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Center for World Catholicism


Our Hope
is in Christ

The 29th International Conference of

the US-China Catholic Association

August 2-4, 2024

August 2-4, 2024
DePaul University — Lincoln Park Campus
Chicago, IL

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Conference 29 Program:

The 29th International Conference is an event spanning three days, four keynote speakers, a range of pastoral reflections, academic panels, and other events to foster a deeper conversation surrounding Christianity, culture, and the friendship between the Church in China and in the U.S.

This program page will include further details as we update the schedule.

(Provisional program last updated June 7, 2024)

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

7:00 PM – 7:05 PM

7:05 PM – 8:00 PM

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Registration and social

Welcome by Board Chair 

Peter Tan, USCCA

Opening Evening Keynote

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

Dr. Naomi Thurston, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Chair: Dr. Richard Madsen, USCCA & University of California, San Diego

Reception and social

Friday (8/2) Evening

Friday Evening

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

8:30 AM – 8:40 AM

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

9:45 AM – 10:15 AM

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM

2:45 PM – 4:15 PM

2:45 PM – 4:15 PM

2:45 PM – 4:15 PM

5:00 PM –  6:00 PM

6:00 PM –  9:00 PM

Registration, information, book display, social


Morning Prayers and Welcome 

Conference Liturgy Committee and Conference Chair

Saturday Morning Keynote 

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

Fr. Augustine Tsang, SJ, Saint Robert Bellarmine, Taiwan

Chair: Fr. Francis Li, USCCA Conference Committee Chair

Coffee/Tea Break


Parallel Session 2c 

“Young Scholars’ Perspectives on Friendship and Dialogue with the Church in China”

Ms. Greta Frei, Boston University

Dr. Kathy Stout, Dayton University

Chair: Fr. Rob Carbonneau, CP, USCCA & Boston College

Tea Break

Parallel Session 3c

“Understanding China's Catholic Past and Present Realities as a Foundation for Future USCCA Relationships”

Dr. Anthony E. Clark, USCCA & Whitworth University

Dr. Xiaoxin Wu, Boston College

Chair & speaker: Fr. Rob Carbonneau, CP, USCCA & Boston College

Conference & Vigil Mass in DePaul University Church

Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archdiocese of Chicago, presider of Mass

Award Ceremony and USCCA 35th anniversary celebration (Chinatown)

Chairs: Fr. Francis Li, USCCAFr. Hugh O’Donnell, CM, USCCA

Saturday (8/3) 


8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM

8:00 AM – 8:10 AM

8:10 AM – 8:45 AM

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

11:10 AM – 12:00 PM

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Registration, Information, Book Display, Social


Morning Prayer and Announcements

Conference Liturgy Committee

Sunday Morning Keynote

“Challenges and Opportunities of Catholicism in China”

Bishop Paul Junmin Pei, Diocese of Liaoning, China

Chair & Response: Fr. Lance P. Nadeau, MM, Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers

Tea Break

Parallel Session 4c

“What is the Good News Message for US Catholics from Chinese Catholics?”

Fr. Hugh O’Donnell, CM, USCCA

Peter Tan, USCCA

Fr. Joseph Lin, USCCA & Basilica of Regina Pacis

Chair: Tom McGuire, USCCA

Sunday Closing Keynote

“Keeping the Hill Green: China’s Hopeful Catholic Future”

Dr. Anthony E. Clark, USCCA & Whitworth University

Chair: Peter Tan, USCCA


Discover Chicago Catholic Churches and Downtown

Guide: Prof. William Cavanaugh, DePaul University


Sunday (8/4)

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