙玉and Huei-Ying 許惠瓔 to present the financial report.  I’m not the only one to have noticed that of the 4 finance and admin girls working in the diocesan office, 3 of them have the same sound for the first character of their names, Huei-Yu, Huei-Ying and Huei-Ling. The sound ‘Huei’ in Chinese also means to be able to do something, so we always joke that between them, everything will always get done!

Diocesan treasurer, Ms Hsu (centre) with diocesan finance staff, Huei-Ying (left) and Huei-Yu (right)

Special thanks to our diocesan chancellor, Ms. Amy Chin 金文悅 and her husband, Mr. Gary Tseng 曾國烈, chair of the diocesan standing committee, who both worked so hard throughout the convention. Mr. Tseng is pictured here with baby Enoch, ah they got on so well!…

Thanks also to Mr. Yun-Hung Di 狄運亨, chair of the diocesan evergreen (seniors) committee, who came with his wife..

And Ms. Su-Er Yang 楊淑娥, chair of the ECW, Episcopal Church Women – we sat next to each other for the meetings…

Also Mr. Jin-Lung Huang 黃錦隆, chair of the diocesan property management committee, and his wife, who soon became known as our most photogenic couple!..   

And Mr. Wei-Jun 魏 駿, who takes over as the new person in charge of the diocesan Youth and Training Committee. 

And many others, too many to mention by name!

The afternoon and evening (see photos above) were taken up with the church reports, each church being given 10 minutes to share their progress report on their 1-, 3- and 5-year plans.  The highlight was this short video prepared by the Diocesan Youth and Training Committee to welcome people to the Taiwan Episcopal Church. Actually, it was filmed and produced by Vicky Tze-Wei, my former colleague in the St. John’s University Chaplaincy.  It’s really good – and all set to music, so you don’t need to worry if you can’t understand Chinese!  Please do check it out here….

On Friday May 12, at the morning session of the convention meetings, Bishop Chang spoke about the 15-year diocesan development plan for establishing new churches, based on proposals already made 25 years ago, and how the churches and areas would be distributed into the future deaneries and dioceses.  He also applauded the courage of Rev. Simon Tsou and St. Peter’s Church, Chiayi as they upgrade to become a parish.  Both these motions were passed, and the plan is that next year’s convention will be held at St. Peter’s Church, Chiayi, to celebrate their becoming a parish and also their 60th anniversary.  The second part of the meeting consisted of the election of new members of the Standing Committee (all done by QR code – and so quickly completed!) – and we finished with lunch and the train journey back to Taipei. 

Our final photo was originally just with the young people of the diocese, but as more and more people wanted to join the group, so we welcomed everyone, young or old!

It was also particularly lovely to welcome some of the St. Luke’s Church members to the final lunch, including Mr. Chien Hong-Ren and his wife, he is the younger brother of our former Bishop John C. T. Chien, and long-time member of St. Luke’s Church, Hualien. 

Baby Enoch had spent the actual convention away from the meetings with his father, but we were all pleased he came to see us for the meals and to say goodbye. He is just so lovely!

And this is Huei-Ling collecting up all the name bags ready to re-use for next year’s convention in Chiayi!

Grateful thanks to Rev. Antony Liang and all those at St. Luke’s Church, Hualien for their wonderful hospitality. This is Antony, his son, and diocesan intern, Mu-chi, recovering with a bit of shoulder massage! Thanks also to Bishop Chang, his wife, Hannah, all at the diocesan office, and everyone for such a successful convention. And most of all, thanks be to Almighty God! And see you all next year at St. Peter’s Church, Chiayi!

PS: The pose of the day must go to Anna and the 3 lovely dogs, taken at the back of St. Luke’s Church – aren’t they all so lovely?!

Friendship Magazine: Just Published!

Since I arrived back in Taiwan in January, I’ve been busy putting together the latest edition of the Diocese of Taiwan Friendship Magazine, containing articles, reports, news of our churches and testimonies. It was published online on March 1. It is big – 48 pages, so grab a coffee, sit back and relax, and read it gradually over the next few days. There’s some fascinating articles ~ and lots of photos!

