Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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World Priest

World Priest Social

The World Priest Program assists international priests in managing a successful transition into effective ministry in the United States.

Presentations address the cultural orientation needs of international mission priests as outlined in Guidelines for Receiving Pastoral Ministers in the United States, 3rd edition (USCCB, 2014) and Bridging the Gap: International Priests Ministering in the United States (Our Sunday Visitor, 2014).

2016 Dates:

October 17-28, 2016

Cost: $2,000
 
Introduction to U.S. Speech Patterns
Each morning Mr. Jeff Jenkins works with participants to detect derivations between one's current speech patterns and those of target speakers, providing techniques for practice on the sound, word and sentence levels, then on the stress, rhythm and intonation levels, and finally focusing on phrasing, volume and speed. Targeted speech patterns are then applied to the important speech tasks for priests: proclamation, homiletics and conversational speech.
Jeff Jenkins
 
Cultural Dimensions, Differences and Similarities
With Mr. Jeff Jenkins, we investigate the dimensions that give context to every culture's value system and gain a greater understanding and appreciation of our own cultural norms and those of others. We look at how different cultures organize, communicate and relate to ecclesiastical authority.
Jeff Jenkins
 
Building Competence for Ministry Across Culture
Building on the morning's session, this presentation and discussion with Mr. Jeff Jenkins help the mission priest get a better understanding of his cultural biases and how those affect the way he interprets and evaluates American cultural practices and norms. Strategies for cross-cultural communication and understanding are discussed .
Jeff Jenkins
 
U.S. Catholic Church History and Identity
We retrace the people, places and events that comprise the unique makeup of American Church history, and discuss the unique aspects of Catholic cultural identity and their implications for those who serve U.S. parishioners. Dr. Robert Alvis is Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology's academic dean and associate professor of Church history. His courses include targeted studies of Christianity, both globally and in America; Christian architecture and Christian-Muslim relations.
Dr. Robert Alvis
 
Civil Law and the Catholic Church: What Priests Need to Know

Most parish administrators have a fair working knowledge of canon law, but may find themselves lacking when confronting issues of civil law. In this presentation, Sr. Angela Shaughnessy, SCN, covers the basics of civil law as it impacts clergy and religious institutions.
Shaughnessy
 
Gender, Boundary and Sexuality Issues and Dynamics
The dynamics of America's culture in regard to sex and sexuality can be rather confusing to priests from other countries, cultures and backgrounds. This presentation with clinical psychologist Br. John Mark Falkenhain, OSB, is designed to help international priests better comprehend U.S. cultural dynamics in regard to these issues.
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Sharing Culture
More than a presentation, this dinner-preparation session with Chef Josh Lashlee is designed to demonstrate how a simple act such as preparing and sharing a meal indigenous to your native country and culture can open the door to an intercultural exchange with American parishioners.
Josh Lashlee
 
Cultural Norms: Interpersonal and Organizational Communication
This session with Mr. Jeff Jenkins looks at the preferred styles and content of interpersonal interactions as well as common communication tasks in administering an American parish. Nonverbal cues and cross-cultural conflict will be explored, along with American cultural norms' effect upon organizational behavior. 
Jeff Jenkins
 
Leading the Pastoral Team: Priests, Permanent Deacons and Lay Ecclesial Ministers
Parish ministry teams in the United States are often comprised of lay ecclesial ministers and permanent deacons. These co-workers are more prevalent in U.S. parishes and ministerial settings than in many other countries. Typical duties and working relationships are covered in this session with Fr. Tom Boland, along with the benefit and impact these co-workers bring to the Lord's vineyard.
Fr. Tom Boland
 
Introduction to Parish Administration and Finances
This session with Dr. Brian Reynolds provides an introduction to leadership, human resources, financial management, and internal and external communication in typical U.S. parishes.
Reynolds Brian
 
Presiding and Preaching in the U.S.
The priest's roles as presider and preacher are essentially the same from culture to culture. The customs, experiences and expectations of both the priest and the faith community, however, can be quite different. This presentation with Dr. Nathaniel Marx addresses many typical customs and norms of Eucharistic and other sacramental celebrations in the U.S.
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Ministry with Hispanic/Latino Faith Communities in the U.S.
The fastest-growing segment of U.S. Catholics is that of Hispanic culture and heritage. Topics of history, immigration, pastoral principles, cultural heritage and religious identity, along with the new evangelization as it pertains to Hispanic faith communities in the United States, are presented by Fr. Stan Puryear.
Fr. Stan Puryear
 
