The chaplain of The Catholic University of America, under the direction of the university President instituted a program in 2011: Priest/Religious-in Residence (PRIR). The aim of PRIR is to foster a greater understanding of priestly and religious vocations by having these men and women as live-in members of the students’ residential community.
Who can apply?
Diocesan and religious Priests, Sisters and Brothers who are faculty members, enrolled graduate students, or doctoral candidates of The Catholic University of America.
What is the application process?
The candidate completes an application and interview with the University Chaplain. After providing references and appropriate documentation of eligibility, the candidate has several interviews with university personnel.
What is the remuneration?
The PRIR is provided with a residence hall apartment with a kitchenette, sitting area, private bath, and private bedroom. Separate office space is provided to meet students and a meal plan is included.
What is the nature and scope of the ministry?
Each PRIR is expected to provide a ministry of presence for 15 to 20 hours per week in the residence hall. This may include, but is not limited to supporting Resident Assistant and Student Ministers in programming and outreach. Priests would also include sacramental ministry to the residential community. All PRIR would be required to have regular office hours for students. Training begins about two weeks before the fall semester.
The Compatibility of Academic Responsibility and the PRIR Program
The joyful witness of the PRIR speaks most eloquently to our students about the priestly and/or religious life and the possibility of vocation discernment. For the P/RIR , ministry of presence should not diminish the academic responsibilities as they generously give their time to Undergraduates. Personal responsibility and balance therefore are essential for successful ministry. With the establishment of good lines of communication with the Chaplain and the pastoral staff of the Campus Ministry Office, the PRIR finds strong support for both their academic and ministerial roles; and, it ensures the best response to the needs of our students.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are the PRIR members of the Student Life Staff?
No, the PRIR develops supportive relationships with the staff but they are only responsible to the University Chaplain.
Are the PRIR required to respond to night time emergencies and situations?
No, the university chaplains will be contacted in all student emergencies if necessary.
What about other emergency situations?
PRIR are required to follow all University protocols in any serious situation. These protocols are part of their training.
Rev. Jude DeAngelo, OFM Conv
University Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry