The Diocese of Waterford & Lismore has invited applications for its new position of Youth Ministry Officer. The successful candidate will work under the direction of the Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan and in collaboration with the Diocesan Youth Council, the Diocesan Advisor, the Lourdes Council, Holy Family Mission and others to deliver on the objectives and actions of the Young People theme in the Diocesan Pastoral Plan.
Commenting on this important role – which will involve the creation, resourcing, co-ordinating, delivery and support of youth ministry programmes and initiatives across the diocese – Bishop Cullinan said, “first and foremost the diocese is looking for someone with a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and to His Church, as well as being a person who holds a strong desire to communicate this passion to others.”
The desire for this role emerged during a listening process which was held across the Diocese of Waterford & Lismore in late 2017 and early 2018 and is a key part of the diocese’s new plan, launched on Pentecost Sunday on 9 June last.
Bishop Cullinan continued, “The post of Youth Ministry Officer is a new one in the Diocese. It will be a critical part of our evangelization going forward, bearing in mind that the title of our new Diocesan Pastoral Plan is Go make disciples.
“The Youth Ministry Officer will co-ordinate youth activities and will try to link up the various youth initiatives that already exist: in the Holy Family Mission, the Lourdes Pilgrimage, the Pope John Paul II Awards, parish youth clubs. NET Ministries, Alpha Youth Programme, Faith Camps, etc., and, working with the Diocesan Youth Council, develop ways of building on what is happening to provide better formation for young people in the Catholic faith. Young people need friendship and someone to confide in, so an essential part of the work of the youth officer will be to gather young people into groups where they can belong and where they can find and develop a living relationship with Jesus Christ.”
It is envisaged that the new Youth Ministry Officer will also work with schools and parishes in addition to focusing on the building-up of local supports.
Requirements for this role will include relevant qualification in catechetical, religious education, youth work or youth ministry; practical experience and proven ability in working effectively and relating well to young people; openness and flexibility to adapt youth ministry programmes and activities to meet the changing needs of young people and the diocese.
A detailed job description is available on www.waterfordlismore.ie. A cover letter and CV may be sent to Diocesan Secretary, Bishops House, John’s Hill, Waterford or [email protected] by Friday 12th July 2019.