The Language, Culture and Church for International Priests & Religious (LCCIPR) program is a three week intensive curriculum designed to acclimate priests and religious from other nations to life and ministry in the United States.The program achieves this objective by focusing on several areas:

  • Public speaking and language skills, with particular focus on 
    accent reduction, pronunciation, and American idioms  
  • American culture, drawing material from American literature
    and the history of the Catholic Church in the U.S.
  • Work relationships in the American cultural context,
    for example: working with women in ministry and getting
    along with the diocesan presbyterate
  • The preparation for and celebration of Sacraments in the
    Church in the U.S., with classes on celebration of particular
    sacraments and preaching
  • Additional areas of more personal import, such as dealing
    with the diversity of cultures and adaptation, personal
    boundaries in relationships, and dealing with affluence.

The parameters of the LCCIPR program extend beyond
the traditional classroom setting. All LCCIPR participants
celebrate Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours in common
in the Seminary’s Holy 
Cross Oratory and also occasionally
join the monastic community 
for liturgy. Masses and
prayers are recorded so that the celebrants 
and prayer
leaders can see themselves in action and focus on 
of improvement. Additionally, there are opportunities for 
group outings or events on campus in the evenings
on weekends.

The 2016 LCCIPR Program will be July 4 - July 29.

Fill out and submit an application to the 2016 LCCIPR Summer program here.

Download and print a copy of our 2015 brochure here. 
(The 2016 brochure is not available at this time.)

We believe the LCCIPR program addresses a great need in the Church of the United States: helping good priests remove the obstacles they face in transitioning to ministry in another country.

If you are interested in the LCCIPR program, please contact Sr. Maria Armijo, Director of the LCCIPR program.

Sr. Maria Armijo, LCCIPR Director
Conception Seminary College
P.O. Box 502
Conception, MO 64433

Phone: (660) 944-2818
Fax: (660) 944-2829
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