Director/Coordinator for Religious Education

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Director/Coordinator for Religious Education

St. Joseph Parish is looking for a DRE/CRE for our Faith Formation Program. This is a full- time position which includes Parish Site Administrator for Safe Environment.  Website:

If you are interested please mail resume to St. Joseph Parish, Attn: Lori McKinniss, Business Manager, 342 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15215.

Any questions may be directed to Lori McKinniss, Business Manager at (412) 963-8885 X 303 or email

St. Joseph Parish, O’Hara Township


Directors for Religious Education (DRE) and Coordinators for Religious Education (CRE) provide leadership in the design and implementation of programs for adults, youth and children to assist in building a solid formation for age appropriate spirituality, Christian living and service. They assist parishioners to respond more fully to their baptismal call to word, worship and service. He/she oversees the program and operational details of existing programs, guides and directs the work of the persons and structures that seek to fulfill these needs. It shall be the responsibility of the DRE/CRE to report directly to the pastor or direct administrators, and moderate the program in the name of the pastor and through his authority.

Saint Joseph Parish


Saint Joseph Parish
330 Dorseyville Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
United States


1. Ensures that opportunities are available for liturgical services in all religious education programs.

2. Coordinates and oversees Children’s Liturgy of the Word.

3. Collaborates with the Director of Music Ministry to assure that liturgical worship is integrated with the catechetical programs.


1. Invites, motivates and trains volunteers to assist as responsible leaders for various aspects of the total program.

2. Presents to catechists and others the teaching of the Catholic Church according to the catechetical principles enunciated in Church documents: universal, national, and diocesan.p

3. Organizes all aspects of the sacramental formation program for children of the parish. Plan and develop all curricula for all programs.

4. Provide programs that creatively and enthusiastically engage children in their faith formation, liturgical participation and Christian living.

5. Facilitate personal faith growth among catechists as a Christian community.

6. Conducts Vacation Bible School program.

Pastoral Services

1. Calls forth personnel from among the members of the parish to assist as responsible leaders for various aspects of the program.

2. Visibly present at principal parish events, keeping attuned to the living faith and real concerns of parishioners.

3. Promotes good public relations both within and beyond the parish, and is involved in ecumenical, district, and diocesan networks of professional peers.


1. Collaborates closely with the pastor, under his supervision, and with other members of the parish staff, integrating his or her own area of responsibility with the overall parish endeavor.

2. Develops a coordinated approach toward total parish religious education for faith development through catechesis on all age levels and collaborates with the catechetical staff in formulating a statement of catechetical purpose.

3. Oversees the recruitment of catechists and support staff, and provides them with continuity and support.

4. Undertakes ongoing evaluation in the light of goals and objectives based on the catechetical statement of purpose.

5. Manages the religious education budget in collaboration with the pastor. 

6. Ensures that accurate records are kept of catechists, children, families, sacramental records, etc.

7. Serves as a communication link between the catechetical program and the rest of the parish, including the catechetical staff, parents, and the parish at large. Regularly corresponds with parents regarding the program and important events.

8. Provide parents opportunities for participation with their children.

9. Participates in any necessary meetings with Staff, District and Diocesan.


 The capacities to relate to a wide variety of people, a spirit of generosity and the ability to delegate and collaborate are essential qualities because the ministry of the DRE/CRE often intersects with other parish ministers and ministries. Flexibility, realism, enthusiasm and a sense of humor are also important qualities.


To function effectively, the DRE/CRE needs experience in catechizing or teaching religion, i.e. as a religion teacher in an elementary or secondary school, or as a catechist in a parish religious education program. Experience on a variety of levels, including child catechesis and adult catechesis, is preferred. The DRE/CRE:

1. Is able to articulate the philosophy and theology underlying the parish religious education program.

2. Can guide and write the statement of catechetical purpose, the goals and objectives of this statement and provide the programs to implement these.

3. Is able to guide the catechetical staff in the systematic assessment of the catechetical needs of the parish.

4. Is able to articulate Catholic theology in the light of the teachings of the Church since the Second Vatican Council.

5. Is able to facilitate meetings and group processes; has organizational and time management skills.

6. Is able to assemble literary and audio-visual resources.

7. Is able to make decisions and assume responsibility for delegated tasks and has some experience at conflict management and resolution.


Educational Preparation The Coordinator for Religious Education is to have obtained a bachelor’s degree in the area of education, theology and/or religious education. Must be a practicing Catholic or possess an understanding of the post-Vatican II Roman Catholic liturgy. Must have completed all course requirements for Catechetical instructors, including but not limited to the courses in Sacraments, Creed, Morality and Methods. The Program Manager may have a bachelor’s degree either in education, theology, or religious education, or in an area unrelated to those areas.


As with all positions/ministries within the Diocese of Pittsburgh, this ministry comes under the Safe Environment policy of the diocese which requires clearances, i.e., Criminal and Child Abuse history, a Protecting God’s Children Attendance Certificate and a signed copy of the Code of Pastoral Conduct and Child Protective Services Law. They must also complete the PA State Mandated Reporter Training and provide Fingerprint Certification. As DRE/CRE he/she must assure that all participating catechists/aides are in compliance with these requirements.


This position is directly accountable to the Pastor.