National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica
Job Description - RCIA Coordinator
Job Status: Full-time, 40 hours
Reports To: Director of Evangelization and Faith Formation
The RCIA Coordinator will continue a year-round RCIA process, accompanying those seeking to become Catholic on their journey towards the full sacramental life of the Catholic Church.
In the spirit of Unleash the Gospel, the RCIA Coordinator will encourage, challenge, and mentor those in the RCIA process as they encounter Jesus and grow as His disciples, connecting them to the community life of the Church, and empowering them to be witnesses in the world of what God has done in their lives.
• Proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Zoom.
• Maintains accurate records, including initial questionnaire info as well as sacramental records.
• Orders inventory and maintain all supplies needed to run various programs and activities.
• Ensures all Safe Environment policies and protocols are consistently upheld and followed.
• Creates content for distribution within the parish that celebrates the RCIA process and invites parishioners to engage with RCIA.
• Communicates effectively regarding ongoing and upcoming opportunities for Inquirers to explore the process of becoming Catholic.
• Communicates effectively with candidates and catechumens regarding the RCIA process, schedule, and expectations.
• Serves as the first point of contact for those exploring becoming Catholic.
• Engages potential Inquirers at key moments in parish life (i.e., summer series, Family Catechism, infant Baptism prep) to invite people to explore becoming Catholic.
• Assesses the formation needs and circumstances of the candidates and catechumens and makes annual programming adjustments to meet their needs.
• Recruits volunteers who can pastorally accompany people through the process of becoming Catholic as sponsors, catechists, and small group leaders; coordinates training of volunteers with archdiocesan Coordinator of RCIA.
• Accompanies those in RCIA through one-on-one touchpoints throughout the year, especially leading up to the Rite of Election.
Evangelization & Catechesis
• Offers regular programming throughout the year for Inquirers seeking to become Catholic, focused on listening to people's questions and offering answers to life's deepest questions about our identity, God, the story of salvation, our Savior Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church, and the Catholic faith.
• Arranges for RCIA sessions to be competently led and facilitated so that the richness of the Catholic faith is proclaimed a way that is Trinitarian, Christocentric, Ecclesial, systematic and organic, and follows the way of beauty.
• Prepares those in the RCIA process for liturgies through an evangelizing liturgical catechesis and effective communication.
• Coordinates all liturgical rites in collaboration with priests, sacristans, musicians, and other key staff.
• Accompanies the newly initiated throughout their first year as Catholics through semi-regular gatherings, reflection, and connecting at parish events.
• Empowers the newly initiated to witness to others by sharing their story as well as the truth, goodness, and beauty they have found in the Catholic Church.
• Offers formation for adult Catholics who are only in need of the Sacrament of Confirmation.
• Supports RCIA for children and Family RCIA.
• In collaboration with other staff, manages yearly budget for RCIA.
• Other duties as assigned.
Director of Evangelization and Faith Formation will conduct an initial appraisal within 180 days of employment followed by an annual appraisal.
Candidate must be a practicing Catholic, in good standing, in full communion with the Catholic Church and embracing the fullness of the teaching of the Church.
Education, training and/or experience
1. Experience serving in evangelization endeavors.
2. Certificate in Catholic Theology.
3. Experience leading parish-level RCIA (2 years preferred).
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
1. Must have a deep understanding of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.
2. Understands Catholic teaching on evangelization as presented in the documents of Vatican II, papal encyclicals, documents of the USCCB, Unleash the Gospel, and other relevant Church documents.
3. Must have a working knowledge of catechetical methodology and an understanding of the New Evangelization.
4. Must have the ability to train others how to evangelize.
5. Must have strong verbal communication skills.
6. Must have good interpersonal skills, a collaborative management style and creative problem-solving skills.
7. Must have proficient computers skills especially with Microsoft Office.
8. Must have a demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards.
9. Must be willing and able to travel locally, have a flexible schedule, and be available some nights and weekends.
Candidate must complete a background check and VIRTUS safe environment training.
Standard benefits in accordance with Archdiocesan and Michigan Catholic Conference policy.