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Acculturation Seminar for International Priests – New York

June 18 - June 22

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.


June 18
June 22
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