June 2 – July 11, 2014
Five Rochester seminarians participated in a cultural immersion program as a component of their formation for diocesan priesthood.
They were introduced to many areas of ministry throughout the Diocese of Rochester:
- Mary’s Plate Outreach and Refugee Ministry
- Hispanic Migrant Ministry in Monroe, Wayne, Cayuga, and Livingston Counties
- Bethany House
- St. Martin’s Place and Morning Star ministries
- Monroe Correctional Facility
- St. Joseph’s Neighborhood
They celebrated Mass with a variety of communities, including the Guatemalan, Vietnamese, and Deaf communities and those incarcerated in the facility in Henrietta.
They offered assistance at area dairy farms and vineyards employing Catholic Migrant workers.
Fr. Jesus Flores, Diocesan Director of Hispanic Migrant Ministry told the men, “without speaking, you were the presence of grace doing this simple farm work.”
At the end of the program one of the seminarians commented, “I am proud to be affiliated with a local church that does so much to accommodate the marginalized.”