Symposium to explore Catholicism in Asia

Author: Mollie Zubek

Church in Asia

The University of Notre Dame will host “The Church in Asia,” a symposium to explore the past, present and future of Catholicism in Asia on March 31 (Tuesday) in the University’s Hesburgh Center for International Studies.

The symposium, the first in a series of three, will feature presentations by scholars who will focus on the Church in Japan, China and South Korea.

The event will open at 9 a.m. in the auditorium with a lecture titled “The Church in Japan: An Intercultural Narrative” by Kevin Doak, professor and chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Georgetown University.

Other scheduled talks are:

  • “The Remarkable History of the Catholic Church in Korea: From Its Founding in 1784 to the Present Day,” 10:45 a.m., Don Baker, associate professor of Korean history and religion, University of British Columbia
  • “China’s Catholics: Adaptation, Struggle and Hope,” 2 p.m., Richard Madsen, professor of sociology at the University of California, San Diego

The symposium will conclude with a roundtable discussion moderated by Robert Gimello, a faculty member in Notre Dame’s Departments of Theology and East Asian Languages and Cultures.

“The Church in Asia, Part I” is co-sponsored by Notre Dame’s Center for Asian Studies, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts and Department of Theology.

More information is available on the Web at

Contact: Howard Goldblatt, director of the Center for Asian Studies,