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Ronda Chervin received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University and an MA in Religious Studies from Notre Dame Apostolic Institute. A widow, mother, and grandmother, she currently teaches philosophy at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Write to her at chervinronda@gmail.com.
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“Oh, the happy choir director who is hired to start work on a brand new choir, or who walks into his first rehearsal a total stranger to the existing group—what a fortunate man he is! The new choir director who is a former member of the choir, or a member of the congregation, or the nephew of the alto soloist, or a former altar boy, or otherwise well acquainted with the choir, is in for a few headaches.”
— Paul Hume (1956)

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The New Face of the Church in the United States
published 20 October 2012 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

I have been pondering about how our Holy Apostles College and Seminary will probably be, in the future, almost 1/3 Asian; 1/3 Hispanic and a third Anglo. I do well with Hispanics because I was surrounded by Puerto Ricans in New York City as a child and also my grandfather was Sephardic Jewish from the Island of Curacao off Colombia. But even though I love the way Asians look with their beautiful skin color and beautiful straight black hair, in general, their character is opposite from mine. They are usually much more quiet and reserved than I am with my Jewish background.

I happened to be reading a book about a Bostonian Episcopal priest, Kent Stone, who became a Catholic and then a Passionist and wound up setting up missions in villages in South America. Now there was a contrast in personality types for sure, but he learned Spanish very well and loved them and they loved him.

I woke up in the night with this “word” from the Lord, (hopefully from Him), in my heart: You are seeing the new global face of my Church in the seminary and in the parishes of the United States. Just teach them what you know.

Then I was reminded that a Korean Seminarian in Korea years ago read my book, The Kiss from the Cross: A Saint for Every Kind of Suffering, and it meant so much to him that he had it translated into Korean. So in the Church my writing did bridge the cultural divide, years ago.

It is the Feast of Little Therese who became the patron of missionaries through prayer. Why can’t God use me as a missionary here in the US if I teach Asian people at my Seminary? A friend said, you can learn from them to be more peaceful and they can learn from you to be more spontaneous.

I am writing this on my blog because maybe some of you feel awkward with those of other national backgrounds in your parishes or places of work and could need a fresh vision of what God might want you to understand about this.

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