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Chaplain to the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes

Job Search Status: Currently Accepting Resumes

Mount St. Mary's University is the second oldest Catholic university in America. Located on 1,400 acres, just outside of Baltimore and Washington, D.C., the Mount offers a rigorous liberal arts education featuring a nationally recognized core curriculum. The 2300-student comprehensive university is a vibrant academic community where the words Faith, Discovery, Leadership and Community are used to describe its collective calling and promise. Additional information about Mount St. Mary's University is available online at

The Chaplain plays a central role in developing and ensuring the Catholic identity and mission of the Grotto while coordinating the life of the Church there. Key areas of responsibility include coordinating the spiritual life of the Grotto and meeting obligations for Mass. The Chaplain is expected to be welcoming to all pilgrims and help build a sense of community between the Grotto, Mount St. Mary's University and the greater community. He interacts and cooperates at various levels in order to minister effectively to the entire community.

The Chaplain plays a secondary role in assisting the University Chaplain in Campus Ministry in meeting the needs of the students. In addition, he will work with the Rector of the Seminary in developing seminarian formation. He interacts and cooperates at various levels in order to minister effectively to the entire community.

The Grotto Chaplain should be an ordained Roman Catholic Priest in good standing with the Church with permission from the proper ecclesiastical authority to serve at Mount St. Mary's University. He will possess a Master's of Divinity and/or 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, exceptional counseling skills, and preaching abilities.
The Chaplain should be naturally outgoing, open to various cultures and constituencies that frequent the Grotto and willingly share responsibility with others in a collegial manner

Applicants are requested to submit a résumé, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a cover letter which in part addresses the contribution the candidate can make to a Catholic liberal arts institution. Information is to be sent to:

Lori Stewart
Director of the Grotto
Mount St. Mary's University
16300 Old Emmitsburg Road
Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727

This position will remain opened until filled.

Mount St. Mary's University has a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity in its educational program and employment practices; we actively seek and welcome applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world.


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