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Bilingual-Multicultural Life

One strength of St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary since 1971 has been its bilingual program.  Sensitive to the needs of the Church in South Florida and in the United States, St. Vincent's began a bilingual program with a multicultural approach to help students become more fully bilingual for ministry in Florida, and other parts of the U.S., and appreciative of the cultural differences in American society.

In the U.S. Bishops' Pastoral Letter of December 1990, Heritage and Hope: Evangelization in America, they stated that it is the right of every person to receive freely and without coercion the proclamation of the good news of salvation in the integrity of one's own conscience, and to worship God within his or her own cultural tradition and language. This is the vision that has impelled St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in its commitment to the formation of priests serving a multicultural society.

St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary is enriched with the presence of a faculty and seminarians from the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and countries in Central and South America. 

Seminarians profit from a mixture of cultures and traditions and by practicing and perfecting their pastoral language whether that is English or Spanish. The formation program is bilingual: we offer spiritual direction, formation sessions, counseling, liturgical celebrations, academic courses, conferences, field education opportunities and programs in both Spanish and English.

It is the philosophy of St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary that all candidates enrolled in the ordination program must show a capacity to minister in both Spanish and English. The ideal is that each candidate leaves St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary functional in both English and Spanish. The requirement is that each student can celebrate the Eucharist and at least two other sacraments in both languages by the completion of the fifth year of theology.  

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