The Vincentian Center at St. John’s University in New York City will be holding its 17th Annual Acculturation Seminar for International Priests from June 18-22, 2018, on their Queens campus. This excellent program helps international priests – who increasingly serve throughout the United States – acclimate to American society and the American Catholic Church.
Below follows a program description courtesy of St. John’s:
In an intensive, supportive, five-day residential program, participants who have already developed ”survival skills“ and have conversational ability in English focus on these goals:
- Church Development in the United States: Gain an overview of the development of the Catholic Church in the pluralistic, religiously diverse United States and discuss models of Church and roles of priests within that context.
- Sociological Issues: Engage in discussions on culture, gender, race, family, multiculturalism, cultural bridges, and the acculturation process itself to discern differences between one’s native culture and US culture(s).
- Counseling and Self-Care: Reflect on the issues
of stress, creativity, self-knowledge, and personal growth, which the acculturation process engenders.
- Priest as Leader, Team Member, and Collaborator: Grow in appreciation of the need in organizations for servant leadership and effective management skills.
- Church Structure and Collaboration: Study overall church structure in the United States and the roles
of clergy and laity within the parish and diocesan organizations.
- Interpersonal Communications: Recognize the complexity and centrality of communication to ministry and engage in practice sessions which focus on cultural differences.
- Pastoral Communications: Reflect on attitudes and skills which enhance pastoral communication, with special emphasis on reading and preaching.
- Time Management: Learn time management skills which contribute to a healthy and productive work ethic and lifestyle.
- Immigration and Legal Issues: Discuss legal issues, immigration, and pastoral concerns.
- Liturgical Sharing: Share Liturgy (Eucharist and Divine Office) as a way of building community.
- Relationships: Establish relationships with other international priests as a means of support.
For more information via St. John’s website, click here.
For their brochure, click here.