National Catholic Reporter

Updated September 9, 2005

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THE SELF CENTER -- Life Coaching for those who have been hurt by the church. Do you feel stuck in your pain and want to move forward? Are you ready for a profound change and personal growth? Contact: for individual coaching in person or by phone with a Mastery Level Life Coach.


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FREE CHRISTIAN MEDITATION CATALOG -- 44 pages. Resources for newcomers to Christian meditation. Material for nurturing your practice of meditation. Teachings by John Main, OSB; Laurence Freeman, OSB; Bede Griffiths OSB; Thomas Keating, OCSO; and others. A rich source of materials including books, audio tapes, CDs, videos and music for the inward journey. Phone toll-free: (888) 673-8617. Or visit Web site: For more information about Christian meditation phone toll-free: (800) 324-8305. Or visit the World Community for Christian Meditation Web site:


MASTER OF DIVINITY -- distance learn and/or residential; bachelor through doctorate. Phone: (718) 698-0700. Web site:

 Houses of Prayer

DESERT HOUSE OF PRAYER. Quietness in the Sonoran Desert near Tucson, Ariz. Individuals desiring a closer walk with Jesus phone: 520-744-3825 Web site:

Language Studies

INTENSIVE PASTORAL ENGLISH: Adult language instruction includes vocabulary for ministry. Small classes, multicultural setting, outstanding faculty. Offered in three-week blocks year-round. Mexican American Cultural Center, San Antonio, Texas. Accreditation: USCCB/CCA. Contact Edna Cardona: (210) 732-2156, ext. 7102. Web site:

Parish Missions

DYNAMIC, CREATIVE PREACHING -- Parish missions, Faculty in-service, retreats for religious. Web site:

Renewal Programs

BERAKAH: A Place of Blessing, offers “A Time of Blessing,” a four- to eight-month renewal program as well as accommodations for shorter, personalized programs for women religious and all women who are seeking to foster deeper fidelity to self, God and world. Components: variety of prayer experiences, contemplative space, scriptural and theological input, opportunity for spiritual direction and/or growth counseling, creative leisure in a community setting. Renewal sessions: late August to mid-December and mid-January to mid-May. Some programs could be designed during these months to meet individual needs. Inquiries: Berakah, 96 Fairview Road, Pittsfield, NH 03263-3817. Phone: (603) 435-7271. Fax: (603) 435-6670. E-mail: Web site:


EVENSONG BY THE SEA Retreat & Spirituality Center, on Cape Cod. Open October 1 to April 30. See our renovations and 2005-2006 schedule at Individual Retreats, Guided Retreats, small private groups. (800) 455-0247.

LIVING STONE GUESTHOUSE for retreat and renewal. Spiritual direction and counseling available. Nourish your soul while you vacation in Sarasota, Fla. Phone: (941) 966-5933.

THE SPIRITUAL PROMISE OF SEXUALITY: Reclaiming the Generative Power of Sacred Eros, November 6-11, 2005, Redemptorist Renewal Center, Tucson, Arizona. Christianity is a call to loving relationships and generative service. In order to become authentic lovers and life-givers, we must be willing to embrace human passion as a sacred energy that shapes all facets of our living. Join Fran Ferder, FSPA, Ph.D., D.Min., and John Heagle, M.A., JCL, LMHC, co-directors of Therapy & Renewal Associates for this provocative retreat. Call: (520) 744-3400. E-mail: Or visit: for information.

ANGELSPRING FARM Wellness Retreat-- Individual Retreats at The Granary: arts, Franciscan, solitude, nature-focused, heat and A/C. Contact Sister Char: phone: (724) 938.2301 E-mail: Web site:

THE SOUL TELLS A STORY writer’s retreat, December 2-6, 2005, Redemptorist Renewal Center, Tucson, Arizona. Led by authors Vinita Hampton Wright and Rev. Thomas Santa, CSsR, the workshop provides exercises, meditations, and group discussions to help the writer tap both creativity and spirituality in natural, non-threatening ways. Call: (520) 744-3400. E-mail: Or visit: for information.

