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By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Feb 22, 2006

From the classified ads section in the NCR:

WORSHIP COORDINATOR -- Sisters IHM seeks qualified person to serve as Worship Coordinator for a congregation of women religious. Duties: direction and vision of liturgical and spiritual events in the Motherhouse through fidelity to the IHM community’s Constitution and Chapter Directions collaborating with others; coordinate Liturgical Committee; supervise staff and overall music program; and plan/coordinate members’ wakes and funerals. Qualifications: Bachelor degree; graduate degree in Liturgical Studies, Pastoral Ministry, or related field preferred; demonstrated liturgy experience including supervision of staff; experience in a Pastoral setting with older adults; Roman Catholic in good standing; ability to lead prayer; knowledge of the Liturgy Documents, Rites of the Church and current resources in worship and ritual practice; proficiency with Microsoft Office. Applicants submit cover letter and resume to: SSIHM Human Resources Manager, 610 W. Elm Ave., Monroe, MI 48162.

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  • Posted by: - Feb. 24, 2006 7:04 PM ET USA

    They forgot one qualification - Infidelity to the Pope, the Magisterium and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

  • Posted by: Fatimabeliever - Feb. 23, 2006 5:53 PM ET USA

    See what happens when your order doesn't insist on going to Mass everyday, confusion.

  • Posted by: Gary - Feb. 22, 2006 6:06 PM ET USA

    ..."and plan/coordinate members’ wakes and funerals" Perhaps one of the most telling lines of the ad when coupled with the fact that there is no corresponding requirement to plan "profession of vows". Like so many orders that have lost their way, they are likely a dying breed. In true justice, it seems they would be morally obligated to also disclose the likely fact that this is a "temporary position".

  • Posted by: RC - Feb. 22, 2006 4:38 PM ET USA

    The ad mentions wakes and funerals, but not profession ceremonies. By the way, don't scoff at that bit about MS-Office: you wouldn't believe how effective PowerPoint can be as a worship aid. :-)

  • Posted by: - Feb. 22, 2006 1:02 PM ET USA

    Louise, The first problem I see is in the second sentence; " through fidelity to the IHM community's Constittution...". That is not the second Vatican Council's Constitution on the Sacred Liurgy but the constitution of a community who donated money to the PAC, Emily's List (a PAC whose raises money exclusively for female pro-abortion politicians.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 22, 2006 1:01 PM ET USA

    Funny, Di, but these are funnier: CATHOLIC APOSTOLIC CHURCH in North America - Inclusive, progressive, marital status and gender no impediment to holy orders. DIRECTOR OF ELEMENTARY Religious Education-St. Pius X - Vatican II Parish The first outfit isn’t really Catholic and the second needs to change its name. Neither St. Pius X nor BXVI would know what a “Vatican II” parish is. And this is a good illustration of why the NCR is also referred to as the “National Catholic Distorter."

  • Posted by: - Feb. 22, 2006 11:59 AM ET USA

    There appears to be an inverse relationship between the number of "coordinators" and the spiritual vitality of a religious order or parish. The very name of "worship coordinator" is surreal. In a saner world, religious orders used to have a spiritual director or chaplain who took care of formal liturgies, while music was the responsibility of the sisters. And that was it. "Visioning liturgical and spiritual events" is just so much New Age mumbo jumbo.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 22, 2006 11:22 AM ET USA

    Guess they can't find anyone in their Congregation sufficiently adept at client-centered worship. The fall-down-laughing line here is "Roman Catholic in good standing," which includes everyone who was ever baptized except adherents of the SSPX. I guess they needed to cast a wide net.

  • Posted by: major - Feb. 22, 2006 10:55 AM ET USA

    Two thoughts: Who/where is the priest who is assigned as their Chaplain? Also, they should have truth in advertising, given the sate of their order, the possition is only a temporary one.

  • Posted by: NonSumDignus - Feb. 22, 2006 10:39 AM ET USA

    Don't forget competency with "drumming circles." http://www.ihmsisters.org/spirituality-retreat.html I wonder if knowledge of "Redemptionis Sacramentum" is included. Sigh.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 22, 2006 10:29 AM ET USA

    Yes - what am I missing, Uncle D? Catholic in good standing...familiar with Liturgy documents...sounds good. We need people who know Redemptionis Sacramentum inside out directing the Liturgy in these places.

  • Posted by: Clorox - Feb. 22, 2006 8:56 AM ET USA

    Who pays the freight for this nonsense? Oh, never mind.

  • Posted by: Venerable Aussie - Feb. 22, 2006 8:50 AM ET USA

    They forgot two key tasks: 1. "Must be able to ensure that the giraffe and frog are happy in the prayer corner." ## and 2. "Must be prepared to be the last one to switch off the lights...very soon" ## "It is amazing how the presence of a giraffe, a turtle or a frog next to a candle or icon helps bring a deeper consciousness to our prayer." http://www.ihmsisters.org/spirituality-seasonal-3-05.html - a useful site for those who want to try something perhaps a tad different this Lent.

  • Posted by: Indian Catholic - Feb. 22, 2006 6:14 AM ET USA

    Am I missing something here? Is Di trying to say that the sisters ought to have qualified members who can do the job?

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