The goal of the Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers training is to increase the capacity to welcome, receive and encourage all emerging cultural groups to participate and assume leadership roles in the Church. The hope is that, in turn, the participant will train others to do the same.

The workshop provides an opportunity for ministers to attain a foundational level of competence in intercultural relations and communications. It is also designed to orient trainers to methodology, strategies, and activities suited to teach the content of the program.


This two and a half day program aims to prepare the ministry leader to:

  • Articulate the general outlines of a theology and spirituality of ministry in intercultural settings, with special attention to concepts of evangelization and inculturation.
  • Increase awareness regarding how to communicate appropriately and effectively with persons and groups in cultures other than your own.
  • Gain the ability to identify and articulate obstacles that impede group interaction.
  • Provide a rationale for the inclusion and integration of diverse cultural groups into the life and mission of your parish and diocese.


*Note, you must attend the entire training in order to receive a certificate*


For more details, contact Yolanda Taylor-Burwell at diversity@usccb.org or 202-541-3152

Presented by USCCB’s Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church

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  • When: February 16-18, 2017, during the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Congress (MAC)
  • Where: Hilton Baltimore at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD
  • Who: This program is for all ministers and persons in church leadership positions
  • Cost: $185.00 (includes MAC & BICM registration fees & lunch for 2 days)
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