The Catholic Church in the United States is expected to be majority Hispanic by 2015. Priests must be prepared to minister effectively and completely in this multicultural environment. Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology is able to help dioceses and their priests-in-training meet this challenge.
Seminarians at Saint Meinrad have the opportunity to learn about Hispanic cultures, language and ways of living their Catholic faith through a program integrated into their Master of Divinity studies.
All students take a required course on the history and culture of the Catholic Church in the Americas. During the January Interterm of their second year of theology studies, seminarians are required to take a two-week class on the dynamics of multiculturalism at the Mexican American Catholic College in San Antonio, Texas.
For those who elect to, intensive concentration in Hispanic ministry is offered, where students concentrate on language, cultural and liturgical skills to meet the needs of an expanding, diversified ecclesial landscape.
Such students benefit greatly from summer immersion experiences in Guatemala and Mexico, as well as a full-time Spanish-language instructor working with students at every level.
For those who wish to learn Spanish but choose not to attend a school outside the United States, the Mexican American Catholic College, located in San Antonio, Texas, offers an intensive Spanish-language program during the summer, as well as an introductory program to Hispanic ministry.