Frequently Asked QUestions
How do you select parishes/schools to have missionaries?
We look for parishes/schools that are understaffed in reaching their youth with the Gospel for whatever reason. Some are understaffed because of finances; others because of historical factors; still others because of parish culture and dynamics. Finally, we look for leadership that is desiring to reach their youth despite these obstacles and are willing to move toward a long-term solution for youth/campus ministry over time.
How do you select missionaries?
As best as we are able, we try to let the Holy Spirit guide our discernment through prayer. Beyond that we consider a number of factors including best matching strengths of candidates with needs of parishes/schools; male/female ratio of missionaries; and certain discipleship qualities. We recruit far and wide and from all educational backgrounds. That being said, we do give preference to sons and daughters of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and we give preference for studies / experience related to ministry.
Does a missionary get paid?
Yes. A missionary is an employee of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and gets paid, but not in the traditional sense of “employee”. Missionaries fundraise their salary and a part of their formation costs through mission partners who support them financially and with prayer. Also, since this is a missionary endeavor the paycheck is very moderate. However, our hope is that the benefits of formation and experience through missionary youth ministry far outweigh any monetary gain.
How much will I be asked to support-raise?
First of all, missionaries will receive extensive training in support-raising with team support in the process. Secondly, we have worked hard to keep our number significantly lower than other similar missionary programs. Third, we have a base target for all missionaries that can be adjusted for personal needs such as student loans, car payments, etc. Missionaries will be able to support-raise through their personal network as well as that of the parish where they are assigned. Email firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> for more information about how support raising would work for you.
What all is included in “formation” opportunities?
This is a great question! The answer is, “A lot!” Some of what is included is:
- one week of support raising training
- four weeks of intensive formation before beginning in the parish
- monthly formation with whole community of missionaries
- twice-a-year workshop days with youth ministers across the Archdiocese called NOVA
- twice-a-year days of reflection called RENEWAL
- 8-day Ignatian retreat each year in December
- 8-day pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi after year one
- twice per month mentoring with Associate Director for Missionary Outreach
- mentoring and supervision from the parish pastor or designee
- opportunity for free grad courses in year two
- and more!
Where will I live while I’m a Missionary?
The Office for Youth Evangelization and Discipleship will provide housing in community with other missionaries. Missionaries will live with at least one other missionary of the same gender at a residence near their assignments. They may or may not also live with other young adults who are not missionaries.
What is the Rule of Life?
The Rule of Life is a commitment that all VIA Missionaries agree to live by. It gives definition to the way of life that is VIA. It is important to note that all of the items in the Rule of Life are expectations that the Office of Youth Evangelization and Discipleship is also living out unless vocation dictates an adaptation. This includes things like daily Mass, monthly confession, daily Holy Hour, and community prayer, fellowship, discernment and intercession.