Basic Functions: Coordinate outreach efforts to new Hispanic parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago to develop and implement Immigrant Social Ministry, or Pastoral MIgratoria (PM), utilizing the principles of Renew My Church. Provide ongoing support to the PM Chicago Formation Coordinator, the PM Chicago Partnerships Coordinator, and to the Grupo de Apoyo (GAP) staff in organizing the PM formation and leadership training process and lay leader efforts to respond to parish community needs. Foster accompaniment efforts and support to the leaders and collaborative work among the parishes to develop this ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Duties and Responsibilities
Coordinate outreach work to launch Pastoral Migratoria's formation and leadership training activities in new Hispanic parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago, and re-energize existing parishes, utilizing a process of reflection and dialogue (rooted in Aparecida*) with immigrant lay leaders; work in collaboration with the PM Chicago Formation Coordinator, GAP staff, and other members of the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity (OHDS)-Immigration Ministry team.
Foster accompaniment efforts and support to GAP staff and the lay leaders, and collaborative work among the parishes, in order to develop this Pastoral Migratoria at the parish level.
Support all activities to develop the infrastructure of the local cluster parishes, working in collaboration with the PM Chicago Partnerships Coordinator and GAP staff.
Develop and maintain a calendar of upcoming PM activities for local parishes and clusters
Develop formation and civic trainings for new parishes enrolled in PM, working closely with the PM Chicago Formation Coordinator.
Foster collaborative efforts among parishes in the area and vicariate.
Support the PM Formation and Partnerships Coordinators in researching best practices for accompanying people in need of pastoral care or support, maintaining the mission/integrity of PM as a Catholic faith-based ministry.
Support the collection and development of stories and testimonies of immigrant leaders.
Prepare timely reports, gather data which captures unique and programmatic outcomes, and develop evaluation tools for use by lay and clergy of the clusters, with the support of the PM Chicago Formation and Partnerships Coordinators; inform the OHDS-Immigration Ministry team of opportunities and challenges.
Maintain constant communication with immigrant leaders, the PM Formation and Partnerships Coordinators, and GAP staff.
*Pastoral MIgratoria is an immigrant social ministry for service and justice actions in parish communities. The ministry advances the integration of immigrants in society, while providing the opportunity to connect their faith and lives as immigrants in this country. It is grounded in the methodology of Aparecida, the 2007 document developed by the Latin American Bishops under Pope Francis’s leadership.
If you are interested in being considered for this opening, please send your resume and cover letter to Elena Segura email@example.com . For more information about Pastoral MIgratoria and the work of the Office for Human Dignity and Solidarity-Immigration Ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago, visit http://www.catholicsandimmigrants.org.
Bachelor’s in theology or social sciences, preferred
Bilingual (Spanish/English) with strong oral/written communication skills
3 years work experience in social ministry preferably in a pastoral context
Understanding of and familiarity with Catholic social teaching and the Church’s evangelization mission
Knowledge of immigration issues and legislation; committed to social justice and social action
Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
Proficient in Microsoft Office
Familiarity and facility with mainstream social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube), videoconferencing, and online training platforms
The Archdiocese of Chicago is one of the largest Catholic dioceses in the United States with 2.2 million Catholics. The Archdiocese is divided into six vicariates, 31 deaneries and 351 parishes. There are approximately 230 schools, and numerous ministries and programs serving the people of Cook and Lake Counties in Northeastern Illinois. This local church is pastored by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich.