無私奉獻一甲子 畢耀遠神父公祭將頒總統褒揚令 | Dutch priest receives presidential citation after life-long service in Taiwan

奉獻台灣一甲子的畢耀遠神父今三月辭世,於3月18日舉辦公祭,並由副總統陳建仁代頒總統褒揚令。

TAIPEI (The China Post) – Priest Antoine Henri Marie Pierrot (畢耀遠), who dedicated most of his life to Taiwan and passed away earlier this month, received a posthumous presidential citation on March 18 from Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) during his funeral service.

來自荷蘭的神父畢耀遠於3月8日辭世,數十多年來提供雲林縣虎尾鎮的醫療照護,並創立若瑟社會福利基金會,協助貧困病患、殘障病患及早產兒等。

Coming from the Netherlands, Pierrot strove to provide sounder medical care to residents in Huwei Township, Yunlin County, for decades. He established the Joseph Social Welfare Foundation to help patients who are poor, disabled, or have premature babies.

荷蘭籍的畢耀遠神父,先後獲得2011年內政部頒發「傑出永久居留外僑終生奉獻獎」以及2015年馬總統頒贈「紫色大綬景星勳章」。

He received an Alien Permanent Resident Lifelong Contribution Award from the Ministry of the Interior in 2011 and Order of Brilliant Star with Violet Grand Cordon from former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) in 2015.

還有2017年吳尊賢文教基金會「慈善服務類愛心獎」、2018年榮譽縣民證書等多個國家與社會團體的獎項。

He also received the charity award from Wu Zun-xian Cultural and Educational Foundation (吳尊賢文教基金會) in 2017 and several country and social awards such as the honorary citizenship certificate in 2018.

畢神父將安葬在民雄聖山天主教墓園,如願成為永遠的台灣人。

Father Pierrot is buried in the Holy Mountain Catholic cemetery in Min Hsiung, Chiayi County, fulfilling his wish to be a Taiwanese forever.