SPANISH CULTURE AND STUDIES
Seminary formation in these modern times includes an education to the cultures our future priests will encounter in their diverse ministries. Theological College hosts a dynamic student-run Hispanic Affairs Committee whose activities include opportunities to grow in language fluency and awareness of the various Hispanic cultures in America, which include, for example, the widespread tradition of the Dio de los Muertos altar (pictured above). Over one-third of the seminary population is involved in the HAC’s initiatives. Also, TC seminarians and faculty participate in weekly Evening Prayer in Spanish and twice-monthly Spanish Mass. TC offers pastoral ministry and outreach opportunities at Hispanic parishes and charities in the DC metro area. Furthermore, seminarians are encouraged to take advantage of spring break and summer immersion experiences. In past years, dozens of seminarians have traveled to Honduras to work for a week with the Missioners of Christ in their evangelization work in Comayagua, while several others have served with Cross Catholic Outreach in Guatemala. TC collaborates with CUAbroad’s Spanish Language and Ministry Institute for Seminarians and Priests. Participants in this summer program for Spanish immersion reside at the Hispanic Seminary of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world. Upon successful completion of the program, seminarians receive a Certificate of Intensive Spanish Studies and Ministry from CUA, and a total of nine academic credits—six credits for Spanish language (at the level studied) and three for a School of Theology and Religious Studies course related to Hispanic ministry. Click here to visit the program website.