Twenty-nine students from 11 countries have arrived at Sacred Heart School of Theology for the seminary's respected English-as-a-Second-Language Program for clergy and church workers. The group is one of the largest in years.
The large class is partly due to an increasing need to train priests, brothers and others for ministry in English-speaking environments, or for international work, according to Sacred Heart administrators. The growing reputation of Sacred Heart's ESL program has also helped swell recent classes, they said. The program began in 1986.
The students will stay for programs lasting six weeks to one year, depending on their needs. The students are from: Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Mexico, Poland, South Korea, Spain, and Vietnam.