Check it out here and the website page here.

The diocesan website is

Thank you for news from those of you who attended the World Day of Prayer yesterday for Taiwan. Thank you for all your support – and please continue to pray for us!

In Memoriam: Canon Chancellor Professor Herbert H. P. Ma 馬漢寶 1926-2022 and Mrs. Aline Y. L. Ma 馬蕭亞麟 1930-2022

Canon Chancellor Professor Herbert Ma passed away on December 20, 2022, and his Memorial Service was held on Saturday, February 11, 2023, at St. John’s Cathedral, Taipei.  He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mrs. Aline Ma, who died on June 18, 2022.

Professor Ma was a well-known figure in Taiwan, having taught law at National Taiwan University (NTU) for 52 years and at Soochow University for over 40 years, served as a Grand Justice of the Constitutional Court for 12 years and as a member of the Examination Yuan for 10 years.  He was also visiting professor at many overseas universities, including Beijing, Washington (Seattle), Columbia (New York City), UBC (Vancouver), Paris, Hong Kong and Vienna, and spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard, all adding to his professional skills and reputation.     

At 9:00 am on Saturday, a Memorial Ceremony was held at St. John’s Cathedral. Just before the event started, the Very Rev. Philip L. F. Lin, Dean of St. John’s Cathedral brought the family together for prayer…

The ceremony was attended by many of Professor Ma’s former colleagues and representatives from different government departments and universities. A Presidential Citation was read out from the President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-Wen. The flower arrangements at the main entrance to the cathedral were sent by President Tsai and vice-president of Taiwan, Lai Ching-Te. Flower arrangments lined the walls of the cathedral as well as the entrance, each from a different institution or individual known to Professor Ma.

On behalf of the national government, Dr. Weng Yueh-sheng 翁岳生, President of the Judicial Yuan 1999-2007, presented the national flag to Professor Ma’s son, Mason, in honor of Professor Ma’s great service to the country.  The national flag would normally be placed on the coffin, but as Professor Ma was cremated, so the flag was presented to the family. 

Former President of Taiwan (2008-2016) and former student of Professor Ma, Ma Ying-Jeou 馬英九, gave a short speech sharing his memories and showing his appreciation.  The ceremony then continued as names were read out, and different groups paid their respects by bowing 3 times towards Professor Ma’s urn in front of the altar. The ceremony ended when everyone had had their turn to pay their respects.

Outside his professional life, Professor Ma played a major role in the development of the Taiwan Episcopal Church from its very earliest days until today, and his role was marked and appreciated by all those who attended his Memorial Service, starting at 11:00 am.  The video of the service is here…

Professor Ma was the first chancellor of the Diocese of Taiwan, charged with the responsibility of overseeing legal affairs in the diocese.  For over 15 years he also served as Chair of the Diocesan Standing Committee, and on many occasions as a diocesan delegate to the General Convention in the USA.   To many church members, Professor Herbert Ma’s name became synonymous with the Taiwan Episcopal Church itself; the two were so closely associated for so long.

St. John’s Cathedral was full for the Memorial Service, with about 220 people in attendance, including nearly all the Taiwan Episcopal Church clergy, who had spent the previous 2 days on retreat together. Those who could not fit into the cathedral watched the live stream from the cathedral meeting rooms. The music was led by the cathedral choir, including a wonderful solo from Mr. Yang, who worked alongside Professor Ma as diocesan secretary for many years. Bishop Lennon Yuan-Rung Chang gave the sermon, followed by tributes, including a very moving one from Bishop David J. H. Lai. Bishop Lai worked closely with Professor Ma as his diocesan chancellor throughout his time as Bishop of Taiwan from 2001-2020. Bishop Lai shared that a few days after Professor Ma’s death, he had a very special dream in which he saw an angel leading Professor Ma by the hand into the gates of heaven.  Bishop Lai recalled how in September 2015, a few months before Professor Ma’s 90th birthday, he formally appointed Professor Ma as ‘Canon Chancellor’ of the Diocese of Taiwan in recognition for his sixty years of faithful service to the Taiwan Episcopal Church. 

