POSITION VACANT: PRISON CHAPLAIN
Ideal candidates will support the wider organisational values, ethos and mission whilst maintaining a community-centred focus within their role and service. Reporting to the Director of Mission and Renewal, the Prison Chaplain works across a multi-faith and multi-denomination environment within the correctional facility. This includes leading worship, facilitating prayer and working within the recommendations for chaplains listed in the CCAC guidelines and Corrective Services.
If you are an engaging team player with excellent communication skills, stakeholder and community liaison experience and a genuine commitment to the most vulnerable in our community, we'd love to hear from you.
Within the Diocesan family, you will be supported with excellent relationships, mentoring, workplace flexibility, collaborative work styles, invested development and exceptional opportunities to contribute to the community. An Employment Assistance Program and Chaplain Development Days are just some of the other benefits well received by our existing teams.
For a copy of the position description, selection criteria and details on how to apply, please contact Josh Clayton on 0458 261 513 or email (remove XX) mrd XX @bathurst XX .catholic.org.au
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from a CALD background are warmly encouraged to apply.
I’ve been a gaol chaplain for about six and a half years. I happen to be a Catholic priest and a member of the Vincentian Fathers and Brothers and the ministry fits in very well, particularly with the Vincentian charism which focuses on serving and offering the Gospel to poor people. I enjoy the humbleness of the ministry, that it’s hands-on and no-frills. I enjoy the spontaneous interactions that can be very profound and very unexpected. I appreciate the privilege of offering a little kindness and sharing prayer with men who are doing it very hard some days. I have found the ecumenical and interfaith context of the ministry enriching, educational and somewhat freeing.
My colleagues are a wonderful bunch of people, especially my fellow chaplains at Bathurst Gaol. I believe that many sincere Catholic Christians would make wonderful gaol chaplains if they gave it a go and were open to learning. Greg Walsh CM
Chaplains are people who meet ‘other people’, who happen to be incarcerated. Prisoners come from our society and, like it or not, we have a responsibility to and for them. But seeing Jesus in our marginalised community members is what we are all asked to do on a daily basis. ‘Who is my neighbour?’ Remember the Good Samaritan. If each of us hopes for God’s forgiveness and mercy, who are we to deny this to a brother or sister human being? ‘Holding the stories’ of residents is a great privilege. I am especially honoured when I get to see some of our prison residents have a change of heart in their lives and they share their vision about their release. It is a privilege to journey with men and women in prisons. It’s not a ministry for everyone. It’s a rewarding ministry in terms of being a missionary for Christ in prisons. Mike Williams
Kimberley Catholic Volunteer Service
URGENTLY WANTED: VOLUNTEER WORKERS- KALUMBURU AND LA GRANGE/BIDYADANGA
The Diocese of Broome, WA, requires volunteers to assist with the work of the local Church in the Kimberley. There are various important voluntary tasks: administration, building maintenance, gardening, shop staffing, cooking, cleaning etc.
Placements are preferred for a period of 6 months. We are currently seeking volunteers for several parishes including Kalumburu and La Grange/Bidyadanga.
For further details on how to be a part of this unique experience, and an application form, please contact:
URGENT APPEAL FOR SRE TEACHERS (CATECHISTS)
Throughout the Diocese of Bathurst, there is a shortage of volunteers for the Ministry of Catechist - to teach in the many public schools in our Diocese. Catechists and Assistants are needed at every State primary school for 2019.
Please give consideration to assisting in this vital work.
If you would like to Volunteer to be a Catechist or an Assistant at the Public Schools in your area, please contact your Parish Office.
We celebrate the work the Catechists and Assistants do every year on Catechist Sunday.
Please ring your Parish Office if you would like to know more about the role of Catechists in your Parish.