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University Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry

Mount St. Mary's University is a dynamic, catholic, Liberal Arts University in Emmitsburg, Maryland with over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students.  As a Catholic university, Mount St. Mary’s graduates ethical leaders who are inspired by a passion for learning and lead lives of significance in service to God and others. We are currently seeking a University Chaplain & Director of Campus Ministry.

General Description:

The University Chaplain is a Roman Catholic priest in good standing, with permission from proper ecclesiastical authority to serve in Campus Ministry at Mount St. Mary's University.  He interacts and cooperates at all levels on campus in order to minister effectively to the entire Mount Community, but has a particular responsibility for the faith life of students.  Coordinating the involvement of all campus priests ensures an active liturgical and sacramental life at Mount Saint Mary’s.

He plays a central role in developing and ensuring the Catholic identity and mission of the Mount.  Key areas of responsibility include fostering a lived faith, spiritual maturity and an apostolic spirit of service and evangelization within the life of students, working with the Campus Ministry staff to foster student development and leadership, collaborating with other Student Life offices and building a sense of community at the Mount.

The University Chaplain is responsible for administering the Center for Campus Ministry staff, as well as the campus chapels.  He works in conjunction with the Catholic Identity Committee and Student Affairs Council. 

Major Tasks:

  1. Ensures that the University’s mission is faithful to its Catholic Christian identity and that daily and long–range activities, goals, and policies of the campus are in keeping with the stated mission.
  2. Oversees and participates in the pastoral ministry provided to students, faculty, administrators, and staff in a collaborative fashion with the clergy, religious, seminarians, and laity on campus.
  3. Develops a vibrant liturgical and sacramental life on campus, with a particular focus on the needs of resident students, but including annual campus-wide liturgical events and the spiritual needs of all on campus.
  4. Fosters the development of a community of faith on the Mount Campus.
  5. Works in conjunction with the Office of Social Justice to promote an awareness of ethical and social justice issues on campus. 
  6. Helps to create a spirit of community on campus, where people care for, collaborate with, and respect one another.
  7. Effectively administers the Campus Ministry programs.

Position Authority:

The Campus Chaplain reports to the Dean of Students and works closely with the Executive Officers, including the Rector of the Seminary, and the Division of Student Affairs. 

Minimum Qualifications:

The Campus Chaplain should possess a Master’s degree in Theology (or a related field), be intellectually competent, and have a least five years pastoral experience in a parish, educational, or other ministerial setting.  He should possess spiritual depth, holiness of life, good counseling and mentoring skills, and excellent preaching abilities.

He should complete the orientation course of the Frank J. Lewis Institute for new campus ministers sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA) either at the beginning or the end of his first year as chaplain, and it is expected that he would become a CCMA member.

Being conversant with the current literature concerning the mission of Catholic higher education (especially the 1990 Vatican statement Ex Corde Ecclesiae) is necessary to ensure effective leadership on campus.  Insights concerning the recent national discussion and related concepts can be obtained through participation in the Association of the Catholic College and Universities (ACCU).

The Chaplain should be naturally outgoing, readily accessible to all campus constituencies, but especially comfortable understanding and relating to the college students.  Sensitivity, empathy, and a sense of humor are important personal qualities.

He should willingly share responsibility with others in a collegial manner, while being decisive when necessary.  The chaplain should welcome the participation of fellow Mount employees in the Campus Ministry enterprise, and be dedicated to encouraging student leadership and peer ministry.

How To Apply: Apply with a resume and cover letter to the Department of Human Resources, University Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry Search, 16300 Old Emmitsburg Road, Emmitsburg MD 21727 or email documents to   

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