Workshop on Intercultural Ministry and Shared Parishes for Our Culturally Diverse Church


The Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church of the USCCB Presents

An interactive training, designed for priests/deacons and parish/diocesan leadership. This workshop recognizes the profound demographic transformation that is taking place around us; and acknowledges that cultural diversity is something integral to Catholic identity and mission. The workshop will increase one’s capacity to communicate, relate and work across cultural boundaries; in order to more effectively carry out the mission of evangelization. It highlights best practices for ministry in shared parishes, and promotes unity in diversity. 


Friday, September 20, 2024

9:30 AM-3:30 PM


St. Patrick Catholic Church

711 Rickett Rd.

Brighton, MI 48116


Who can benefit from this workshop: Key parish staff, clergy, Diocesan staff, Catholic schools staff, deacons, Vietnamese, Hispanic and any other cultural background, retired priests, leaders in ministry to migrant worker community, priests serving communities with faithful from diverse cultural/national backgrounds.  

Speaker: Fr. Stephen S. Dudek (National expert on best practices for shared parishes). obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, a Bachelor Degree in Theology from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, and a Doctor of Ministry from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. While in Ghana, he studied at the Tamale Institute of Cross-Cultural Studies; and served as a fellow at the Summer Institute of Intercultural Communication in Portland.  As diocesan Missions Director he coordinates pilgrimages of reverse mission among the indigenous communities of the Archdiocese of Oaxaca. His parish ministry in the Diocese of Grand Rapids among English, Spanish and Vietnamese speaking Catholics has heightened his awareness of the gifts and challenges of culturally diverse/shared parishes.