Director of Catholic State Networks and Organizations – Catholic Mobilizing Network (Washington, DC)

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Other, FT Employee
Catholic Mobilizing Network (Washington, DC)

Introduction to Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty

Founded in 2009, the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty (CMN) is a lay ministry of the Ministry of the Congregation of St. Joseph. We educate Catholics to seek faithful responses to crime, with a focus on abolishing the death penalty in the U.S. and promoting restorative justice. By educating Catholics and mobilizing them to participate in legislation, CMN has contributed significantly to the momentum of the national death penalty abolition movement. CMN has raised the profile of the death penalty on the U.S. Church’s public-policy agenda to such a degree that Catholics have played a game-changing role in all of the states to abolish the death penalty since 2009 (NM, CT, IL, MD).

Since its beginning, CMN has worked as a national lay collaborative of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and state Catholic conferences. CMN has since developed partnerships with Catholic lay leaders, diocesan staff/volunteers and secular organizations in the movement (such as the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Equal Justice USA, and Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights). We emphasize outreach to all growing and significant Catholic demographics with a special focus on Spanish-speaking Catholics and youth.

CMN has developed dozens of effective educational resources, distributed freely to our partners and the public. Thousands of prayer cards, handouts, pamphlets, books, posters, and stickers have been distributed since our inception. CMN also participates in direct education, exhibiting and presenting workshops at major national and regional Catholic conventions.


Expand and Support Catholic Networks in States

Support state campaigns by: 1) regular communication with state Catholic Conferences and state secular coalition directors/staff 2) support individual state strategic plans 3) coordinate State Catholic conferences and active Catholics within states 4) table/exhibit and present workshops at conferences, 5) assist in coordinating CMN speakers, keynote presentations and panelists, 6) promote faith-based events for Respect Life month, World Abolition Day, Day of Peace, Good Friday, etc., and general outreach, 7) distribute educational and prayer materials 8) develop special events and materials (for example state prayerful walks, Faith Leadership Dialogues, state prayer cards, legislative talking points etc..) and 9) find and manage CMN State Network Coordinators.

Coordinate efforts with national Catholic organizations that support the CMN mission.

Work with national Catholic organizations, to find opportunities for collaboration and encourage them to speak out and become involved with our CMN mission.

Coordinate efforts with Catholic Colleges and Universities to find opportunities to engage college students in the mission of CMN. Work in collaboration with Mount St. Mary’s University to develop Universities for Life Fellowships on college campuses to train leaders for future advocacy work on campus and beyond. This would require collaborative work with existing leadership programs already in existence on campus.

Coordinate and work with other groups and find collaborative opportunities

Support state advocacy efforts with proactive Social Media Efforts -Twitter and Facebook postings to build support of CMN mission

Strategically work to highlight key states in our newsletter. Assist with writing and editing of monthly CMN E-newsletters

CMN Sisters Coalition

Coordinate with Sr. Ilaria Buonriposi in adding religious within states to our network and assist in adding names and contacts.

Minimum Qualifications for a Successful Candidate

Multitasker with extremely strong networking and communication/community organizing skills
Good writing skills and attention to detail
1-2 years of experience working in a non-profit or advocacy environment
Experienced computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite
Organized and able to coordinate multiple schedules of others
Flexible with changing schedules and short-term projects
Independent worker with strong skills in organizational strategy and strategic planning
Confidently able to engage with diverse partners in-person, on the phone, and via email
Skilled at public speaking including media interviews and workshop presentations
Preferred Qualifications

Working knowledge of Catholic social teaching, and the philosophy of restorative justice
Experience researching and writing grant requests
Experience engaging collaboratively with non-profit and advocacy organizations
Experience partnering with Catholic funders
Experience working with Hootsuite Social Media Scheduling
Passion for working with Spanish-speaking populations and/or youth
Passion for the poor, disenfranchised, and discarded, especially as it relates to life and dignity of all human people
Proficient or fluent in Spanish

The Director of State Outreach will be expected to work approximately 9:00 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday with a break for lunch. The Director of State Outreach will be asked to attend meetings and conferences outside of these hours, including weekends, in which case compensation time will be provided.

How to Apply

First, learn about us! Visit our website and check out the work that we do. We are also on Facebook (@CMNEndtheDeathPenalty) and Twitter (@CMNEndtheDP).

Then, please send cover letter and resume as single PDF to [email protected] We look forward to hearing from you! (9)

Fundraising Development Coordinator – St. Mary’s Residential Training School (Alexandria, LA)

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Fundraising, FT Employee
St. Mary’s Residential Training School (Alexandria, LA)

The Development Coordinator reports directly to the Administrator of the St. Mary’s Residential Training School and is responsible for leading and managing the fundraising development program, raising funds for the ministry and programs of the facility, and managing all committees involved in fund development activities. Primary responsibilities and relationships with other people in the institution are outlined below.

