Director of Faith Formation/Catechesis

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The Diocese of Buffalo is as vast as it is diverse. We have 162 parishes and missions, utilizing 196 worship sites. We have 34 Catholic elementary schools, 12 Catholic high schools and seven Catholic colleges and universities. The diocese is also home to four Catholic Hospitals.

Through our parishes, Catholic schools, Catholic Charities, Catholic Health and countless other ministries, the Diocese of Buffalo lives out a mission of charity and service each and every day in the eight counties of Western New York.

The Catholic Center, located at 795 Main St., in downtown Buffalo, serves as headquarters for the diocesan-wide ministries of Buildings & Properties, Catholic Schools, Communications, Computer Services, Cultural Diversity, Diocesan Purchasing, Finance, Insurance Services, Parish Engagement, Pro-Life Activities, Research & Planning, the Safe Environment Program, Vocations and Worship.

Job Description:

The Director of Faith Formation/Catechesis is responsible for promoting, cultivating, and fostering the catechetical and pastoral/professional formation of catechists and parish catechetical leaders throughout the Diocese of Buffalo. This position also serves as a resource and support to parishes with family and youth faith formation, adult faith formation, and sacramental preparation.

Responsibilities:

Work alongside diocesan and parish leadership to:

  • Assess current and emerging parish needs for faith formation leaders, teams, and catechists
  • Design and implement continuing education and formation opportunities for catechists and parish catechetical leaders
  • Provide innovative and intentional support of the Renewal initiative and Families of Parishes model
  • Establish networks of faith formation leaders for mutual support and enrichment
  • Provide resources, orientation, and mentoring options for new catechetical leaders
  • Manage online resources, website updates and digital resources for faith formation
  • Continue to stay up to date with trends and national developments in diocesan level ministry
  • Develop a long-range plan and vision for faith formation in the Diocese (particularly within a Families of Parishes structure) through consultation with the Bishop, clergy, and lay catechetical leaders.
  • Foster the goals and objectives of the USCCB documents (General Directory for Catechesis) relative to faith formation.

Education, Experience and Qualities:

  • Fully initiated Catholic in good standing
  • M.A. or equivalent in Theology, Pastoral Ministry, Religious Education or related discipline
  • 5+ years of experience or direct involvement in formation-related ministry
  • Knowledge and understanding of Forming Disciples curriculum and its framework, including models of faith formation and strategies for implementation of the curriculum in parishes
  • Significant experience in parish or diocesan ministry; strong knowledge of the workings of both
  • Excellent relational, written, and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Strong pastoral, interpersonal, and leadership skills
  • Experience leading trainings, and offering presentations on catechetical and ministerial topics.

The Diocese of Buffalo offers competitive compensation and a generous benefit package including medical, dental, vision, 403(b), and PTO.

The Diocese of Buffalo is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to engaging a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. The chosen candidate must successfully pass pre-employment (post offer) background check.

Pay: Up to $50,000.00 per year

To apply for this job email your details to acroce@buffalodiocese.org

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