International priests serving in the US bring many gifts and talents to their ministry, but they also face distinct challenges. Among them, are those of language and intercultural dynamics.
In 2012, almost one out of every five priests serving as parish clergy in the US came from abroad. The majority of these priests are from developing countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Despite the acknowledged universality of the Roman Catholic Church’s liturgy, the cultural and interpersonal contexts of these priests back home are often drastically different from those of a US-born priest practicing in parish service in his own culture. Read more