Community of the Transfiguration

Chaplain General

Date Posted September 19, 2017
Diocese Southern Ohio (Lynn Carter-Edmands)
Location Glendale
Position Type Part Time

Position Details

Setting Town
Compensation negotiable, per diem w/expenses
Health Benefits None
Housing Supplied Housing
Equity Allowance No

Parish Profile

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Strengths

Founded in 1898, the Community of the Transfiguration (ctsisters.org) is an Episcopal Religious community for women, living under the traditional monastic vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience. Our institutional ministries include Bethany School (bethanyschool.org), The Transfiguration Spirituality Center (ctretreats.org), St. Monica’s Recreation Center, and Tabor Cottage in northern Ohio. We also continue to support our former ministries in the Dominican Republic and California. Sisters also share Christ’s love through spiritual direction, offering retreats, quiet days and forums, preaching and supply, helping in a food program with an inner-city parish, and through ongoing intercessions, the Divine Office and daily Holy Eucharist. Our mission is supported and expanded by our Associates and a rapidly growing group of Oblates. One Sister is the longest serving deacon in the Episcopal Church. Another is a priest.

We are a community of widely diverse personalities, doing our best to make it work. Because we know God’s love and forgiveness, we strive to love and forgive each other. Our motto, Benignitas, Simplicitas, Hilaritas, (Kindness, Simplicity, Joy) reflects our aspirations for how we care for each other and those we meet. We don’t always succeed, but we mostly maintain our sense of humor. We do not know what our future holds and are trying to listen for the Spirit’s guidance and to trust.

Challenges

We pray for a Chaplain General who will help us hold ourselves accountable in living our ideals, challenge us to grow spiritually and intellectually, and stretch our hearts.

More information is available from Canon Carter-Edmands (contact information below).

Comments

The Chaplain General of the Community of the Transfiguration is a priest or bishop who brings an outside perspective in both a pastoral and advisory role for the Sisters and, as needed, for the larger Community of Oblates and Associates. The Chaplain General visits the Convent for several days 3-4 times a year, serves in an advisory and accountability capacity for the liturgical and spiritual life of the Community, leads occasional retreats, offers pastoral care/spiritual direction as needed, is available to hear confessions, provides support and advice for the Superior and Leadership Team, is present for special Community events, presides over the election of the Superior, and helps the Community to hold itself accountable to our Rule and highest values. He or she works in support of our Chaplain, as a colleague rather than a supervisor.

We are seeking someone for whom the inner life with Christ through prayer, sacraments, study, regular retreats and other spiritual practices is central, and who has an understanding of and genuine appreciation for the Religious Life as part of the Church’s life and ministry. It is important to have a good sense of group dynamics in order to understand the challenges of community living as well as the joys and gifts of this life. We need a patient, gentle, firm truth-speaker who will help us with discernment as we look to the future. The Chaplain General is available to individual Sisters via e-mail or phone as needed. While this seems to be more than a full time call, the actual time commitment would not interfere with parish life unless a major issue arises.

Contact Information

Qualified candidates must apply through the diocesan application form:

https://diosohio.wufoo.com/forms/dso-transitions-clergy-application-form/

Supporting documents accompanying the application should be provided in .pdf format and attached where indicated on the application form:

  • In a (cover) letter addressed to the Search Committee (not the DTM), please articulate what interests you about the position, how you think your gifts and skills apply to the mission and ministry there, and anything else you would like the Search Committee to know about you.
  • OTM Portfolio with all narrative questions answerd.
  • Current Resume.

We ask our search committees to hold confidential the identifying information of interested candidates.  We ask that you also keep your interest in this position confidential and limited to the search process we follow.

Due to the confidential nature of the search process, we ask that all questions about the position or search process be directed to the Rev. Canon Lynn Carter-Edmands, Canon for Transitions at Lcarter-edmands@diosohio.org and that members of the community or Search Committee not be contacted directly.  Sisters and friends of the Community of the Transfiguration have been asked to nominate clergy for consideration by sending names to Canon Carter- Edmands, who will contact the nominees directly.