Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

World Priest

 

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).

2017 Dates:

  • October 16-20, 2017

Cost: $700
 

 

U.S. Catholic Church History and Identity
Seminary Rector Fr. Denis Robinson, OSB, retraces the people, places and events that comprise the unique makeup of American Church history and discusses the unique aspects of Catholic cultural identity and their implications for those who serve U.S. parishioners.
Fr Denis Robinson OSB
 
Cultural Dimensions, Differences and Similarities
With Program Coordinator Mr. Joseph Cook, 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.
Joe Cook 2016
 
Introduction to U.S. Speech Patterns
Mr. Jeff Jenkins introduces workshop participants to techniques for accent practice on the sound, word and sentence levels; stress, rhythm and intonation levels; and on phrasing, volume and speed. Participants will receive personalized accent assessments and SPEAC workbooks to use at home for self-study or in conjunction with ongoing online accent training.
Jeff Jenkins
Cultural Norms for 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
 
Pastoral Practices in the United States
Fr. Crispin Adongo (Kenyan origin) and Fr. Francis Kalapurackal (Indian origin) facilitate discussions on common differences  experienced in pastoral practices between their home countries and cultures with those found in the United States. Topics include: ministering as a member of a pastoral team, ministry with youth and young adults, marriage preparation and marriage nullity cases, and working within a U.S. presbyterate, among others.
Crispine-Francis
 
Building Bridges for Cross-Cultural Ministry
This presentation and discussion with Mr. Jeff Jenkins helps the mission priest acquire 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

 

Monday, 
October 16 
 
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Registration
4:30 p.m. Evening Prayer and Social
5:00 p.m. Dinner
6:00 p.m. Orientation and Opening Discussion
Tuesday,
October 17
 
7:00 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Program Session - U.S. Catholic Church History
11:30 a.m. Mass with Seminarians
Noon Lunch
2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Program Session - Understanding Cultural Differences
5:00 p.m. Evening Prayer with Seminarians
5:15 - 6:00 p.m. Dinner with Seminarians
Wednesday,
October 18
 
8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Program Session - Introduction to U.S. Speech Patterns
11:30 a.m. Mass
Noon Lunch
2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Program Session - Interpersonal and Organizational Communication
5:00 p.m. Evening Prayer with Monastic Community
5:15 - 6:00 p.m. Dinner with Seminarians
6:30 p.m. Movie
Thursday, 
October 19
 
7:00 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Program Session - Pastoral Ministry in the U.S.
11:30 a.m. Mass
Noon Lunch
1:45 - 2:15 p.m. Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation
2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Program Session - Pastoral Ministry in the U.S. (cont.)
5:00 p.m. Evening Prayer with Seminarians
5:15 - 6:00 p.m. Dinner with Seminarians
Friday, 
October 20
 
7:00 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Program Session - Building Bridges for Cross-Cultural Ministry
11:00 Program Evaluation
11:30 a.m. Mass with Seminarians
Noon Lunch
Afternoon Departure

2017 Dates

  • October 16-20 (registration deadline October 6, 2017)

  • After registration deadline, please call to check for availability: (800) 357-8477

Registration is limited to 14 participants. Minimum of 8 participants required.

Cost:

World Priest Program is $700, which includes:

  • Accommodations in St. Bede Hall from Monday evening until Friday morning

  • All meals from Monday supper through Friday lunch

  • All program fees and material costs, including the SPEAC workbook and accent assessment (see sample here)

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: