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Tonight at Gonzaga: China’s Last Jesuit: Charles J. McCarthy

Amanda Clark, Ph.D., director of the library and associate dean of special programs at Whitworth University. (Photo courtesy Whitworth University)

Tonight at Gonzaga: China’s Last Jesuit: Charles J. McCarthy

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Amanda Clark, Ph.D., director of the library and associate dean of special programs at Whitworth University, will discuss “China’s Last Jesuit: Charles J. McCarthy, S.J., and the End of the Mission in Catholic Shanghai,” at 7 p.m., tonight in the Hemmingson Center Auditorium at Gonzaga University.

McCarthy studied at Gonzaga prior to being sent to the China mission. He was the last Jesuit sent to China before it became communist. He spent many years in prison in China before he was released and returned to the United States.

According to a press release, the lecture will examine the Jesuit missionary activity in China before communism, and will be highlighted by rare photographs both gathered by Clark in China and from Jesuit archives.

Clark wrote a book, published this year, also titled “China’s Last Jesuit: Charles J. McCarthy and the End of the Mission in Catholic Shanghai.”

The lecture, sponsored by Gonzaga’s Catholic Studies program, is free and open to the public.

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Tracy Simmons, who teaches journalism at Gonzaga University, is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 13 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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