Second Sunday Lecture at St. John’s

I’m not sure how many readers I have in Central Minnesota, but if you’re out there, this post is for you –

On Sunday, February 10, I’ll deliver this month’s Second Sunday lecture at St. John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota. The announced title of my speech is “Catholicism with Shanghai Characteristics: Faith’s Future Meets Its Past.” I’ll be talking about the past and current state of China’s growing Catholic population from the perspective of a foreign journalist covering those developments. My hope is that my audience will leave knowing a bit more about Chinese Catholicism, and a bit more about the challenges of being a foreign journalist in China.


Anyway, the event begins at 7 PM, sharp, in Petters Pavilion. Directions to St. John’s can be found here.

And, if you’re interested, you can read my 2004 profile of the St. John’s community here (it remains one of my favorite stories of the last five years).


  1. This sounds like a great talk. Will there be something published (officially or unofficially), or a video (again, officially or unofficially) of the talk with Q&A? Heck, even a podcast would be cool.

  2. Hey Jen – I’m not sure what St. John’s plans to do with it (though they can surely do with it as they please). I may publish some excerpts elsewhere – I haven’t really given it much thought, yet.

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