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World Priest Program assists international priests manage a successful transition into effective ministry in the United States. Presentations and discussions on culture, liturgy, ministry and communication provide a comprehensive introduction to the cultural context of the Catholic Church in the United States.

Cost and Registration

World Priest Program is delivered in three 5-day workshops that are most effective when experienced in sequential order.


$3250. Round-trip airport shuttle is available for $50 per person per session. Louisville, KY airport only.

To register:

  • Call the Institute for Priests and Presbyterates at (800) 357-8477, or
  • Email, or
  • Complete and submit the online registration form, or
  • Print, complete and fax the downloadable registration form to (812) 357-6283.

Presentation Topics and Workshop Schedules

August Session Topics and Schedule

Speech Patterns for Pastoral and Liturgical Ministry

Building upon his February and April presentations, Jeff Jenkins focuses participants on how to apply target speech patterns to important speech tasks: proclamation, homiletics and spontaneous speech. Particular attention is given to phrasing, volume and speed..

Jeff Jenkins teaching

Civil Law and the Church

Most parish administrators have some working knowledge of church law but may find themselves lacking when confronting issues of civil law. In Civil Law and the Church, Sr. Mary Angela Shaughnessy, SCN, presents the basics of civil law as it impacts clergy and religious institutions.

Fr. Joosa contemplating

Homiletics and Mass Practicum

Fr. Brendan Moss, OSB works with participants to understand and master the norms and customs of presiding and preaching at a typical funeral liturgy in the United States.

Fr. Jegin smiling

Leading the Pastoral Team: Priests, Permanent Deacons and Lay Ecclesial Ministers

Permanent deacons and lay ecclesial ministers, although not unique to the Church in the United States, are more prevalent in parishes and ministerial settings than in all other countries. Fr. Joe Graffis covers the typical duties and working relationships of these fellow ministers and explains how their presence and ministry both benefit and impact the work and ministry of their priest-pastors.

Ethics and Accountability for Catholic Parishes

Joe Cook covers typical standards employed in several U.S. dioceses for conducting parish ministry both ethically and with accountability in their program operations, governance, human resources, financial management and fundraising.