Diocese of Winona Employment


Director of Faith Formation: Children Grades K-5

Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist @ Rochester, MN posted on Fri, Jan 17

Apply until: 2020-04-17

Co-Cathedral of St John the Evangelist

Director of Faith Formation: Children Grades K-5


The Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist is comprised of 1,200 households.  This Vatican II parish, surrounded by the Mayo Clinic medical complex, is located in downtown Rochester, Minnesota in the Diocese of Winona-Rochester.  The physical plant includes a recently renovated church, gathering space and fellowship area, a parish center offering office and meeting space for staff and volunteers, a chapel, garden and devotional spaces for prayer and reflection, the Co-Cathedral Middle School, handicapped accessibility and a connection to the Mayo Clinic pedestrian subway system  The parish community reaches out with hospitality to all who live and work and visit our city with a desire to welcome and accompany one another as we follow Christ with open hearts on a journey of faith and love and understanding. 


Job Description

The position of Director of Faith Formation: Children Grades K-5 at The Co-Cathedral of St John the Evangelist upholds the mission of the Church to evangelize and bring others to Christ.  The position is focused on areas of pastoral and formational ministries including weekly religious education classes for children grades K-5, sacramental preparation (First Reconciliation and Eucharist) for 2nd graders, and Vacation Bible School. 

Job Requirements

The position requires experience and education in classroom management and curriculum planning, in the liturgy and rites of the Catholic Church, effective personal communication capabilities, strong organizational and time management skills, and the ability to collaborate with a ministry team. A college degree is required; and emphasis on Catholic Studies, Theology, and/or education is preferred. The Director will promote understanding of evangelization in its broadest scope by providing educational opportunities and events relating to spiritual formation and growth through a personal belonging to Christ and through witnessing by living the life of the Church.

Job Responsibilities

Development, coordination, and administration of SJE Faith Formation Program for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. 

Recruitment, formation and affirmation of volunteer catechists and event volunteers.  

Implement and support diocesan safe environment policies including compliance with VIRTUS training and Circle of Grace programming.

Sacramental preparation for second grade students for the celebration of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.

Assist in planning First Reconciliation and First Eucharist parent meetings, retreats, liturgies and receptions in collaboration with Pastor and Director of Liturgy and Music. 

Planning, facilitating and execution of annual Vacation Bible School week.


Create and maintain student lists and workgroups in parish data system and create and update program guidelines, processes and policies in formation team shared files.

Complete and file all required diocesan annual reports and maintain parish sacramental records.

Create yearly schedule with formation team including classes, retreats, parent meetings, and sacramental celebrations and collaborate with team for coordination of special events, prayer services, faith sharing groups, and presentations promoting educational and spiritual formation.

Attend diocesan workshops, parish staff meetings, faith formation team meetings and comply with diocesan and parish guidelines and policies regarding faith formation and sacramental preparation. 

Maintain fiscal responsibility by respecting budget; ordering and organizing classroom materials and supplies.


Terms of Employment

Part-time, non-exempt position requiring some evening and weekend hours and reporting directly to Parish Administrator and Pastor.  Applicants will be required to pass a background check.

Application Process

Send cover letter, resume and references to:


Margaret Kelsey, Parish Administrator

Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

11 4th Avenue SW

Rochester, MN  55902


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