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USCCA: 35 Years of Gospel-Inspired Conferences of Friendship and Dialogue

Friends in Christ:

For 35 years, the US-China Catholic Association has organized an inspiring set of conferences that have welcomed the Church in China and the Church in the US to come together in dialogue and to learn and grow in friendship among Catholics from the US and China.

We invite you to review the enduring legacy of our conferences across the years.

If you have attended one or more of these conferences, we would welcome your reflections to share with those who will join us -- as we hope you will -- this year.

Please share this information with your network of friends who are interested in knowing more about the practice of Christianity in China.

The USCCA Conference Committee

and all of us at the USCCA


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

Theme: "Our Hope is in Christ."


August 6-8, 2021, at  Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California.

Theme: “China, Christianity, and the Dialogue of Civilizations” 


August 11-13, 2017, at St. John’s University, Jamaica, Queens, New York City

Theme: "Experience of the Chinese Church in the 21st Century." 


October 9-11, 201, at Mercy Center, Burlingame, California

Theme: “The Catholic Church in China: Respecting the Past, Understanding the Present, Envisioning Future Relationships.”


October 4 -16, 2013, at University Of Loyola, Chicago Downtown Campus.

Theme: "The American Catholic Church And China In An Era Of Globalization" 


September 23-25, 2010, at Our Lady Of The Snows Conference Center Belleville, Illinois.

Theme: “Experiencing Jesus Christ Through Chinese Eyes: Continuing China –U.S. Conversations.” 


October 3-5, 2008, at Our Lady of the Snows Conference Center, Belleville, Illinois. 

Theme: “Experiencing Jesus Christ Through Chinese Eyes: Continuing the Conversations.”


November 3-5, 2006, at Simpsonwood Conference Center in Norcross, Georgia.

Theme: “Experiencing Jesus Christ Through Chinese Eyes.”


June 24-26, 2005, at Seattle University. 

Theme: “The Growth of Christianity in China. Realities, Challenges and Opportunities.”


November 14-16, 2003, at Global Conference Center, Maryknoll, New York. 

Theme: “The Role of Religion in China’s Emerging Civil Society.”


April 12-14, 2002, at Divine Word International Conference Center, Techny, Illinois. 

Theme: “Spiritual Growth and Social Change.”


November 10-12, 2000, at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. 

Theme: “Christianity in China: Growing on Holy Ground.”


February 12-14, 1999, at Mercy Center, Burlingame, California. 

Theme: “Peace and Justice in the Chinese Context.”


October 10-12, 1997, at Assisi Community Center, Rochester, Minnesota. 

Theme: “China’s Quest for a New Spiritual Civilization: Christian Perspectives and Engagement.”


March 15-17, 1996, at Mt. Marie Conference Center, Holyoke, Massachusetts. 

Theme: “Churches in Greater China and North America: New Paradigms for Relationships in Mission.”


September 23-25, 1994, at Techny Conference Center, Chicago-Milwaukee Area. 

Theme: “China in the 21st Center: Spirituality for a Global Power.”


January 29-31, 1993, at Mercy Center-Burlingame/San Francisco, California.

Theme: “Missiological Perspectives on Service with the Church in China.”


November 22-24, 1991, at Maryknoll, New York.

Theme: “Christianity & Chinese Culture: Challenges in the Encounter Lessons for the Future.”


December 6-9, 1990, at Xavier Conference Center, Convent Station, New Jersey.  

Theme: “The Chinese Catholic Church and the Universal Church and Contemporary Perspectives.”


To Register for the 29th International Conference in Chicago, 2-4 August 2024, please click here for additional details and instructions.


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.


The USCCA is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. Your donations are tax-deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law. The success of our work depends upon the generosity of people like you.

If you have enjoyed visiting the USCCA website and learning about our mission, donate $35 to honor the 35th anniversary of the USCCA.


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