Faith Formation
Grand Rapids
Posted 2 weeks ago

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


The DRE implements the parish religious education program in accordance with the parish mission statement and goals. This includes but is not limited to, facilitating the parish RCIA process, a variety of adult education opportunities, sacramental preparation for adults and children as well as the parish catechetical program. 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.
  • Implement, maintain, evaluate, and develop the parish catechetical program and curriculum for grades 1-8, including sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation.
  • Implement, coordinate, and oversee the RCIA program for the parish, including appropriate formation of children of catechetical age seeking baptism.
  • Help the parish community evaluate and carry out its role as a catechizing agent.
  • Help facilitate adult faith formation in the parish.
  • Implement and support a program of catechist formation according to Diocesan certification norms.
  • Involve the family as an essential agent in the faith formation process, especially in the faith formation of children and adolescents.
  • Provide opportunities for parishioners to participate in prayer, personal spiritual development and communal worship.
  • Initiate and maintain accurate records on students, families, catechists, and other participants.
  • Recruit, train, supervise, and evaluate volunteer catechists for all parish catechetical programs, encouraging catechists to achieve certification.
  • Collaborate with the youth minister and school principal in forming a unified catechetical program for both the grade school and high school students.
  • Serve as a member of the parish staff, attending all staff meetings, and maintain a good working relationship with all ministers of the parish.
  • Communicate regularly and effectively to the parish, the parish staff, and the parish council about religious education activities, along with attending Board of Directors meetings.
  • Connect and coordinate with the Diocesan Office of Faith Formation.
  • Engage in ongoing personal faith formation and DRE training.
  • Develop and maintain a budget for the religious education program.
  • Adjust program components (space, time, materials, etc.) as needed. Use media and technology for effective program implementation.


  • An undergraduate or graduate degree in theology or religious education
  • Two to three years recent catechetical experience in a parish setting.
  • Practicing Roman Catholic with a commitment to his/her own faith life
  • Well-developed knowledge of Scripture, the Catechism, Church documents
  • 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
  • Familiar with the uses of media and technology for effective program implementation

Letters of interest and resume can be addressed to Fr. Tony Pelak, pastor, and sent to:

Cindy Thomas, Parish Administrative Assistant
St. Anthony of Padua
2510 Richmond NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

or emailed to Cindy at: [email protected]

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