Hispanic Ministry Job Description Diocese of Alexandria, LA
Supports the Department of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship in ensuring that our Hispanic brothers and sisters within the Diocese of Alexandria are welcomed, cared for, evangelized, and transformed into intentional disciples of Jesus Christ. Focus will be placed upon strengthening each parish’s disciples of Jesus Christ and strengthening parish outreach to the Hispanic community, to Hispanic immigrants and youth.
•Be familiar with the USCCB and diocesan documents concerning Hispanic Ministry and outreach and be able to work with the different areas within the department to implement and incorporate these various principles into areas of formation and evangelization. The documents include but are not limited to:
*U.S. Catholic Bishops, National Pastoral Plan for Hispanic Ministry (USCCB 1987)
*Communion and Mission: A Guide for Bishops and Pastoral Leaders on Small Church Communities (USCCB 1995)
*Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity (USCCB 2000)
*Encuentro and Mission: A Renewed Pastoral Framework for Hispanic Ministry (USCCB 2002)
*Proceedings & Conclusions – V National Encuentro of Hispanic Ministry (USCCB 2019)
*Creating a Culture of Encounter: A Guide for Joyful Missionary Disciples (USCCB 2019)
•Have a particular focus on Hispanic immigrant issues, as well as ministry to migrant farmworkers, and prisoners.
• Assist in encouraging a practical “Pastoral de Conjunto” among the Agents Pastorales, that is, the priests and pastoral ministers serving in Hispanic Ministry.
•Assist in forming a Hispanic Advisory Committee composed of the Agents Pastorales to act as a “sounding board” for all matters related to the Hispanic Ministry.
•Serve on various committees and task forces to include any diocesan initiatives with a focus on making Hispanic Ministry an integral part of Pastoral Planning.
•Work in collaboration with the different areas within the department to develop materials that are not only sensitive to the needs of the Hispanics within the Diocese, but which also:
*Promote a model of Church that is evangelizing, communal, and missionary.
*Are committed to promoting leadership among the Hispanic population.
*Are rooted in the reality of the Hispanic people.
•Good oral and written communication skills.
•Bilingual and bicultural.
•Strong presentation skills with the ability to communicate complex issues clearly while facilitating dialogue and collaboration among a variety of constituencies.
•Strong customer service and hospitality skills.
•Strong MS Office Suite and computer skills.
•Strong organizational skills with ability to work independently and handle multiple projects at the same time while paying attention to details.
•Strong ability to work collaboratively, strategically and creatively with various staff and stakeholders in support of the Hispanic Ministry, evangelization and advancing the mission of sharing Christ in and through the Church.
•A demonstrable proficiency in accurately and passionately transmitting the Catholic faith.
•Working knowledge of parish structures and dynamics.
•Knowledge of and support for the teaching of the Catholic faith.
•Must be willing to work on a flexible schedule, including occasional nights and weekends.
Education and Experience Requirements
•Bachelor’s degree in theology, pastoral ministry, catechetics or related field preferred.
•Minimum of 5 years’ experience in evangelization, catechesis in a ministerial/parish setting with the Hispanic population is highly preferred.
•Must have reliable transportation and ability to travel throughout the Diocese of Alexandria.
•Must be a Catholic in good standing and adhere to the teachings of the Catholic Church.
•Must demonstrate understanding, respect and support for Catholic Church teaching, mission and values.
•Must maintain strict confidentiality regarding any diocesan information gained within the Diocese of Alexandria.
•Must have a valid driver’s license and safe driving record.
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Affirmative Action/EEO Statement
The Diocese of Alexandria is an equal opportunity employer and does not illegally discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, height, weight, genetic information, or marital or other legally protected status. The Diocese of Alexandria is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity and encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.