2006 CATHOLIC WRITERS RETREATS, Redemptorist Renewal Center at Picture Rocks, Tucson, Arizona. Catholic Writers Session I, January 13-17; Catholic Writers Session II, March 22-26; Catholic Poets, January 6-9; Catholic Editors Retreat, March 10-13. Call (520) 744-3400. E-mail: Or visit: for information.

SAN DIEGO. The Spiritual Ministry Center, The Religious of the Sacred Heart, offers year-round retreats including 30-day retreats and self-directed sabbaticals near the ocean in a comfortable townhouse. Phone: (619) 224-9444. Fax: (619) 224-1082. E-mail: Web site:


WINTER SABBATICAL: January 3 - February 3, 2006. An ideal environment for spiritual renewal, theological updating and holistic relaxation. For more information contact Robert Cogswell, Center for Spiritual Development, 434 S. Batavia Street, Orange, CA 92868-3907, (714) 744-3175 ext. 4406. Fax: (714) 744-3176. E-mail: Web:

FORMATION CONSULTATION SERVICES-- provides unique, flexible and holistic sabbatical programs within a nurturing small community atmosphere. Programs are tailored specifically to each participant’s needs. Program details are located on our web site: Our web site also offers a helpful selection of articles on formation for free downloading. Phone: (508) 234-6540.

CANTERBURY, ENGLAND -- spend sabbatical time in a Franciscan setting in the Garden of England. Join students from all over the world in spiritual reflection, renewal and stimulating insights into Scripture, spirituality and Franciscan studies. MA and PhD studies also offered. Close to London and links to Europe. Come for ten weeks or a whole academic year. For information contact Sr. Margaret McGrath, Franciscan International Study Centre, Giles Lane, Canterbury CT2 7NA, United Kingdom. E-mail: or see our web site

SABBATICAL PROGRAM IN OREGON; monastic setting. Shalom Prayer Center. Phone: (503) 845-6773 E-mail: Web site:

Spanish Studies

SPANISH IMMERSION in Guatemala. Homestay and voluntary work.

STUDY TOP-OF-THE-LINE PASTORAL SPANISH and the real Mexican cultural program, total immersion, one-on-one, customized, year-round, start anytime, go as long as you like tutorials. Special emphasis on pastoral care of Hispanics and on developing fluency in professionally oriented Spanish. Excellent faculty. Direct interaction with the Mexican church and the genuine Mexican culture reality. Contact: CIRIMEX, 205 Hill Ave., Ottumwa, IA 52501. Phone: (641) 682-4264. Fax: (641) 684-4690. Guadalajara, Mexico, phone: 011-52-333-121-4878. Mexican fax: 011-52-333-121-7738. Worldwide e-mail:

CENTER OF LANGUAGE AND CULTURE -- Spanish to suit your needs, individualized instruction by professional, experienced teachers in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Phone: (809) 530-7234. E-mail:

LEARN SPANISH, ENJOY NATURE, La Escuela de Idiomas D’Amore Spanish Immersion Center. Immerse yourself in Spanish on the beaches of Costa Rica. Adjacent to Manuel Antonio National Park. Intensive Spanish immersion programs. Small, personal classes. Beach lodging or homestays available. Contact: La Escuela D’Amore, PO Box 67, Quepos, Costa Rica. USA phone/fax: (262) 367-8598. E-mail: Web site:

INTENSIVE PASTORAL SPANISH: Mexican American Cultural Center, San Antonio, Texas. Adult learning in multicultural faith community. Small classes, outstanding faculty. Offered in three-week blocks year-round. Accreditation: USCCB/CCA. Contact Edna Cardona: (210) 732-2156, ext. 7102. Web site:


NATIONAL CATHOLIC CHURCH OF AMERICA -- inclusive, affirming, valid orders. Distance learning seminary. Holy Orders without regard to gender, sexual orientation, marital status. Varied ministries. Phone: (518) 434-8861. Web site:

