Orientation Course for Overseas Pastoral Workers - since 2011 Richard Owens has been facilitating a course to help people understand better the context of their ministry here in the UK - a vital opportunity for an honest sharing of their fears and hopes.
The next programme runs:
14-19 September 2015
and is open to religious sisters, lay missionaries, religious priests and diocesan clergy.
from experience we find this course works for both newly arrived and people who have arrived within the last 12-16 months - as it is about personal development and not the basic initial localised induction which is proper for the community to provide.
To pre-register contact us
Covering issues including:
- Culture shock
- team dynamics
- models of church
- safer boundaries - making friends
- healthy living and the health system
- personal communication styles
- modern society
- constitution & law
- expressions, language & humour
- calling to overseas mission
- women's issues
- models of communication
- food and manners
- societal expectations & structures
- pastoral differences
- money, inequality and economy
Guest speakers in the past have included: Fr Brendan Rice, Fr Rob Morland SMA,Jean Washbourne, Msgr Vincent Harvey, Fr John Heneghan, Alice Davidson OBE, Sue Gravells, Suzi Jaques, Sr Kathryn Summerfield RSJ a diocesan safeguarding professional and Richard Owens
Richard Owens, the course facilitator, has been the secretary of the Catholic Missionary Union of England & Wales since 2011
All inclusive cost reduced to £500 - a discount of 10% on this fee if you register 2 or more participants
The Programme is delivered in a comfortable venue with private bedrooms and space for learning and liturgy .