Father Tom, what
is the “Xavier Immersion Program” for Seminarians?
The Xavier Immersion Program (XIP) is a ten-month program
of intensive studies in English designed for seminarians and religious in
formation. The seminarians come from most of the dioceses in Thailand. The
program is also open to young men and women religious in formation. The program
has grown each year from seven students in 2018 to 25 this year.
focus on the basic elements of English - speaking, listening, reading and
writing. It includes courses on Thai studies, the History of Northern Thailand,
Southeast Asian and East Asian Studies, World Religions, Scripture, and Liturgy.
All course are conducted in English. Instructors come from Thailand, the Philippines,
the USA, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Conversational classes and activities
conducted by volunteers from several countries supplement the formal courses.