The Seminarians Summer Assignments
An Update from Seminarian Daniel Colby
Four seminarians are serving in a Hispanic Ministry immersion program; this is the first time this kind of program has been held in the diocese. All four of us (myself, David England, Joey Rolwing, Sam Severance) have taken Spanish classes before, and are hoping to serve the Hispanic population in the diocese in the future.
We are staying through June and July at the St. Therese Retreat Center on E. Broad. In the mornings we have Mass and prayers in Spanish, and during the week Sra. Betty Protz, the Spanish teacher from St. Paul’s in Westerville, comes to work with us on our language skills.
In the afternoons we have a variety of ministry activities. We go out with the Missionary Servants of the Word (MSP) from Christ the King parish to pray outside the abortion clinic, then go to nearby latino neighborhoods to evangelize in Spanish. Twice a week we volunteer at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Center, helping with their ministry to the Hispanic community.
On Wednesdays we host Hispanic parishioners for dinner and a movie about Hispanic culture, such as For Greater Glory or Romero. On Thursdays we visit a Hispanic family for dinner to meet their family and practice our conversational skills. Every Friday, the seminarians run a summer youth program for about twenty hispanic youth from local parishes, where we have games, music, and spiritual talks.
The weekends are the most diverse and interesting. Many weekends this summer we will travel to different dioceses to meet with their Hispanic ministry teams and visit the communities in their area. We have trips to Detroit, Lansing, Toledo, and Chicago. Other weekends, we serve Mass and assist in ministry activities at local parishes with Hispanic communities, such as Christ the King, St. Stephen, St. Cecilia, St Mary’s in Marion, St. Mary’s in Delaware, and St. James the Less.
We’ve learned a ton of Spanish so far in these past two weeks through the Hispanic Ministry Immersion. We are making a commitment to speak in Spanish to each other even when we’re just on our own, to help us continue learning the language. I’m growing to love the Hispanic community in our diocese. They are such good, humble, hospitable people!