“A Chinese Catholic Life of Faith” is the theme of the upcoming national conference sponsored by the U.S. Catholic China Bureau on September 24-26, 2010 in Belleville, Ill.. This year we celebrate the 400th anniversary of Matteo Ricci, the most respected, known and loved foreigner in China. Pope Benedict XVI writes: “He was a model of dialogue” and “made friendship the style of his apostolate during his twenty-eight years in China.” Therefore, the 24th China Conference will follow Ricci’s model of dialogue and focus on conversations between Catholics in China and in America.
We have invited Most Rev. PEI Jun-min, Bishop of Shenyang, China, to share with us his life of faith and to explore with us possible partnerships in mission. Other speakers from China will enhance participants’ understanding and appreciation of what is happening in mainland China regarding the Chinese Catholic life of faith. Although sponsored by a Catholic organization, the conference is open to anyone interested in the growth of religious faith in China.
There will be many opportunities to interact with the presenters and other participants. Books and other resources will also be available.There will be a Chinese cultural program on Saturday evening. Bishop Ignatius Wang, who was born in China, has been invited to lead the worship service on Sunday morning to conclude the conference.
The Conference will be held at Our Lady of the Snows Retreat and Conference Center in Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis, Mo. It is about a 50 minute ride by Metrolink from the airport in St. Louis. The conference begins Friday afternoon, September 24 and concludes at noon on Sunday, September 26.
Online registration and housing information is available at www.usccb.net or by mail at U.S. Catholic China Bureau, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ 07079. Special local registration for Friday evening keynote and Saturday sessions (including lunch) is available for $75.
Contact the China Bureau by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (973-763-1131). Deadline to reserve lodgings is August 31, 2010.