Professor and Mrs. Ma with Bishop Lai

There was also a tribute from a former student, and a lovely one from Professor Ma’s daughter Vera, who shared some wonderful memories of her beloved father.  Vera had also shared a moving tribute at her mother’s memorial service in August. This was followed by a video presentation showing photos of Professor Ma’s life with commentary from Professor Ma’s eldest daughter Gabrielle. Professor Ma’s love of music included a video of him in his retirement playing his favourite hymn on the piano, ‘What a Friend we have in Jesus’, which we then all sang together.  The final hymn was ‘Thine be the Glory’.  After the final hymn, everyone was invited to take some orchid flowers and line up along the nave to lay them around Professor Ma’s urn and bow towards the family.  Everyone was given a Memorial Book to take home, in which many had shared their written tributes and photos of Professor Ma.   

Professor Ma’s ID card states that he was born on November 27, 1926, although this is the date according to the lunar calendar, which was the one commonly used at the time; on other official data (such as Wikipedia), his birth date is registered according to the western calendar as December 31, 1926.  Every year on his lunar birthday, Mrs. Ma would make a birthday cake for her husband. The date Professor Ma died, December 20, 2022 was actually his birthday according to the lunar calendar, and his family smile at the thought that Mrs. Ma would have a cake ready to welcome him into heaven! 

Professor Ma as a child

Professor Ma was born in Hankou City 漢口, in the Hubei Province 湖北省 of China, one of the 5 main cities in China at the time, into a family with a long history of serving the country in the legal field.  The Qing Dynasty was the last imperial dynasty of China, ruling from 1644 to 1912, and during that time, the county magistrate held judicial, administrative and political power.  Both Professor Ma’s grandfathers held this position, his paternal grandfather in Henan Province 河南省, and his maternal grandfather in Jiangsu Province 江蘇省.  In 1911, the final year of the Qing Dynasty, Professor Ma’s father, Ma Shou-Hwa 馬壽華 (1893-1977) graduated from the Henan Law and Political Academy (one of 5 modern Chinese Law Schools at the time), and in 1912 he became one of the very first judges of the newly-formed Republic of China, serving among other posts as Prosecutor General in Hankou, where Professor Ma was born.   He was also well-known for his great talent as a calligrapher and painter, especially portraying bamboo.  His beautiful works of art are in the National Palace Museum collections in both Taipei and Beijing, also in the Taipei National Historical Museum, as well as in pride of place in the Ma family home.   

Professor Ma’s father, Ma Shou-Hwa

Professor Ma’s mother came from a very large extended family, surnamed Wang.  Born in the same year as her husband, they married at age 18 and spent the rest of their lives together; they even died in the same year, only 8 months apart.   It is interesting that history has repeated itself, and Professor and Mrs. Ma both died in the same year, 2022, only six months apart.  Professor Ma’s mother was well-loved, with a very kind and caring personality, eager to help the poor and disadvantaged, and later helped to bring many of her family and relatives out of Communist China in the 1940’s to Taiwan.  While Professor Ma’s father worked in Hankou, Nanjing and Shanghai, his mother settled with their children in the former French Concession area of Shanghai, which was an English-speaking community.  While schooling was heavily in Chinese Classics, Professor Ma had years of private tutoring in the English language.  Being bilingual was a great asset to Professor Ma throughout his professional, academic and church life, and a great help to the Taiwan Episcopal Church in its development.  

