How the West came to Encounter the East

In his latest series of illustrated presentations, Deacon Robert Henrey’s goal is to share his interest in Asian cultures, their histories, religious traditions and languages – an interest stimulated thanks to several years living and working in South East Asia and to ongoing opportunities for professional contacts, travel and study.

In this new ZOOM series Deacon Henrey of The Parish of St. Catherine of Siena and St. Agnes describes the process whereby adventurers, traders and scholarly missionaries brought back home a growing awareness of the richness they had encountered. Each session is designed to stimulate discussion.

April 28 – Part One: Early Days – From Ancient World Traders and Mediaeval Adventures to the Age of Sail

May 12 – Part Two: India prior to the Arrival of the Portuguese

May 26 – Part Three: The Portuguese Century of Discovery

June 2 – Part Four: The Rise and Fall of the Mughals and how rival Europeans stepped into the void

Join us at 5:00 PM for these engaging events on this Zoom link:

The Fall Series will continue with the story of how the Portuguese made early inroads into both Japan and China thanks in large part to the remarkable achievements of Jesuit missionaries – with dramatically different and unforeseen outcomes. The presentations will also address how East and West gradually became aware of their each other’s cultures leading to our increasingly interconnected world.