You are invited to attend the Wilmington Diocesan Training Conference,
BIC: Building Intercultural Connections
at St. Margaret of Scotland, Newark, DE
on Saturday, November 7 from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM (to include Mass)
Who: All Catholics interested in building stronger parishes and a more Joy-filled Church! And, for all those who desire to “Love thy neighbor as yourself.”
Goals: Building Intercultural Connections [BIC] is intended to help all of us shape the Church of the future, filled with believers from all different backgrounds. It challenges us to investigate why we think, believe, and act the ways we do, and helps us to learn these things about others as well. BIC provides an opportunity for participants to attain a foundational level of understanding in intercultural relations and communication skills.
Origin: This outstanding curriculum was designed by the Committee on Cultural Diversity of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and has been tested and refined here and in dioceses throughout the USA. Curriculum workbook will be available.
Highlights include: Presentations and conversations between diverse sisters and brothers, prayer, lively music, traditional folkloric dancing, a varied lunch menu, and a lively closing multi-cultural mass which will fulfill Sunday obligation.
Cost: Free, but a donation of $5 can be made for coffee, pastries, and a delicious multi-cultural lunch. Please bring an ethnic dish to share, if you are able.
This event is sponsored by: The Diocese of Wilmington, in partnership with the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops.
1. Increase awareness regarding how to communicate appropriately and effectively with persons and groups in cultures other than one’s own.
2. Provide a rationale for the inclusion and integration of diverse cultural groups into the life and mission of the parish and diocese.
3. To obtain knowledge, attitudes, and skills in intercultural and interracial relations, which are indispensable for all parishes to be able to engage in the Church’s evangelizing mission to preach, teach, and witness to the Gospel.
Language: 2 of the 5 sessions will be conducted in Spanish, as well as English. Unfortunately the only two native languages we can currently provide are English and Spanish, due to limited current faculty ability. Speakers of other native languages are encouraged to bring interpreters for simultaneous translation.
For further information contact:
• Meg Kane-Smith, 302-836-3511, [email protected]
• Rafael Pagan, 302-757-0618, [email protected]
• Br. Chris Posch, 302-655-0518 or [email protected]
What are they saying about BIC? These are some reactions from some participants at a recent conference:
• “Most informative and honest conference I have ever attended. Sharings were right from the heart!”
• “Concepts were presented in the most understandable manners.”
• “Excellent examples.”
• “Great variety of format.”
• “The team was so well prepared.”
• “Great information.”
• “Moved quickly.”
• “The variety of so many ethnic dishes at lunch was so nice.”
• “Multi-cultural entertainment was great!”
• “We need to have more gatherings like this in the future.”