Enriching Lives in Qingquan: Father Martinson


2017 / March

Chen Chun-fang /photos courtesy of Lin Min-hsuan /tr. by Darryl Sterk

As you approach the Atayal indigenous village of Qing­­quan in Wu­feng Township, Hsin­chu County, you see a little church nestled in verdant hills, its gray walls decorated with stained-glass windows. Against a cloudy sky, the Holy Cross Catholic Church is conspicuous yet reserved. Its historical ambiance seems to make time stand still, conveying a sense of serenity. For Father Barry Martinson, the keeper of this church, and the village of Qing­quan, 40 serene years have passed as if in the blink of an eye.


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