Pastoral Ministry in the U.S.: Marriage Preparation, Married Couples and Families, Divorced Catholics 
This presentation with canon lawyer and pastor Fr. Chris House addresses the experiences and expectations of American Catholics in regard to marriage, divorce and families and how they may differ, culturally, from those of the mission priest serving in their parishes. An overview of Catholic marriage preparation and the dissolution and annulment procedures in the U.S. is also addressed. 
Fr. Chris House
 
Pastoral Ministry in the U.S.: Youth and Young Adult Catholics
Fr. Christian Raab, OSB, covers the principles for ministry found in the USCCB's documents, Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry; Empowered by the Spirit: Campus Ministry Faces the Future; and Sons and Daughters of the Light: A Pastoral Plan for Ministry with Young Adults.
Fr Christian Raab
 
Pastoral Ministry in the U.S.: Social Concerns
Drawing from the rich tradition of papal, conciliar and episcopal documents, Dr. Kevin Schemenauer and Fr. Peter Marshall, MDiv, MSW, address the seven themes of Catholic social teaching and best practices for implementing those teachings in U.S. parishes.  
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Mon., Oct. 17   
2:00 - 4:00 PM Registration
4:30 - 6:00 Vespers, Social and Dinner
6:00 - 8:00 Orientation and Interior Tour
8:00 Mass (if needed for travelers)
Tues., Oct. 18
 
5:30 AM Vigils and Lauds with Monastic Community (optional)
7:00 - 8:45 Breakfast
8:45 - 10:15 Program Session - Sharing Our Stories
10:30 Driving Tour of Saint Meinrad campus
11:30 Mass with Seminarians - St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel
Noon - 12:50 PM Lunch
2:15 - 4:00 Program Session - Catholic History and Identity in the United States
5:00 Vespers with Monastic Community (optional)
5:15 - 6:00 Dinner
7:00 Social with International Seminarians at Coffee Shop
Wed., Oct. 19
 
5:30 AM Vigils and Lauds with Monastic Community (optional)
7:30 Mass - St. Bede Chapel
8:00 - 8:30 Breakfast
8:45 - 9:45 Program Session - Introduction to U.S. Speech Patterns
10:05 - 11:45 Program Session - Cultural Dimensions, Differences and Similarities
11:30 - 12:50 PM Lunch
2:15 - 4:00 Program Session - Hispanic Ministry in the U.S.
5:00 Vespers with Monastic Community (optional)
5:00 - 6:00 Dinner with Program Session - Sharing Culture
6:30 - 7:30 Daily recap and integration
Thurs., Oct. 20   
5:30 AM Vigils and Lauds with Monastic Community (optional)
7:00 - 8:00 Breakfast
8:15 - 9:15 Program Session - Introduction to U.S. Speech Patterns
9:30 - 11:00 Program Session - U.S. Civil Law and the Church
11:30 International Mass - St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel
Noon - 12:50 Lunch
1:15 - 3:00 Program Session - U.S. Civil Law (cont.)
3:30 - 4:30 Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation available
5:00 Vespers with Monastic Community (optional)
5:15 - 6:00 Dinner
6:30 - 7:30 Daily recap and integration
Fri., Oct. 21
 
5:30 AM Vigils and Lauds with Monastic Community (optional)
7:30 Mass - St. Bede Chapel
8:00 - 8:45 Breakfast
8:45 - 9:45 Program Session - Introduction to U.S. Speech Patterns
10:00 - 11:45 Program Session - Cultural Norms: Interpersonal and Organizational Communication
Noon - 12:50 PM Lunch
1:45 - 3:30 Program Session - Presiding and Preaching in the U.S.
3:45 - 4:45 Daily recap and integration
5:00 Vespers with Monastic Community (optional)
5:00 - 6:00 Dinner
7:00 Socializing at UnStable (optional)
Sat., Oct. 22   
7:30 AM Mass with Monastic Community - Archabbey Church
7:00 - 8:45 Breakfast
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM Local Area Tour including Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial
7:30 PM Socializing at UnStable (optional)
Sun., Oct. 23
 
