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American priest given posthumous award for contribution to society

2017/12/05 21:11:16

Barry Martinson (丁松青)

Taipei, Dec. 5 (CNA) American Jesuit priest Father George "Jerry" Martinson (丁松筠), who passed away in late May, was posthumously honored by the Ministry of Education on Tuesday for his lifetime contribution to social education in Taiwan.

The lifetime award was accepted by his brother, Father Barry Martinson (丁松青), at a ceremony at the education ministry in Taipei.

"I feel truly honored to accept this award on my brother's behalf," Martinson said.

Speaking to reporters after the ceremony, Martinson said his brother believed that the media, with its broad reach, was one of the most effective ways to help raise awareness of various societal issues.

Through the Kuangchi Program Service (KPS), a television studio in Taiwan that produces free educational programs, Father Jerry Martinson was able to tell the public the stories of various marginalized groups in the society, his brother said.

During the almost 50 years that Father Jerry Martinson worked at KPS, he always hoped to project his love and positive influence, Barry Martinson said.

In order to continue where his brother left off, Martinson said, a charity sale of Father Jerry Martinson's handcrafted glass paintings will be held at the KPS building on December 8, with all the proceeds going to Kuangchi.

Born in 1942 in San Diego, California, Father Jerry Martinson came to Taiwan in 1967 as missionary and went to live in Hsinchu County. He later became one of the most recognizable foreign figures in Taiwan, having hosted many educational TV programs in the country.

Father Jerry Martinson died in Taipei on May 31 at the age of 74.

(By Phoenix Hsu and Ko Lin)