This year’s program will be held June 19-23, 2017. In an intensive, supportive five-day residential program in “Intercultural Competency,” participants who have already developed “survival skills” “and have conversational ability in English will focus on these goals:
- Church Development in U.S.: Gain an overview of the development of the Catholic Church in the pluralistic, religiously diverse U.S. and discuss Models of Church and Roles of Priests within that context.
- Anthropological and 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 U.S. culture(s).
- Psychological Issues: 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 discuss with experienced pastors the issues of acculturation in the parish and rectory.
- Church Structure and Collaboration: Study overall church structure in the U.S. 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 life style.
- 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.
To be eligible for admission to the program, a priest must
- Be recommended by officials of the diocese or the leadership of his religious community. Letter of recommendation must be forwarded directly to St. John’s University from diocesan personnel office or major superior in US.
- Have been a resident of the United States generally for at least six months.
- Demonstrate conversational proficiency in English.
- Complete Registration Form and Verification of Participants Form.
Accomodations: On-Campus Residence
To enhance the learning environment, each participant will be assigned a private room within the student residence halls. Meals will be provided on campus. Athletic and library facilities will be available to participants.
Follow-up Activities: Seminar
As a follow-up to the June session, during the academic year participants will be offered the opportunity of meeting with the St. John’s team and addressing various topics in an afternoon seminar. These convenings will provide additional learning and support to the participants.