An Interview of Fr. Jaroslaw Duraj by O Clarim

Vice-director do Instituto Ricci de Macau e professor de Ciência Política na Universidade de São José, Jarosław Duraj conhece como poucos o pensamento budista. Especialista em diálogo inter-religioso, o jesuíta passou algum tempo em mosteiros no Japão e em Taiwan, e descobriu uma tradição espiritual que tem por base uma percepção profunda da própria natureza do Homem. O conhecimento do outro, defende, é meio caminho andado para que o diálogo inter-cultural seja bem sucedido e a China só teria a ganhar em aplicar o princípio à iniciativa “Faixa e Rota”. A questão dá o mote a um simpósio organizado pelo Instituto Ricci nos dias 22 e 23 de Novembro.

Contemplation and Leadership Course: Focus on Vocation & Commitment to the Common Good

Instructor: Dr. Stephan Rothlin SJ.(Licensed Instructor of Contemplation)

Date: Saturday 13 October 2018

Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Venue: Choc Van Conference Center Estrada de Choc Van No.748, Coloane, Macao

The one-day course aims to offer the key focus of the Spiritual Exercises by Ignatius Loyola on finding its own personal vocation and passion. The daily practice of Contemplation frees naturally from navel gazing and shapes the qualities of genuine moral leaders who are committed to the good of the greater society.

Course Free: MOP 500 /per session (Light meal included)

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A news of MRI Symposium on Nov 22,23

On November 22-23, the Macau Ricci Institute (MRI) is holding its annual symposium under the theme “Exploring The Silk Road Economic Belt and The 21st- Century Maritime Silk Road: The Challenge of Cross- Cultural Exchange and Communication.” The event aims to explore the cultural and religious traits inherent to the ancient legacy of the Silk Road. “China’s Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road [B&R], announced in 2013, has clearly become a major focus for the country’s efforts to sustain and further develop cooperative relationships with its neighbors near and far, and to work out mutually beneficial policies of economic development for Asia, Europe, and Africa,” MRI says in its website.

The Macau Ricci Institute visited the Macau Museum of Art

A group of seven from the Macau Ricci Institute visited the Macau Museum of Art at 3 pm on the 12th of this month to introduce the research work being carried out by the Institute. The two sides also exchanged views on the long-term cooperative relationship between the Institute and the Macau Museum of Art.

Fr. Stephan Rothlin, director of the Macau Ricci Institute, was warmly received by Dr. Chan Kai Chon, director of the Macau Museum of Art and Fr. Rothlin thanked the Macau Museum of Art for its long-term support. Director Dr. Chan introduced “Beyond the Scenery: Exhibition Commemorating the 300th Anniversary of the Passing of Wu Li”, which will be opened in September and invited the Institute to co-organize a special forum on Wu Li. In addition, Fr. Rothlin also introduced to Dr. Chan the two famous scholars of the Italian painter Giuseppe Castiglione, Prof. Francesco Vossilla and Prof. Alessandro Andreini, to explore the possibility of holding a painting and calligraphy exhibition of Giuseppe Castiglione in the future. Dr. Chan said that Giuseppe Castiglione came to China as a missionary during the Qing Dynasty and later became a royal painter. He not only left a lot of precious paintings for later generations, but also contributed to a certain degree of cultural exchange between China and the West. The exhibition can help the people of Macau to understand the story of Giuseppe Castiglione.

Dr. Chan also praised the research work and contribution of the Macau Ricci Institute for promoting cultural exchanges between China and the West. Also attending the visit were Vice-director Fr. Jarosław Duraj, administrator Ms. Anna Cheang and Project Manager Mr. Allen Lao.

MRI Forum - Diplomacy and artistic exchanges on the Silk Road and the Spice Road: some exemplary figures

Speaker: Prof. Francesco Vossilla

Date: Wednesday 11 July 2018

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm

Venue: Saint Joseph Seminary Hall, The St. Joseph Seminary

In the contemporary scenario of globalization, traditional differences between cultures and religions fade away not because of a new humanistic perspective but due to international commerce.

This presentation focuses on Italian missionaries who travelled on the Silk Road and the Spice Road as diplomats and artists. Missionaries like the Franciscan Giovanni Marignolli (Florence, active 1338-1353), the Dominican Vittorio Ricci (1621 Florence-1685 Manila), or the Jesuit artists Giuseppe Castiglione (1688 Milan- 1766 Beijing) and Ferdinando B. Moggi (1684 Florence-1761 Beijing) travelled to China on the Silk Road or by sea risked to lose their own identity in the encounter with sophisticated cultures. The experience of missionaries defines an anthropology of human diversity transcending history because their human journey was oriented by God.

