The Director of Evangelization and Catechesis assists the Archbishop in advancing the vision of “One Church: encountering Jesus, equipping disciples, and living mercy.” The incumbent’s primary focus will be on encountering Jesus and equipping disciples. The incumbent will proactively work with pastors, parish directors of religious education and formation, as well as other parish leaders to unify and support the fulfillment of this vision. The incumbent will direct all the resources of the office in developing and communicating ministries to facilitate the encounter with Jesus and prepare disciples to share their faith lives with others and invite others into a relationship with Jesus.
|Location|| ||3300 North 60th Street|
Omaha, NE 68104
|Employee Type|| ||Exempt|
|Job Category|| ||Evangelization & Catechesis|
|Minimum Experience|| ||5 Years|
|Required Degree|| ||Masters|
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Work out in the field with parishes to educate, promote, model, and teach the New Evangelization as presented in Pope Francis’ Joy of the Gospel, the 1997 General Directory for Catechesis (GDC) and in the 2005 National Directory for Catechesis (NDC) and articulation of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Vision: “One Church: encountering Jesus, equipping disciples, living mercy.”
- Work in collaboration with the Archdiocesan team focused on encountering Jesus and equipping disciples to prioritize and develop initiatives to implement the New Evangelization strategies throughout the archdiocese.
- Educate and promote the pastoral vision to parishes and pastors to lead to understanding the vision and priority of evangelization.
- Plan and provide formation for parish leadership through individual meetings with pastors, training workshops, and conferences focused on the New Evangelization and recommendations for deliberate implementation within the life of the parish.
- Maintain the highest level of expertise and knowledge in evangelization issues, as well as Catholic moral and social teaching.
- Implement the Archdiocesan pastoral vision in offerings and resources.
- Initiate ongoing communication and support between the office and parish leaders.
- Seek and build relational networks that will unify and support evangelization initiatives in parishes, apostolates, and other Archdiocesan offices.
- Maximize opportunities to collaborate with other Curia departments in the areas of evangelization and formation in discipleship.
- Serve as a member of archdiocesan committees that are integral to evangelization and faith formation.
- Develop a long-range plan and vision for lifelong faith formation in the archdiocese through ongoing evaluation of current programs and in consultation with the Archbishop, clergy, and staff.
- Oversee the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of lifelong faith formation programs.
- Manage the office staff, maintaining a collaborative work environment to support office projects and operations.
- Provide developmental opportunities for the staff to enhance their job performance, job skills, faith formation, and theological knowledge.
- Provide support and guidelines for sacramental formation, especially first Reconciliation, first Holy Communion, and Confirmation, as well as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
- Consult pastors and catechetical staff on the training of staff, reviewing of materials, and designing of catechetical programs.
- Provide assistance and resources for adult faith formation, homeschooling, and intergenerational catechesis.
- Assist in developing a program for the formation of lay leaders, supporting Archdiocesan Pastoral Vision.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
- Knowledge of the “new evangelization” as set forth in the 1997 General Directory for Catechesis (GDC) and in the 2005 National Directory for Catechesis (NDC).
- Knowledge of the process of making disciples and how to promote the “new evangelization.”
- Knowledge of the Church documents on evangelization and catechesis, and the ability to implement the Joy of the Gospel, the GDC and the NDC.
- Demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to inspire others to carry out the mission and ministry of evangelization in a pastoral manner.
- Demonstrated supervisory and managerial skills, capable of overseeing multiple programs simultaneously, and prioritizing activity.
- Has a passion for evangelization and helping others to know, love, and serve God.
- Sets an example of integrity, accountability, productivity, and teamwork.
- Ability to adapt and apply knowledge and skills to a variety of parish situations that may occur.
- Ability to articulate the difference between initial proclamation and catechesis.
- Ability to address key contemporary moral and social issues with a pastoral approach, centered in Church teaching.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Active, practicing Roman Catholic in full communion with the Catholic Church, with a demonstrated commitment to the mission of the Church and full assent to all magisterial teaching.
- Master’s Degree in theology, religious education, pastoral ministry, or related field is required; S.T.L., S.T.D., or Ph.D. preferred.
- Minimum of 5 years of experience in a leadership position of a parish, diocesan office, or approved Catholic apostolate in a catechetical role is required.