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Mission:

The Father Stanley Rother Hispanic Cultural Institute (FSR-HCI), is an Archdiocesan Institute created to help our Pastors, Deacons, lay leaders, English-speaking parishioners, and the general public learn the Spanish language and understand the Hispanic culture. FSR-HCI also focuses on providing a more informed way to face the opportunities and challenges that our nation, state and parishes are facing with the presence of the ever-increasing Spanish-speaking population. The teachings of the Catholic faith animate the vision, goals and objectives of the FSR-HCI in its work.

 

Vision:

Invoking the guidance of the Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Empress of the Americas, the FSR-HCI wants to serve as an instrument in the celebration of the riches of our Catholic tradition in Oklahoma.

 

Goals:

To offer participants a vision of the real significance of the phenomenon known as la Hispanidad. The FSR- HCI will emphasize the cultural, linguistic, historical, and spiritual roots that helped form la Hispanidad, in order to clarify the context from which the Hispanic world emerged.

 

Methodology:

FSR-HCI will alternate theoretical classes based on theme presentations from HCI’s Participant Scholars, with practical Spanish language courses offered by HCI’s Teaching and Support Staff. HCI will also offer cultural trips in order to explore the Spanish culture and linguistic heritage.

 

Language Classes:

FSR-HCI will offer four Beginner, Intermediate I (some knowledge of Spanish) Intermediate II, and Advanced. At all levels, students will be able to practice conversation in Spanish and participate in the Cultural Studies (in English). There will be an oral placement test on the first day to properly place each student in the appropriate class. Classes include:

  • Listening Comprehension (dialogues, songs, prayers)
  • Conversation
  • Vocabulary Enhancement
  • Reading
  • Grammar
  • Writing

Cultural Studies:

FSR-HCI will emphasize the cultural, linguistic, historical, artistic, and spiritual roots that form the Hispanic World. Topics of the cultural studies will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • The Hispanic World and its Cultural Roots (Iberian, Celtic, Phoenician, Greek, Roman, Visigoth, Arabic, Jew, and others)
  • The Hispanic-American World and its Cultural Roots (Europeans, Indians, and Africans)
  • The Beginnings of the Evangelization of America
  • The Spanish Conquest: A Catholic Perspective
  • Rites and Traditions
  • Arts and literature
  • Faith and Culture in the Hispanic World
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe - History and Impact in the“New World”
  • Bartolomé de las Casas, Vasco de Quiroga and the

Movement toward Social Justice in America

 

Requirements

  • To be 21 years old
  • Must turn the application and a check (made payable to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church) for the tuition fee.
  • Tuition fee $35.00 per Semester / $60.00 per year
  • Donations made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in the name of the institute are welcomed. Donations are tax deductible.