Enculturation Program – December 9th-12th

December 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Director's Blog, DR of the Congo, Haiti, Kenya

From Tuesday, December 9th to Friday, December 12th, the Office of Outreach and Cultural Diversity launched its first annual session of The Enculturation Program: An Orientation for Foreign Priests Serving in Boston. The program was hosted by Fr. Michael Harrington, Director of the Office of Outreach and Cultural Diversity, who also served as the Master of Ceremonies throughout the 4 days of formation. Natalia Soares and Lorna DesRoses served as translators for Portuguese and Haitian-Creole, respectively.

The office was blessed to be joined by newly arrived Priests from Brazil (Fr. Valdir Mesquita), Haiti (Fr. Stanley Rousseau and Fr. Paul Chery), Kenya (Fr. Samuel Mathenge) and the Congo (Fr. Sandry Matondo).

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(Left -Right) Fr. Michael Harrington, Fr. Stanley Rousseu, Gail Mattulina, Natalia Soares, Lorna DesRoses, Fr. Valdir Mesquita, Fr. Paul Charly Chery , Fr. Samuel Mathenge , Fr. Sandry Matondo.

The orientation week started at the heart of the Archdiocese, the Pastoral Center in Braintree MA, where priests met many members of the various offices within the Archdiocese of Boston,as well as the physical building where the offices in which they will be in close contact with are located.

Following the welcoming at the Pastoral Center, members of the Office of Outreach and Cultural Diversity along with the priests made their way to St. Thecla Retreat House in Billerica, MA to give start to 4 days of formation given by members of the different offices within the Archdiocese (Fr. Jim DiPerri, Fr. Carlos Suarez, Fr. Robert Blaney, Sean Hickey, Fr. Chris Palladino, Janet Benestad, Vivian Soper, Jane Devlin, Lorna DesRoses, Natalia Soares and Fr. Mike Harrington),  question answering, fellowship and prayer.

Priests were given an insight on the History and Basics of Boston, Culture Shock, Challenges and Opportunities for Cross -Cultural Ministries, Policies within the Archdiocese, Rectory Living and Life at a Parish, Immigration, Faith Formation,Professional Boundaries and Child Protection, and Tribunal which will help ease their transition to serve in a Boston. Moreover, Fr. Mike Harrington also celebrated daily Mass for the priests and led morning and evening prayers throughout the duration of the program.

The launch of the program was very successful and much needed, and it will continue to happen every year as more priests come in to this mission of severing the needs of the ethnic communities within Boston.

We ask you to please keep these priests in your prayers as they settle in this beautiful mission of providing their services in a foreign land.

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