The US-China Catholic Association was founded in 1989 by concerned U.S. bishops, Maryknoll, the Jesuits, and representatives of other religious orders in order to promote mutual support and fraternal ties between the Church in China and the U.S. Church.

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China, Christianity, and the

Dialogue of Civilizations

28th International Conference of

the US-China Catholic Association


Conference postponed due to
novel coronavirus outbreak.

Check back March 1st for update.

cosponsored by the Department of Sociology, Santa Clara University

Postponement Announcement

On Wednesday, January 29, the Board of Directors of the China Association voted to postpone the conference set for this March in view of the current outbreak of Novel Coronavirus. 

At this time, the Board and staff of the USCCA will focus their prayers and efforts on responding to the unfolding crisis.   

Currently, we are exploring two options for rescheduling, the weekend of September 11-13 and the weekend of October 9-11. On March 1, if appropriate,we will announce the new dates for the conference. Please check back then.

Program Overview

Friday eve

Keynote - Antonio Spadaro, SJ
Editor, La Civilta Cattolica

Reception to follow

Open to the public.


Keynote - Rachel Zhu (朱晓红) 

Academic Panels

Keynote - Chiaretto Yan (甄健湘)

Award Banquet honoring Brent Fulton and Joann Pittman of ChinaSource


Plenary Presentation - Chiaretto Yan

Pastoral & Practical Sessions

Closing Mass

Rev. Antonio Spadaro, SJ

Editor-in-chief of La Civiltà Cattolica

Fr. Antonio Spadaro, an Italian Jesuit, journalist and author, serves as editor-in-chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, a journal published in coordination with the Secretariat of State of the Holy See. Fr. Spadaro works closely with Pope Francis, and through the China Forum for Civilizational Dialogue (a project jointly sponsored by La Civiltà Cattolica and Georgetown University), he has pressed to broaden the conversation with China to include issues that affect the common welfare of all humanity.* Fr. Spadaro will offer reflections on the progress of this Civilizational Dialogue and the importance of locating our relationship with China in a wider horizon.

*One event sponsored by this forum, AI and the Human Person: Chinese and Western Perspectives, took place on the Santa Clara University campus on April 5, 2019.

Dr. Rachel Zhu (朱晓红)

Professor and Catholic public intellectual

Rachel Zhu (朱晓红) is associate professor and a founding member of the Religious Studies Department at Fudan University, Shanghai. She has written on a wide range of topics, including Christian philosophy, Catholic, the contemporary Church in China, and feminist theology. She contributes regularly to the life of the Church and public life in Shanghai, as well as in the worldwide Church community.

Kin Sheung Chiaretto Yan (甄健湘)

Author, International Speaker

Chiaretto Yan lives in Shanghai. He holds a doctorate in Missiology from the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome). His primary areas of research are interdisciplinary approaches to the religions and cultures of Asia. He is the author of numerous articles and two books relevant to his this conference, Evangelization in China: Challenges and Prospects (Orbis 2014) and Season for Relationships: Youth in China and the Mission of the Church (Claretian Publications 2018). He will speak about the concerns and challenges facing young people in Chinese society today.

Ricci Award Banquet

Brent Fulton


Joann Pittman


This year the USCCA is proud to honor Brent Fulton and Joann Pittman of ChinaSource as co-recipients of the China Association’s Matteo Ricci Award for Service of God and China.


The Matteo Ricci Award Banquet may be booked separately from the conference.

Recent USCCA conferences

Keynote Speakers

Concurrent Panels

Recognition and Awards

Lively discussions

Prayer and Liturgy

Festive Banquets

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