Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
October 22-The Church in China: Past and Present
Guest speaker: Fr. Don Allen, retired Maryknoll Missionary
Father Don Allen spent 8 years serving as missionary teaching English at universities in Wuhan and Beijing, China. To become part of the modern business world, China invited missionaries to come into the Country. Fr. Don volunteered as part of the Maryknoll mission. Maryknollers also contacted local churches and promoted continued clergy education. Fr. Allen is now retired and living at the Maryknoll Seminary in Los Altos.
The history of Christianity in China is complex. It began in the 6-7th century with Nestorian Christians traveling the Silk Road from Syria. Centuries later, the Jesuits came to spread the Word in China with some success; most notably that of Fr. Mateo Ricci. Others followed with varying results. In the modern era, the Church has gone through extensive periods of persecution. Currently there is a registered, officially recognized by the government, Church but there is also an “underground” unofficial Church. Come and learn more about the Catholic Church in China. Fr. Allen will lead us from its earliest beginnings through today and hope for the future. This will be a very interesting evening! Saint Albert the Great Hospitality Room; 7:00 to 8:30 pm