Ok, they ran out of Catholics and turned now to Protestants:
Taipei, Sept. 7 (CNA) Peter Kenrick (柯彼得), an Australian physician who has practiced in the eastern Taiwanese county of Taitung for 32 years, officially became a Republic of China (Taiwan) citizen Thursday.
“Taiwan is my home, where I’ve lived for more than 30 years, and I never want to be in other countries,” Kenrick said upon receiving his ROC identification card from Taitung Magistrate Justin Huang (黃健庭).
The 60-year-old first arrived in Taiwan in 1985 to provide backup medical service in the emergency room of Taitung’s St. Mary Hospital, where there was a shortage of manpower.
After being there for two months he decided to stay and work in the outlying county.
“With mountains and sea, everything is beautiful here in Taitung,” he told reporters. “This place is very suitable for me.”
Thereafter, Kenrick worked at St. Mary Hospital for 17 years until 2002, when he switched to Taitung Christian Hospital.
Over the years, Kenrick has traveled by bicycle to almost every corner of Taitung to treat patients. He also works overseas two months every year with the International Red Cross as a volunteer.
His selfless devotion won him the Medical Dedication Award in 2001.
In the wake of the devastation caused by Typhoon Morakot in 2009, Kenrick and his colleagues at Taitung Christian Hospital even took a helicopter to treat residents of a local village cut off from the outside world by the disaster.
Kenrick said although he obtained permanent residency in Taiwan in 2004, he wanted even more to become an ROC citizen, so as to be completely involved in Taiwan’s society, including having the right to vote in elections.
He eventually applied for citizenship in May this year, several months after the Nationality Act was amended to allow foreign nationals who have made special contributions to Taiwan to obtain ROC citizenship without having to renounce their original citizenship
Only 30 plus years of service. They are becoming more flexible! (read above with dripping sarcasm)