Ministry Opportunities in Maryland and California

Jocelyn Thomas Around the Province

Holy Name Province has recently become aware of two open positions. In Maryland, the friars participating in the chaplaincy program are seeking a friar-priest to join them in ministry at Walter Reed Medical Center. In California, St. Anthony Foundation in San Francisco is seeking an executive director.

Hospital Chaplain
The Franciscans at Holy Name College in Silver Spring, Md., have an opening for a friar priest to join the chaplain team at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Washington, D.C., where the Franciscans have served as contract chaplains since 2007 as part of the Department of Pastoral Care. The position at the nation’s largest joint military medical center is part-time and involves counseling, patient visitation and liturgical celebrations. The facility comprises nearly 7,000 staff members. Friars interested in the position are asked to contact Walter Liss, OFM, guardian of Holy Name College, at A description of the position can be found on this information sheet.

Social Services Specialist
St. Anthony Foundation, a 60-year-old social services ministry in San Francisco, has begun a search for a new executive director. According to a description about the open position, the Foundation is seeking a servant leader with direct service experience, a broad set of management skills, and a heart for working alongside the poor. The ideal candidate, says the description, has a personal mission of serving the poor, disadvantaged and outcast out of an impulse to honor the dignity of all people.

Since the early 1950s when St. Anthony Foundation was established, the ministry has served vulnerable populations in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood through food, health and varied social services programs. Today, a staff of 150 people and thousands of volunteers fulfills the organization’s mission: to feed, heal, clothe and lift the spirits of those in need, and to create a society in which all persons flourish. According to its website, the mission is guided by five values – community, healing, personalism, justice and gratitude.

St. Anthony Foundation is the major sponsored ministry of the Province of St. Barbara and is extremely well known and respected in San Francisco, said Fr. David Gaa, OFM, provincial minister of St. Barbara.

The new executive director of St. Anthony’s would be joining an organization that’s on solid financial, reputational and programmatic footing, according to the ED position description, which says that the challenge for the new leader would be to establish a strategic, evolutionary vision for innovation that stays true to its foundational mission and values.

Candidates must have a minimum eight years of progressively responsible management experience, including management of and significant work within social services programs similar to those of St. Anthony’s. Education or training equivalent to a graduate degree in nonprofit administration is also required. The ideal candidate should be a practiced public speaker and should demonstrate familiarity with Catholic social teaching and knowledge of the Franciscan tradition.

Qualified candidates should go to the candidate portal to submit a resume and a cover letter expressing their passion for the mission.

Readers who would like to share employment opportunities at HNP ministries, or at schools, parishes and other organizations affiliated with the Province, are welcome to provide job information to the Communications Office at

 — Jocelyn Thomas is director of communications for Holy Name Province.

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