Duties and Responsibilities
1. Prepare annual plans for all fund development activities. Develop and maintain a three-year plan for the development program which is updated annually.
2. Develop and update annually a Case for Support.
3. Responsible for all matters related to the execution, management, and support of the fund development program.
4. Identify, cultivate, solicit and close gifts. Maintain an active pool of prospective benefactors who can support the ministry.
5. Conduct a minimum of twenty (20) face-to-face visits monthly with potential benefactors in the form of Discovery, Cultivation, Solicitation or Stewardship meetings. (Twenty face-to-face visits is a goal for full time, will be prorated based on time allocated)
6. Assist in scheduling, coordination and follow-up of face-to-face visits for the Administrator or other staff and volunteers as appropriate.
7. Supervise the stewardship process, including prompt gift acknowledgement, for all benefactors.
8. Prepare monthly reports and submit to the Administrator of St. Mary’s Residential Training School.
9. Provide input into the production and distribution of newsletters, brochures and other marketing materials in support of facility.
10. Direct the organization and management of the comprehensive development program through supervision of volunteers and development staff.
11. Perform additional duties as assigned by the Administrator to include special projects to assist in the overall fund-raising efforts.

• Baccalaureate degree or higher.
• Thorough knowledge of fund-raising principles or a willingness to learn them.
• Enthusiasm and excellent people skills are essential. The successful candidate must have the flexibility to handle the needs of a fast-paced office and the special needs of benefactors.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Ability to organize and prioritize tasks and to lead and motivate others, especially volunteers.
• Thoroughness in planning and implementing work, including goals, budget, timetables, and action steps to achieve objectives.
• Ability to work effectively with the Administrator, other staff members, a development consultant, campus representatives, and volunteers.
• Affinity with, and passion for, the overall mission of St. Mary’s Catholic ministry.

To apply send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to [email protected] with St. Mary’s Residential Training School Development Coordinator in the email subject line. No phone calls please. (9)

Pope praises brotherhood forged among Albania’s religions

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Aboard the papal plane, Sep 22, 2014 / 11:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on the return flight from Albania praised the country for its youth and its “higher culture” that is “capable of building brotherhood” among Christians and Muslims.

The Pope said Albania is “a European country,” evidenced by the cooperation between Muslims, Orthodox Christians and Catholics. He stressed the importance of the majority Muslim country’s culture of “living together,” “tolerance” and “fraternity.”

During an in-flight press conference Sept. 21, he said he was impressed by the country’s youth “from the beginning,” Vatican Radio reports.

The Pope told journalists that his trip to the country, traditionally regarded as on the periphery of Europe, was intended as a “sign I wanted to give.”

The Pope also discussed the persecution of religious believers under Albania’s twentieth century communist government.

“It was a cruel period, the level of cruelty was terrible,” he lamented.

The Pope recalled the sight of posters of those killed under the communist dictatorship, Catholics, Orthodox and Muslims, “because they said they believe in God.”

“Each of the three communities have given a witness to God and now bear witness to their fraternity,” he said.

He said he was driven to tears by the testimony of a priest jailed for 27 years.

The Pope also confirmed two other papal trips later this year.

On Nov. 25 Pope Francis will visit Strasbourg, France to visit the European Council, the European Union’s leadership body, as well as the European Parliament, the EU’s legislative body. On Nov. 30, he will celebrate the Feast of St. Andrew in Istanbul with Orthodox Christian Patriarch Bartholomew.


Social Media Coordinator – Archdiocese of Washington (Hyattsville, MD)

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Internet/Social Media, FT Employee
Archdiocese of Washington (Hyattsville, MD)

Position Description
The Archdiocese of Washington is seeking a full-time social media coordinator to join the office of digital media in developing and implementing external communications strategies through use of archdiocesan social media platforms. Specifically, the social media coordinator will manage the social media editorial calendar; provide live social media coverage of archdiocesan events; collaborate with archdiocesan offices in developing strategies to communicate New Evangelization campaigns and initiatives; and provide analytic reports to the director of digital media. The social media coordinator will work with the director to develop strategies to grow and engage social media followers and drive target audiences to web platforms.

• Candidate must be a Catholic in good standing with a love for the faith and an understanding and appreciation for the mission of the Catholic Church
• Bachelor’ s degree in Communications, Journalism, PR, or related field
• Minimum 3 years experience in managing multiple social media platforms and use of online social media tracking and email distribution systems
• Proficiency with MS Office and basic working knowledge of the Adobe applications and WordPress CMS
• Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills
• Excellent time management skills and ability to work efficiently on tight deadlines
• Must be available to work evenings and weekends and have a valid driver’s license in order to cover events within the District of Columbia and the five surrounding Maryland counties comprising the Archdiocese of Washington
• Bilingual English/Spanish verbal and written proficiency (11)

What Does the Church Teach About the Devil?

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By JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND | CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Last spring, Father Michael Drea, the senior Catholic chaplain at Harvard University, read a text message from a student, who reported that a Satanic “black mass” would be held on the Cambridge campus in… (15)

Family Support Specialist – Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (Monroe, MI)

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Social Work, PT Employee
Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (Monroe, MI)

Department: Behavioral Health

Job Title: Family Support Specialist

Job Location: Monroe

Type of Position: Unit Based

Education Requirements: Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology or other related human services field

Experience Requirements: Well organized and able to maintain accurate records. Good interpersonal skills, knowledge of Nurturing Parenting Education Program. Good moral character and flexibility of work schedule.

