Teodorico Pedrini C.M.
Fermo 30.6.1671
Beijing 10.12.1746

Il Centro Studi Teodorico Pedrini

ha partecipato al

11th International Symposium on History of the Church in China

LEUVEN (Belgio) - 4th-7th September 2012

organizzato dal VERBIEST INSTITUUT

della Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

con una relazione dal titolo

“… mariner, musician and missionary, and true priest always…”

Teodorico Pedrini’s life in Xitang



la pubblicazione degli atti del convegno (2015)



Il perchè di un'assenza

La sua vita a Fermo e a Roma prima della partenza

La sua vita in Cina

La Musica

Il carattere di Teodorico

Le Lettere

La controversia dei Riti Cinesi

Lo speciale su "La Voce della Marche"

11th International Symposium

History of the Church in China

From its beginning to the Scheut Fathers and 20th Century
Unveiling some less known sources, sounds and pictures


The Ferdinand Verbiest Institute KULeuven organized its 11th International Symposium (September 4-7, 2012) on the History of the Catholic Church in China with special attention this time to “Evangelization by the Scheut Fathers in China”.

In 2012 CICM, Scheut (the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary), celebrates the 150th anniversary of its founding by Theophiel Verbiest (1823-1868). The Belgian “Scheut Fathers” were active mainly in the immense “Mongolian” territory, north of the Great Wall. As part of their activities of evangelization, they also engaged in scholarly research on Mongolian and Chinese languages and cultures, in agricultural projects, in education and health care.

The 11th International Verbiest Symposium, planned by the Ferdinand Verbiest Institute (KU Leuven,Belgium) on September 4 to 7, 2012,  paid special attention to the Scheut missionary presence in China. In its earlier symposia, Verbiest Institute KULeuven focused its attention more on the China Mission at the time of Verbiest (17th-18th centuries). This line of interest continues, but the institute also wishes to promote more research on the 19th and 20th centuries. Therefore, the 11thSymposium will remain open to academic lectures on the whole history of the Church in China including its earliest history, the time of the Franciscans, the 17th-18th century and the 19th-20th centuries.

This time we intend to make available in English, part of the valuable, unpublished data collected (and written mostly in Dutch) by Jozef Van Hecken CICM (1905-1988) on the history of Scheut in China. A special effort will also be made to present audio-visual material, illustrating the efforts of evangelization of missionaries in China through photos, film, paintings, architectural drawings, liturgical music or drama.



September 5th: On the 17th and 18th century history of the Catholic Church in China


   08u45 – 09u00: Reception

   09u00 – 09u20: Introduction by Father Jeroom Heyndrickx


   Moderated by Prof. Willy Vande Walle


   09u20 – 09u45:

   Noël Golvers:

   “Textual and visual sources on Catholic churches in Peking in the 17th – 19th century


   09u45 – 10u10:

   Claudia von Collani:

   François Noël and his Treatise on God in China


   10u10 – 10u35: Questions

   10u35 – 10u55: BREAK


   Moderated by Noël Golvers


   10u55 – 11u20:

   Ronnie Po-chia Hsia:

   Dreaming of Constantine: the Jesuit Mission and princely conversions in the Southern Ming."


   11u20 – 11u45:

   Riccardo Saccenti:

   “The Bible of Marco Polo (13th-18th centuries). 


   11u45 – 12u10: Questions

   12u10 – 13u30: Lunch at Alma


   Moderated by Mr. Isaia Ianaccone


   13u30 - 13u55:

   David Francis Urrows:

   “Highly applauded, as Novelties are. Science, Politics,  and the Pipe Organs of Tomás Pereira, sj. 


   13u55 –14u20:

   Gabriele Tarsetti / Fabio G. Galeffi:

   Mariner, Musician and Missionary, and true Priest always. Teodorico Pedrini's Life in Xitang. 


   14u20 – 14u45:

   Wu Pichung:

    ‘On Teodorico Pedrini -- Un’aggiunta su Teodorico Pedrini’. Teodorico Pedrini: A Priest Musician

   in Arcadia Academy or Maestro di Cappella in Forbidden City! The  Untold Story of Two Roles. 