CATHOLIC APOSTOLIC CHURCH in North America -- Marital status and gender not an impediment to holy orders. Phone: (845) 586-2201. Web site:


Employment Opportunities


LA SALLE UNIVERSITY invites applications for the position of Chairperson of the Religion Department at the Associate/Full Professor level. Candidates with distinguished teaching and scholarship records and administrative experience/potential are sought to lead a department of ten faculty serving 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students annually. The successful candidate must be qualified to teach various courses in a reduced schedule that can include Catholic theology, Christology, moral theology, and contemporary Catholicism. The Chair manages the department’s administrative activities and exercises leadership by working with faculty to further develop the academic objectives of the department and by promoting teaching excellence, individual research, and scholarly achievement. La Salle University is a Roman Catholic University in the tradition of the De La Salle Christian Brothers and welcomes candidates who can contribute to its unique educational mission. For a complete mission statement visit the website at Review of applications will begin on/before December 1. AA/EOE. Candidates should submit an application letter (non-electronic) that discusses qualifications for departmental leadership in a Lasallian and Catholic university, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching excellence and scholarly achievement, and contact information for three references: Geffrey Kelly, Chair/ Religion Department/ La Salle University/ 1900 West Olney Avenue/ Philadelphia, PA 19141-1199.


LIVE PEACE, DO JUSTICE -- In L’Arche Washington, DC. People with and without developmental disabilities practice peacemaking by sharing daily life of work, prayer and holy leisure in interdenominational Christian community. Room, board, stipend, insurance, spiritual formation, professional trainings. Resume: L’Arche, PO Box 21471, Washington, DC 20009. E-mail:


FRANCISCAN MISSION SERVICE of North America (FMS) seeks a Co-Director from the Franciscan family. FMS has prepared and commissioned lay Catholics for international and reverse U.S. mission service for fifteen years. This full time position requires international mission experience, a commitment to lay-religious partnerships, knowledge of Franciscan communities and charism, the implementation of training programs and fundraising. Applications should be received by October 1st, 2005. Send resumes and letters of interest to Franciscan Mission Service, C/O Board Secretary, PO Box 29034, Washington, DC 20017. For additional information call: (202)365-6179 or e-mail:


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES -- The Diocese of St. Petersburg has an immediate opening for an Executive Director of Human Resources. The director will be responsible for providing the leadership and supervision of the Department of Human Resources and a visionary perspective of the linkage between employment and ministry within the diocese and the broader church. The director will provide leadership, support and vision to the diocesan Safe Environment Program and Pastoral Center operations in the areas of personnel selection, personnel development and retention, separation of employees, policies and procedures, information systems, compensation and benefit administration, performance evaluation process, work expectations issues and procedures and supervision of various co-workers. The director also serves as a consultant to all the parishes, schools and other hiring entities within the diocese. Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in business, human resource management or related field. They should be a mature practicing Catholic, have a high degree of integrity and fair mindedness, have excellent written and oral communication skills, be able to facilitate complex problem solving, be computer literate and have at least five years experience in leading a human resource department. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Resumes and cover letters should be submitted as soon as possible to the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Department of Human Resources, PO Box 40200, St. Petersburg, FL 33743-0200. Fax: (727) 343-7729.


DIRECTOR OF MUSIC/LITURGY -- Saint Peter’s Catholic Church, Columbia, SC, historic 1,150 family-parish seeks full-time music director with good understanding of liturgy. Requirements include: strong keyboard skills in various musical styles, excellent choral/directing ability, bachelor’s degree in church music (advanced preferred), strong organizational/people skills, collaboration on parish liturgical planning. Well developed adult choir, children’s and contemporary choirs (directed by associates) and active concert series. 2002 3 manual, 38 rank Peragallo Organ in excellent acoustical space, Steinway grand piano, Worship III and Gather II in pews. Application, resume recording/video and three references to: Music/Liturgy Search Committee, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 1529 Assembly St., PO Box 1896, Columbia, SC 20202. Phone: (803) 779-0036.

