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World Priests

World Priest Program assists international priests in managing a successful transition into effective ministry in the United States. Presentations and discussions on culture, liturgy, ministry, history and communication provide a comprehensive introduction to the cultural context of the Catholic Church in the United States.

World Priest Program is delivered in three 5-day workshops that are most effective when experienced in sequential order.

2015 Dates: January 26-30; April 13-17; August 10-14

Cost - $3,250

 

Introduction to U.S. Speech Patterns
January - Mr. Jeff Jenkins teaches participants how to train the ear to detect derivations between one's current speech patterns and those of target speakers, providing techniques for practicing targeted speech patterns on the sound, word and sentence level.

April - Mr. Jenkins continues from January, providing techniques for practicing targeted speech patterns on the stress, rhythm and intonation level.

August - Bringing the first two sessions together, Mr. Jenkins works with participants on applying targeted speech patterns to important speech tasks as priests: proclamation, homiletics and spontaneous speech. Particular attention is given to phrasing, volume and speed.
Jeff Jenkins
 
Homiletics and Mass Practicum
January - In this first session of Homiletics and Mass Practicum, Fr. Brendan Moss, OSB, works with participants to understand and master the norms and customs of presiding and preaching at a typical Sunday Eucharistic liturgy in the United States.

April - In this second session, Fr. Brendan works with participants to understand and master the norms and customs of presiding and preaching at a typical wedding liturgy.

August - In this second session, Fr. Brendan works with participants to understand and master the norms and customs of presiding and preaching at a typical funeral liturgy.
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U.S. Catholic Church History
January -  Fr. Denis Robinson, OSB, retraces the people, places and events that comprise the unique makeup of American Church history and their implications for those who serve U.S. parishioners.
Fr Denis Robinson
 
U.S. Church Hierarchical Structures
January - From one U.S. Catholic diocese to another, titles, roles and functions of church hierarchy and personnel may differ slightly. There naturally exist differences from country to country as well. In U.S. Church Hierarchical Structures, Fr. Steve Giannini covers the basic functions of personnel in typical U.S. dioceses and highlights the differences of workshop participants' home dioceses.
 
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Gender, Boundary and Sexuality Issues and Dynamics
January - The dynamics of America's culture in regard to sex and sexuality can be rather confusing to priests from other countries, cultures and backgrounds. In this presentation, Br. John Mark Falkenhain, OSB, employs his extensive education, research and counseling practice to help international priests better comprehend U.S. cultural dynamics in regard to these issues.
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Sharing Culture
January - 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
 
Cultures in the United States
April - "Culture" can be defined as the total of the inherited ideas, beliefs, values and knowledge that constitute the shared basis of social action. The United States is a pluralistic society, to say the least. In this session, Dr. Tom Walters introduces the myriad cultures present in America through the lens of Church development. What are America's religious cultures, indeed Catholic cultures, and how did they come to be that way? What can an international priest expect to find in the Church and parish in which he ministers in the United States?
Dr. Tom Walters
 
Being a Man of Communion
April - Fr. Ron Knott explores the major themes from his books, Intentional Presbyterates: Claiming Our Common Sense of Purpose and A Bishop and His Priests Together: Resources for Building a More Intentional Presbyterate. What does it mean to be a member of a presbyterate? What are the implications and possibilities for working together intentionally with other priests of the diocese? 
 
Parish Revitalization
April - Fr. Knott explores a common prevailing attitude where many today accept the closing of parishes as "inevitable." Using his extensive experience as a pastor in "reviving" a home mission parish, a rural parish and a center-city cathedral parish, as well as his D.Min. degree in parish revitalization, this presenter offers some tried-and-true approaches in answering the question, "Why not a second golden age?"
 
Ethics and Accountability for Parish Ministry
August - In addition to best practices in management and operations, Mr. Joe Cook covers the basic standards of ethics and accountability for ministry settings in the United States. This session looks at parish governance, human resources, financial management, fundraising, program evaluations, internal and external communication, and the role and relationship of the Church in the public square.
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Leading the Pastoral Team: Priests, Permanent Deacons and Lay Ecclesial Ministers
August - This presentation and discussion covers the role of the pastor in the American Church as it pertains to leading a ministry team comprised of permanent deacons and lay ecclesial ministers. Though not unique to the Church in the United States, these co-workers are more prevalent in parishes and ministerial settings than in many other countries. Typical duties and working relationships of these fellow ministers are explained, along with how their presence and ministry both benefit and impact the work and ministry of their priest-pastors.
 
