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The KIIS Language, Religion and Culture Program for Seminarians, Priests, Religious, and Lay Ministers, was created to help religious leaders serve their local Hispanic population. The program was initiated in 2006 when KIIS received a request from a seminarian to provide a program that would allow him to gain proficiency in Spanish to better serve the growing Hispanic community in his diocese. In 2007 the first program was offered, and in the years since the program has continued to be offered to a select group of participants each summer.

KIIS has had programs in Mexico since 1992, and over the years has developed an extensive matrix of contacts and partners in numerous disciplines. Contacts in the Catholic community have opened many doors. For example, we established a relationship with a community of Dominican sisters who make ecclesiastical vestments, and seminarians commission the nuns to make vestments for them. Likewise, there are priests who accept our seminarians into their parishes to shadow them and assist them in their priestly and pastoral duties. We have also developed a relationship with the local seminary; our students meet seminarians and organize activities with them. In the 2009 program, during the group excursion to Mexico City, participants were thrilled to be invited to concelebrate and assist at Mass at the Basilica of Guadalupe. Experiences like these add a dimension to the learning and professional experience that the typical program does not offer.

For 2012, the program has been modified and expanded to permit the participation of sisters, brothers, lay ministers, and priests, as well as seminarians. KIIS will offer the six-week program, from May 17 to July 27, 2012. View the current program offering for Summer 2012 under Program Offerings.


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