|Next summer's course runs from June 14 to July 30, 2011.|
November 1, 2010. Mexico City, Mexico. For the past several
years, the Sacerdos Institute has organized the Curso
de Hispanidad (Hispanic Ministry Course) as a means of giving diocesan
seminarians and priests an intensive introduction to the Spanish language
and Hispanic culture. Details about the next summer’s course, which
runs from June 14 to July 30, 2011 are available
in this flyer.
This past year, 17 diocesan
seminarians and 1 priest spent 7 weeks at La Casa
San José, owned by the Oblates of Jesus the Priest,
in Santa Ursula Xitla, Tlalpan. Their Spanish classes were held
on campus at the Anahuac University’s south campus. The course
was directed by Fr Juan Pablo Durán, LC, with the
support of Fr José LaBoy, LC, as chaplain.
had 5 hours of Spanish class each day, but they
also got out of the classroom with their teachers to
visit cultural sites such as Coyocán and the Monastery of
the Desert of the Lions. Weekends included additional cultural outings:
the Historic Center, the Museum of Anthropology, Teotihuacán, Acolman, Xochimilco,
and missions in Malinalco.
On Tuesday afternoons, speakers came to
talk about topics relevant to pastoral ministry such as: the
family and Hispanics in the US, popular religiosity; the Guadalupe
event; and the current situation of Mexico and Latin America.
The course also offered two afternoons of pastoral work in
the parish of St. Ursula Xitla, where they were able
to put their new knowledge to work.
For Nathan Haveland, a
seminarian from the Kansas City archdiocese, the course was well
worth the time investment.
"I went into the Curso de
Hispanidad knowing no Spanish and very little about the Hispanic
culture. By the end of my short time in Mexico,
the program helped me build a strong foundation in the
Spanish language and it also opened my eyes to the
incredibly rich and beautiful culture of Mexico. I really enjoyed
our excellent Spanish instructors, our many excursions, and especially our
time with the families we met through our parish ministry.
The Curso is much more than simply learning Spanish but
a well-rounded program focused on helping seminarians and priests be
able to better minister to the Hispanic people in their
own dioceses,” he said.
Fr John L. Williams, a priest from
the archdiocese of Hartford, CT, noted that the course was
rich in practical insights that he can use in his
own pastoral ministry.
“As a pastor, the Curso de Hispanidad was
an excellent resource for parish ministry. Our utilization of the
Spanish language not only in the classroom but at liturgies
was most beneficial. As a priest, to have interaction with
seminarians was refreshing. Their enthusiasm for ministry and perhaps being
able to help them in their own formation was a
real blessing. Our experiences with the culture and people of
Mexico both in the university setting and in the parishes
gave us real practical insights that can be translated into
effective ministry in our own parishes or ministries. I would
highly recommend the Curso for priests and seminarians,” he said.
more information about the Cursos de Hispanidad, visit the Sacerdos Institute web page or view the attached flyer.