 
Law and the Catholic Church: What Pastors Need to Know but May Be Too Afraid to Ask
August - Most parish administrators have some working knowledge of Church law, but may find themselves lacking when confronting issues of civil law. In this presentation,  Sr. Angela Shaughnessy, SCN, discusses the basics of civil law as it impacts clergy and religious institutions.
Shaughnessy
Mon., Jan. 26  
2:00 - 4:00 PM Registration
4:45 - 6:00 Vespers, Social and Dinner
6:15 - 7:30 Orientation and Tour
7:30 Mass (if needed for travelers)
Tues., Jan. 27  
5:30 AM Vigils and Lauds with Monastic Community (optional)
7:00 - 8:30 Breakfast
8:45 - 11:15 Program Session - Introduction to U.S. Speech Patterns
11:30 Mass
Noon - 12:45 PM Lunch
1:30 - 4:30 Program Session - U.S. Church Hierarchical Structures
5:00 Vespers with Monastic Community (optional)
5:30 - 6:00 Dinner
7:00 Social with International Seminarians at Coffee Shop
Wed., Jan. 28  
7:45 - 8:30 Breakfast
8:45 - 11:45 Program Session - Gender, Boundary and Sexuality Issues and Dynamics
Noon - 12:45 PM Lunch
1:30 - 2:15 Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation available
2:30 - 4:30 Program Session - Gender, Boundary and Sexuality Issues and Dynamics
5:00 - 7:00 Program Session - Vespers, Social, Dinner and Discussion - Sharing Your Culture
Thurs., Jan. 29  
5:30 AM Vigils and Lauds with Monastic Community (optional)
8:45 - 11:15 Program Session - Homiletics and Mass Practicum
11:30 Mass
1:30 - 3:30 Program Session - Homiletics and Mass Practicum (continued)
5:00 Evening Prayer with Monastic Community (optional)
5:15 - 6:00 Dinner
7:00 Socializing at UnStable (optional)
Fri., Jan. 30  
5:30 AM Vigils and Lauds with Monastic Community (optional)
7:30 Mass
8:00 - 8:30 Breakfast
8:45 - 11:45 Program Session - U.S. Catholic Church History
11:45 Evaluations and Announcements
Noon - 12:45 PM Lunch
Mon., April 13  
2:00 - 4:00 PM Registration
5:00 - 6:15 Vespers, Social and Dinner
6:15 Welcome and Orientation (if needed for new attendees)
6:30 Mass (if needed for travelers)
Tues., April 14  
5:30 AM Vigils and Lauds with Monastic Community (optional)
7:00 - 8:30 Breakfast
8:45 - 11:15 Program Session - Speech Patterns for Increased Comprehensibility
11:30 Mass
Noon - 12:45 PM Lunch
2:00 - 4:30 Program Session - Being a Man of Communion
5:00 Evening Prayer with Monastic Community (optional)
5:30 - 6:15 Dinner
6:30 Movie and Discussion
Wed., April 15  
7:15 AM Mass with Seminarians
7:45 - 8:30 Breakfast
8:45 - 11:45 Program Session - Speech Patterns for Increased Comprehensibility (continued)
Noon - 12:45 PM Lunch
2:30 - 3:15 Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation available
3:30 - 4:45 Ministry to Individuals with Same-Sex Attraction
5:00 Evening Prayer with Monastic Community (optional)
5:30 - 6:15 Dinner
Thurs., April 16  
5:30 AM Vigils and Lauds with Monastic Community (optional)
7:00 - 8:30 Breakfast
8:45 - 11:15 Program Session - Homiletics and Mass Practicum - Wedding Liturgies in the United States
11:30 Mass
Noon - 12:45 PM Lunch
2:00 - 4:30 Program Session - U.S. Cultures
5:00 Evening Prayer with Monastic Community (optional)
5:30 -6:15 Dinner
Fri., April 17  
5:30 AM Vigils and Lauds with Monastic Community (optional)
7:30 Mass
8:00 - 8:30 Breakfast
8:45 - 10:45 Program Session - Parish Revitalization
10:45 Evaluations and Announcements
Noon - 12:45 PM Lunch
Mon., Aug. 10  
2:00 - 4:00 PM Registration
4:45 - 5:30 Evening Prayer and Social
5:30 - 6:15 Dinner
6:30 Orientation (if needed for new attendees)
7:00 Mass (if needed for travelers)
Tues., Aug. 11  
5:30 AM Vigils and Lauds with Monastic Community (optional)
7:00 - 8:30 Breakfast
7:30 Mass
8:45 - 11:15 Program Session - Speech Patterns for Pastoral and Liturgical Ministry
Noon Lunch
1:30 - 4:00 Program Session - Speech Patterns for Pastoral and Liturgical Ministry (continued)
5:00 Evening Prayer with Monastic Community (optional)
5:30 - 6:15 Dinner
Wed., Aug. 12  
5:30 AM Vigils and Lauds with Monastic Community (optional)
7:00 - 8:30 Breakfast
7:30 Mass
8:45 - 11:15 Program Session - Civil Law and the Church
Noon - 12:45 PM Lunch
1:00 - 3:30 Program Session - Civil Law and the Church (continued)
3:45 - 4:30 Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation available
5:00 Evening Prayer with Monastic Community (optional)
5:30 - 6:15 Dinner
Thurs., Aug. 13  
5:30 AM Vigils and Lauds with Monastic Community (optional)
7:00 - 8:30 Breakfast
8:45 - 11:15 Program Session - Homiletics and Mass Practicum - Funeral Liturgies in the U.S.
11:30 Mass
Noon - 12:45 PM Lunch
2:30 - 4:30 Program Session - Leading the Pastoral Team: Working with Permanent Deacons and Lay Ecclesial Ministers
5:00 Evening Prayer with Monastic Community (optional)
5:30 - 6:15 Dinner
Fri., Aug. 14  
5:30 AM Vigils and Lauds with Monastic Community (optional)
7:30 Mass
8:00 - 8:30 Breakfast
8:45 - 10:45 Program Session - Ethics and Accountability for Parish Ministry
10:45 Closing
Noon - 12:45 PM Lunch

2015 Dates - January 26-30; April 13-17; August 10-14

Registration Deadline:

Friday, January 16, 2015 (call after registration deadline for availability - (800) 357-8477)

Registration is limited to 15 participants. 

Cost:

World Priest Program is $3,250. Included in each of the three weeks:

  • Four nights' accommodations in St. Bede Hall, Monday evening - Friday morning
  • All meals from Monday supper through Friday lunch
  • All program fees and material costs

Additional overnight accommodations and meals, subject to availability, are in addition to the workshop fees. Call by registration deadline for availability and pricing. 

To register: