50 years MWI

Since 50 years the MWI accompanied, together with his partners, younger Churches in Africa and Asia on their way into the future. We support their leaders during their education and we share the vision of a common future.


Prof. Dr. Harald Suermann, Direktor des MWI
Your congratulations

After finishing my doctorate, I will be in a position to play an active role in the education and training of young students and the young academic talents in my home country as a lecturer.

Sr. Johanna Yan Xia Zhang, China

Sr. Johanna | China

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.

About her

  • Belongs to the sisters’ congregation of the Holy Hope
  • Doctoral thesis on the missionary history of China

Annual scholarship amount: 12.000 EUR

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.