May 2022: Anthony E. Clark Lecture — “From Matteo Ricci to Pope Francis: Jesuits and Christian Dialogue in China”

On Wednesday, May 4, the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at Boston College in collaboration with US China Catholic Association hosts a public lecture by Anthony E. Clark. “From Matteo Ricci to Pope Francis: Jesuits and Christian Dialogue in China” will explore the Christian dialogue maintained by the Jesuits in China from 1582 to the present.


The lecture is free and open to the public, both in person and virtually. Registration is available at Full details appear below.


“From Matteo Ricci to Pope Francis: Jesuits and Christian Dialogue in China”

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 5:30pm to 6:30pm (EDT, USA)

McMullen Museum Conference Center, 2101 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston College Brighton Campus

With a visit to the Ricci Institute at 4:30 p.m. @ 2125 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston College Brighton Campus.

Prof. Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D. is the Edward B. Lindaman Endowed Chair at Whitworth University, the Distinguished Combe Trust Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, and an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in London. He is regarded as one of the most influential scholars of China’s Catholic culture and history.

The Society of Jesus (also known as the Jesuits) has played an important role throughout the long history of religious, intellectual, and cultural exchange between China and the West. Matteo Ricci, one of the most famous missionaries to China, has been called both the “father of the China mission” and the “founder of Sino-Western relations.” Meanwhile, no-one in our present time has appeared more often in media reports in connection with the situation of China’s Christian population than Pope Francis, who signed the Vatican’s first official agreement with China’s government since it became a communist state in 1949. Though centuries apart, both Ricci and Francis are Jesuits who represent an astonishing continuity in how the Society of Jesus has pursued its religious and diplomatic mission to China. Dr. Clark will examine how Jesuits have maintained a Christian dialogue with China from 1582 until the present. As representatives of this uniquely Jesuit approach, Matteo Ricci and Pope Francis frame that exchange.