Aug 192009

WHEATLAND — The presentation “Creating a New Parish Culture” will take place at Our Lady of The Prairie Retreat near Wheatland Thursday, Sept. 3, from 9:30 a.m. — 3:30 p.m. Presenter  will be Sister Caridad Inda, CHM. Fee is $15, which includes lunch. 

Old customs, behavior patterns and convictions are disappearing, causing apprehension and uncertainty as well as liberation and freedom when different groups come together. These shifts redefine our culture.

Sr. Inda will examine a small but significant aspect of these current shifts as they impact parish culture, especially parishes that are becoming more bicultural or multicultural. She will address changes in behaviors and qualities, deeply-rooted attitudes as distinguished from “fads” of the moment, and the process of building a comfortable, sustaining faith community that embraces all significant elements of multicultural traditions in the parish.

Pastors, directors of religious education, parish councils, school principals, teachers, youth ministers, lay leaders and active parishioners are the target audience.

Sr. Inda is an international educator who co-founded CIRIMEX, a total immersion, one-on-one Spanish language and culture center in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she has served as executive director for nearly 30 years.

Visit to learn more, or call Barb Gross at (563) 336-8414.

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