7:00 - 9:00 AM Breakfast
10:30  Mass with Seminarians - St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel
11:30 Lunch
3:30 - 5:00 PM World Priest Program Panel Discussion
5:00 - 6:30 Dinner
Mon., Oct. 24   
5:30 AM Vigils and Lauds with Monastic Community (optional)
7:30 Mass - St. Bede Chapel
8:00 - 8:45 Breakfast
8:45 - 9:45 Program Session - Introduction to U.S. Speech Patterns
10:00 - 11:45 Program Session - The Pastoral Team: Priests, Permanent Deacons and Lay Ecclesial Ministers
Noon - 12:50 PM Lunch
2:15 - 4:00 Program Session - Boundary, Gender and Sexuality Issues and Dynamics
5:00 Vespers with Monastic Community (optional)
5:00 - 6:00 Dinner 
6:30 - 7:30 Daily recap and integration
Tues., Oct. 25
 
5:30 AM Vigils and Lauds with Monastic Community (optional)
7:30 Mass - St. Bede Chapel
8:00 - 8:45 Breakfast
8:45 - 9:45 Program Session - Introduction to U.S. Speech Patterns
10:00 - 11:45 Program Session - Introduction to Parish Administration
Noon - 12:50 PM Lunch
2:15 - 4:00 Program Session - Introduction to Parish Finances
5:00 Vespers with Monastic Community (optional)
5:15 - 6:00 Dinner
6:30 - 7:30 Daily recap and integration
Wed., Oct. 26
 
5:30 AM Vigils and Lauds with Monastic Community (optional)
7:30 Mass - St. Bede Chapel
8:00 - 8:45 Breakfast
8:45 - 9:45 Program Session - Introduction to U.S. Speech Patterns
10:00 - 11:45 Program Session - Pastoral Ministry in the U.S.: Marriage Preparation, Married Couples and Families, Divorced Catholics
Noon - 12:50 PM Lunch
2:15 - 4:00 Program Session - Pastoral Ministry in the U.S.: Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry
5:00 Vespers with Monastic Community (optional)
5:00 - 6:00 Dinner
6:30 - 7:30 Daily recap and integration
Thurs., Oct. 27   
5:30 AM Vigils and Lauds with Monastic Community (optional)
7:30 Mass - St. Bede Chapel
8:00 - 8:45 Breakfast
8:45 - 9:45 Program Session - Introduction to U.S. Speech Patterns
10:00 - 11:45 Program Session - Building Intercultural Competence for Ministry
Noon - 12:50 PM Lunch
2:15 - 4:30 Program Session - Pastoral Ministry in the U.S.
5:00 Vespers with Monastic Community (optional)
5:15 - 6:00 Dinner: Around the World Party with Seminarians
6:30 - 7:30 Daily recap and integration
7:30 Socializing at  UnStable (optional)
Fri., Oct. 28
5:30 AM Vigils and Lauds with Monastic Community (optional)
7:30 Mass - St. Bede Chapel
8:00 - 8:45 Breakfast
8:45 - 10:45 Program Session - Introduction to U.S. Speech Patterns
10:45 Evaluations and Program Close
Departure

2016 Dates - October 17-28

Registration Deadlines:

October workshop - Friday, October 7, 2016

Please call after registration deadline to check for availability - (800) 357-8477

Registration is limited to 14 participants. 

Cost:

World Priest Program is $2,000, which includes:

  • Accommodations in St. Bede Hall from Monday evening of the first week until Friday morning of the second week

  • All meals from Monday supper on arrival day through Friday lunch on departure day

  • All program fees and material costs

Additional overnight accommodations and meals beyond those listed above are subject to room availability. Call by registration deadline for pricing.

Round-trip shuttle between Saint Meinrad and the Louisville, KY, airport is $50. Shuttle service is provided only to the Louisville, KY, airport.

To register:

Fr. Francis Joseph Kalapurackal

Fr. Francis Joseph Kalapurackal serves in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and is currently assigned as the temporary administrator of St. Thomas More Parish in Mooresville. Ordained for the Archdiocese of Imphal in India on May 1, 1997, Fr. Francis arrived in the United States in 2013 and attended the Institute's World Priest Program in 2014.