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Immerse yourself in China’s modern metropolises and ancient historical sites – Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Xi'an. Experience the Church Universal, one faith expressed in varied and unique ways. Appreciate how, despite the challenges and discord of today, we support one another in our journey of faith.

This tour is specially designed for seminary rectors and representatives of Catholic organizations who want to better understand contemporary China, its faith communities, as well as prospects for future collaboration. All are welcome.

(Please note: leader may change
due to the timing of the tour)

Father Michael Agliardo, director of the USCCA and research scholar at Santa Clara University, will lead the tour. Staff of the internationally respected Beijing Center for Chinese Studies will provide logistical support.

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Visit ancient imperial sites and churches coexisting on land granted by emperors in centuries past; enjoy magnificently restored historic churches and a seminary visit.


Because of its rich Catholic heritage, the Catholic Church plays an important role in education, social services, and the civic life of the community.


A cosmopolitan city and center of world finance, and yet, important center of Chinese urban Catholicism, including Fudan University and Sheshan pilgrimage site.


The site of the first imperial capital of China and the terminus of the fabled Silk Road; Nestorian Stele is home to St. Francis Cathedral (1715); a vibrant Catholic community.

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