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Intercultural Competencies


A new evangelization is synonymous with mission, requiring the capacity to set out anew, go beyond boundaries and broaden horizons. The new evangelization is the opposite of self-sufficiency, a withdrawal into oneself, a status quo mentality and an idea that pastoral programs are simply to proceed as they did in the past. Today a “business as usual” attitude can no longer be the case. Some local Churches, already engaged in renewal, reconfirm the fact that now is the time for the Church to call upon every Christian community to evaluate their pastoral practice on the basis of the missionary character of their program and activities.

-Synod of Bishops XIII Ordinary General Assembly, The New Evangelization for the Transmission of Christian Faith, Lineamenta, #10

Upcoming Events


July 4-July 8, 2016: Xavier University of Louisiana Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS)

The USCCB & IBCS will offer Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers. This 1st time offering of BICM will address issues of particular interest for African American Catholic ministry: How to reach Black Catholics in a multicultural context? What are best practices for ministry within the African diaspora? Appreciating the Catholic experience through other eyes: CONTACT: Donna Grimes, Director of African American Affairs, or (202) 541-3178 or visit the Institute of Black Studies. Check out the brochure!

February 16-18, 2017: Mid-Atlantic Congress in Baltimore. More information will be available in October/November 2016

On-Line Education

The STEP and Camino programs at the University of Notre Dame partner with dioceses across the country to complement diocesan programs of adult faith formation. Catechists, lay ministers, Catholic school teachers, deacons and deacon candidates are among those who take STEP and Camino's online courses, and the course on developing intercultural competence for ministry targets these audiences.



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