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Director Of Religious Education (DRE)

St. Anthony of Padua Parish (Gardena)

Posted

04/19/2022

Expires

06/19/2022

Description

DEPARTMENT: Parish

SUPERVISED BY: Pastor

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: PT/FT 

EXEMPT / NON-EXEMPT (depends on compensation):

POSITION SUMMARY

Responsible for the total religious education program of the parish for adults, youth and children as designated by the pastor.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

As representative of the pastor, the DRE implements the parish religious education program in accordance with the parish mission statement and goals. The DRE manages program content, staff and budgets; coordinates with other parish ministries and activities; reports to pastor and parish councils/committees as required. In addition, the DRE shall:

  • Articulate a vision of catechesis and the catechetical process based on the major catechetical documents of the Church.
  • Review, evaluate, and develop programs, mission statements, long- and short-range goals and objectives.
  • Help the parish community evaluate and carry out its role as a catechizing agent.
  • Apply appropriate principles of human development, especially faith and moral development, to a catechetical program.
  • Utilize appropriate methodologies of adult-centered and/or child-centered learning.
  • Implement or support a program of catechist formation according to Archdiocesan certification norms.
  • Involve the family as an essential agent in the faith formation process, especially in the faith formation of children and adolescents.
  • Use media and technology for effective program implementation.
  • Incorporate service opportunities, and reflections on these experiences, in catechetical programs for adults, adolescents, and children; especially linking such opportunities to the fostering of peace and justice.
  • Provide opportunities for participation in prayer, personal spiritual development, and communal worship.
  • Initiate and maintain accurate records on students, families, catechists, and other participants.

Specific to St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Gardena:

  • Serve as a key leader on parish leadership team.
  • Oversee and/or serve as lead teacher/team leader of RCIA / RCIC program and other adult sacramental preparation programs for adults. (Sunday mornings)
  • Oversee children dismissal catechesis at two Sunday Masses.
  • Oversee and serve as lead teacher/team leader of two-year high school Confirmation program. (Sunday afternoon/evening)
  • Oversee all other sacramental preparation programs for children. (Thursday evenings/Saturday mornings)
  • Oversee and/or serve as lead teacher/team leader of Baptism preparation program for parents and sponsors. (Monday and/or Wednesday evenings)
  • Coordinate liturgical ministries and formation with lead EM, lector, usher, altar server.
  • Provide summer adult education program. (Designated Mondays)
  • Recruit catechists, liturgical ministers, and other volunteers.
  • Work with religion coordinator of St. Anthony of Padua Elementary School regarding program for parent formation.
  • Near end of first year, assess the potential of developing a youth ministry and young adult program.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Practicing Roman Catholic with a commitment to his/her own faith life
  • Well-developed knowledge of Scripture, the Catechism, Church documents,
  • Familiar with Church history, the stories of the saints and martyrs, Mariology
  • Experienced in teaching the faith to adults, youth, and children
  • Able to communicate with all age groups, from varying cultural and social backgrounds
  • Skilled organizer and overseer of catechetical programs that incorporate volunteer contributions
  • Sensitive to controversial issues and able to respond according to Church teaching as articulated by the Archbishop
  • Familiar with the uses of media and technology for effective program implementation

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

An undergraduate or graduate degree in theology or religious education.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENT:

  • Archdiocesan certification through the Advanced Catechetical Ministries Program (ACM) or Master Catechist Program and/or
  • A university certificate program in catechetical leadership and/or
  • Two to three years recent catechetical experience and/or
  • A record of attendance at diocesan workshops and seminars for ongoing education.
  • These minimum requirements may be waived by pastor for comparable experiences.

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE:

  • Executive responsibility as employee or volunteer.
  • Experience in working with adult volunteers.
  • A record of attendance at workshops and seminars in management and administrative skills.

Email your resume to José Luis Castañeda jcastaneda@saintanthonygardena.org

Information/Application Contact

St. Anthony of Padua Parish (Gardena)

1050 W 163rd St.

Gardena, CA 90247

jcastaneda@saintanthonygardena.org