The Mexican American Catholic College (MACC), in collaboration with the Asociación de Hermanas Latinas Misioneras en America (AHLMA) has developed the Certificate in Intercultural Ministry program for Latina/Latin American religious sisters. Each participating sister receives free tuition and a $1,200 stipend to support her studies during the two-year program, thanks to the generous support of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and MACC’s scholarships.
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Certificate in Intercultural Ministry (English)
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Certificate in Intercultural Ministry (Spanish)
The Certificate in Intercultural Ministry is a two-year certificate designed to prepare participants to serve competently and effectively in contemporary ecclesial ministries and leadership, especially in Catholic parish ministries, religious education, spirituality and spiritual development, youth ministry and catechetical leadership. All courses are designed to attend to questions of ministry in intercultural contexts. All courses are offered in English and Spanish and are available online through weekly synchronous meetings.
Who is the Certificate for?
The certificate is particularly focused on giving Latina sisters the knowledge and skills to minister in the United States. The certificate program will enable 10 religious Latina/Latin American sisters serving in the United States to earn the certificate. The certificate program is open to religious sisters residing within the United States or preparing for ministry in the United States in the very near future. The certificate program is open to sisters who are members of AHLMA. For more information about AHLMA membership, please contact Sr. Elizabeth Ann Guerrero, MCDP at [email protected] or 210-731-3133.
Why was the Certificate developed?
Intellectual formation is foundational for ministry, and it is intrinsically related to spiritual formation. Sisters are expected to minister alongside priests, lay leaders, and deacons, as well as in other settings. Therefore, their intellectual formation must be effective and aligned with the local Arch/diocesan Pastoral Vision or Congregational Vision for an effective pastoral service in the Church.
How is the Certificate offered?
Thanks to generous support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and MACC’s scholarships, tuition cost for the Certificate in Intercultural Ministry Formation program is free to the participating sister. In addition, a $1,200 stipend is given to each sister to support her studies during the two-year program. Students take up to 15 credits, or 5 classes, per year including one during the summer. Sisters are responsible for books and/or other non-tuition required materials needed for the program.
What study areas are included?
The 30-credit plan includes courses in:
- Project proposal development, implementation, and reporting
- Pastoral application of theory and research
- Leading and financing pastoral projects
Students are normally required to take at least one intercultural competencies course before graduation. All courses are offered in English and Spanish and are available online through weekly synchronous meetings.
Process and Documents
The certificate program will admit 10 religious Latina/Latin American sisters who are currently serving in the United States. Thus, Sisters must apply for admission into the program. Applications for admission will be open until March 31, 2023. Applicants will be notified of admission by April 15, 2023.
- Application for Admission to The Certificate in Intercultural Ministry Program
- Admission Essay
- High school diploma and/or transcripts, certificates, or transcripts from academic institutions
- Letter of permission from Superior General / Congregational Leader of your religious congregation
- Letter of recommendation from your ministry supervisor
Registration for Classes
Once admitted to the program, the participants will be given instructions on how to register for classes.
Fall semester classes will be held from August 21, 2023 to December 8, 2023.
Thanks to generous support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and MACC’s scholarships, tuition cost for the Certificate in Intercultural Ministry program is free to the participating sister. In addition, a $1,200 stipend is given to each sister to support her studies during the two-year program.
How can I find out more about the Certificate in Intercultural Ministry?
For more information about the certificate program and application process, please contact Sr. Constanza Fernández Cano Salgado, F.Sp.S. at [email protected] or 210-731-3131, Mexican American Catholic College, 3115 West Ashby Place, San Antonio, Texas 78228-5104.