Brief Job Description: Provide home based parent education in the home of clients who do not meet criteria to be placed in group settings. Provide two parenting education groups per week (AM and PM groups). Provide Supervised Visitation to clients referred by Department of Human Services in accordance with the Supervised Visitation contract. Develop and maintain paperwork related to program and funder requirements. Develop and maintain working relationships with Department of Human Services Case workers. (10)

Assistant Professor of Communication Arts – Franciscan University of Steubenville (Steubenville, OH)

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Education: University/College, FT Employee
Franciscan University of Steubenville (Steubenville, OH)

Franciscan University of Steubenville. Full time, tenure track Assistant Professor position beginning August 2015 in the Communication Arts Department to teach undergraduate courses in digital video entertainment/news/video game production, editing, social media, and broadcast and online media management, and other courses as needed. FUS is an academically excellent and passionately Catholic university in the Franciscan tradition, located 24 miles west of Pittsburgh International Airport. The successful candidate must possess an appropriate Ph.D. (an MFA with significant professional experience will be considered), be committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service, and support the Mission of the university. Preference will be given to candidates with significant experience teaching a wide range of digital media courses using a variety of contemporary production and editing tools. Duties will include studio supervision; research and creative work encouraged. To apply, please submit: a letter of application; Curriculum Vitae; statement of teaching philosophy; statement on the mission of Franciscan University of Steubenville (available at; evidence of teaching effectiveness (including evaluations); professional portfolio (including samples of video production); official transcripts; and three letters of reference. All materials must be submitted electronically to Dr. David Schaefer, Chair, Search Committee, via [email protected] or physically c/o BJ Brehm, Academic Affairs, Franciscan University of Steubenville, 1235 University Blvd., Steubenville, OH 43952. Review of completed applications will begin on November 21, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Hiring is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. For additional information, EOE. (8)

One Family’s Ordeal with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, A New App-reciation for Faith and Much More!

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By TITO EDWARDS | One Family’s Ordeal with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome by William Van Ornum –

A New App-reciation for Faith on the Go – Sarah Reinhard, OSV Newsweekly

Pope Francis and a U. N. of Religions – Donald R. McClarey JD, The… (11)

Director of Development – CONFIDENTIAL (Westchester, IL)

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Fundraising, FT Employee
CONFIDENTIAL (Westchester, IL)

The Director of Development, reporting to the Executive Director, is expected to manage as a self-motivated development professional capable of providing strong leadership. The Director of Development is responsible for leading and managing fundraising efforts including annual events, fund drives, sponsorships, grants, endowments, planned giving and capital campaigns.

The Director is expected to be an advancement professional that is strategically oriented, knowledgeable about campaigns and communications, an effective manager, and a team player. The ideal candidate is an articulate and experienced leader who demonstrates the ability to organize the constituency towards a common goal. This is a high visibility position which requires a strong ability to build valued relationships on behalf of the organization and its constituency.


> Bachelors degree required (advanced degree a strong plus) and at least 10 years of applicable experience; at least five years should be in a significant leadership position.
> Verifiable track record of all aspects of philanthropy such as major gifts solicitation, planned giving (wills and estate planning) and annual funds and grant writing; capital campaign experience would be helpful.
> Proven track record of collaborative leadership experience at a similar organization.
> Quantifiable track record in all areas of duties and responsibilities with emphasis on success with current and potential donors.
> Charismatic leader with strong personal value system, particularly in relationship to the Catholic faith.
> Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and database management systems.
Strong verbal and written communication skills. (17)

Production Assistant- Video – Ascension Press (West Chester, PA)

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Television/Film, FT Employee
Ascension Press (West Chester, PA)

Production Assistant – Video

Ascension is looking for a full-time video production assistant to work in our Exton, PA office. The ideal candidate is highly energetic, creative, organized, and passionate about producing beautiful and engaging video projects on various Catholic topics. You will report to the Creative Director and be an integral part of the team that conceptualizes and creates high-end video and print productions.

You will:
• Manage the flow of the Creative Team’s production schedule, helping us efficiently tackle all projects on-time and according to budget
• Act as a PA on-set for filming projects
• Assist with pre-production logistics including location scouting/research, handling of permits
• Manage the travel requirements of the creative team
• Shoot and edit as needed for training and support projects
• Assist in maintaining budgets
• Act as a liaison between the creative team and the other divisions at Ascension

Ideally you should possess the following skills/attributes:

• Familiarity with the creative process of video production
• High level of organizational efficiency
• Ability to manage multiple video and design production schedules
• Comfort in working under pressure. (tight deadlines, long film days)
• Willingness to travel for filming projects
• Understanding of camera operation, audio, & lighting
• Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, Premier Pro, After Effects, Final Cut Pro (8)

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