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Chinese Catholics - A Reflection by Fr. Rob Carbonneau

About Father Robert Carbonneau, CP, Ph.D.:

Fr. Rob is a Passionist priest and member of St. Paul of the Cross Province (eastern US). He received a Ph.D. in American and East Asian History from Georgetown University. Since completing his doctoral work on the Passionist missionaries in twentieth century China, Fr. Rob taught Chinese, Japanese, World and Catholic mission history and U.S. history in various American universities and graduate schools as well as as a foreign expert in Chongqing from 2007 to 2008. His respect for the Catholic Church in China continues on as he currently works at the Ricci Institute, University of San Francisco, as an Archives Specialist assigned to the Passionist China Collection digitization project.

Source:  Board and Staff, U.S. Catholic China Bureau.

 


 

Chinese Catholics - A Reflection by Fr. Rob Carbonneau

 

Setpember 27, 2016

 

Chinese Catholics inspire me as living examples of hope.

I first became aware of this when teachers explained how 16th century Jesuit Matteo Ricci applied combined science and friendship to forge a relationship of respect that still exists today. Upon entering the Passionist seminary, this respect became living history when I learned that the Passionists had been missionaries to West Hunan from 1920 to 1955. When former Passionist missionary to China Father Linus Lombard suggested the best way to learn about China was “to let China love you,” I gained confidence to enjoy learning as much as I could about Chinese history and culture.  

Above:  Matteo Ricci et Paul Xu Guangqi.

Photo Credit: http://www.matteo-ricci.org/

For over 25 years my relationship with the U.S. Catholic China Bureau has allowed me to meet Chinese Catholics from China as well as from across the United States. As they told me stories about their home provinces or daily life in urban China towns and neighborhoods in various American cities I realized that their stamina of faith strengthened mine. Through them, I learned the spirit of Matteo Ricci is still alive today. I remain thankful for the wise practical advice of Father Lombard. The U.S. Catholic China Bureau remains a way to maintain and build new friendships. As Catholics we proclaim we belong to a world church of people whose love of the Eucharist, devotions and community offer a vision of peace. More than ever I see this come to life when I have the opportunity to be with Chinese Catholics. Whenever possible I try to experience this and pass this gift of grace on to others!

 

Father Rob Carbonneau, C.P., Ph.D. is the Executive Director of U.S. Catholic China Bureau.  

Contact Information:

1646 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA  94703
Email: director@uscatholicchina.org
Website: www.uscatholicchina.org

 


 

Matteo Ricci Award Dinner - November 3, 2016

Since its founding in 1989, the U.S. Catholic China Bureau has continued to educate American Catholics about the Catholic Church in China. Located in Berkeley, California, our Mission is to provide resources and information to people in the church pews and those who have a serious and professional interest in the Catholic Church in China, the religious situation in China and the general situation in China. The U.S. Catholic China Bureau further seeks to foster opportunities for cooperation and service between American Catholics and Chinese Catholics.

In order to continue our Mission, we count on the generosity of individuals and businesses for support. Without the assistance of community-minded individuals and organizations like you, we would not be able to sustain our Mission.

May we ask for your support of our Matteo Ricci Award Dinner and Fundraising?  To be awarded on November 3, 2016 at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center in Oakland, California are Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins of the Diocese of Oakland and Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Ignatius Wang of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Jesuit Matteo Ricci (1552-1610), for whom the award is named, still holds a place in the hearts of the Chinese Catholics and people throughout the world. His life and service for the Gospel and to the Chinese culture remains a model of friendship for all of us. We at U.S. Catholic China Bureau wish to thank both of our awardees for their many years of guidance that they have offered to the United States Catholic Church, the Chinese Catholic community and the general public in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Please note that all participation deadlines are October 18, 2016.

We hope that you will be able to make a contribution by attending the Award Dinner, and/or becoming a Sponsor, and/or advertising in the Program Book, and/or donating for the Silent Auction. Your generosity will make a difference by enabling us to continue our Mission.

Every donation makes a difference, regardless of the amount. 

For more information go to U.S. Catholic Chinese Bureau's website at www.uscatholicchina.org 

Video:   https://vimeo.com/178283824

Thank you in advance for your support!

 


 

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