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

  • In the Words of Pope Francis: Let this Conference be an opportunity to Build Bridges of Friendship with China 
  • Network with others who wish to learn more about the living faith of Catholics in China                                                                    
  • Listen to Chinese priests and sisters share about their ministry in China
  • Meet members of the Chinese Catholic community from New York City and across the U.S.   
  • Special invitation to students and teachers who wish to learn more about contemporary religion and culture 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 August 9, 2017

Keynote Speakers on Friday and Saturday:

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

    Reconciliation in the Church:  Experiences of the Church in China"

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


Panelists on Saturday (August 12, 2017): (More speakers to be added) 
  • Chinese Priests and Sister: Father Min-"Seminary Formation in Hebei Province"; Father LiGraduate Student, The Catholic University of America: "Forming an Evangelization Team in China”; Father Xu- "The Dilemma/Challenge of ongoing formation of priests in China"; Father Liu-"Reflection on the China Minor Seminary Expereince"; Sister Ge- MA in Spirituality from Loyola University, Chicago. "Resources Available to Support Chinese Church Spirituality Programs" 
  • Columban Father Tommy Murphy, “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.
  • Joann Pittman, China Source and Author, The Bells Are Not Silent: Stories of Church Bells in China. "The Protestant Experience in China: Key Challenges"
  • Dr. Christie Chow, Ph.D. Faculty, New Seminary, New York "Understanding Contemporary Chinese Christian Women of Faith.”
  • John LindblomPh.D Candidate. University of Notre Dame: "The Catholic Voice of John C. H. Wu: Understanding and Legacy"
  • Luke Liu, Houston, "Chinese Catholic Experience
  • Deacon Ed Kleinguelt, Archdiocese of Galveston/Houston "Chinese Sisters Retreat Experience" 
  • Dr. Alexandra Wang Ph.D. St. John's University, N.Y. "Virgin Mary in Fuzhou"
  • Jinde Charities, TherAsia, Italy: Chinese-International Social Service Opportunities"
  • 2017 U.S. Catholic China Bureau Study Tour Observations, By America Magazine/ Jesuit Media and Participants
  • “The Chinese Catholic Church”: Archbishop Nugent, Joseph Zhang, Ph.D., Dr. Richard Madsen, Fr. Hugh O’Donnell, C.M., Fr. Rob Carbonneau, C.P.
  • Afternoon Bilingual Liturgy: Presider and Preacher, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Ignatius Wang, Archdiocese of San Francisco (Public is welcome to attend)
  • Saturday Evening Banquet Honors Matteo Ricci Award Recipient: Maryknoll Sister Janet Carroll, founding Executive Director of the U.S. Catholic China Bureau
           Banquet only participation requires one week advance registration in our website  
  • Panelists on Sunday (August 13, 2017): 
  • Father Rob Carbonneau, Ph.D., 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, Ph.D. 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, Ph.D. Historian, 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.”
  • Joann Pitman, The Bells Are Not Silent "What We Can Learn in China" 
  • Monica Romano, Ph.D. Sinologist, Founder and Manager of TherAsia. Rome.“Reading and Understanding the Bible in China: A Survey Among Chinese Catholic Communities in Mainland China and Italy”
  • Stephanie Wong, Ph.D. candidate Georgetown University, “Experience of the China Church: The State of Inter-religious Dialogue” 

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 Maryknoll Sister Janet Carroll

Cultural Evening 


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