MRI Forum - Sinicizing Church Architecture in the 1920s and 1930s

Speaker: Prof. Thomas Coomans

Date: Wednesday 6 June 2018

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm

Venue: The Pax Hall, The St. Joseph Seminary

The policy of indigenization launched by pope Benedict XV in 1919 and implemented from 1922 in Republican China by archbishop Costantini attached priority to architecture because buildings are identity bearers in the public space. This lecture examines the paradigm shift of Catholic churches in China, from Western traditional models to Chinese-looking buildings, including modern structures in reinforced concrete. It shows the crucial role of father Adelbert Gresnigt, a Benedictine monk-artist active in China from 1927 to 1931, in defining the “Sino-Christian style” that had to express both Catholic Chineseness and Chinese modernity and be different from what the Protestant did. It also reveals the style debate between the pros and cons of Western styles as well as the rhetoric of (French) conservative missionaries who argued against Chinese style by referring to the preference of the Chinese Catholics for Gothic.

Macau Ricci Institute visited the Macau Foundation

On April 13, 2018 at 11:00a.m., the Macau Ricci Institute visited the Macau Foundation, to introduce the Institute's current projects; both parties also exchanged opinions on how to effectively promote society's harmonious and sustainable development.

Fr. Stephan Rothlin, the director of the Macau Ricci Institute, was warmly received by Dr. Wu Zhiliang, President of the Board of Directors of the Macau Foundation, as well as Ms. Isabel Cheang Mio Si, Chefe da Divisão de Cooperação.

Fr. Rothlin expressed his gratitude to the Macau Foundation for its long-term support and introduced to President Wu Zhiliang the current plans to carry out research projects and to rebuild the Library. President Wu Zhiliang appreciated the research work of the Macau Ricci Institute of its effort in the promotion of cultural exchanges between China and the West and expressed support for it.

Also attending the visit were the Vice-Director of the Macau Ricci Institute, Fr. Jaroslaw Duraj and the administrator, Ms. Anna Cheang.

Book presentation - Global History and New Polycentric Approaches: Europe, Asia and the Americas in a World Network System

Speaker: Prof. Manuel Perez Garcia

Date: Friday 27 April 2018

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Venue: The Pax Hall, The St. Joseph Seminary

This book considers how global issues are connected to local and national communities challenging the ‘national’ use of global history and how it has been conceptualized in East Asian regions, mainly China and Japan. It examines how the discipline has evolved in various historiographies, from Anglo Saxon to southern European, and its emergence in Asia with the rapid development of the Chinese economy motivation to legitimate the uniqueness of the history of the Middle Kingdom. It contributes to the revitalization of the field of global history in Chinese historiography, which have been dominated by national narratives, and promotes a debate to open new venues in which important features such as scholarly mobility, diversity and internationalization are firmly rooted, putting aside national specificities.

Dealing with new approaches on the use of empirical data by framing the proper questions and hypotheses, and connecting western and eastern sources, this text opens a new forum of discussion on how global history has penetrated in western and eastern historiographies, moving the pivotal axis of analysis from national perspectives to open new venues of global history.

The visit of Prof. Dr. Shunro Kaneda from the Fukuoka Jo Gakuin Nursing University, Japan

Fr. Stephan Rothlin S.J. and Dr. Liu Jingjing were honored and pleased to welcome Prof. Dr. Sunro Kaneda who visited the Macau Ricci Institute as he conducts research on various Jesuit missionaries who served also as surgeons at the Court in Beijing as well as in Japan.

Fr. Stephan Rothlin S.J. introduced Prof. Kaneda to scholars who are willing to help him in his research and Dr. Liu Jingjing accompanied him to various libraries and sites in Macau.

MRI Forum - The Intercultural Weaving of Historical Texts

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Nicolas Standaert

Date: Tuesday 10 April 2018

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm

Venue: Don Bosco Auditorium, The University of Saint Joseph (Green Campus)

The European view on history was shaken to its foundations when missionaries in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries discovered that Chinese history was older than European and Biblical history. With an analysis of the Chinese, Manchu and European sources on ancient Chinese history, this presentation proposes an early case of “intercultural historiography,” in which historical texts of different cultures are interwoven.

It focusses on the ways Chinese and European authors interpreted stories about marvelous births by the concubines of Emperor Ku 帝嚳. These stories have been the object of a wide variety of interpretations in Chinese texts, each of them representing a different historical genre. They are excellent case-studies to illustrate how the Chinese hermeneutic strategies shaped the diversity of interpretations given by Europeans.


Speaker: Roderick O’Brien

Date: Tuesday 6 March 2018

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Venue: Pax Hall, next to the Grotto within St. Joseph Seminary

Sometimes a single individual can serve as an example of Responsible Leadership. Swiss General Guillaume-Henri Dufour is such a man. Our presentation will begin with a brief survey of his history, and then focus on two specific events in his life: the Sonderbund War, and the founding of the Red Cross movement and the Geneva Conventions. By examining his life and work, we are able to draw some practical conclusions about the content of Responsible Leadership, especially in times of crisis.

i. The responsible leader comprehensively understands the task.

ii. The responsible leader is consistently principled.

iii. The responsible leader provides transparent guidance and reasoning to the followers.

iv. The responsible leader is not afraid of failure.


