Enculturation Program for Priests
The Institute for Catholic Formation is excited to announce the launch of a new program for international priests starting in May 2011. “I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me” is a
three-week program of enculturation designed to support the ministry of international priests who are making the transition to life in Canada. Topics covered include collaborative ministry, team-building strategies, accent clarity and host of themes that highlight the uniqueness Canadian culture.
The program’s goal is to enable priests to become more critically aware of both their own cultures and the Canadian culture of those to whom they minister. Adult education methods are emphasized as well as opportunities for dialogue within a supportive context. Through the learning community experience, priests will have an opportunity to develop life long friendships and support groups.
It is consistently reported that the international clergy who prosper and minister most effectively in North America are those who have the advantage of a comprehensive orientation program. In focusing specifically on serving priests in the central and eastern regions of Canada, ICF’s program will address a well-identified need.
Generous support for the program has been extended by the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario. Invitation to participate is usually made by a bishop or leader of a religious community.
In addition, we are pleased to announce that the London Cross Cultural Learner Centre
will be lending its expertise to this new program for international priests in the areas of settlement services and support to newcomers to Canada.
Contact us for more information:
Mary Smith, Continuing Formation Specialist
p: 519-2-1824 ext 284 or toll free 1-888-548-9649