Journey to the East:

The Jesuit Mission to China, 1579–1724

by Liam Matthew Brockey. ’94 (Harvard University Press)


The Jesuit missionaries who sailed from Portugal to China faced more than language difficulties in their attempts to convert the Chinese to Christianity. They also had to translate concepts of Catholicism to fit the traditional Chinese culture of the time.

This narrative history of that mission is followed by a look at the Jesuits’ training, their program for learning Mandarin and Confucian thought, their evangelizing strategies, how they organized their nascent church and the forms of group piety they fostered.

(April 2007)