The challenge

Nearly 17% of Americans are of Hispanic origin making the U.S. the 5th largest Spanish speaking country. A generation ago the vast majority of Hispanic–Americans were Catholic. Today it is sadly no longer the case. While nearly 40% of American Catholics are Hispanic, 1 in 4 Hispanic-Americans are former Catholics. The need for effective Hispanic ministry is urgent.


The ability for priests to communicate and minister in Spanish is becoming increasingly more important. As one priest commented,confession or console someone in a hospital because of an inability The most effective way to learn a new language is immersion. Students will practice Spanish not only during classroom hours, but also during meals, recreation, and apostolic activities. There will be time dedicated to socializing and conversing with the people to reinforce what is learned in class.

The Program

The St. Junipero Serra Instituteprovides a language and cultural immersion within a thoroughly priestly environment. Daily Mass in the Extraordinary FormParticipation in the life and work of the parishCommunal singing of the Divine Office4 hours of class time per day, with lessons designed to be useful for priestly ministryPrivate tutoring Lectures in culture and history.

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