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Director of Christian Formation

This list of duties and responsibilities is not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities, as management may deem necessary from time to time.


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

K: Knowledge

1. Eligible for Advanced Religious Education Certification with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

2. Working knowledge in MS Office products.

3. Valid driver’s license for the State of Wisconsin preferred.

4. Active Catholic able to participate in the sacramental life of the Church. 

5. BA in Theology/Religious Education or an educational field and/or a certificate in ministry or theology from a Catholic institution of higher learning or education related preferred.

6. Two years’ or more experience in a parish or Catholic school setting as a teacher/administrator/catechist preferred.

7. Education or experience in training, delegation, empowering and supervision preferred/required.


S: Skills

1. Professional working attitude and collaborative approach.

2. Strong verbal and written communications skills.

3. Strong organizational skills.

4. Strong presentation skills.


A: Abilities

1. Ability to multitask and prioritize.

2. Ability to make decisions, attentive to details, and troubleshoot.

3. Ability to maintain confidentiality.


Duties and Responsibilities:

Administrative Responsibilities

~ Directs the operation of the respective direct reports, e.g., schedules, supervises, and evaluates staff. 

~ Coordinates and provides initial and ongoing formation of ministries in the area of catechesis and evangelization.

~ Recruit (new and existing), screen, train, enrich, and recognize catechists and volunteers. 

~Ensures catechists are certified according to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee guidelines.

~ Meets regularly with catechist and volunteer teams, e.g., spiritual formation/training workshops, retreats, evenings of prayer, meetings, and rehearsals.

~ Have a written catechist and volunteer schedule with backups.


Budget and expenses:

~ Prepares annual budget.

~ Monitoring of expenses and revenues.

~ Authorizes respective expenditures within the approved budget.

~ Attends staff meetings. Attends other meetings at the request of the Pastor/Priest Administrator/Parish Administrator/supervisor. 

~ Acts as a resource (not member) for Pastoral Council, Formation Committee, and and the School Committee.


Faith Formation:

Collaboration & Engagement:

~ Collaborates with the Pastor/Priest to manifest the vision for catechetical and sacramental life of the parish.

~ Fosters parishioner participation in faith formation, evangelization, and stewardship.

~ Provides opportunities for parent engagement and dialog to strengthen their role as faith leaders in their child’s life and to the community at large.

~ Provides opportunities for child, youth, and/or young adult faith formation education, adult gatherings, prayer experiences, social events, retreats and community engagement.

~ Provides programs and faith building activities for parishioners in all stages of family life, e.g. family life.

~ Forms, develops, and taps into advisory faith formation committees to gain feedback on the faith formation experience for continuous improvement.



~ Directs faith formation programs from child to young adults, e.g., faith formation and sacramental preparation programs (initiation for children, infant baptismal preparation, first reconciliation, first Eucharist, Confirmation, RCIA, family/special needs catechesis, etc.).

~ Implements the policies of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee for catechesis, evangelization, and stewardship.

~ Selects appropriate catechetical materials based on the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops and Archdiocesan guidelines for both parish and school.

~ Maintains accurate records in a timely basis, e.g., attendance, sacrament, etc.

~ Provides continued support for new and existing catechists by being present before, during, and after classes.

~ Assures supervision of minors while on parish/school grounds for catechetical activities.

~ Effectively manages child/youth/young adult behavior and works with parents.

~ Plan and coordinate practice(s)/rehearsals.

~ Ensures copyright and licensing requirement permissions.

~ Orders and maintains inventory of faith formation materials and supplies.



~ Welcomes, educates, spiritually enriches and grows the parish community via new and existing programs.

~ Responds to inquiries of those interested in the Catholic faith.



~ Serves as a link for parishioners, parents, parish and school staff, and catechist/volunteers regarding faith formation.

~ Schedules events and respective calendars.

~ Create a dynamic image through parish communication vehicles.

~ Create media releases and develop social media programs that engage and encourage involvement.



~ Works with employees in the area of liturgy and music for liturgical celebrations and to integration into the Saturday/Sunday Masses.

~ Collaborates with the principal to be present and united with parish catechesis.

~ Visibly engaged at principle parish events.

~ Fosters positive public relations in and outside the parish/school.

~ Creates operating procedures for each aspect of the position.

~ Attends respective Archdiocesan and Deanery workshops/programs, as needed.

~ Other duties as assigned.


ADA Physical Requirements:

~ The employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to sit for extended periods; use hands; reach with hands and arms.

~ Close vision required for paperwork and computer.

~Able to utilize computer keyboard , monitor, and telephone. This role functions in an office environment and uses standard office equipment.

~Ability to lift 20 pounds. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


A. Required Knowledge and skills: 

~ Practicing Catholic, faithful to the Magisterium, and in good standing with the Catholic Church.

~ Successful completion of the Archdiocesan Safe Environment process.

~ Excellent communication/ presentation skills.  Preferrably combined with knowledge of catechetical methodology and pedagogy in accordance with Magisterial Documents on Catechesis.

~ Computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Publisher, Power Point, Outlook)  Knowledge in Gabrielsoft Church Management Software helpful.

~ Prefer demonstrated competence in theology, catechetics, program coordination, catechist development, and application of age appropriated teaching methods, communication, administration, facilitation, research, supervision, and coaching skills.

~ Demonstrated ability to recognize, honor, and work with the diversity within the parish community of St. Kilian.


B. Education, Training, and/or Experience:   

~ BA in Theology/Faith Formation/Catechesis, Religious Education or related field preferred.

~ Two - five years successful parish experience coordinating a total parish faith formation program and demonstrated competence in theology and catechetics preferred. 



Additional Information

Start Date
St. Kilian - Hartford (L26)
Job Category
Parishes - Pastoral/Ministerial
Employment Type
Full Time

To Apply

Instructions - Send Cover Letter, Resume, and completed Archdiocesan application of employment to
Contact Name
Fr. Britto Suresh
428 Forest Street
Hartford, WI 53027
262-673-4831 ext. 7401

Download an application:

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