A Perpetual Migrant Church? — 125 Years of Orthodox Mission in Taiwan

Piotr Adamek

“You are sent by the Council to Formosa not so much for the Christians, of whom there are very few, but precisely for the evangelisation of the pagans”1 – this programmatic instruction of the great Orthodox missionary, St. Nikolaj of Japan (Ivan Dmitrievič Kasatkin, 1836–1912),2 to the first permanent priest in Taiwan, Tit Kosiyama, could hardly be realised in the last more than 100 years. Due to the lack of missionaries, the Orthodox Church has remained a migrant church throughout Taiwan’s turbulent history. The 125th anniversary of the Orthodox mission in Taiwan is an opportunity to look back at its history and its present situation.

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