It is designed to help Diocesan fidei donum priests, and Religious Priests, Brothers and Sisters who have entered the UK recently:
- To value their own cultures as well as to be open to the culture in which they are serving,
- To be willing to share their unique personal gifts in the service of the Church here,
- To be able to cope with the complexity of ministry in a cross-cultural setting,
- To be available to others so that they can be approached with trust and confidence, without fear of being judged,
- To understand the vital need for Safeguarding structures to protect children and vulnerable adults and to follow the current guidelines strictly,
- To be friends, in the host culture, to those whom God loves in a special way: the outcast, the stranger, the poor and the sinner,
- To possess a profound respect for other people, cultures, and religions, discerning the presence of God in their midst and willing to listen to and learn from them, and adapt accordingly,
- To reflect on how they can support the Church here to grow in its appreciation of diversity and include other cultures and traditions,
- To communicate something of the freshness and vitality of the Church from which they come,
- To value collaboration with Priests, Deacons, and pastoral agents in the local Church, and
- To equip them with the means to become effective and fulfilled servants of the local Church.
Dates and Fees
Participants must attend TWO workshops as follows:
• Part 1 – Monday 20 November to Friday 24 November 2023
• Part 2 – Monday 13 May to Friday 17 May 2024
Both workshops will be held at the Oblate Retreat Centre, Wistaston Hall, 89 Broughton Lane, Crewe, CW2 8JS
There will also be a mid-course meeting with the facilitators via Zoom.
The cost of the course is £1,100 per person, all-inclusive (apart from transport costs).
Registration closes on 1 October 2023.
For further information, please contact Fr Anthony Chantry at firstname.lastname@example.org
CMU and Missio have successfully run this course together in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Thanks to the generous support of Porticus, CMU and Missio have been able to extend the course to two workshops with peer group and mentor support between them.