Vacancy: Hospitality, Retreats and Facilities Co-ordinator

15th January 2018

After 7 years of dedicated service our manager Leighton Walker is leaving to train as a teacher in one of our Catholic schools. We wish him every blessing. The vacancy detailed here is a new role, reflecting the recent move of Walsingham House to Abbotswick and the use of the house by both youth and adult groups.

Job Purpose– Living on site, the Hospitality, Retreats and Facilities Co-ordinator will enable the smooth running of Walsingham House at Abbotswick, ensuring a welcoming, safe and Christ-centred environment for all retreatants and visitors. The role includes the leadership of some youth retreats, as well as excellent teamworking with staff and volunteers.

If you are considering applying, you are warmly invited to visit the House on Friday 2nd February, as you discern your application. Thank you for your interest in this role, and we look forward to meeting you."
Fr Dominic Howarth – Episcopal Vicar for Pastoral Formation

Background to the role

Walsingham House at Abbotswick is a fully refurbished retreat house for young people and adults, set in the heart of Brentwood diocese. We are in a beautiful, tranquil, rural location, five miles from Brentwood and with 14 acres of our own grounds. During school term time a team of volunteers aged 18-23 offer retreats to young people from schools and parishes within Brentwood Diocese, working with over five thousand young people (aged 10-18) every year, both at the House and across the Diocese. In the late summer and early autumn, as well as in quiet periods during the year, adult parish groups use the house. This is most usually for day retreats.

The £500,000 refurbishment of Walsingham House at Abbotswick has just been completed (Jan 2018); in a house which is 100 years old we now have modern en-suite rooms that accommodate three to eight young people in bunk beds, in addition to a large downstairs meeting room and small group rooms.

The move to Abbotswick is a new chapter for Youth Ministry within Brentwood Diocese. Walsingham House (formerly located at Chingford, then Canvey Island) has a thirty year history of providing retreat opportunities for young people. Abbotswick has served as a House of Prayer for the Diocese, also for around thirty years, and this new chapter draws from the heritage of both Walsingham House and Abbotswick. Retreat provision is an integral part of the Brentwood Catholic Youth Service (BCYS), and sits within the Vicariate for Pastoral Formation, which draws together work with School Chaplains, Parish Catechists and University Chaplains. The Vicariate also looks after the emerging Diocese of Brentwood Caritas, which – with a focus on supporting social justice ministry within the Diocese – will offer pathways to young adults who are moving beyond the BCYS. The Vicariate Office is located at Walsingham House at Abbotswick, as the natural hub for our ministry.

The Diocese of Brentwood is a lively and varied Diocese, including all of Essex, and five London Boroughs, with 19 secondary schools and a very diverse and expanding population.

The Walsingham House team live as a community, sharing prayer, meals and social time, and exist to evangelise; to help young people encounter Christ, to understand the Gospel more deeply, and to celebrate their Catholic faith. We do so recognising that young people arrive at the House from many different starting points, and often with many questions, doubts and struggles, as well as with great energy and joy. We hope to offer a warm welcome, a place of reflection, prayer, catechesis, kindness, challenge, and above all time to ever more deeply meet and know Christ as “brother, saviour and friend” (St John Paul II).


Job Details

Salary  – £18,000 plus a self-contained flat (living room with kitchenette, separate bedroom and bathroom), meals while on duty, and all utility bills paid

Two year fixed contract. Start date: Late August 2018

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