This three week course has been designed especially for priests, laity, religious, and all those persons who have an interest in Hispanic people and Hispanic ministry.

Our program provides the student with the necessary skills to communicate in Spanish, knowledge of the Hispanic environment in daily life situations, and a pastoral dimension geared toward Hispanic ministry. For over 30 years, the course has successfully served bishops, priests, religious brothers and sisters, directors of religious education, and laity who serve the Church in very diverse ministries.

Recommended for beginners, the course follows a psycho-generative methodology, accompanied by a team-teaching learning approach. The vocabulary is selected on the basis of the need for every day conversation and for pastoral work with Hispanics. The student will reach a good level of communication through the acquisition of the basic language skills: listening, writing, speaking and reading.

The various cultural experiences as well as our daily prayers and Eucharist are an integral part of the course. Cultural presentations pay special attention to four of the largest Hispanic groups living in the U.S.: Mexicans, Colombians, Cubans, and Nicaraguans. We also discuss the Hispanic presence in the United States and how the Hispanic Apostolate has developed over the years within the life of the Church.

You can download the brochure for the Immersion in Spanish Language and Culture course by clicking on the image shown below

Experienced and dedicated faculty

"I have sent several priests to attend SEPI’s Lengua y Cultura program. They return with ability to minister Sacraments in Spanish – and with greater understanding of and empathy with their Spanish speaking parishioners’ religious and cultural experience." - Thomas J. Wenski, Archbishop of Miami

"Beyond a doubt the professor’s abilities are superb. He conveys materials well and is highly supportive." - Rev. Jonathan Morse, Director, Office of Religious Education, Eparchy of Stamford

"Excellent! Very professional! Very knowledgeable in the teaching process of the Spanish Language. Dedicated and untiring in sharing faith and culture. ¡Muchas Gracias!" - Caroline “Gerri” Merkel, Director of Religious Education, Saint Michael’s Catholic Community at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland

Comments from former students

“You have integrated the study of the culture and the language very well. I think this is what I appreciate about this program the most. You have also integrated the spiritual, academic, pastoral aspects which I believe help to make this an outstanding program.” - Very Rev. Timothy F. Whalen, Rector of St. Vincent Seminary, Pennsylvania

“The course met its goals very well and presented the material in a very comprehensive way with enough practice along with a nice balance of cultural awareness.” - Bro. Robert Malusa, SDB

“I am impressed that we were able to accomplish so much. I liked the book and the form we used to learn from it.” - Kathryn Sullivan, Youth Minister, Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Diocese of Palm Beach

Distinguished Alumni

  • Most Rev. John C. Favalora (Archbishop, Miami) ret.
  • Most Rev. David E. Foley (Bishop, Birmingham) ret.
  • Most Rev. Kevin Boland (Bishop, Savannah) ret.
  • Rev. William Leahy, SJ (Boston College president)

For further information or registration, please contact Juan José Rodríguez by calling (305) 279-2333 or via e-mail at