USCCA 2022
annual appeal

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USCCA logo - gold, clear bgd, with text

help us reach our goal of $60,000!

Combined Total from Individual Donors and Matching Donors:
$56,420 (as of October 10th)

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$30,000

$60,000

 
 

Dear friends and supporters of the USCCA,
 

How do we witness to the faith in a complex and changing world?

​This summer I had the privilege of arranging for Br. David, a seminarian from northern China, to meet with Fr. Robert Spitzer, noted Jesuit priest and author. Fr. Spitzer is the president of the highly respected Magis Center, which brings science and faith into dialogue. The Magis Center helps people “find meaning in the cosmos and purpose in life through understanding more about faith, science, and reason.”

Br. David himself earned a BA geology before entering the seminary. With his background in science, he is uniquely positioned to help colleagues in China appreciate that scientific training, a rigorous intellect, and a lively faith can in fact enhance one another. During their meeting, Fr. Spitzer shared with Br. David his own insights and resources for providing people with a more informed understanding of the relationship between science and faith.

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Standing by our brothers and sisters in faith and facilitating such one-on-one encounters is one way that the USCCA achieves its mission. Here are some of other ways that your support will enable us to serve:

 

Speaker Series

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This past year, three powerful events in the speaker series of Exploring Christianity and Culture in China: Today and Yesterday opened participants’ minds and hearts. National and international speakers addressed topics ranging from why church communities emerged in particular regions of China to the latest developments in Hong Kong. Your support will enable us to continue to inform even more ordinary Catholics and key decision makers of the circumstances of the Church in China.

Presentations in Dioceses Across the U.S.  

This year Fr. Michael and other representatives of the USCCA will speak in some thirty parishes in six dioceses across the country, helping people to understand the challenges faced by our Catholic brothers and sisters in China and how to provide support. Your contribution will help us educate and inspire tens of thousands of Catholics with presentations at parishes across the U.S.

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(Right) In conjunction with this year’s mission appeal in Irvine, Fr. Michael met with the local Chinese community and the Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of the Diocese of Orange.

(Right) In conjunction with this year’s mission appeal in Irvine, Fr. Michael met with the local Chinese community and the Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of the Diocese of Orange.

29th International Conference

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Each year, the USCCA hosts an International Conference, bringing together Chinese Catholics, educators, students, priests, religious sisters, and lay people who are deeply concerned about the Church in China. Old friends reconnect and new friends meet.

Next year, the USCCA will host its 29th International Conference in partnership with the Center for World Catholicism at DePaul University. It comes at  crucial time, as the Church in China recovers from the impact of the pandemic. Your gift today will help make Conference 29 the most successful to date!

(Above) Andrea Zhou speaks about trends in student recruitment from China as the USCCA’s 2021 conference.

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(Above) Fr. Francis Li ( 李东平神父), much beloved Chicago pastor, will Chair the USCCA’s Conference Committee and head up efforts as Conference 29’s local host.

Campus Engagement Initiative (CEI)

Perhaps our most noteworthy accomplishment this year has been the launch of the CEI. The USCCA organized five pilot projects in the San Francisco Bay Area to promote welcome and build relationships with students coming from China. With your help we will be able to reach even more students through campus-based, faith-focused conversation circles, movie nights, come-and-see events, and cultural exchanges.

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(Right) Grad students and undergrads from UC Berkeley gathered for a meal hosted by the USCCA, Olive Tree, and ERRChina.

(Left) Students at the University of San Francisco share stories and laughter with USCCA staff and parishioners from nearby St.  Anne's.

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(Left) Lu Nan’s On the Road, is available for purchase from Ignatius Press. See www.uscatholicchina.org/lu-nan

As a way of sharing the story of the Church in China with the American Church, the USCCA published On the Road (在路上), a photo documentary of China’s Catholics by Lu Nan, one of China’s premier black-and-white photographers. This stunning volume is a testament to the ordinary people in each generation who witness to the faith.

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Lu Nan’s On the Road (在路上)

Share the story! Contributors of $500 or more may opt to receive a free copy of On the Road.

We could not do the work of USCCA without you. Please contribute today to our 2022 Annual Appeal. Together we witness to the Gospel by building bridges of friendship and dialogue both at home and across the Pacific.

 

Yours in the mission of Christ,

 




Fr. Michael Agliardo 

Executive Director, USCCA
 

P.S. Donate by September 30 and your contribution will be doubled! Other USCCA supporters have pledged up to $30,000 in matching funds to so that we can reach our goal!

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Support the USCCA for 2022