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Seventeenth Annual Acculturation Seminar for International Priests

Jun 18, 2018
12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
Queens, NY Campus
June 18, 2018 12:00 pm

June 18-22, 2018

Program Goals

  • In an intensive, supportive, five-day residential program, participants who have already developed ”survival skills“ and have conversational ability in English focus on these goals:
  • Church Development in the United States:
  • Gain an overview of the development of the Catholic Church in the pluralistic, religiously diverse United States and discuss models of Church and roles of priests within that context.
  • Sociological Issues: Engage in discussions on culture, gender, race, family, multiculturalism, cultural bridges, and the acculturation process itself to discern differences between one’s native culture and US culture(s).
  • Counseling and Self-Care: Reflect on the issues of stress, creativity, self-knowledge, and personal growth, which the acculturation process engenders.
  • Priest as Leader, Team Member, and Collaborator: Grow in appreciation of the need in organizations for servant leadership and effective management skills.
  • Church Structure and Collaboration: Study overall church structure in the United States and the roles of clergy and laity within the parish and diocesan organizations.
  • Interpersonal Communications: Recognize the complexity and centrality of communication to ministry and engage in practice sessions which focus on cultural differences.
  • Pastoral Communications: Reflect on attitudes and skills which enhance pastoral communication, with special emphasis on reading and preaching.
  • Time Management: Learn time management skills which contribute to a healthy and productive work ethic and lifestyle.
  • Immigration and Legal Issues: Discuss legal issues, immigration, and pastoral concerns.
  • Liturgical Sharing: Share Liturgy (Eucharist and Divine Office) as a way of building community.
  • Relationships: Establish relationships with other


To be eligible for admission to the program, a priest must:

  • Be recommended by officials of the diocese or the leadership of his religious community. A letter of recommendation must be forwarded directly to the Vincentian Center for Church and Society from the diocesan personnel office or major superior in the United States.
  • Be a US resident for at least six months and less than five years.
  • Demonstrate conversational proficiency in English.
  • Complete registration form.


The five-day seminar is scheduled to be held June 18-22, 2018. The program opens on Monday at noon with a luncheon and closes on Friday at 1:30 p.m. after Eucharist and a closing luncheon.


To enhance the learning environment, each participant is assigned a private room within the student residence halls. Meals are provided on campus. Athletic and library facilities are available to participants.

Collaboration with Sacred Heart Institute (SHI)

The Vincentian Center collaborates with the SHI in Huntington, NY, for the Acculturation Program. The SHI is a cooperative effort of the Archdiocese of New York and the Dioceses of Brooklyn and Rockville Centre to facilitate the ongoing formation of priests and deacons.


Nonrefundable Registration Fee $50 (Due May 18)
Tuition, Room, and Meals $750 (Due on arrival)
Total $800




Direct inquiries and other requests to:
Vincentian Center for Church and Society
St. John‘s University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
Tel. 718-990-1612
Fax 718-990-1901
E-mail [email protected]