Professor Ma as a child

The young Professor Ma studied in the Department of Law at Fudan University, Shanghai, but the 1930’s and 40’s were a period of great turmoil due to the war with Japan and then the Chinese Civil War.  In 1947 the Ma family (his parents, older sister with her husband and children, Professor Ma and his younger sister) came to Taiwan following Wei Tao-Ming 魏道明, the first civilian Governor of Taiwan Province (1947–1949).   Professor Ma’s father first served as a commissioner of the Taiwan Provincial Government and later as Chief Justice of the Administrative Court after the Central Government moved to Taiwan.  Professor Ma was in his third year of Fudan University and managed to transfer to National Taiwan University Department of Law, from where he graduated in 1950 with the best score in his class. He was therefore retained on the law faculty of the university immediately on graduation, thus laying a firm foundation for his distinguished academic career that followed. 

The Ma family, Prof. Ma (second right, back row), his parents (front), 2 sisters & brother-in-law

Professor Ma’s father was a classical Confucian scholar and placed great emphasis on the Chinese tradition of ancestor worship.  Apart from Professor Ma’s brother-in-law, who had been baptized in China, the family’s first direct contact with Christianity came through neighbors in Taipei who had also arrived from China and were members of the Episcopal Church.  The neighbors met at home for worship.   The family worship services were led by a pastor from the China Inland Mission, Yang Yong-Jing 楊詠經.  Professor Ma and his younger sister attended the services, and both were later baptized by Pastor Yang. 

Professor Ma’s graduation from NTU 1950

The family worship services continued, eventually outgrowing the home, and permission was given by the Presbyterian Church for the Episcopal Church members to use one of the original Japanese Anglican churches in Taipei for services on Sunday afternoons.  Gradually the Episcopal Church began to expand and develop, buildings went up, and church structures put in place.  Taiwan was placed under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Hawaii, first under Bishop Harry S. Kennedy (1953-60) and then Bishop Charles P. Gilson (1961-64). With Bishop Gilson, Professor Ma wrote the Constitution and Canons of the Taiwan Episcopal Church, Bishop Gilson in English and Professor Ma in Chinese.  Professor Ma became Vice-Chancellor (under the Diocesan Chancellor of Hawaii) and later Diocesan Chancellor of Taiwan, a position he held until his death. In recent years Ms. Amy Chin was appointed as Vice-Chancellor to help Professor Ma with this ministry.

Professor and Mrs. Ma with Bishop and Mrs. Chang, back row: Ms. Amy Chin and her husband, Mr. Gary Tseng

In 1955, Professor Ma met the lady who was to become his wife, Mrs. Aline Ma, Siao Ya-Lin 馬蕭亞麟.  Mrs. Ma was born in Shanghai, China in 1930, but her mother died when she was very small.  Her father (a banker) feared for the safety of his only child due to the war with Japan, so at the tender age of 7, he sent her with relatives to Germany.  But it was a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire; she found herself in a country also preparing for war.  The relatives were based in Berlin, studying at Berlin University; and the young Mrs. Ma went to live with a Prussian general’s family in Brandenburg City, where she always said she learned ‘order, discipline and punctuality’!  The Prussian family had Chinese connections in Beijing dating from before the Boxer Rebellion, but could not speak Chinese, and on arrival, Mrs. Ma had no German language.  All alone in a strange land aged only 7, it is amazing that she not only survived but thrived in the circumstances.  By the time her father visited her a year later, her German was fluent, but unfortunately she had forgotten all her Chinese, and only remembers sadly being completely unable to communicate with her father.   In fact that was to be the last time she ever saw her father again, as war and civil war intervened and they remained apart for the rest of his life.  He later remarried and had 3 more children, all of whom Mrs. Ma got to know in later life. 