The instructor: Dr. Stephan Rothlin S.J.

Date: 10 February 2018 / 14 April 2018 (Part One)

Date: 13 October 2018 / 15 December 2018 (Part Two)

Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Venue: Diocese of Macao – Chov Van Conference Center (CVCC) (Estrada de Choc Van no. 748, Coloane, Macao)

Course fee: MOP 1,000 / 1 session (Lunch and dinner included)

The course aims to offer a way to release stress for people in midst of a busy life by opening a space of inner silence and emptying one’s mind from negative thoughts. Based on the key elements of the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556) Contemplation is done with biblical texts, images and symbols as well as with mantras. The Contemplation and Leadership course will be separated into 2 parts and 4 sessions.

The Ethical Foundation of the European Union

Speaker: Bishop Dr. Anton Jamnik

Date: Wednesday, 10th January 2018

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Venue: USJ Green Campus, 2F, Library, Estrada Marginal da Ilha Verde, 14-17, Macau, China

Introduction: The people of Europe in creating an ever-closer union among them share a peaceful future based on common values. The roots of the ethical foundation are in Greek philosophy, Christianity and the Roman law. Conscious of its spiritual and moral heritage the European Union is founded on the universal values of human dignity, freedom, equality and solidarity; it is based on the principles of freedom, security, the Common Good and justice. The European Union seeks to promote a balanced and sustainable development and ensures free movement of persons, services, goods and capital. To this end the Charter of the European Union aims to strengthen the protection of fundamental rights in the light of changes in society, social progress as well as scientific and technological developments.

Book launching ceremony of "Macao's College and Church of St. Joseph: Splendour of the Baroque in China"

Speaker: Dr. César Guillen Nuñez

Date: Monday, 4th December 2017

Time: 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm

Venue: The Xavier Hall at St. Joseph Seminary (Address: 5, Largo de St. Agostinho, Macau, opposite the Grotto inside the St. Joseph Seminary)

Introduction: This is the second monograph on one of two famous historical buildings of the Jesuits in Macau; the first one on the Church of St. Paul was quite popular. Both are now listed as UNESCO cultural heritage buildings. Its author, Cesar Guillen Nuñez, is a historian of art and researcher at the Macau Ricci Institute. He will present a 20-minute Forum, introducing the audience to this new monograh and to its production. The book is intended for both specialists and the lay reader, with a prose that is easy to read and many attractive illustrations published for the first time will be shown to Forum attendees. Fr. Luis Sequeira, S.J. will chair the Forum, with a Q & A session at the end where the audience is welcomed to participate.

An article on Ponto Final about our Symposium on Nov-23

Ricci Institute discusses the role of education as a path to the "common good".

The Seminary of St. Joseph will host, on Thursday and Friday, a seminar organized by the Matteo Ricci Institute of Macao. Under the theme "Education for the common good," the 27 speakers will debate topics such as access to education, economic models and issues such as corporate philanthropy. The event is open to the general public.

Symposium 2017: Education for the Common Good

At the dawn of this 21st century, Peter Drucker made this observation about the common good:

“This is not the first pluralist society in history. But all other earlier pluralistic societies destroyed themselves because no one took care of the common good. They abounded in communities but could not sustain community, let alone create it. If our modern pluralistic society is to escape the same fate, the leaders of all institutions will have to learn to be leaders beyond the walls.” (Peter Drucker, “The New Pluralism,” Leader to Leader, No. 14 Fall 1999).

An interview with Fr. Stephan Rothlin

Stephan Rothlin is the next speaker invited by the Luso-Asian Forum as part of a series of conferences dedicated to the theme "The Sacred and the Profane". The Director of the Ricci Institute of Macao will speak about the Christian faith, having chosen for the debate the film "Silence", directed by Martin Scorsese

MRI Book Fair

On behalf of the Macau Ricci Institute, we are glad to announce our next event - MRI Book Fair. We selected MRI publications and collections for you, and we cordially invite you to come and browse them. All collections for the book fair are free of charge, however any donation you are able to leave is greatly appreciated. Posting service is unavailable for all collections and offers are vaild while stock lasts. Please find the Book List for reference.

The trans-formative journey of Giuseppe Castiglione S.J. into China and its visual culture

Giuseppe Castiglione (Lang Shining, Milano 1688- Beijing 1766) was a devoted Jesuit missionary, and a truly innovative and cross-cultural artist. His talent was used by the Society of Jesus for diplomatic purposes, for example, to win over the appreciation from the Manchurian court.