The Loyola School of Theology invites you to the oral defense of the STL Tesina entitled "The Relevance of the Mission Spirituality of Joseph Freinademetz to the Challenges of Missionary Evangelization in China Today" by Fr. Zhang Yaoqiang, S.V.D. on August 11, 2016 (Thursday), 10:00 am, at the Tipanan ni San Ignacio, Second Floor, Loyola School of Theology. The Board of Examiners is composed of Fr. Antonio Pernia, S.V.D., S.T.D. (Principal Examiner), Fr. James Kroeger, M.M., D.Miss. (Adviser), and Fr. Aristotle Dy, S.J., Ph.D. The defense is being held in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Licentiate in Sacred Theology with field of specialization in Spirituality. It is open to the public.
Abstract: Joseph Freinademetz (1852-1908), pioneer of the SVD mission in China, successfully dedicated more than half of his life to the China mission, first in Hong Kong, then in South Shandong. Today, the Catholic Church in China needs to face many external and internal challenges of evangelization. The purpose of this study is to discover the relevance of the mission spirituality of Freinademetz to the contemporary challenges of missionary evangelization in China. Inspired by Freinademetz’s five missionary virtues (zeal, openness, love, suffering, and prudence), Chinese Catholics can go forth as evangelizers, bearing witness in the areas of inculturation, dialogue, reconciliation, and formation. Trusting God in faith, enduring with hope, and speaking the language of love, they are challenged to go forth in holiness.