- Fr. Rob was in China from August 6 to August 21, 2004, because through the efforts of local Catholics from Yuanling, Hunan, the bodily remains of 9 Passionist priests, 6 Sisters of Charity, 1 Grey Sister of Canada and 1 laywoman German doctor were moved from their long time Yuanling city grave site to a new countryside location. Visiting the new location with Fr. Rob were Sisters of Charity Janet Lehman, Dolores Lew and Noreen Holly. The next issue of the Heritage Newsletter will have a report of this trip.
- At the 8th International Symposium of the Ferdinand Verbiest Institute, held in Leuven, Belgium from August 31 to September 4, 2004, Fr. Rob presented a paper entitled “Passionists in West Hunan: Emergence of a Chinese Voice (1919-1926), Maximum Illus to Rerum Ecclesiae.”