Photo: Sister Fidelma Haverty receiving the Taiwan citizenship award. Sister Therese Thong is seated beside Fr Andres Diaz de Rabago SJ, aged 102. He received citizenship of Taiwan at age 100 after serving in Taiwan for 45 years.
Fidelma was born in Ireland in April, 1935. At the age of 18, she joined the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, completing her period of formation at the Mother House in Angers, France. Fidelma was then missioned to Australia for 12 years. To this day, the sisters in Australia recall Fidelma with much love and appreciation.
Fidelma was then missioned to Vietnam, and when the Vietnam War broke out she cared for many orphaned children. During this period, Sister Fidelma was actually a refugee for a while. When the sisters were forced to leave Vietnam, Fidelma went to New Caledonia where many migrants from Vietnam were living. Then to Macau, and then to Hong Kong.
In 1987, the Archbishop of Taipei, Taiwan invited Good Shepherd Sisters to address the issue of teenage prostitution which was a strong challenge to a country facing this problem for the first time. Sister Fidelma was one of three founding members. Today, Good Shepherd Foundation has 40 service centers all over Taiwan with more than 300 committed partners.
After living in Taiwan for 31 years and providing support services for girls experiencing disadvantage and marginalization, Sister Fidelma Haverty has been honored by the Taiwan government and awarded citizenship of Taiwan. She is a good model of Good Shepherd Services.
Sister Fidelma is always smiling and has a great sense of humor. Whoever is around her can feel the joy. She is a good listener, so people love to share personal stories with her. Also, she is an open minded person. Five years ago, she listened to an aspirant’s recommendation to set up a blog to have vocation promotion, and the blog was upgraded to a website which brought in some aspirants. Today’s latest pre novice contacted us through the website.