   14u45 – 15u10: Questions

   15u10 – 15u30: BREAK


   Moderated by Prof. Willy Vande Walle


   15u30 – 15u55:

   Xie, Mingguang:

   “Between Latinized Character and Chinese Character: Some Thinking on the Policy Accommodatio


   15u55 – 16u20:

   Wu Huiyi:

   “The circulation of Linguistic Knowledge in the Chinese Mission at the Turn of the 18th
   Century: a Case Study on the Personal Notebooks of J.-F. Foucquet (Borgia Latino 523,
   Biblioteca Vaticana)


   16u20 – 16u45:

   Luisa Paternicò:

   “Early missionary contribution to the analysis of Chinese: Martino Martini’s Grammatica Linguae Sinensis


   16u45 – 17u15: Questions

   17u15 – 17u30: Conclusion


September 6th: On the 19th and 20th century history of the Catholic Church in China


   Moderated by Ku Weiying


   09u00 – 09u25:

   Rolf Gerhard Tiedemann:

   Western Imperialism and the Settling of ‘Missionary Cases’ in Nineteenth-Century China.
   With Particular Reference to Bishop Anzer in South Shandong


   09u25 – 09u50:

   Zhao Dianhong:

   “The Leading Christians of Jiangnan in Early Qing


   09u50 – 10u15: Questions

   10u15 – 10u30: BREAK


  Moderated by Jean-Paul Wiest


   10u30 – 10u55:

   Chen Tsung-ming:

   “The French Catholic Protectorate in China from 1900 to 1911: Latent Evaluation and Diplomatic Negotiations


   10u55 – 11u20:

   Olivier Sibre:

   “ The « political » Catholicism in China, from the Catholic Action in Tianjin to the Triple Autonomy (1916-1950)”


   11u20 – 11u40:

   Francisco Carin Garcia:

   Revisiting history: Harold W. Rigney and Fu Jen’s fate: between hope and duty (or how knowing our past can guide our present). 


   11u40 – 12u05: Questions

   12u05 – 13u30: Lunch at Alma


   Moderated by Sr. Janet Caroll


   13u30 – 13u55:

   Zhou Donghua:

   “Confucian Elites, Catholic Missionaries and the Leprosy Relief in Early Modern China.


   13u55 – 14u20:

   Bianca Horlemann:

   “The Catholic Missionary Enterprise in Late 19th/Early 20th Century Qinghai, Gansu and
   Xinjiang as perceived by Chinese and Western Travellers.


   14u20 – 14u45: Questions

   14u45 – 15u00: BREAK


   Moderated by Chen Tsung-Ming


   15u00 – 15u25:

   Robert Carbonneau:

   “The Velvet Glove is Wearing Thinner and Thinner with the Mailed Fist Much in Evidence”:

American Catholic Missionaries Witness Liberation in West Hunan, 1949 to 1950.


   15u25 – 15u50:

   Liu Qinghua:

    The Beitang Collection in Ningxia and the Lazarist Press in Late Qing


   15u50 – 16u15: Fr J.B.

   Zhang Shijiang:

   Papal Envoys to China: Strategies, Contributions and Influences


   16u15 – 16u40: Questions

   16u40: Visit to KADOC

   18u30: Dinner



September 7th: On the History of CICM in China


   Moderated by Father Jeroom Heyndrickx


   09u15 – 09u40:

   Patrick Taveirne

   “The Earth Does Not Belong to Us; We Belong to the Earth: The Missionary Case of Fengzhen Sub-prefecture Revisited. 


   09u40 – 10u05:

   Nestor Pycke

   “Fr. François Vranckx, cicm (1869-1886). Second Superior General


   10u05 – 10u20: Questions

   10u20 – 10u40: BREAK


   Moderated by Wang Aiming


   10u40 – 11u05:

   Thomas Coomans & Wei Luo (presented by Thomas Coomans)

   “Mimesis, Nostalgia and Ideology: Scheut Fathers and home-country-based church design in China


   11u05 – 11u30:

   Willy Vande Walle

   “Willem A. Grootaers (Chin. name: 賀登崧) (1911-1999), Linguist and Ethnographer


   11u30 – 11u55:

   Ku Weiying

   “Some Observations on CICM in China, 1865-1955: life of 679 Scheut Fathers


   11u55 – 12u10: Questions

   12u10 – 14u00: Lunch at Alma


   14u00 – 14u25:

   Jeroom Heyndrickx

Verbiest Foundation – Leuven. An institute for Evangelization in China  Created by CICM

 “Agricultural Development by Scheut missionaries in N-China


   14u25 – 14u40: Questions

   14u40 – 15u00: Closing of the Symposium