Date:  March 30, 2021

Re-Posted:  September 10, 2021

Position Available:  Director of Priestly Discernment Program

Position Reports to:  Vice President of Franciscan Life

Department:  Franciscan Life

FLSA Status:  Exempt

Schedule:  Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., some evenings and weekends; some travel required.


Please apply online:  https://franciscan.edu/director-of-the-priestly-discernment-program-pdp/



The Director of the Priestly Discernment Program is entrusted with the formation, pastoral care and guidance of the young men participating in the Priestly Discernment Program.  The Director facilitates and animates the program and its objectives so as to fulfill the program’s purpose of assisting male students who are discerning a call to ministerial Priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church.  The Director meets personally with the Men participating in the program, accompanying them as they seek to grow in the human, spiritual, intellectual, fraternal, and pastoral dimensions of formation.  The Men live in Households coordinated by student coordinators who work closely with the Director.



1.     Conduct regular (frequency to be determined by Director) one-on-one meetings with each member of the Priestly Discernment Program focused on formation support and assistance in the member’s process of discernment.

2.     Review new student applications to the Priestly Discernment Program, make program admissions decisions and advise students of their acceptance into the Priestly Discernment Program.

3.     Plan and facilitate semester and yearly schedule and activities for the Priestly Discernment Program.  Most prominent of these activities will be the formation night (currently Thursdays) that may include Mass or Holy Hour and teachings/presentations by Director or guest presenter.  Celebrate Mass and Liturgy of the Hours with the student households as determined in accord with ability and need of the Director.  Coordinate retreats in the Fall and Spring.

4.     Meet on a regular basis with the Student Household Coordinators in order to provide support to student leadership and all of the Men in the program.

5.     Collaborate with the Office of Development on the Priestly Discernment Program newsletter, other pertinent mailings and work together to grow the financial resources necessary to continue scholarship programs.

6.     Promote Priestly Discernment Program by participating in University Youth Conferences as well as the sharing of multimedia presentations.

7.     Plan and facilitate annual Religious Vocations Fair and other Vocation presentations on campus.  Collaborate with Chapel Ministries in the integration of the members of the Priestly Discernment Program into the life of the community.

8.     Encourage growth in the five dimensions of formation of the Program of Priestly Formation.


This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list.  Additional duties, expectations and responsibilities may be added or changed as needed to meet the University’s needs.



Must understand, embrace, and live out the mission of Franciscan University of Steubenville and possess the following:


Work Experience

·      Applicant must be a Roman Catholic Priest (Diocesan or Religious) in good standing with the Church who has been ordained for a minimum of five years.

·      3-5 years minimum experience in working with young Men discerning the Roman Catholic Priesthood. Experience as Director of Vocations, Seminary Formation Director and Spiritual Director are helpful.

REQUIREMENTS (continued)




·      Personifies in word and deed, a life of exemplary virtue (prudence, justice, fortitude, temperance, faith, hope, and charity), prayer and fidelity to the teachings and practices of the Catholic faith.

·      Demonstrates discernment and an openness to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in the decision-making process seeking to continually align the University with God’s Divine Will and the Magisterium of the Church.

·      Demonstrates discernment and lives truth, charity, and humility in the spirit of an authentic gospel life and the Franciscan charisms.

·      Familiar with the Program of Priestly Formation of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

·      Understands the progression of discernment of a Priestly vocation and ministers accordingly.

·      Understands and has the ability to work with the present generation of students within our current cultural context.

·      Provides others with challenging tasks and assignments.

·      Helps others continually reflect on their strengths, weaknesses and development opportunities.

·      Is effective at using delegation, coaching and performance management to help others grow.

·      Shows clear interest in and takes steps to advance staff’s career development goals.

·      Is effective at sizing up people’s strengths and weaknesses and managing them accordingly.

·      Effectively uses both formal and informal means of communications and influence.

·      Finds common ground and gains cooperation with minimal disruption and fallout.

·      Relates well to all people above, below, at a peer level, inside and outside of the organization.

·      Is sensitive and adapts to how different people, teams and organizations think and function.

·      Uses diplomacy and tact to diffuse high-tension situations.

·      Identifies individual motivational drivers and leverages them to optimize performance and results.

·      Is effective at soliciting and using input from others to create buy-in.

·      Helps each individual understand the value of their contribution/role to the broader organization.

·      Creates and maintains a climate of winning, learning and willingness to admit/learn from mistakes.

·      Provides recognition and rewards (financial and non-financial) appropriate to the individual.



·      Theological studies required for Ordination.

·      Additional education/training in formation, spiritual direction, human development are considered highly.


Technical Skills

·      Proficiency in Microsoft Office.


Workplace Factors

·      Must be willing to live on campus in close proximity to the Priestly Discernment Program community.

·      Must be willing to assist with the Sacramental needs of the campus as a whole (Celebrating Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation as needed).

·      May have to work evenings and weekends as required.  Some travel required.



Candidates must submit an online application, a resume and a cover letter that demonstrates their fit for the position based on their experience, accomplishments and skills as well as their desire to advance the mission of Franciscan University.


Please apply online:  https://franciscan.edu/director-of-the-priestly-discernment-program-pdp/


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Franciscan University of Steubenville is committed to principles of equal opportunity and is an equal opportunity employer.