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about the

us-CHINA 

catholic

association

Who We Are

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After many years of faithfully serving the USCCA, Father Michael is moving on to another assignment. We are grateful for his devotion to the mission of the USCCA. Father Michael may be reached at magliardo@jesuits.net.

While we launch a national search for our next executive director, we invite you to communicate with Interim Chief Administrative Officer, Gerald Doyle, at director@uscatholicchina.org. We are grateful for your spiritual and financial partnership with the USCCA mission.

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Staff & Collab

STAFF

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BERNARD CIERNICK

Mission Appeals Coordinator

Bernard Ciernick has worked in parish and diocesan ministry for over 40 years. He has a master’s in theology from the University of San Diego. He lives in the beautiful wine country of Santa Rosa, California with his five children. He has always had a love of East Asia and its religious traditions. He brings his extensive talent and ministerial experience to his work for the USCCA.

Collaborators

Sue li

Fellowship Activity Consultant

Sue Li is the Founding Coordinator of the CAFE Fellowship Program at Seton Hall University and USCCA Board member. She was born in Taiwan and came to U.S. for the graduate study. She received a both master's degree and a doctorate in biochemistry from Seton Hall University. There she also began a longtime friendship with the Maryknoll brothers, fathers, and sisters. They had a great impact on her life, and they helped her to grow in her friendship with God. Through her involvement with the Maryknoll "Seminary Teachers & Formators Project," she has had the chance to meet with many priests and religious sisters from China. They illuminated her faith and encouraged her to serve the Church and the Chinese community. As a result, after a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry, Ms. Li responded to God’s call to serve as a volunteer in the local Chinese Catholic community. In addition, she collaborates with campus ministry at Seton Hall and other universities to share the Gospel with her fellow Chinese. 

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xueying wang, PH.D.

Campus Engagement Academic Consultant

Xueying Wang is a lecturer in the Department of Theology, Loyola University Chicago. Xueying came to the United States in 2007, to study classics and early Christianity at the University of Notre Dame. She was baptized into the Roman Catholic Church on Easter 2008. Upon becoming Catholic, she changed the focus of her studies to Christian theology and earned a doctorate in historical theology in 2014. Her research is focused on Christianity in China and comparative religions. She is especially interested in studying the writings of Chinese Catholics during the Chinese Rites Controversy, whose voices had been largely ignored by modern scholarship. Once an international student herself, Xueying is passionate about working with the USCCA in improving the experiences of Chinese students in American universities.

Andrea Zhou (周 沅)

Student Development Consultant

Andrea Zhou is the Interim Assistant Director of Student Experience at INTO Saint Louis University. The INTO Saint Louis University program is designed to enable international students to succeed in American higher education. Prior to coming to the United States, Andrea worked at the Jesuit-affiliated Beijing Center for Chinese Studies. With over ten years’ experience at Jesuit institutions on both sides of the Pacific, she has a long track record promoting international student success through orientation, programming, and student involvement. She is currently a doctoral student at Saint Louis University; her research focuses on international branding, marketing, and recruitment in the greater China theater.

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Catherine  Dugan

Salesforce Consultant

Catherine Dugan is a Salesforce consultant with a background in non-profit program management and development. She holds an M.A. in Theology from Franciscan University and a S.T.L. in Marriage and Family studies from the John Paul II Institute in Washington, DC. Currently, she is researching a dissertation on Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI on the intersection of his personalism with salvation history through a hermeneutic of memory. For Catherine, the praxis of theological study is inseparable with the theoretical. She hopes that by supporting the CRM of the USCCA, their mission to build ties with the Catholic Church in China will lead to a strengthening in ecclesial unity, which affirms and incorporates the histories of individuals and cultures. 

Griffin burris

Systems & Organizational Consultant

Griffin Burris is a Director of Development with a missionary non-profit organization, he primarily works in the areas of advancement, workplace efficiency, and change management. Griffin holds an M.Div. from the Catholic Theological Union, a B.S. in Biology, and a Certificate in Data Analytics from Google. Griffin remembers receiving Chinese lessons from his childhood friends, his early introduction to the stories and life of Chinese Americans and how these two cultures come together. Griffin is thankful not only for the opportunity to work everyday with people from across the world, but to work in a special way with the USCCA.

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Margaret Smetana

Communications Administrator, 

Conference 29 (August 2-4 at DePaul University)

Margaret Smetana joins the USCCA as a member of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps, bringing a lifetime of experience in organizational and educational leadership to her role supporting the 2024 Conference communications.  

Margaret holds a BFA from the University of Hartford Art School, and professional credentials in Montessori School Management and Leadership. 

Margaret believes in the power of shared experiences and as such seeks to imbue all aspects of her life and work with a spirit of community and hope!

Benny Mattis

Web Developer

Benny Mattis is a web developer with prior experience in the nonprofit sector as a volunteer recruiter and development professional. He holds a Certificate in Web Development from Montgomery College, a Certificate in Theology and Ministry from Boston College, and an M.A. in Philosophy from Marquette University. Benny is interested in learning more about the history and contemporary trends of Chinese philosophy and religion. He hopes that web
communications can play a part in building bridges of understanding between the US and

China.

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