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Our Mother of Sheshan

Together we celebrate Our Mother of Sheshan on May 24, 2024.

We are invited to unite in prayer with Chinese Catholics this sacred pilgrimage site located a top a mountain side in the Songjiang District, in Western Shanghai. At the 1924 Shanghai Synod of Bishops in China, the image known as "Our Lady of China"; or "Our Lady Queen of China" was chosen. Thus, some historical suggest that that 2024 marks the 100th anniversary of this event which helped to promote annual devotional pilgrimages. People began coming to the shrine.

Meditate on this historic and rare photo from the Passionist China Collection which shows the Sheshan Basilica from the 1920s.

800.30_054.008 Copyright Image from the Passionist China Collection. Digitized at the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at Boston College.


The U.S.-China Catholic Association invites you to reflect on how your life continues to be a pilgrimage?

  • who has assisted you in that journey?

  • with whom have you crossed paths during these travels?

  • what are the diverse ways that have you come to understand China?

  • in what ways might you be open to learn from the faith lived by Chinese Catholics?

  • perhaps Our Mother of Sheshan is speaking to you on May 24, 2024?

We are all on a pilgrimage together and Our Mother of Sheshan invites us to meet one another. So please consider coming to Chicago to attend our International USCCA China Conference from August 2-4, 2024: the Theme of the Conference is "Our Hope is in Christ." Registration details click here.

In May 2007, Pope Benedict XVI (1927-2022) released a Letter to Chinese Catholics, in which he asked that May 24 each year be celebrated as a World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. He chose May 24 because it is the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians, who is venerated at the Shrine of Sheshan in Shanghai.

Reflection by Father Rob Carbonneau, C.P., Ph.D.

Director Emeritus, USCCA



Inspired by the Gospel, the mission of the US-China Catholic Association is to build bridges of friendship and dialogue between the people of China and the United States by offering educational, service, and cultural programs in support of the Church and the larger society.


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


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