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Clinical Chaplain (Roman Catholic)

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Department Of Veterans Affairs Houston , TX 77020

Posted 2 months ago

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The primary purpose of this position is to advise on, administer, supervise, or perform professional work involved in a program of spiritual welfare and religious guidance and providing a complete religious ministry to Roman Catholic Veteran and active duty military patients.

Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. May work swing shifts (3:30pm-Midnight) if necessary. May Provide emergency on-call night, holiday and weekend patient care coverage.

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  • Providing for the religious needs of patients of other denominations using the guidance by the tenants of Roman Catholicism to the greatest extent possible.

  • Seeking other clinical staff chaplains or clergy person in the community for religious/pastoral care service that he or she cannot provide.

  • Preparing and celebrating Roman Catholic Mass, Sunday through Friday and High

  • Holy Holidays such as Easter, Christmas, etc.

  • Administering sacraments and various rites to Roman Catholic patients as needed, e.g., Sacrament of Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Last Rites, etc.

  • Preparing by utilizing various modes to establish the atmosphere and symbolism of worship in the chapel for Roman Catholic services and returning the chapel to religiously-neutral condition after services.

  • Praying with Roman Catholic patients and provides Roman Catholic literature as requested by the patient.

  • Providing sacraments at bedside, upon request.

  • Presiding over the Catholic Rite of Christian Burial upon request.

  • Providing consolation and words of comfort to grieving family members, caregivers and significant others of the deceased patient.

  • Providing group leadership for medical ward services and therapeutic support groups.

  • Serving as a link between the patient, family and the facility by helping to ease patient/family anxieties.

  • Assessing, counseling and advising on spiritual issues for patients and families in relationship crisis.

  • Planning and providing appropriate ministration, including individual in-depth pastoral ministry, enhancing individual's holistic care and treatment program.

  • Providing counseling and pastoral support to relatives, caregivers or significant others of patients in difficult and trying situations, to alleviate anxiety.

  • Fostering effective cooperation with the treatment regimen of the medical center, and to help them deal with grief.

  • Encouraging patients and their family during challenging and difficult times in their lives.

  • Communicating effectively with persons of diverse races, cultures, religions, nationalities, ages, and persons having varying types and degrees of disability to understand and address their specific needs.

  • Advancing positive community relations through the development of relationships with local pastors, church groups and community organizations.

  • Documenting care in electronic medical records and protecting sensitive information from loss, disclosure, or alteration.

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Not required

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • You may be required to serve a probationary period

  • Subject to background/security investigation

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

  • Ecclesiastical Endorsement

  • Pre-employment exam is required


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/11/2018.
1.Ecclesiastical Endorsement: Must have an ecclesiastical endorsement, dated within 12 months prior to the closing date of the announcement, from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services USA?

An ecclesiastical endorsement is the written official statement by the endorsing body certifying that you are in good standing with the faith group or denomination and that you, in the opinion of the endorsing body, are qualified to provide the full range of ministry required in the VA's pluralistic setting.
2.Education: A Master of Divinity from an accredited institution or the equivalent. Equivalent education is a bachelor's degree (of at least 120 semester hours) from an accredited institution plus at least 70 graduate semester hours which included all of the following: at least 20 semester hours in pastoral ministry; 20 semester hours in any combination of theology, ethics, and philosophy of religion; 20 semester hours in the study of sacred writings, including the study of languages in which sacred writings are written; and 10 semester hours in religious history and/or world religions.
3.Clinical Pastoral Education: In addition to the education requirement, applicants must have completed at least 2 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) [as defined by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE)]. 800 hours of supervised ministry in a formal training program which incorporated both ministry formation and pastoral care skills development will be considered for equivalency to the required CPE.
4.Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work can help build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

A minimum of three years of ministry experience. At least two years of this experience must have followed completion of the Master of Divinity or equivalent education. Experience during graduate education may count for up to one year of the three years of required experience. One year of the experience must have demonstrated all of the following:

(a) ability to serve as a consultant or expert to a multidisciplinary treatment team;

(b) in-depth knowledge of related professional fields, particularly in the behavioral sciences;

(c) understanding of, and ability to respond to, the particular concerns and issues pertaining to treatment of veterans;

(d) knowledge of the structure, regulations, practices, and programs of healthcare delivery systems;

(e) ability to interpret and apply a body of rules, regulations, policies, and procedures in professional practice;

(f) ability to develop and maintain liaisons with a variety of outside organizations.

  • Completion of a doctoral degree directly related to pastoral ministry may be substituted for one year of this experience, unless the doctoral degree is used to satisfy the "equivalent education" as described above. Part time experience is prorated in comparison to 40 hours per week to determine its length.
    5.English Language Proficiency: All applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.



Transcripts must be submitted with your application (student copies are acceptable.) Transcripts must indicate the degree(s) awarded and the date(s). A copy of the certificate or diploma must be submitted if no completion date is indicated on the transcript. Transcripts must show the name of the institution.

PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements. You must show proof that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

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Clinical Chaplain (Roman Catholic)

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Department Of Veterans Affairs