The 42-volume collection was presented to Boston College by Ethan Chiu-yi Kuo, director of the Cultural Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston, at a Nov. 10 reception in the Burns Library.
"The donated volumes represent the intellectual achievement of a Chinese Catholic Church official and scholar who played an important role in Roman Catholic-mainland China relations in recent decades," said Collection Management Support Librarian Jonas Barciauskas.
"We are pleased to see such enthusiastic interest in the archbishop's works and hope the books will be a valuable addition to your school's library," Kuo said.
Archbishop Lokuang, born in 1911 in the Hunan province of China and ordained a priest in 1936, served as head of the Taipei Archdiocese from 1966 to 1978, and was a professor and rector at Fu Jen Catholic University from 1963 to 1993.
In the 1980s, Barciauskas said, as president of the Taiwan Chinese Bishops' Conference, he defined the Taiwanese Catholic Church as a bridge-builder between Chinese culture and the Christian Gospel. In addition to an active life as teacher and Church official, Archbishop Lokuang has written widely on topics in Chinese philosophy, missionary history and Catholic religious life.
- Mark Sullivan
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