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Our Hope
is in Christ

The 29th International Conference of

the US-China Catholic Association

August 2-4, 2024

DePaul University, Chicago, IL


Center for World Catholicism

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Keynote Speakers

The USCCA is pleased and honored to welcome the following keynote speakers for our 29th International Conference:

The Board and Officers of the China Association very much appreciate the willingness of various keynote speakers to share their views and expertise with us.

At the same time, we make clear that the views are not our own. In fact, we deliberately invite people with a range of views to speak, so long as they speak in good faith and in a spirit of mutual respect. 

Saturday Evening Conference Liturgy: August 3, 2024

Cardinal Blaise Cupich

We are very pleased to share that Cardinal Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archdiocese of Chicago, will be the presider at the liturgy on Saturday, August 3, 2024, at 5:00 pm at St. Vincent de Paul Parish - Chicago.
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Cardinal Stephen Chow 
Bishop of Hong Kong

Cardinal Stephen Chow Sau-yan, SJ is the Cardinal of Hong Kong (China). He joined the Society of Jesus in 1984, and was ordained priest in 1994 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by John Baptist Wu, Bishop of Hong Kong. Cardinal Chow holds a Master's in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, a Master's in Organizational Development from Loyola University of Chicago, and an Ed.D. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University. He was proclaimed a Cardinal by Pope Francis on September 30, 2023.

Dr. Naomi Thurston 

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Naomi Thurston teaches and researches the history of Christianity in China and contemporary Chinese Christianities at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her recent research traces the theological reception of the German Reformed theologian Jürgen Moltmann in Chinese scholarship. She has translated the writings of contemporary Chinese scholars and introduced the emerging discourse of “Sino- Christian studies” in Chinese academic discourse today. She is the sole author of the book Studying Christianity in China: Constructions of an Emerging Discourse (Brill, 2018) and co-editor with Jason Lam of a recent book on Moltmann and China: Theological Encounters from Hong Kong to Beijing (Brill, 2023). Dr. Thurston received her PhD from University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

“Echoes of Hope: Chinese-Christian Debates in Republican and Post-Reform-Era China”

Over the past hundred years, Christian communities in China have been forging their identities through challenging but ultimately fruitful negotiations with language, governance, culture, and the prevailing ideologies of the day. Republican China in particular saw intense debates regarding the place of Christianity in Chinese society. Many of the themes of national soul searching are echoed in Chinese academic scholarship and theology today. This talk traces theological continuities between Republican-era and contemporary Chinese thinkers whose ideas articulate a Christian hope in the contexts of Chinese intellectual architectures and lived Christianities.
Fr. Augustine Tsang, SJ (曾慶導神父)

Fu Jen Faculty of Theology of Saint Robert Bellarmine, Taiwan

Father Augustine Tsang (曾慶導神父) was born in Guangzhou, China. After graduating from high school in Hong Kong, he immigrated to the U.S. and received his higher education there. He holds a Master’s degree in Biology and a Doctoral Degree in Sacred Theology from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Boston. He joined the Society of Jesus in Los Angeles and was ordained in the Cathedral of San Francisco on June 11, 1994. He has been teaching at Fu Jen Faculty of Theology of Saint Robert Bellarmine in Taiwan since 2001, a member of the International Association of Jesuit Universities, Asia-Pacific region. 

“Hope in the Present: Pastoral Work in and for Chinese Christians in Recent Years”

Father Augustine will present his views on the Hope of the Church in China, based on his own experiences and readings, as well as conversations and interactions with others, especially with the mainland Chinese (young priests, religious sisters, and lay people) who are studying at Fu Jen Faculty of Theology, and who have expressed great concerns and hopes for the Church of China that they love.
Sr. Antoinette Gutzler, MM
Maryknoll Sisters

Antoinette Gutzler, a Maryknoll Sister, holds a doctorate in systematic theology from Fordham University.  She has served in mission in Tanzania, in East Africa, and in Taiwan, where she first directed a center for factory workers. After completing theology studies, she was associate professor of theology at St. Robert Bellarmine School of Theology in Taipei until her election to the Leadership Team of the Maryknoll Sisters in 2014.  During her time in Taiwan, she was consultant to the Ecclesia of Women in Asia (EWA), a standing committee member of the Association of Major Religious Superiors and a member of the Taiwan JPIC committee.

“Coming Out of the Shadows: Engaging Theology in Taiwan”

The theological enterprise in Taiwan invites students into an engagement with the challenges before the Church as it emerges from the shadows of a western Christianity to become a Church of Asia.  In a male-dominated church, this becoming necessitates the recognition of “women matter” and diversity of cultures as theological imperatives.  In addition to the study of FABC documents, Ecclesia in Asia, feminist essays and films, Shusako Endo’s novel Deep River introduces us to the questions that those on the periphery bring to the Church in Asia.
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