Summer Language Immersion Prepares Seminarians for Multicultural Ministry

Posted on July 14, 2017

Seminarians at Mundelein come from all over the world, but for many of them, English is not their first language. Many seminarians spend a year or more studying and learning English before they even officially begin Pre-Theology or Theology programs.

For the men whose primary language is English, they can expect to spend at least one summer studying abroad in a Spanish Immersion program.

Currently, sixteen of our seminarians from five dioceses are spending their summer studying, speaking, and hopefully even thinking and praying in Spanish. They live with host families in Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Ecuador, and Peru, embracing every aspect of the culture.

With an increasing Hispanic population in the majority of US dioceses, our seminarians are answering a call to learn the Spanish language in order to minister and care for all of their parishioners. The cultural immersion takes them to a deeper level of understanding and relationship with their parish community.

These men will be able to preside and give homilies in Spanish at Masses, pray and celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation, comfort those who are sick, dying, or mourning, all in a familiar way. All seminarians from the Archdiocese of Chicago and other dioceses are expected to have bilingual and/or bicultural competence at the time of certification for priesthood.

We pray in thanksgiving for their host families and teachers, and ask that you please keep our men in your prayers as they approach the conclusion of their programs.