One Pastor – Multicultural Parishes, Part 2

Bishop Christopher Coyne (Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Indianapolis) continues a three-part podcast with Father Robert Murray (Pastor, Saint James and Saint John the Baptist Parishes in Haverhill Massachusetts and a Boston diocesan priest for more than 23 years) discussing what it means to pastor multi-cultural parishes. In this second podcast, Father Murray notes the groundbreaking work of Father Fred O’Brien who began the organized ministry with Hispanic Catholics in Boston. In response to Bishop Coyne’s questions, Father Murray recalls awkward language moments, the edifying patience of the people he served as well as the lessons they taught him, notably ‘Si Dios quiere (If God wills).’ Father Murray remembers discovering, early in his work at Boston’s Cathedral parish, just how important people’s culture is when it comes to the life of prayer and faith. This helps to understand better not only religious practices but to critique false assumptions people have concerning time, family life and other dimensions of culture different from their own.

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