Toronto to host Chinese Catholic conference

  • May 10, 2010
Chinese Catholic conferenceTORONTO - Toronto will be hosting the 30th North America Chinese Catholic Clergy, Religious and Laity Convention on the challenges facing Chinese Catholics next month.

The June 25 to 28 conference “Chinese Catholics living in a changing multi-ethnic society” is being hosted by the Chinese Pastoral Council of the Archdiocese of Toronto. The council is made up of the four Chinese Catholic parishes in the archdiocese.

The four-day event will take place at Chinese Martyrs’ Catholic Church, the Saviour of the World, Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Agnes Kouying Tsao Churches with each parish hosting events on different days.

Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins and Bishop William McGrattan will preside at Masses.

Herbert Au said the conference will deal with issues related to the challenges facing many Chinese Catholics in North America, including adjusting to their new life after immigrating to a new country. Au, the conference organizer, said new immigrants face challenges in finding work, learning a new language and adjusting to the new culture.

Another significant challenge has been for youth and how to pass along the faith to youth, Au said.  

More than 200 people are expected to attend the conference.

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