The Boston Archdiocese is looking for an Evangelization Trainer in the Office of the Episcopal Vicar for the New Evangelization. A lot is going on around parish pastoral planning and grouping the Boston Archdiocese into multi-parish collaboratives. If this is an important role, we are glad to help promote the position.
That said, first one might question why this role is needed. That is a discussion in and of itself. Then, if it is indeed important, we wonder why the job descriptions from the Boston Archdiocese so often sound like the archdiocese does not care if they actually hire Catholics for these jobs. And job qualifications like, “Willingness to support the mission of the Catholic Church” make it sound like the diocese is embarrassed to be Catholic and desperate for anyone who would put themselves out and be “willing” to support the mission of the Catholic Church for the sake of a paycheck.
Here is the job description:
The Evangelization Trainer, working closely with the other members of the EVNE team and in collaboration with the other offices involved in the implementation of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan, Disciples in Mission, is responsible for the development and implementation of the training and support necessary in assisting parish collaboratives in becoming centers for the New Evangelization.
Other responsibilities may include involvement in other initiatives associated with supporting parishes in learning about and engaging in the mission of the New Evangelization.
The Evangelization Trainer reports to the Senior Associate to the Episcopal Vicar for the New Evangelization.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Assist in developing the curriculum for the various stages of training for the pastoral plan.
• Facilitate stages of training.
• Engage pastors, pastoral service teams, pastoral and finance councils, and school boards in consultative service.
• Research and help parishes implement best practices for the New Evangelization that are relevant to their current needs and demographics.
• Other duties as may be assigned.
• Bachelor’s degree in Theology, Religious Studies or a related field. Master’s degree preferred
• Minimum 3-5 years of experience in a diocesan, parish, school, apostolate or similar setting.
• Must have experience and knowledge of the Catholic faith and the Church’s mission for the New Evangelization and a demonstrated ability to lead others to embrace this mission in their own lives.
• Knowledge of Church documents, teachings and writings on evangelization, new evangelization and catechesis.
• Ability to articulate authentic Catholic teaching, advise on pastoral needs and program responses.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office as well as social networking tools.
• Experience working with the public and handling issues/complaints in a diplomatic manner.
• Ability to anticipate needs, establish priorities, maintain confidentiality, demonstrate discretion, project a positive attitude and exercise a high level of professionalism.
• Strong skills in organizing, multi-tasking and following through in a busy, changing environment.
• Excellent relationship-building skills with a focus on service to others. A high level of energy, creativity and humor. Ability to establish trust and work collaboratively.
• Ability to communicate effectively through e-mail and/or telephone.
• Must possess strong communication skills (both oral and written).
• Strong interpersonal, leadership and presentation skills.
• Ability and willingness to travel throughout the Archdiocese of Boston.
• Willingness to support the mission of the Catholic Church.
We have said it before and will say it again. This archdiocese already has had experience with people like the current Exec. Director of Benefits (and former Director of HR), a proud ex-Catholic, who introduced yoga classes to the Pastoral Center last year among other concerns BCI has documented in the past. We have Jack Connors, Jr, supposedly supporting Catholic Schools while he works against the Catholic Church by raising money for pro-abortion, anti-Catholic politicians who want to take away our religious freedoms. Why is it not possible for the Boston Archdiocese to explicitly require that the person in this job be a practicing Catholic who believes what the Catholic Church believes and wants to advance the saving ministry of Jesus Christ?
Were we to ask so-called “practicing Catholics ” such as Jack Connors, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. John Kerry, and VP Joe Biden, about whether they have “experience and knowledge” of the Catholic faith, they would likely say “yes.” In public comments, they claim to be “practicing Catholics.” But do they accept and agree with the teachings of the Catholic Church as handed down by the Magisterium of the Church, and actually embrace, accept, and believe them?
A reasonable person should first ask why this role is necessary at all. Are there not other ways to train people in evangelization? Then one might ask why a layer of bureaucracy is needed such that it reports to the “Senior Associate to the Episcopal Vicar for the New Evangelization.” Lastly, it seems to BCI that the job requirements for a role like this should say explicitly that a candidate must be a practicing Catholic in good standing who enthusiastically accepts and embraces authentic Catholic doctrine as entrusted and handed down by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. Think of it like a version of a mandatum for key diocesan executives or employees, where the candidate is asked to affirm that they agree with and will not dissent from Church teachings on the Holy Trinity, sin, salvation, celibate male priesthood, non-negotiable moral issues (eg. abortion, homosexual acts, marriage, euthanasia), role of the Pope as head of the Roman Catholic Church, and the Immaculate Conception. Candidates for the job should agree to refrain from representing in actions or words as Catholic teaching anything that is contrary to the Magisterium of the Church, and they should also agree to not give their support (e.g. jobs, hiring, endorsements, donations) to any individuals or organizations that advance positions contrary to the Magisterium of the Church.
Our prayer for Cardinal O’Malley, Vicar General Bishop Deeley, and Bishop Kennedy is that if the position is filled, the final hire be a practicing Catholic who enthusiastically embraces authentic Catholic doctrine as entrusted and handed down by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. The pastoral planning effort will be a difficult one in the years ahead, and it would be a tremendous grace for the whole archdiocese to have faithful Catholics in that office who believe what the Catholic Church believes and want to evangelize the truths of our Catholic faith. Is that too much to ask?