„MWI scholarships enable the future leaders of the church in Africa and Asia to acqire the knowledge they will need in thier future roles. There is hardly any way to help more directly and more personally than by supporting a scholarship holder.”
Cardinal Walter Kasper
Sr. Johanna Yan Xia Zhang comes from China. She pursues her doctoral studies at the Julius Maximilian University in Würzburg on the topic "The contributions of the Divine Word Missionaries for the church and society in China from the end of the 19th century until the first half of the 20th century".
Sr. Johanna has been working as a pastoral assistant in the Chinese diocese of Xianxian in the province of Hebei. After finishing her doctorate, she will be actively involved in the formation of priests as well as in the Department of History of Shandong University, one of the largest universities in China.
Her doctoral thesis will focus on the influence of the Divine Word Missionaries on missionary work in China. She strives to demonstrate the beneficial effects on the Chinese church and society and to illustrate changes and developments. At the same time, she aims to contribute to a better understanding of the colonial era in China.