Fidelity to Christ compels us “to proclaim the gospel to all nations” (Matt. 28:19). In a multicultural country like Canada, proclaiming the gospel requires intercultural awareness and dialogue which are vital aspects of everyday life. The Enculturation Program for International Priests provides international priests and their parishioners with the tools to serve in a culturally sensitive manner.
The Enculturation Program for International Priests in Western Canada is designed to strengthen the ministry of priests who’s native culture is not Canadian. The program consists of three interconnected modules which will provide a broad base of support for the international priest and the parish he is serving. The optimal conditions for an international priest successful ministry are strengthened by the support of a mentor, their participation in the training module and intercultural awareness learning opportunities for parishioners.
International Priests Training Module
The International Priest Training Module is a four-week learning opportunity designed to encourage and strengthen the ministry of international priests. The module’s goal is to provide priests with the opportunity to learn more about the church, culture, systems and institutions that are part of life in Canada. While the priests are learning about Canadian society they are also affirming who they are and their own cultural heritage.
The personal learning of each international priest who participates in the International Priests Training Module will be more effective as a result of on-going personal support by a mentor. The mentor will provide a bridge of mutual understanding between the International Priest and the Canadian Parish.
Parish Intercultural Awareness Module
The integration of the international priest into a Canadian parish is a complex process, which requires adaptation on the part of parishioners as well as international priests. The Parish Intercultural Awareness Module will provide an opportunity for parishioners to participate in the process of intercultural dialogue intended to create a welcoming environment. Each parish works towards the mutual growth of both parishioners and priests in reaching out towards the goals of the Gospel and the Parish Mission and Vision Statement.
A PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM
Rev. Robert Gaultier
St. Joseph Seminary
9828-84 Street, NW, Edmonton, Alberta T6A 0B2.
Phone: 780.392.2445, ext. 6226, & Fax: 780.461.3858.