Thursday, August 11, 2011
One Pastors - Multicultural Parishes, Part 1
Bishop Christopher Coyne (Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Indianapolis) begins a three-part podcast with Father Robert Murray (Pastor, Saint James and Saint John the Baptist Parishes in Haverhill Massachusetts) discussing what it means to pastor multi-cultural parishes. The conversation discusses not so much the challenge of pastoring multiple parishes (see previous podcasts), but specifically parishes with notable multicultural populations. In this podcast, Father Murray (a Boston diocesan priest for more than 23 years) briefly chronicles the history of his assignments noting how each played an important role in forming him as a pastor today, particularly his study in Guatemala and seminary work in Peru. Father Murray underscores the point that while knowledge of the language (and in his case, languages!) is important, one must also understand and live, as best as possible, the people’s culture in order to be an effective pastor in these types of parishes.