Abbey Vocation volunteer program

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Fri, 04/06/2018 - 15:34 -- Christopher Cheney

Abbey Vocation volunteer program

Training provided by the Vocation’s Director.


The purpose of this volunteer program is to assist the Vocation Director in the promotion of monastic vocations to the Abbey of New Clairvaux.  There are many different levels of involvement possible.  Volunteer work may include: helping in the planning, design, production and distribution of vocational material and information about monastic charism and life at New Clairvaux; being available for consultation within their own field of expertise as relates vocation promotion; performing clerical functions such as research and non-confidential data entry; or simply being available to encourage and outreach to potential candidates in their own local environment.   


Parish/local outreach level:

Receive promotion material from Vocation Director and place in local parish, Newman Center or other areas for potential candidates

Being available to encourage and outreach to potential candidates in their environment possible some kinds of work at the Vocation Office at New Clairvaux. 


Vocation material production and distribution level:

Use of creative skills to consult with Vocation Director in vocation material production

Use of own contacts to distribute materials.


Clerical level:

Use computer skills to transfer data to word document (non-confidential material only)

Engage in various internet research at direction of Vocation Director and create reports on findings

Create electronic database of contact info for future potential outreach.


Consultation and Contact level:

Consultation with Vocation Director within own field of expertise (i.e. marketing, youth ministry, etc.)                                                                                                                                                     

Provide references when advisable for additional contacts useful in vocation promotion, networking


Preferred Qualifications and Skills:      

Willing to grow in knowledge about the Cistercian charism and monastic life as lived at New Clairvaux Abbey.

Eagerness to spread the Good News of Monastic Life with others in a friendly, gently, prudent way.

Creativity in discovering new ways of outreach

Able to work well with the Vocation Director and others on Vocation team/ volunteer Network.


Work Setting and Location:

Primarily within one’s own environment area and environment, possibly some kinds of work at the Vocation Office at New Clairvaux.                                                                                               

Typical work hours: Anytime between 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday-Friday. Some weekends may be available as per our special events.