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Hospital Chaplain &/or Port Chaplain - Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, Newcastle Area, NSW

Offering either two individual permanent part-time positions or one combined permanent full-time position.

Chaplaincy is one of the many outreach ministries provided by Pastoral Ministries in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. The purpose of Chaplaincy is to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to individuals in a safe environment.

The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is currently seeking either one or two Chaplains to provide Ministry in the Diocese for the following positions:

Port Chaplain:

The Diocesan Apostleship of the Sea (Stella Maris) Port Chaplain offers care to seafarers of all nationalities who are visiting the Port of Newcastle. Port Chaplains offer practical, pastoral and spiritual support by visiting ships, talking and praying with seafarers, celebrating Mass and assisting seafarers in connecting with their families whilst away from home.

The Port Chaplain works ecumenically with other Port Chaplains, particularly the Mission to Seafarers (Anglican Chaplaincy), advocating for and liaising with Port authorities on behalf of seafarers while also promoting the Catholic Mission to visiting seafarers.

This is a permanent part-time position, working 3 days a week (24 hours per week).

Hospital Chaplain:

The Diocesan Hospital Chaplain cares for patients and their families at the John Hunter Hospital and other health facilities that exist on that site. Hospital Chaplains offer practical, pastoral and spiritual support to patients, talking with them, praying with them and helping them connect with their families whilst away from home.

The Hospital Chaplain works closely with the Chaplaincy Team, the Chaplaincy Coordinator and volunteers who assist at the Hospital. The position reports directly to the Director Pastoral Ministries and is located at the John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle.

This is a permanent part-time position, working 3 days a week (22.5 hours per week).

Please note, if considering the opportunity of combining both positions, the position will be permanent full-time (38 hours per week).



  • background in pastoral care, theology, adult faith formation and/or equivalent.


  • background in health, theology or equivalent. Units in CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) are essential.


  • a sound knowledge of the Catholic faith;
  • experience and understanding of pastoral and spiritual care and outreach;
  • experience or willingness to work ecumenically;
  • capacity to organise, motivate and work with volunteers;
  • an ability to engage and include others in collaborative processes;
  • substantial organisational and communication skills;
  • basic computer literacy skills.


  • an ordained priest/deacon;
  • willingness to work flexibly to complete the task;
  • MR Vehicle Licence programs (Port Chaplain only);
  • current Senior First Aid Certificate.

The positions will be remunerated as per Grade 5 of the Pastoral and Ministry Workers Recommended (CCER) Rates of Pay, dependent on qualifications and experience.

To apply and for more information about the position/s, including the position descriptions visit or by contacting the Director Pastoral Ministries, Teresa Brierley on 02 4979 1117.


To apply for these positions, applicants must:

  • upload a current resume and cover letter identifying which position/s you are applying for;
  • if applying for one position only please address the relevant “Specific Criterion” above along with the “Essential & Desirable Criteria”.
  • if applying for both positions please address both of the “Specific Criterion” above together with the “Essential & Desirable Criteria”.

**Please note that not adequately addressing the selection criteria may mean that your application is not shortlisted.**

The successful applicant must have the right to work within Australia, hold a current Working With Children Check, undergo a National Criminal Check, complete a Health Assessment Declaration, and hold a current Australian drivers licence.

Applications close: 11.59pm Sunday, 18 August 2019.


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