Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

World Priest

The World Priest Workshop 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).


  • February 25 - March 1, 2019

  • October 14 - 8, 2019

Cost: $700


U.S. Catholic Church History and Identity
Dr. Robert Alvis, Academic Dean at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, 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.


Introduction to U.S. Speech Patterns
Mr. Kevin Spence, Director of the Mader Learning Center, works with participants to detect derivations between one's current speech patterns and those of target speakers, providing techniques for practice on the sound, word and sentence levels, then on the stress, rhythm and intonation levels, and finally focusing on phrasing, volume and speed. Targeted speech patterns are then applied to the important speech tasks for priests: proclamation, homiletics and conversational speech.


Cultural Patterns
In this session, participants will look at five different cultural dimensions which influence the beliefs, attitudes and behavior of members of any given culture, for example, the view of self, the view of time, the view of control, the view of certainty, and the view of authority. Participants will be able to identify where their home culture lands on the spectrum of these dimensions, and then be able to compare their cultural patterns with those of the prevailing U.S. American culture. The presentation gives specific examples of how these cultural patterns are expressed in U.S. American culture. 


Cross-Cultural Competence and Communication
In this session, the participants first learn about interpersonal interaction norms in the prevailing US American culture. They then learn about communication strategies used in US American organizational life. Finally, they look at skills, attitudes, and knowledge needed to navigate cross-cultural encounters, and how to successfully build bridges across the cultural gaps they may face while serving in the United States. 


Pastoral Practices in the United States
Fr. Sengole T. Gnanaraj (Indian origin) facilitates discussions on common differences experienced in pastoral practices between the participants' 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.
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2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Registration and Check-in
4:30 p.m. Evening Prayer, Opening Reception and Orientation
5:15 p.m. Dinner
Tour (optional)
7:00 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Program Session - Intro to U.S. Speech Patterns
11:30 a.m. Mass
Noon Lunch
2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Program Session - U.S. Catholic Church History
5:00 p.m. Evening Prayer with Seminarians (optional)
5:15 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Gathering with International Seminarians
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Program Session - U.S. Speech Patterns (cont.)
11:30 a.m. Mass
Noon Lunch
2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Program Session - Cultural Patterns
5:00 p.m. Evening Prayer with Monastic Community
6:00 p.m. Pizza Dinner in the UnStable Campus Pub
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
1:30 - 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 (optional)
5:20 - 6:00 p.m. Family-Style Dinner with Seminarians
7:30 a.m. Mass with Monastic Community
8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Program Session - Cross-Cultural Competence and Communication
11:15 a.m. Program Evaluation
Noon Lunch (optional)

2019 Dates

  • February 25 - March 1, 2019  (registration deadline Feb. 11, 2019)

  • October 14 - 18, 2019 (registration deadline Sept. 30, 2019)

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

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



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

  • Program fees and accent assessment

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.


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