National Conference Theme: Experience of the Chinese Church in the 21st Century

  • Learn more about the living faith of Catholics in China                                                                    
  • Listen to Chinese priests and sisters share about their ministry in China                               
  • Meet committed Catholics and Protestants reflect on their witness of service in China          
  • Pray with us at our Saturday evening Chinese Catholic Mass                  
  • Participate in the interdisciplinary Sunday scholarly exchange on Christianity in China

To see a video on how you can register for the conference, please watch Fr. Rob's invitation 

Discounted registration ends July 21, 2017

Keynote Speakers on Friday and Saturday:

  • Fr. Joseph Zhang, Biblical Scholar from China, “Contemporary Chinese Catholicism: Present and Future Realities”


  • Archbishop Eugene Nugent, Holy See Study Mission Director, Hong Kong 2001-2010. Present Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti. 

    “Reconciliation in the Church: Experience of the Church in China” 

Panelists on Saturday (August 12, 2017): (More speakers to be added) 
  • Father Michael Li, Graduate Student, Catholic University of America: "Forming an Evangelization Team in China.”
  • Joann Pittman, Author, The Bells Are Not Silent: Stories of Church Bells in China. "How Chinese Christian Communities Witness Today and into the Future” 
  • Sister Rita GE, MA in Spirituality from Loyola University, Chicago: “Resources Available to Support Spirituality Programs of the church in China”
  • Father Tommy Murphy, S.S.C. “Personal reflections: Three years of meeting and listening to young Catholic priests,seminarians and sisters. How they see their faith, their relationship with God, their hopes of being of service.
  • John Lindblom. Invited Speaker. Ph.D Candidate. University of Notre Dame: "The Catholic Voice of John C. H. Wu: Understanding and Legacy"
Panelists on Sunday (August 13, 2017): (More speakers to be added)
  • Rob Carbonneau, C.P., Executive Director, U.S. Catholic China Bureau. “Writing the History of American Franciscans in Twentieth Century China: Discovering the Voice of Chinese Catholicism Through History.”
  • Cindy Yik-yi Chu, Editor of the Christianity in Modern China Series of Palgrave Macmillan, New York. Professor of History. Hong Kong Baptist University. “Furen University (Fu Jen; Catholic University of Peking) and the Society of the Divine Word in China, 1945-1950.”
  • Joseph Lee, Historian and Executive Director of Confucian Institute, Pace University, NY. “Building Bridges of Understanding Via Study of Christianity in China”
  • Jennifer Lin, Independent Scholar and Author, Shanghai Faithful, Betrayal and Forgiveness in a Chinese Christian Family (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). “Learning about contemporary Chinese Christianity through the life of Watchman Nee.”
  • Christie Chow, Ph.D. Princeton Theological Seminary. “The Localization Process of Christianity in Eastern China.”
  • Dr. Monica RomanoSinologist, Founder and Manager of TherAsia. Rome.“Reading and Understanding the Bible in China: A Survey Among Chinese Catholic Communities in Mainland China and Italy”

For how to participate, please watch Call for Scholarly Exchange

Friday (August 11, 2017)

Arrival and Registration: 3:00 pm to 7:00 PM

Optional Dinner (pre-registration required): 5:30 pm to 6:30 PM

Keynote and Discussion: 7:15 to 8:10 PM

Reception: 8:15 PM

Saturday (August 12, 2017)



Morning Prayer


Morning Panel


Afternoon Panel Selections

Chinese Catholic Mass 

Chinese Banquet and Service Award for Sister Janet Carroll, M.M.

(Saturday Banquet included in Full-Conference Registration but optional for Commuters and other guests)


Sunday: Interdisciplinary Scholarly Exchange (August 13, 2017)


Three Plenary Sessions are anticipated (8:30 to 9:30 AM; 9:45 to 10:45 AM; 11:00 to Noon)

Closing Reflection During Lunch