ORGANIST NEEDED -- The Sisters of the Carmelite Monastery of Eldridge, Iowa, are seeking a Sister organist, retired or otherwise, or a single lay-woman organist who is also interested in their life, to accompany their liturgies, for a period of six months or longer, beginning October 1, 2005. Benefits: A live-in Contemplative Experience, small community, lush rural setting, personal and communal prayer, spiritual direction, study, rich liturgies, simple work, ready access to medical assistance, travel paid and small stipend. Call: Sister Mary Jo or Sister Lynne at (563) 285-8387.

DIRECTOR OF MUSIC & LITURGY: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Santa Fe, New Mexico is seeking a collaborative dynamic individual to serve as full time Liturgist/Music Director for a vibrant Faith-filled community of 1400 families. The director is responsible for the over all music program of the parish including funerals. Organ and keyboard proficiency and knowledge of Spanish/English liturgical music is needed. The applicant should have liturgical knowledge, directing skill and be able to train and direct persons of various ages in these areas. The applicant will collaborate with other staff members and have a willingness to work with others. Experience in planning liturgies and training lay liturgical ministers is also helpful. We use OCP. The individual must be energetic, well organized and be able to communicate with all parishioners. For information including a job description, send resume by September 30, 2005 to: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1301 Osage Avenue Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505. E-mail in care of Fr. Nathan Libaire:


LAY MISSIONARIES -- Lay Mission-Helpers Association seeking teachers, nurses, administrators, computer techs, and so forth. To serve overseas missions for three years. Airfare, monthly stipend, medical insurance provided. E-mail: Apply online at Web site:

OVERSEAS MISSION: We are forming new lay mission teams to serve in Guatemala, Kenya, South Africa, and Eritrea. Read about our placements and requirements at: Comboni Lay Missionaries, 1615 E. 31st St., La Grange Park, IL 60526. Phone: (708) 354-2050.


EL RANCITO DE LOS NINOS, a long-term home for children in Los Lunas, NM, seeks two religious Sisters to share house parent responsibilities with one Franciscan Sister and one Notre Dame Sister. The positions are available immediately after visiting and spending time at the Home. Benefits include monthly salary, room and board, health and dental insurance and more. For additional information or to apply, please contact Dr. Joseph Barbour, PH.D., Executive Director, El Rancito de los Ninos, PO Box 2400, Los Lunas, NM 87031. Phone: (505) 565-4470. E-mail:


BLESSED SACRAMENT WALPOLE is seeking a full-time person to coordinate youth in a comprehensive youth ministry program. Duties include coordination of Confirmation program, supervise and train volunteers, and organize youth activities. We seek a practicing Roman Catholic, a person of vision, one who is enthusiastic, collaborative, and committed to community building. Must be computer literate and organizationally self-sufficient. The applicant must have the ability to work with a range of volunteers and professionals, understand and communicate about adolescent development, and be able to attract, engage and mentor with teens. Resume and 3 letters of recommendation should be sent to Youth Minister Search, 10 Diamond St., Walpole, MA 02081.

NEW POSITION: Junior High Youth Minister-The Catholic Community of St. Matthias in Somerset, NJ, a vibrant, multi-cultural, Vatican II parish of 3055 households, is seeking an innovative, experienced youth minister to serve the middle school/junior high youth, and Confirmation program. The middle school/junior high youth minister is responsible for facilitating planning, administering programs, developing a leadership team of adults and youth, and working as a team with the high school coordinator of youth ministry to offer a complete and comprehensive ministry to the youth in our community. A BA degree in theology, youth ministry or related field or equivalent work experience is required. Please send resume to Youth Ministry Search Committee, Catholic Community of St. Matthias, 168 JFK Blvd., Somerset, NJ 08873. Fax: (732) 828-0866. E-mail:

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