By: Claudia Liu and Kay Liu
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) conferred the Order of Brilliant Star with Violet Grand Cordon on each of the 12 religious workers, saying that their work had brought serenity and peace to Taiwan.
On behalf of the Taiwanese people, Ma expressed his deepest gratitude to the honorees for their service in the areas of education, charity and social service.
According to the Presidential Office, the 12 religious workers have each served for at least 40 years in Taiwan, and one of them, 102-year-old Canadian priest Etienne Georges Beauregard, has been in Taiwan for 68 years. [FULL STORY]