Fr. Rob is a Passionist priest and member of St. Paul of the Cross Province (eastern US). He received a Ph.D. in American and East Asian History from Georgetown University. Since completing his doctoral work on the Passionist missionaries in twentieth century China, Fr. Rob taught Chinese, Japanese, World and Catholic mission history and U.S. history in various American universities and graduate schools as well as as a foreign expert in Chongqing from 2007 to 2008. His respect for the Catholic Church in China continues on as he currently works at the Ricci Institute, University of San Francisco, as an Archives Specialist assigned to the Passionist China Collection digitization project.
Linda Crisostomo, Staff Assistant to the Executive Director
Born, raised, educated in Manila, Philippines, Linda immigrated to U.S.A. in 1978. After many years of successful career in secular corporate world, Linda responded to the call to full-time volunteer work for three years, that then opened doors to non-profit career and ministries. She managed a prestigious Catholic retreat center in Los Angeles, CA for six years. She had graduate theology course in Berkeley, CA and introduction to spiritual direction program in Burlingame, CA. Linda presents one-day and week-end retreats and is the founder of EMmausRoad153: a ministry of Retreats, Open-Bible Hour, Intercessory Prayer, Interpretative Prayer-Dance and Fund-Raising for Non-Profit organizations.
Heeyoung Chung, Staff Assistant - Social Media
Heeyoung is a 1.5 generation Korean American from Southern California. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student in Christian Spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, and her research focus is on women's leadership experience within the traditions of East and West—Franciscanism and Korean Neo-Confucianism.
Tom McGuire's love of the people of China began when I was assigned as a Maryknoll Missionary to Hong Kong in 1969. After leaving Maryknoll, I married Florence, Tsang Ying-pin in 1972, and remained in Hong Kong as an instructor and administrator at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. After returning to the United States in 1978, with a group of Chinese Catholics, I helped to establish the Chinese Catholic Society of Michigan, which is dedicated to supporting the Catholic Church in China. The USCCB provided me with opportunities to deepen my relationships with members of the Catholic Church in China and form life long friendships with individual Chinese Catholics. As a member of the Board, I am dedicated to the educational mission of USCCB that will result in a deep sense of solidarity between the members of the Catholic Church in China and the United States.
Father Bob was born and raised in Oakland, CA. He attended Catholic school in the East Bay after which he studied engineering at Santa Clara University. After one year of engineering he felt serving God’s people would be a more fulfilling life’s work. He entered Maryknoll in 1955 and was ordained a priest in 1964. He did most of his mission work in Guatemala and Honduras during the turbulent 1970’s and 80’s. He spent some 20 years doing mission promotion for the Maryknoll Society on the road and finally as Director of Development at Maryknoll, NY. In 1999 he asked for a year sabbatical teaching English in mainland China. It was such a good experience that the year stretched into three. After a final fling at development he returned to retire at Maryknoll Residence in Los Altos. His China experience gave him a new interest and missionary experience which brought him to serve on the board of the USCCB.
Rev. Douglas Mullin, OSB
Fr. Mullin is a Benedictine monk of Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota. His main work there is within Saint John’s University where he serves as the Vice President for Student Development. Fr. Doug’s love of Chinese people and culture as well as his interest in the Church in China were kindled through his work and friendship with the two dozen or so seminarians, sisters, and priests from China who have done graduate studies at the Saint John’s School of Theology Seminary since 1994 as part of the Chinese Seminary Teachers & Formators Project that is directed by Maryknoll. He has visited China and other parts of Asia numerous times, and he sees his service on the Board of the US Catholic China Bureau as well as with the Benedictine China Commission as key to taking his support and love for the Church in China to a higher level.
ASSOCIATE BOARD MEMBERS
Rev. Timothy Kilkelly, MM
John A. Lindblom
While teaching English in Chendgu, Sichuan, for two years, I first experienced the life of the local church in China, and became friends with the cathedral's parish priest. I went on to the Jackson School of Int'l Studies at Univ. of Washington, writing my MA thesis on the Church in China, and getting to know Chinese Catholic communities around North America and the world. I then began to volunteer with China Little Flower, who care for orphans in Beijing, translated articles for the Macau Ricci Institute's journal, and spent a year working at Jinde Charities, located at the Hebei Seminary in Shijiazhuang. Now I am studying for my Ph.D. in World Religions and World Church at University of Notre Dame, with an emphasis on the Church in China in modern times, dialogue between Christianity and Chinese culture, and the work of Chinese Catholic intellectuals like John C. H. Wu.
EMERITAE/EMERITI BOARD MEMBERS
Deacon Doug Lovejoy, Ph.D
Princeton Junction, NJ
Rev. Michel Marcil, SJ
Sr. Catherine McNamee, CSJ, Ph.D.
Sister Catherine McNamee, CSJ, has been a Sister of St. Joseph for more than 55 years. She has been a leader in education, including as the president of the College of St. Catherine, which is now known as St. Catherine University. She later became a president of The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). Sister Catherine was a member of the Justice Commission of the St. Paul’s Province of the Sisters of St Joseph. In addition to her leadership experience, Sister Catherine has lived in Chile, where she taught Catholic social teachings at a university. She is also an outstanding advocate for social justice.
Most Rev. Ignatius Wang (San Francisco, CA)
Ignatius Chung Wang (pronounced Wong) was born in Beijing, China in 1934, the fifth of eight children in a family that had been Christian for twelve generations. He attended Catholic schools and began his studies to become a priest at the Regional Seminary in Hong Kong. He was ordained a priest in 1959 in Hong Kong at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi. After his ordination, Fr. Wang was unable to serve in China because of the Communist government. He was sent to Rome where he completed a doctorate in Canon Law in 1962. Unable to return to China, he took an assignment on the Caribbean Island of Grenada, where he served as a parish priest and Vicar General of the Diocese of St. George. In 1974, Fr. Wang moved to San Francisco to be near his widowed sister, who had small children and was in poor health. When his sister died of cancer, Bishop Wang became guardian of her children. Bishop Wang began his service in the Archdiocese of San Francisco 1974. He was a Parochial Vicar in several parishes and in 1981 was named the first archdiocesan Director of the Office of Chinese Catholic Ministry. He initiated a ritual Blessing of Ancestors at the annual archdiocesan Chinese New Year’s Mass. In 1982, he was appointed pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church in San Francisco, making Fr. Wang the first Chinese Catholic pastor in San Francisco. Pope John Paul II named him a Prelate of Honor of His Holiness with the title of Monsignor in 1989. He also has served in the archdiocesan Tribunal and as Coordinator of the Chinese Apostolate. On Dec. 13, 2002, Pope John Paul II appointed Monsignor Wang to the post of Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Bishop Wang is the first Catholic Bishop of Chinese ancestry and of Asian background to be appointed in the United States. He served as auxiliary bishop of San Francisco under Archbishop William J. Levada and Archbishop George Niederauer before retiring in 2009.