Gesu Parish and School is a diverse, long-standing, and highly respected ministry in the city of Detroit. For almost 100 years the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Priests and Brothers of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) have served the neighborhood and city with care and devotion. Gesu joins the University of Detroit Mercy, which is located across the street from Gesu School, in serving the needs of young and old alike. Gesu has been a contributor to the renewal of Detroit.
The primary role of the Pastoral Associate is to share the overall care of the parish with the pastor. He or she is a member of the parish pastoral team in promoting the Mission and Vision of Gesu. The ministry of the pastoral associate is comprehensive, relating to all aspects of parish life, but with designated responsibilities in various areas of specialized need, including but not limited to evangelization, liturgy, adult faith formation and development, administration, RCIA, pastoral care, and social outreach. The responsibilities assigned to the pastoral associate fluctuate depending on the goals and needs of a specific time within the parish.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
1. Master’s degree in Divinity, Theology, Pastoral Ministry, Religious Studies or its equivalent strongly preferred.
2. Parish based ministry experience of at least three (3) years required.
3. Working and theoretical knowledge of Catholic sacramental theology including current Church and Canon law and teaching and issues related to: RCIA, Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Marriage, Anointing and Funeral Rites.
4. Demonstrate a working knowledge of theology that can be translated into practical pastoral and liturgical situations.
1. Professional working attitude and collaborative approach.
2. Strong listening, verbal and written communications skills.
3. Strong organizational skills and ability to work with a team.
4. Conflict resolution and mediation experience preferred.
5. Skill and experience in ministry leadership, counseling, and public speaking required.
1. Availability for frequent evening and weekend work.
2. Ability to apply and publicly share application of the Scriptures and Catechism of the Catholic Church.
3. Ability to maintain confidentiality.
4. Active participant in the work and sacramental life of the Catholic Church.
• Collaborates with parish staff and leadership in the management of the parish and the sharing of Christ in and through the Church.
• Collaborates with administration, faculty and staff of Gesu School.
• Develops financial planning for designated areas of responsibility to include budget and tracking of expenditures in Faith Formation, Liturgy and RCIA.
• Provides a warm welcome and assistance to people who seek to become active and participating members of Gesu Parish, by coordinating with our Hospitality Ministry to ensure new registrations are entered and follow-up is completed in a timely fashion.
• Creatively forms and coordinates ministers and service teams to provide ministry to the parish.
• Works with pastor to facilitate scheduling and details of special parish events.
• Develops creative ways to communicate desired messages through Gesu website, social media and any other effective communication platform.
• Staff liaison to Worship Commission (attend and provide pastoral leadership and formation)
• Assist in formation of and scheduling liturgical ministers (Lector, Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, Altar Server, Usher, Greeter)
• Assist in creating special liturgies (Advent, Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Lent Triduum, Stations of the Cross, etc.)
• Prayerfully writes general intercessions and parish announcements for Sundays and Holy Days.
• Assists the pastor in fostering a sense of community and hospitality within the parish in which new members and established parishioners feel a sense of belonging to each other, the parish, and the larger Church.
• Assists in responding to the needs of the poor and the forgotten in the parish and the community.
• Affirms family life and encourages spouses and parents in their roles.
• Directs pastoral services for individuals suffering from illness, grief, spiritual crisis.
• Provides spiritual enrichment, support and pastoral counseling under the direction of
• Coordinates Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
• Responsible for the coordination of sacramental preparation in collaboration with
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
• Active member of Pastoral Team & Parish Council and/or works closely with the Parish Council.
• Responsible for adult faith formation.
• Collaborates with the head of the parish commissions and the school principal in assisting with ministry to our senior adult, adult, youth and children populations.
• Develops or directs social programs for families – collaborate with other pastoral staff to
maintain involvement of families through children’s formation, youth ministry, etc.
• Is a visible participant in Sunday Masses (Saturday vigil), exhibiting an active faith life.
• Connects with Archdiocesan initiatives on evangelization programming and resources.
• Acts as a liaison to staff with evangelization team/committee.
• Participate with Archdiocesan/Vicariate meetings and functions as required.
Duties and responsibilities as assigned by pastor.
In addition to the competencies and skills needed the following are particularly important to be effective in this role:
• Must be energetic and a self-starter.
• Recognizes the need to continually update self through study, personal reading, etc., to provide appropriate direction to the pastoral groups.
• Must possess a strong sense of collaboration, organization, management, and team building.
• Has a sense of the history of the parish, as well as knowledge of its current demographics, constituencies, and complexities.
• Exhibits professional behavior in the office and when responding to phone and email inquiries.
The above statements describe the general nature and level of work of the position. This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills.
The Archdiocese of Detroit is an equal opportunity employer that does not illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, height, weight, genetic information, marital or other legally protected status.
Deadline for Applications: April 7, 2019
Resume and three references should be submitted (email preferred) to:
Fr. Peter J. Etzel, S.J.
17180 Oak Drive
Detroit, MI 48221
Telephone: 313.862.4400 x017