• 10 October 2018


  • St. Joseph Seminary, Gratia Hall, 5, Largo de Santo Agostinho

Cooperation Partner:

  • University of Saint Joseph


  • 18:30 to 21:30


  • Free


  • English


  • Macao Foundation (澳門基金會)



Dr. Ayako Fukushima

Dr. Ayako Fukushima is currently an Assistant Professor of Kyushu University (九州大学) in Japan. She is a visiting scholar at the Centre for Catholic Studies of the Chinese University of Hong Kong from the summer of 2018 to the spring of 2019. Her major research theme is the history of the Catholic Church in Japan and in Hong Kong. The current major research topic is the maintenance activities by lay Catholics and architectural study of Catholic churches in Japan and Hong Kong.

Major publications of Dr. Ayako Fukushima:

Ayako Fukushima, “Laity Involvement in Catholic Church Buildings of Hong Kong: Interpretation within Religious, Social and Political Contexts from the 1950s to 2015,” PhD dissertation, Kyushu University, 2016.

Ayako Fukushima and Yoshitake Doi. “The Catholic Building Professional Advisory Group and its Spirituality: Laity Involvement in Church Building System of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong” Journal of Architecture and Planning, 80 [708], 429-439, 2015.

Ayako Fukushima and Yoshitake Doi. “The Building Process and the Laity Involvement of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Wanchai, Hong Kong: Church building system of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong” Journal of Architecture and Planning, 78 [688], 1431-1440, 2013.

Ayako Fukushima, Junne Kikata, Tadashi Takao, Hisashi Shibata. “Preserving the “Shell” and Regenerating the spirit –Case Study of Christian churches in islands in the Japan”, Proceedings of ICOMOS 2008: 16th General Assembly and International Scientific Symposium, 2008.


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.