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Under direction, gives spiritual and moral guidance to State institution residents; conducts Roman Catholic religious services and instruction; and does other related work.
Interviews and counsels mental patients, juvenile or adult offenders, or Veterans Home members on ethical and moral problems and spiritual matters; celebrates Mass, administers the Sacraments, and conducts other Roman Catholic religious rites as needed by institution residents; organizes and instructs classes in Roman Catholic religion, ethics, and sacred music; cooperates with other staff members in carrying out the institution treatment program; supervises the arranging of programs conducted in the institution by visiting religious and allied groups; assists in problems involving welfare agencies where family help is needed; visits the sick; works with residents in their group and club activities; counsels with families on problems involved in rehabilitation; explains and interprets the institution's religious program to community groups; serves, when designated, as a member of or consultant to the institution classification committee.
Ordained priest, duly accredited by and in good standing with the Roman Catholic Church, and approved by the Bishop of the diocese in which the institution is located.
A lay person or ordained deacon, with demonstrated pastoral competence, duly accredited for pastoral ministry by a nationally recognized Roman Catholic chaplain certification institution; and approved by the Bishop of the diocese in which the institution is located.
Knowledge of: Factors involved in the development of behavior problems, including mental disorders and the principles of mental hygiene; purposes of mental and correctional institutions; methods of rehabilitation.
Ability to: Organize, prepare, and conduct Roman Catholic religious services and courses on ethics, religion, and sacred music; counsel institution residents and their families on moral and ethical problems; establish rapport with institution residents; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; use spiritual assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation in the clinical setting; understand and help others discover meaning in the experiences of suffering grief and loss; understand the ways in which psycho-social dynamics and cultural/ethnic differences affect pastoral care practices; provide intensive and extensive pastoral care to persons in various life situations and crisis circumstances; integrate pastoral theology with pastoral practices; assist and support others in the application of their own values in decision making; communicate effectively through active listening and responding.
Insight into the factors involved in the development of behavior problems, including mental disorders; demonstrated aptitude for working effectively with the socially abnormal; interest in the welfare and spiritual needs of institution residents; emotional stability; adaptability; firmness; patience; self-control; tact; neat personal appearance; pleasant and wholesome personality; good judgment in moral, ethical, and religious matters.