Macau, Macau


Macau Ricci Institute Public Forum: The Coining of the Trinitarian Doctrine and Its Chinese Translation



  • Friday 14 June 2024


  • Multi-function Room in the Seminary Campus of University of St. Joseph
  • 聖若瑟大學聖若瑟修院校區多功能室

Cooperation Partner:

  • University of St. Joseph

Video Record:


  • 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM (GMT +8)


  • Free


  • English

Transportation Info:




Prof. Dr. Sonja XIA 夏徽, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Religious Studies, University of Saint Joseph Macao

Hui (Sonja) Xia has obtained her Ph.D. in theology from K.U.Leuven, Belgium. Her research is on the formation of doctrines in the early Church. She works currently at the Faculty of Religious Studies and Philosophy, Saint Joseph Universtiy, MO, teaching the history and theology of the Early Church as well as Mariology. Her publication includes: Xia, Hui. “The Light Imagery in Gregory of Nyssa’s Trinitarian Theology.” Sino-Christian Studies, 26 (2018), 7-41. 2; Xia, Hui. “Gregory of Nyssa’s Thought on Spiritual Journey: A Comparison of His De beatitudinibus and De vita Moysis.” Logos & Pneuma: Chinese Journal of Theology 49 (2018), 51-81; Xia, Hui. "Being Spiritual in Life Vicissitudes - The Present Time and Perpetual Spiritual Journey in the Light of Gregory of Nyssa's Mysticism." The Journal of the Macau Ricci Institute, no. 10 (2022), 57-66.



This lecture will explore the theological essence of the Trinity by examining the historical development of the initial Trinitarian formula “one ousia and three hypostaseis” in the Greek philosophical context. Then the lecture will discuss how we should properly read the Chinese translation “一體三位” in oder to render the essence of the Trinity for catechetical purpose.