Bilingual Director of Religious Education and Sacramental Prep for Children

St. Philip Neri – Blessed Sacrament Parish (Omaha) - Omaha



Name of Facility: St. Philip Neri-Blessed Sacrament Parish
8200 North 30th Street
Omaha, Nebraska

Submitted By

Name: Fr. Damien J. Cook


Department: Catechetical Formation and Sacramental Preparation for Children
Reports to: Fr. Damien Cook

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Hours: Full-time and flexible (40 hours weekly): Must be onsite Wednesday evenings to conduct the program and on a few separate occasions, e.g., monthly staff meetings for each parish (HN and SPN-BS), formation of catechists, rehearsals for and conferral of sacraments, i.e., First Communion, Confirmation, registration efforts after Masses, etc., and Totus Tuus week in the summer.
Compensation includes Salary and Benefits (FICA, Health Insurance, and Retirement)

The Bilingual Director of Religious Education, with direction from the Pastor, is responsible for providing Christian formation, religious education, and sacramental preparation to children and families of our Family of Parishes that includes Holy Name Parish and Holy Name School, St. Philip Neri-Blessed Sacrament Parish, and St. Philip Neri Catholic School. The goal of the Director of Religious Education is to help parish children and their parents to encounter the Living Christ, provide adequate catechetical preparation, and nurture a love and devotion to their Catholic faith and identity. The Director of Religious Education ensures that the curriculum, volunteers, and the implementation of all religious education programs support the teachings of the Church and encourage opportunities for involvement in parish life. The D.R.E. also provides opportunities and encouragements for the catechists to grow in their faith and pedagogical skills.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• A practicing Roman Catholic who is living a life in accord with Church teaching and the ability to receive Holy Communion and who has a personal prayer life, possesses evangelical zeal, and has a theological knowledge of Catholic Church teachings. Experience of family-based catechetical programs and pedagogies and Latino and immigrant culture is helpful.
• Must be bilingual and able to confidently write and speak in both English and in Spanish.
• Must successfully complete Safe Environment training and certification from the Archdiocese of Omaha and pass the corresponding background check.
• Background in or familiarity with educational and pedagogical models for children is desirable.
• Strong spiritual leadership skills and the ability to lead others through Lectio Divina.
• Excellent interpersonal, management, communications, public speaking, and presentation skills.
• Must have skills necessary to organize and implement large, program-wide events.
• Good software skills, including Microsoft Office (or equivalent), etc. Must be able to have some flexibility in work hours and be onsite Wednesday evenings and at related Religious Education events, e.g., rehearsals for and conferral of sacraments like 1st Communion and Confirmation, etc.
• NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. The employee in this position may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Education and Experience
• MDiv/MA Degree in Catholic Theology or related field is preferred but not required if a candidate is self-taught in official Catholic theology.
• Previous experience in the religious education and sacramental preparation fields is greatly preferred, but not strictly required. Three to five years of experience in the religious education field is optimal.

Application Instructions

Interested and qualified parties should email their resumes to Fr. Damien Cook at The position is immediately available.