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Seminarian Cultural Immersion Program

Seminarian Cultural Immersion Program

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.”

Guatemalen Mass  Jorge and calf  20140618_105817  Mary's Place  milking goat20140615_112947  Camilo with young goat  Justin and calf  20140617_094206

Contact Us

Fr. Matthew Jones
Co-Director of Priesthood Vocation Awareness
fr.matthew.jones@dor.org

Fr. Peter Van Lieshout
Co-Director of Priesthood Vocation Awareness
fr.peter.vanlieshout@dor.org