Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity (American Cathedral in Paris)

at Dean and Rector
Location Paris
Date Posted September 3, 2022
Category Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe (Walter Baer)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Urban
Compensation Commensurate with experience
Diocesan Compensation Info n/a
Health Benefits Negotiable
Housing Supplied Housing
Is there a rectory? Yes
If there IS a rectory, is it optional or required that cleric live there? Required
If there IS a rectory, how many bedrooms and bathrooms? 3 bedroom, 3 bath; not handicapped accessible
Equity Allowance Negotiable
Communicants in Good Standing 725
Average Sunday Attendance 148 (250 pre-Covid)
Child Population in Church School 66
Adult Population in Church School 44
Teacher Population in Church School n/a
Budget 966,488 Euros

Description

Additional comments re: compensation, benefits and housing.

Compensation commensurate to experience, contribution to the Church Pension Fund, insurance, and housing will be provided. Health insurance and other benefits may be through the French system.

Liturgical style and practice

Broad church, Sunday Eucharist, Célébration eucharistique en français on Saturdays, selected Sundays have Choral Evensong or Jazz Vespers; daily noonday prayers.

Strengths

  • The Cathedral has the people, programs, and finances, to enable it to serve its community and provide leadership in the Convocation
  • It is proud of its tradition of excellence in music and worship
  • It has a loyal core congregation of locals plus people who move in and out every few years and tourists who visit regularly
  • It has a small, growing French-speaking congregation
  • The cathedral’s congregation is diverse, with a growing segment of members born in France, the Francophone world, and English-speaking countries beyond the United States. Some are former Roman Catholics or are attracted by the Episcopal Church's welcome of LBGTQ members and stance on diversity, inclusion and justice

Challenges

  • Living and working in France, understanding and adapting to French culture
  • Knowing the French language at a conversational level or being willing to learn it
  • Clarifying administrative practices and strengthening the management culture of the institution
  • Helping the congregation to fully into being a cathedral and working with the bishop to provide leadership in the Convocation
  • Helping the congregation transition from a predominantly American ex-pat membership to being a diverse multi-national, multi-lingual congregation with a significant amount of people transferring in and out regularly and an increasing number of French citizens attending

Comments

Under the jurisdiction of the Presiding Bishop, the Cathedral is the seat of the bishop in charge of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, and the largest Anglican congregation on the continent of Europe.

This is a unique opportunity to serve a congregation in one of the most beautiful, renowned cities of the world and to help the congregation, the bishop and the Convocation be a laboratory for the Episcopal Church at large. Europe is ahead of the curve of moving towards a more secular society with churches needing to find ways to be relevant and meaningful to people who often have little or no experience of the church or faith life. The Convocation hopes its experiments in addressing these trends will provide insights that can benefit other churches in the USA.

Contact Information

The Rev. Canon Linda L. Grenz

Transitions@tec-europe.org

413-221-0571