Mrs. Aline Ma aged 8 with her father

The young Mrs. Ma spent the whole of the Second World War in Brandenburg City, suffering along with the German people, but in 1945 she and her relatives escaped the Russian occupation and fled to Switzerland where she was sent to boarding schools.  After graduation, she had no resident permit to continue living in Europe, and so in 1955, unable to return to China, she travelled to Taiwan alone.   Initially staying with relatives in Taipei, and later living on her own, her major disadvantage was that although she could speak German, French and English, she could not speak Chinese, which made it difficult for her to find a job.  German was her first language.   After having changed jobs many times as a typist for English, finally she found a job as secretary to the President of Academica Sinica, Chu Chia-hua 朱家驊, who had studied in Germany, and needed a secretary who could speak and write German.  It was, in fact, her inability to communicate in Chinese that brought Professor and Mrs. Ma together, but they could communicate perfectly with each other in English.  Their fathers had known each other in Shanghai, and the young couple met for the first time at a wedding reception hosted by mutual friends.

Wedding Day 1957

Professor and Mrs. Ma were married in 1957 in St. John’s Cathedral, Taipei.  After their marriage, the Ma family continued to live together, 3 generations under one roof.  Their 4 children were born between 1959-64, Gabrielle 佑敏, Mason 佑聖, Vera 佑真 and Beatrice 佑遠.  All the children were baptized at St. John’s Cathedral.

The Ma children

Although Professor and Mrs. Ma and the children were active in the cathedral, his parents were not.  For his father, the major obstacle continued to be ancestor worship, and yet Professor Ma himself felt no conflict.  At an ecumenical conference on this subject, he discussed with the participants how the Christian faith and Chinese tradition could be reconciled.  He also published articles on this subject, and later instigated the Ancestor Memorial Liturgy for the Taiwan Episcopal Church. In the articles, he wrote that our ancestors are human beings, and when they die, they are still human beings, not gods.  There is only one Almighty God, and we need to separate our ancestors from the divine.  We can still pay our respects to our ancestors without regarding them as gods.  After much thought, Professor Ma’s father accepted his explanation, and henceforth adopted an attitude of respect rather than worship of his ancestors.  Having resolved this issue, his parents were now ready to be baptized and became Christians.

The Ma children at the Memorial Service

Mrs. Ma taught German, first at the German Cultural Center and then for 30 years at National Taiwan University, she also took care of 4 children and her parents-in-law, and supported her extremely busy husband.  Mrs. Ma had come from a non-Christian family and was baptized after her marriage.  For several years she led the cathedral E.C.W. (Episcopal Church Women) group, and later the diocesan E.C.W, and in 1977 she attended the E.C.W. Triennial Meeting at the General Convention in Philadelphia as representative of Taiwan.  Several times she also accompanied her husband to attend the General Convention in the U.S.A. 

In retirement, Professor and Mrs. Ma led a quieter life, though that was a relative term, with many visitors and phone calls from people seeking their wise counsel.  Some came to hear the story of Mrs. Ma’s extraordinary early life, which has now been published in German and Chinese.  They both continued to be very involved in the life of the church, and at every major church event, Mrs. Ma would be at her husband’s side, smiling and caring for everyone who came to greet them. Throughout their 65 years of marriage, Mrs. Ma was a tower of strength and support for her husband, and Professor Ma always acknowledged how blessed he was to be married to such a great woman.  

Professor and Mrs. Ma at the ordination service for Rev. Tsai Ching-Yi and Rev. Wu Hsing-Hsiang

During the pandemic, Professor and Mrs. Ma largely remained in the safety of their home, participating in church services and events online.  The most recent major church event they attended in person was the consecration of Bishop Lennon Yuan-Rung Chang as Bishop of Taiwan, on February 22, 2020 in St. John’s Cathedral.  At the end of the service, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry paid tribute to Professor Ma, presenting him with a letter of thanksgiving in recognition of his ministry, constancy, wisdom and faithfulness over the past 65 years to the Taiwan Episcopal Church.  Standing beside Professor Ma, as always, was his beloved wife, Mrs. Ma, smiling and content. 

Presentation by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

As we give thanks to Almighty God for the amazing life and witness of our beloved Canon Chancellor, Professor Herbert Ma, I personally will always remember him for his wise and gracious presence at church events and on visits to his home. Always calm and thoughtful in conversation, his deep knowledge and wide experience brought light and clarity into every discussion, esp