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Language Ministry Program

Given the influx of Hispanic Catholics into the United States and the growing number of dioceses where Spanish is the predominant language, we are excited to announce the addition of a "Certificate in Hispanic Ministry" Program here at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary. The seminary curriculum will now include instruction, for those seminarians who are interested, in Spanish language and culture beginning this fall (2016) and will be available every semester during the seminarian’s enrollment. The instruction will occur in small groups, organized according to the language abilities of the participants and classes will meet for 90 minute sessions twice a week. Both of our instructors have extensive experience teaching Spanish as well as Mexican and Central American culture at various levels and institutions.

To earn the "Certificate in Hispanic Ministry," the seminarian, in addition to demonstrating proficiency in Spanish, must complete a pastoral placement in a Spanish speaking parish setting as well as complete an elective course in Hispanic Ministry for the Church in the United States.

With the successful completion of the program, the Seminary will attest that the seminarian is prepared to begin priestly ministry in a Spanish speaking setting.

Since the program’s announcement last month, nearly half of our current seminarians have enrolled. We anticipate similar interest and participation from our incoming class.

Additionally, our seminary will continue to offer English language instruction (ESOL) for those students enrolled at the Seminary needing to improve their English proficiency.

For further information, please contact Dr. Anthony Keaty, Academic Dean (781.810.1926)

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