Secretary of Catholic Formation-Director of Pastoral Ministry
Job Type

The Bishop of Manchester is the visible principal and foundation of unity in the particular diocese entrusted to him. In a unique and visible way, he makes Christ’s mission present and enduring as Shepherd of the Christian Community. In order to fulfill his mission, the Bishop employs suitable, chosen collaborators (clerics, religious, or lay people). He shares with them the apostolic mission and entrusts various responsibilities to them.

Each position employed in the Diocesan Administration helps to extend the ministry of the Bishop in particular ways as outlined in the position description. All employees of the diocesan administration assist the Bishop of Manchester in serving the parishes, schools and institutions of the Catholic Church in New Hampshire.

This position is accountable to the Bishop of Manchester.



This staff position is responsible for the administration, supervision, and direction of all departments under the Catholic Formation secretariat. The position serves to encourage, promote, support, and strengthen the goals and objectives of the Secretariat for Catholic Formation and its responsibility to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of God in the Diocese of Manchester through Catholic formation. This position is expected to exercise independent judgment and initiative in the performance of day-to-day functions.


1. Supervise and direct all ministries of the Secretariat for Catholic Formation, including adult faith formation, catechumenate, family and respect life ministries, young adult ministry, parish pastoral ministry, all models of parish faith formation, comprehensive youth ministry, college campus ministry, Catholic lay movements, Catholic Youth Organization, and Catholic Scouting.

2. Serve as a liaison to the Catholic home school community.

3. Hire, supervise, evaluate, counsel, discipline (as necessary), and provide developmental opportunities to supervisory and support staff of the secretariat

4. Assist in preparation and management of all budgets in the secretariat.

5. Respond to inquiries and assist pastors and parish representatives in developing and updating parish lifelong faith formation and activities. 

6. Assist parish staff, volunteers, and parish groups in spiritual development and formation. May develop courses, retreats, in-services, and prayer opportunities.

7. Meet with the bishop on a regular basis and advise him on the status of the secretariat activities and seek his advice on and/or approval of policies, practices, and programs of the secretariat.

8. Attend meetings with other diocesan Cabinet Secretaries, Diocesan Directors and Bishops to exchange views and share information, results and plans to promote and advance the pastoral welfare of the diocese.

9. Serve as representative of the bishop on an as-needed basis or whenever appropriate 

10. Develop and implement new policies, practices, procedures, and programs in support of the bishop’s mission.

11. Complete projects or assignments as directed by and in support of the Bishop of Manchester.

12. Position requires the ability to be flexible and attend or lead events, programs, and activities outside of regular business hours, including evenings and weekends.



· Masters’ Degree (or its equivalent) in Theology, Divinity, Religious Studies, or other degree with certified lay ministry training or a related field of ministry preferred.

· Due to the nature of this position, it is required that the incumbent be a practicing Roman Catholic who is registered and active in a parochial or religious community.

· Knowledge and understanding of Catholic teaching, theology, and practice, supportive of the Catholic philosophy of adult faith formation, and a sincere desire to foster and promote the formation of adult lay people in the diocese. 

· Demonstrated skills in oral and written communication, conflict resolution, and leadership.

· Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively.

· Demonstrated flexibility and ability to lead through change.

· Ability to supervise and motivate personnel.

· Ability to make decisions and manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously or multi-task.

· Ability to travel and work throughout the State of New Hampshire during the day, in the evenings, and on weekends.

· Proficient in the use of personal computers and electronic communications, including: Word, Outlook, Communication Platforms, the Internet and social media.