Witnesses to the Faith
A Catholic Pilgrimage in a Changing China
April 23 - May 2, 2019
This pilgrimage sponsored by the USCCA affords a unique opportunity to visit China, experience its contemporary vibe, and visit famous cultural and historical sites. In addition, participants will be able to learn from and reflect on Chinese Catholics' witness to their faith, both in history and in contemporary society. The itinerary, which includes stops in Beijing, Taiyuan (Shanxi Province), Hengshui & Xian Xian (Hebei Province), and Tianjin, affords a rare opportunity to visit China's great cosmopolitan cities and sites off the beaten track.
At each step of the way, commentary will be provided by renowned Catholic scholar Dr. Anthony Clark, author of China's Saints: Catholic Martyrdom During the Qing (1644–1911) and Heaven in Conflict: Franciscans and the Boxer Uprising in Shanxi.
Fr. Hung Nguyen will lead opportunities for prayer and Eucharist. Father Hung is pastor of Our Lady of Mount Virgin Parish in Seattle, home to a grace-filled Chinese Catholic community.
We hope that participants in this unique pilgrimage will deepen their knowledge of China, their appreciation of its Catholic history, and their own faith.
Tuesday, April 23 to Thursday, May 2, 2019
Spanning the two weeks following Easter.
10 days, 9 nights in total.
All are welcome to apply
Though the focus of this study tour is the Catholic Church in China, it is open to people of any religious background. We begin and end the study tour with Eucharist, and on many days our first common activity is a moment of prayerful reflection. So long as you are open to these activities, you are invited to apply to the pilgrimage.
The cost for participation in Witnesses to the Faith: A Catholic Pilgrimage in a Changing China is $2,050 (per person single occupancy) or $1,725 (per person double occupancy). That price will drop $100 if the group size reaches 20 or more.
Pilgrimage organizers provide accommodations & meals, transportation within China, the services of translators and guides, orientation materials, and opportunities for liturgy and prayer.
Also note: While our travel agent is prepared to work with participants to arrange transit to China and back, as well as a Chinese tourist visa, if needed, these items are not included in the cost of the pilgrimage.
For information about the application process, visas, and travel assistance, visit the Pilgrimage Application Process page.
Space is limited. Please submit your application by February 1 to be considered in the second round of the selection process.
For more information
Email USCCA.StudyTours@gmail.com or call +1 (510) 900-2015.
We begin our pilgrimage in Beijing, China's capital, where ancient imperial sites and churches on land granted by emperors in centuries past coexist in one of the most dynamic cities in the world. The greater Beijing metropolitan area, taking in some 25 million people, is a place where the possibilities and challenges of modern urban life confront the Chinese Church and Chinese society alike.
We then visit several local Church communities in Shanxi and Hebei Provinces, areas where Chinese Catholicism has flourished, and Tianjin, where the Catholic Church plays an important role in education, social services, and the civic life of the community. Our final stop takes us back to Beijing for debriefing and an opportunity to meet contemporary church leaders.
The pilgrimage comes to an official close late Wednesday evening, May 1st. For those who will depart the next day, provision for accommodation at a hotel in Beijing is included in the pilgrimage total. The staff of the USCCA can also provide advice and assistance to those who wish to stay longer for tourism or other purposes.