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Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi

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Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi

  • Birth 3 Dec 1923 China
  • Death 22 Aug 2012 Taipei City, Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Burial Kaohsiung City, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
  • Memorial ID 95803057

Roman Catholic Cardinal. A Jesuit, he is probably best remembered for his tenure as Bishop of Kaohsiung. Born at Puyang in what was then Zhili Province, little is recorded of his early years save that he studied at the Regional Seminary of St. Joseph, Chiughsien, and at the Jesuit Philosophical Institute of Manila prior to joining the Society of Jesus at Peking in 1946. Following his training at Bellarmine College, Baguio, Philippines, he was ordained a Priest at Baguio in 1955 then from 1957 to 1959 served as Rector of the Chinese section of the Sacred Heart School, Cebu City. After earning his doctorate at Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, from 1959 thru 1961 he served as master of novices at the Jesuit Novitate of Thuduc, Viet Nam, until begining his ministry in Nationalist China in 1963. He was to hold a number of posts, mainly in the field of education, prior to his 1979 appointment as Bishop of Hwalien. Formally consecrated on Febuary 14, 1980, he remained in Hwalien until 1991 while simultaneously working with the Federation of Asian Bishops Conference office of social communication and in 1987 was elected President of the Chinese Regional Bishops Conference. Transferred to the Diocese of Kaohsiung he was installed as Bishop on June 19, 1991, and during his time in office was praised for his charitable work and for his ecumenical efforts that saw him reach out to both Protestants and Buddhists as well as for his accomplishments as Chairman of Taipei's Fu Jen Catholic University. Created Cardinal by Pope John II on February 21, 1998, he continued in his calling until taking Emeritus status on January 5, 2006, well past the usual retirement age. Diagnosed with terminal lung cancer later in 2006 he was given but a few months to live but was instead to survive six more years during which he remained active and delivered over 200 lectures entitled "Farewell to My Life" in which he encouraged his listeners to live for God and make the most of each day. The Cardinal last saw his homeland prior to his 1979 Consecration and in the final year of his life was denied by the Red Chinese government an entry visa that would have permitted him to visit his birthplace and family. He died of pneumonia secondary to his long standing cancer.

Bio by: Bob Hufford


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  • Maintained by: Eman Bonnici
  • Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
  • Added: 23 Aug 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 95803057
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi (3 Dec 1923–22 Aug 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 95803057, citing Kaohsiung Diocese Cemetery, Kaohsiung City, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan ; Maintained by Eman Bonnici (contributor 46572312) .