Homily NoDoz: Public speaking school for seminarians

Pope leads general audience in St. Peter's Square at Vatican

Pope Francis leading a general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 3. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY — Inspired by Pope Francis’ criticism of boring homilies, a group of Italian seminarians apparently will now be taking courses in public speaking and effective communication.

According to the Italian daily La Nazione, the Pontifical Regional Seminary located in Assisi is making its future priests get lessons from consultants, who normally work with top business managers and stage actors.

One group of 15 seminarians reportedly start its three-day program today.

Apparently the idea was triggered, not just by Pope Francis’ unique speaking style, but by what he said in his Oct. 4 homily at Mass in the Cathedral of San Rufino.

Speaking to an audience of priests and men and women religious, the pope said it was impossible to preach if one didn’t first have one’s heart open to God and illuminated by his word.

“Enough of these endless, boring homilies which can’t be understood,” he told his listeners.



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5 Responses to Homily NoDoz: Public speaking school for seminarians

  1. Robert says:

    Hey, this is happening in the US as well! St. Joseph College Seminary (cometojoseph.org) now has a required minor for all seminarians in Communication for the New Evangelization with an emphasis on public speaking and using media effectively.

  2. Marissa Marcelino says:

    Yes, what a privilege to our clergy to be at the service of the Word, but sometimes it is sad because some of them simply give their personal reflection or personal sentiments and not homily that would lead the faithful to the appreciation of the message of the Word and see its implications to ones life.

  3. I am just glad that we have seminarians that will be able to navigate the social network. Hopefully, they will be mindful that everything that is sent will be viewed! God Bless The Holy Father, Cardinals, Bishops, Priests and Deacon’s along with the Missionaries, Sisters and anyone else i may have forgotten to list,

  4. This is good to hear. Sometimes it is hard to even hear the Priest speaking.

  5. Sr. Hilda Mary says:

    Thank You Papa! So nice of you for such an effort to inspire the Seminarians to preach a lively homily by taking special training which will affect the lives of the listeners. And of course, as you said it can be done by only those who are open to God. I’m happy i got the chance to
    affirm you. All the best for the trainers and the ones who are getting trained.

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