Nov 13, 2023

Director of Clergy and Pastoral Support

  • Diocese of Nashville
  • 2800 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN, USA
Full time Ministry, Pastoral

Job Description


Provide various forms of direct pastoral and administrative support to all diocesan clergy and ministries.


  • Serve as a primary contact point for priests, deacons, and other pastoral leaders on questions related to ministry.
  • Assist with implementation of diocesan policies regarding diaconal and priestly life and ministry.
  • Assist in intake and response to questions and concerns about clergy ministry performance.
  • Care for clergy files and information in accordance with canon law and diocesan policy.
  • Support retired clergy in arranging for healthcare and personal healthcare-related documents
  • Assist clergy in creating and maintaining Advanced Directives, Wills, funeral plans, etc.
  • Assist in identifying the ministry needs of the diocese to ensure proper assignment and distribution of clergy.
  • Assist in providing opportunities for the ongoing human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral formation of clergy.
  • Assist in the pastoral care of priests, deacons and their wives and children, and widows of deacons as appropriate.
  • Ensure that clergy receive timely communication of information and resources related to ministry.
  • Maintain contact with pastors, ministries, agencies, diocesan offices, and other appropriate parties regarding the ministry of deacons and priests.
  • Maintain professional contact and coordination with religious superiors and local ordinaries from institutes and extern dioceses which provide clergy for ministry in the Diocese of Nashville.
  • Transition support for incoming clergy in areas of Safe Environment, assignments, and diocesan orientation.
  • Welcome international priests into the diocese by coordinating work authorizations and other immigration matters.
  • Arrange assistance for parishes when emergency clergy coverage is needed.
  • Assist parish and ministry leaders in responding appropriately to unexpected events, with crisis and emergency management as needed.
  • Administrative support to the Priest Benefit Foundation.  Review and reimburse healthcare expenses for priests. 
  • Provide support, organization, and structure to implement the Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities.
  • Assist in coordination of USCCB special collections and serve as local Director of Catholic Relief Services.
  • Support special ministries of the diocese, including those which minister to particular ritual, cultural, or language communities, as well as prison ministry and other chaplaincies.
  • Assist those responsible for providing pastoral care and the administration of sacraments for patients and their loved ones in local Catholic hospitals and other care facilities.
  • Develop Pastoral Care resources for ministry. 
  • Collaborate with healthcare organizations in the education and training of pastoral ministers in healthcare facilities. 
  • General assistance in diocesan administration relative to the clergy, at the direction of the Vicar General.
  • General assistance in diocesan administration relative to parish/ministry life, at the direction of the Vicar General.


  • Pastoral Care Coordinator
  • Office of Clergy and Pastoral Support Administrative Assistant


  • Bachelors degree minimum.  Masters degree in a theological discipline or counseling preferred
  • Ordination to the Diaconate is preferred, but not strictly required


  • Pastoral experience and training.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of the clergy and ministries of the Diocese of Nashville.
  • Knowledge and experience with immigration law.
  • Proficiency in the use of office equipment and computers, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and internet.

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