Becoming Bridge Builders in Our Parishes

Supporting ministers in uniting the diverse Body of Christ

If you are a pastoral leader in a parish, especially one that has different cultural groups, we invite you to journey with us during Lent and Easter 2021 to explore how we can build bridges to integrate our parishes more fully.  We will study two books together to build our skills while sharing our struggles and successes as pastoral leaders in the Diocese of Owensboro. 

Patti Gutiérrez, host of the Gente Puente Café and Podcast, will guide the discussions which will be held each Thursday via Zoom from 2:00-3:30pm.

Please register using the form below. You can download a flyer here or find a social media graphic to use here.

Registration per parish team: $25  | Registration per individual: $10         

Required texts to purchase: Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers (Bilingual) and Best Practices for Shared Parishes: So That They All May Be One (Bilingual), Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church (USCCB store)     

*Financial Assistance available if needed

For more information contact Deacon Chris Gutiérrez at [email protected] or (270) 880-8018.



Join us for a six-week journey in developing knowledge, attitudes and skills for better understanding and dialogue regarding intercultural relations in our parishes.

Week 1 – Feb 18th Introduction and Q&A

Week 2 – Feb 25th Issues of diversity from a theological perspective

Week 3 – March 4th Understanding culture and how it works

Week 4 – March 11th Communication skills in pastoral settings

Week 5 – March 18th Obstacles that impede effective intercultural relations

Week 6 – March 25th Fostering ecclesial integration rather than assimilation



Join us for a six-week journey exploring how a shared parish can become more united through a process of ecclesial integration.

Week 1 – April 15th Introduction and Q&A

Week 2 – April 22nd Shared parishes and intercultural sensitivity

Week 3 – April 29th The Catholic understanding of the parish life and mission

Week 4 – May 6th Part 1 of the developmental process of ecclesial integration/inclusion and stewardship in shared parishes

Week 5 – May 13th Part 2 of the developmental process of ecclesial integration

Week 6 – May 20th Putting it all together in our parishes