POSITION: Diocesan Director of Parish Faith Formation
The Bishop of Manchester is the visible principle and foundation of unity in the particular diocese entrusted to him. In a unique and visible way, he makes Christ's mission present and enduring
as Shepherd of the Christian Community. In order to fulfill his mission, the Bishop employs suitable, chosen collaborators (clerics, religious, or lay people). He shares with them the apostolic mission and
entrusts various responsibilities to them.
Each position employed in the Diocesan Administration Building helps to extend the ministry
of the Bishop in particular ways as outlined in the position description. All employees of the diocesan
administration assist the Bishop of Manchester in serving the parishes, schools and institutions of the
Catholic Church in New Hampshire.
This position is accountable to the Secretary for Catholic Formation
This position provides leadership and is responsible for the ongoing development and support of
programs and services for Parish Faith Formation, Grades 1-12, including comprehensive youth
ministry, Sacramental Formation for First Reconciliation and Penance, Confirmation and First
Communion, and serves as resource person to the Catholic School office regarding the teaching of
religion. This position takes the lead in providing formation and professional development for
catechetical leaders, youth ministers and for all others who provide faith formation in parishes. Works
in collaboration with the other Directors of the Secretariat as well as with the parishes and all other
related diocesan agencies and institutions.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Collaborates within the Secretariat to develop quality comprehensive lifelong faith formation
throughout the Diocese.
2. Supports and provides resources for parish sacramental formation programs.
3. Assists in developing and monitoring the quality of all catechetical, youth ministry and
sacrament formation programs throughout the diocese.
4. Develops appropriate consultation and review to assure adherence to Church teaching in all
programs and services.
5. In collaboration with the Secretary for Catholic Formation, implements and evaluates ministry
formation and certification programs for full and part-time parish catechetical leaders, youth
ministers and volunteer ministers involved in lifelong faith formation.
6. Tracks and maintains certification records for all full and part-time catechetical leaders and
7. Provides programming, services and consultation to assist and support all catechetical leaders
and youth ministers and collaborates with the Catholic School Office to fulfill their
catechetical responsibilities, including serving whenever possible as a member of the Catholic
Identity Review Teams.
8. Collaborates with and supports the Directors of Multicultural Ministries in their outreach to
9. Supervises all aspects of diocesan youth events; i.e., theme, vetting of speakers,
communication, registration, adult volunteers, teen leaders, child safety training and
background screening, finances, sponsors, vendors, priests, liturgical celebrations e.g., prayer,
Sacrament of Reconciliation and Penance, Eucharist (Mass).
10. Works collaboratively with the Director of Safe Environment to assure parish compliance with
child safety training and background screening on all volunteers assisting in parish faith
formation and youth ministry programs or events.
11. Serves as a resource to parishes and to other related diocesan agencies and institutions
concerning social trends relating to lifelong faith formation.
12. Develops collaborative working relationships with publishing representatives and other
13. Participates in team meetings and prepares appropriate reports as requested.
14. Serves on various diocesan committees as required.
15. Participates in provincial, regional, and national organizations that support catechetical and
comprehensive youth ministry.
16. Develops and implements annual goals and strategies.
17. Makes an ongoing commitment to professional development in areas of responsibilities.
18. Outlines budget needs and adheres to approved budget in realizing goals and objectives.
19. Other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIRED:
1. Master's degree or equivalent in Theology (preference for sacramental), Religious Education, or
related field, plus at least 5 years of related experience in Parish Faith Formation.
2. Deep faith and personal commitment to the life of the Church, and a desire to teach and
communicate this with others.
3. In depth knowledge of the Catholic Church, its mission, structures, and ministerial life, and in
particular its teachings and principles on the nature of the human person, family, youth, and
4. Demonstrated leadership and organizational ability; skills and desire for collaboration, together
with ability to take initiative and work independently.
5. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from a variety of groups.
6. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations
where only limited standardization exists.
7. Ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively.
8. Knowledge and skills to do research, writing, and prepare formational materials and programs;
ability to organize, conduct, and evaluate formation programs.
9. Ability to do long range planning, and project management; resourcefulness and flexibility to
achieve planned objectives in a timely manner, and also to respond effectively and creatively to
emerging needs, demands, and opportunities.
10. Ability to handle stress well, and to schedule and complete objectives under various constraints
11. Knowledge, ability and manual dexterity to use diocesan technology effectively.
12. Ability to organize and prioritize responsibilities.
13. Maintain confidentiality.
14. Good leadership skills.
15. Good interpersonal relationship skills.
16. Must pass a background check, including a criminal history investigation in accordance with