Challenges for International Priests

International priests serving in the United States bring many gifts and talents to their ministry, but also face distinct challenges. Among the most pervasive challenges are their parishioners' ability to understand their accents, and understanding the complexities inherent in intercultural communication and ministry.

Accent & Culture Workshop

This workshop aims to give priests the skills needed to:

  • produce spoken English in a way that is easy for Americans to follow

  • proclaim the Gospel and other liturgical texts in a listener-friendly manner for North American audiences

  • learn more about their cultural values and assumptions, and those of their parishioners, and

  • develop strategies for effective interpersonal communication in the United States.

Learn more about this workshop

Intensive Accent Only Workshop

This workshop aims to give priests the skills needed to:

  • produce spoken English in a way that is easy for Americans to follow

  • proclaim the Gospel and other liturgical texts in a listener-friendly manner for North American audiences.

Learn more about this workshop

accent Assessments

Individual workshop participants have the option of receiving a personalized accent assessment to help them identify the particular sound environments in which they need the most practice. Workshop participants provide a recorded speaking sample for our accent trainer to assess and receive a personalized report identifying those sounds upon which the speaker is consistently erring.

Personalized accent assessment reports correspond directly to the Speaking Pastoral English in America Course (S.P.E.A.C.) workbook, guiding the speaker to the specific pages where he should focus his practice time. The speaker will not have to wonder whether he has mastered a particular sound environment. The personalized assessment tangibly shows his pronunciation results. 

See a sample report

Dioceses may opt to purchase individual, personalized accent assessments for any or all of their priests attending the workshop. This optional service costs $85 per assessment.

Scheduling

Workshop Cost

Workshops can be scheduled in your diocese for groups of 8-24 priests. Workshops are comprised of eight sessions and can be scheduled over 2 or 3 consecutive days, depending upon the particular needs of the diocese. Actual class time is about 12 hours.

$2,450

Materials

Participants in either workshop receive the Speaking Pastoral English in America Course (S.P.E.A.C.) workbook with audio CD. The workbook serves as the basis for ongoing accent acquisition practice following the workshop.

Participants in the Culture and Accent workshops also receive the Institute for Priests and Presbyterates' Language, Culture and Ministry workbook, which introduces participants to the key concepts of culture, comparing the differences in key cultural attitudes on many common subjects.

$40 per participant

Individual Accent Assessments (optional)

A personalized accent assessment is a report from the accent trainer identifying those sounds upon which the speaker is consistently erring. This report corresponds directly to the Speaking Pastoral English in America Course (S.P.E.A.C.) workbook, guiding the speaker to the specific pages where he should focus his practice time. The speaker will not have to wonder whether he has mastered a particular sound environment, as the personalized assessment tangibly shows his pronunciation results.

Individualized accent assessments can be very helpful, both as a timesaver for the priest and as a motivational tool. They are not, however, required as part of the workshop cost. Accent assessments can be purchased for any or all of the workshop participants.

$85 per participant

Presenter Travel and Accommodations

The diocese is responsible for the workshop presenter's travel and accommodations expenses. These costs are not included in the workshop fee.

Scheduling

Our workshop presenter is available to provide in-diocese workshops during the summers from mid-May through mid-August.

See sample 2- and 3-day schedules:
Acculturation and Accent Workshop
Intensive Accent Only Workshop

For specific pricing and to schedule the "Accent & Culture" or the "Accent Only" workshop for the international mission priests of your diocese, contact us:

Email: smipp@saintmeinrad.edu
Phone: (800) 357-8477