St. Mary's University
  • 23-Jan-2023 to 10-Feb-2023 (CST)
  • Ministry
  • San Antonio, TX, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Competitive Pay; Generous vacation, sick, & holiday benefits; Excellent health & welfare benefits with 100% tuition assistance available.

The Minister for Retreats and Spiritual Development is a practicing Roman Catholic responsible for the planning, coordination, implementation and evaluation of all retreats and formation programs and services offered through University Ministry. Retreats and formations are designed to optimize and foster a healthy spirituality among the members of the St. Mary's University community.

Every member of the University Ministry Pastoral Team supports the services of the Department to the entire campus community according to gifts and needs. Members of the University Ministry Pastoral Team also have specific designations and ministerial responsibilities.


  • Assists with building a Ministerial Team that works together toward a common vision of University Ministry, giving witness to a diversity of gifts united in common service.
  • Works with student volunteers from various campus constituencies and collaborate with faculty and staff to develop and provide weekend and evening opportunities for spiritual growth.
  • Develops and grows daytime, evening and overnight retreat experiences for students, faculty and staff (Residence Hall reflection days, Athlete experiences, commuters and Hispanic Ministry).
  • Ensures all retreats/activities are efficiently planned, programmed and executed and that appropriate leadership is in place that ensures activities/retreats are being conducted in accordance with University Mission requirements and applicable University policies, and Federal and State laws.
  • Assists the student volunteer staff of Rattler Awakening with planning, organizing, implementing, and evaluating the retreat program each Fall and Spring semester.
  • Accompanies student retreat leadership to retreat and provides a guardian level of oversight of the experience to ensure the safety and status of all retreatants and to provide redirection when needed.
  • Promotes retreat programs to the university community using various print, digital, and social media platforms.
  • Develops an ongoing Retreat community that gathers for fellowship, community, education and spiritual awareness encouraging University Ministry sponsored faith-sharing groups when possible.
  • Fosters and supports joint programs and other endeavors between University Ministry and academic and administrative departments.
  • Actively recruits and provides formation for students, alumni, faculty and staff in leadership and participation in retreats.
  • Works with Catholic students and students from other faiths and religions to implement effective and meaningful retreat experiences.
  • Oversees a comprehensive program for the spiritual life development of the University community within the Roman Catholic and Marianist tradition.
  • Researches and shares current practices in Campus Ministry related to spiritual development and programming
  • Identifies, develops, and assesses the spiritual needs and faith-based programming possibilities for the following members of the university community (Residents, Commuters, Faculty, Staff, RSO's, Athletes)
  • Recruits, trains, and supervises student Peer Ministers for resident and commuter student communities.
  • Maintains relations with appropriate professional colleagues in the field, the Marianists, and other Catholic organizations (e.g., United States Catholic Conference of Bishops, Association of Catholic Colleges & Universities, Catholic Campus Ministry Association).
  • Work with the Administrative Assistant to maintain an updated listing of retreat sites and facilities.
  • Maintains a pastoral presence and involvement in University Ministry activities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree from accredited college/university required; Master's degree in Pastoral Ministry, Theology, Divinity, or related field preferred OR demonstrated ministerial experience with a desire and ability to pursue graduate studies.
  • 2 years of experience in youth ministry leadership, working with individuals/groups of diverse, cultural, ethnic, religious and/special student populations or other related experience.
  • Higher education experience, preferred.
  • Must be a practicing Roman Catholic in good standing with the Church, with a strong understanding and appreciation of Catholic Theology.
  • Must clear and maintain a favorable background investigation and clearance.
  • Must have the ability to demonstrate basic skills in MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, Outlook, Teams, and Zoom or similar platforms).
  • Must be able to demonstrate outstanding leadership and communication skills with the ability to work collegially with faculty, staff, senior administrators, parents, alumni and members of the larger community
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including early morning, evening, weekends, and Holidays to accommodate University events, retreat attendance, and projects.
  • Must maintain a valid driver's license, motor vehicle liability insurance and personal injury insurance, and complete the University Van Driver Training within 90 days of employment date.
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills. Strong ability to implement diplomacy and discretion and confidentiality at all times; an ability to work effectively constituents across the university and diverse populations.
  • Bilingual Preferred (English/Spanish with the ability to understand and to make one's self understood to Spanish speaking individuals)
  • May be required to work more than 40 hours a week, depending on the event schedule.
  • Knowledge and ability to effectively foster the formation of people in faith, educate leaders, and to help students think critically and ethically about the world around them.
  • Ability to exemplify a "team player" spirit with a positive and respectful attitude, a strong work ethic, and a supportive, energetic commitment.


  • Working conditions are in an office environment and university campus setting. Must be able to move across the university campus to conduct day to day business.
  • While performing this role, the employee will be regularly required to sit, walk, and stand; talk and hear, both in person and by telephone; and use hands repetitively to operate standard office equipment; and occasionally required to lift up to 20 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Frequently communicates with others using approved technological resources; must be able to exchange accurate information through designated systems within a timely manner.
  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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