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Meet the Executive Director


Fr. Rob Carbonneau, CP, Ph.D.

I am a Passionist priest and member of St. Paul of the Cross Province (eastern US). A Connecticut native, I was ordained in 1978. I graduated with a B.A. from Assumption College, Worcester, MA. After obtaining an M. Div. and M.A. from St. John’s University, New York, I received a Ph.D. in American and East Asian History from Georgetown University. My dissertation was on the Passionist missionaries in twentieth century China.

I have had the opportunity to teach Chinese, Japanese, World and Catholic mission history and U.S. history in various American universities and graduate schools. I have gained invaluable experience as the Historian and Director of the Passionist Historical Archives, St. Paul of the Cross Province.  From 2007 to 2008 I taught as a foreign expert in Chongqing, China. Then from 2010 to the present time I have worked at the Ricci Institute, University of San Francisco as an Archives Specialist assigned to the Passionist China Collection digitization project.

My original inspiration wanting to learn and respect the Catholic Church in China began when I had the opportunity to live with the former Passionist missionaries to West Hunan (1920-1955) and see the invaluable Passionist China Collection archives. My passion remains researching, publishing and teaching. Bringing history to life is a perfect way to build a bridge for engagement, understanding, and reconciliation. I am excited to hold this position as the Executive Director of the U.S. Catholic China Bureau and wish to be of any assistance. 

May God provide us with peace and healing we seek each day.