In October we farewelled our long standing Chaplain Father John David OMI. He received a new appointment from the Oblate Provincial and took up his new ministry in Adelaide. Father John David has been Rosies Chaplain for three and half years. During that time he spent countless hours on the street sharing friendship with both our patrons and our volunteers. He will be very much missed.

There were a couple of events this month. Rosies Logan went to the local Homeless Connect. Meanwhile our Wynnum Manly branch took part in Wynnum Connect as part of the Anti-Poverty week. It was a great opportunity to catch up with some familiar faces. The event was a huge success with many service providers joining us at the event. On the Sunshine Coast, the team visited Caloundra State High School during Mental Health Week to raise awareness about the issue.

This month we deepen our involvement with the local communities in Beenleigh and Brisbane. Rosies Beenleigh started to support the local Uniting Church’s lunch for those less fortunate. The lunch takes place once a month and is very popular with our patrons. In Brisbane, the Rosies Yeronga Catholic Parish team enjoyed their first outreach making new friends at Brigadoon Boarding House on a Sunday afternoon. Everyone is looking forward to many more to come.

Once again, we thank our many supporters without whom our work would simply not be possible. The Wellington Manor dipped deep at their annual soup kitchen and fundraising event to support the organisation. The retirement village also regularly supports us with supplies for our friends on the street.

Inspired by recent young heroes, little stars sisters Ava-May and Neve collected three huge bags of hygiene items for our Brisbane branch. Their donation completed the ones received this month from St Therese Catholic Parish and School in Cairns and the Molloy House at St Columban College, in Caboolture.

On the Gold Coast, students from St Michael’s College come every Monday to give us a hand at the drop in centre. ‘My experience at Rosies was an eye-opener and it made me realise that we all have a part to play’, shares Hannah, one of the students involved in the program.
Although too young to outreach with us on the street, year 7s and 8s from San Sisto College in Brisbane have been coming to clean the branch’s outreach room and vans once a month for almost a year. It makes a huge difference to our teams in Brisbane.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Rosies Chaplain Formation (PDF)

SERVICE STREAM Chaplaincy, Formation
LOCATION Wynnum (base) outreach to across Queensland
CLASSIFICATION Negotiated Salary
TERM 12 months with possibility of extension
HOURS OF WORK 20 per week with majority between 5-10pm
REPORTS TO General Manager


Our Purpose and VALUES
Rosies is a community of people sharing the Oblate spirit of daring. Inspired by the Gospel, Rosies reaches out to those most abandoned, to be present with them, offering them experiences of community and belonging.

Rosies vision is to reach those who are most abandoned in our society is to offer a time of presence and connection with others through:

•           Street Outreach;

•           Drug and Children’s Court support;

•           Youth Detention Centre Visitation;

•           Prison Visitation


To promote and model the Mission and Values of Rosies within the outreach teams.

To promote a person-centred practice and faith-inspired environment responding to and respecting the human and spiritual needs of staff, volunteers and patrons.

To assist in the implementation of initiatives such as parish-based outreaches and branch-based chaplaincy.

To work collaboratively with the Oblate Chaplain and the General Manager to create an effective chaplaincy team.


1.   Mission, Vision and Values ·       Execute the duties and functions of the role aligned with the Gospel and Catholic traditions as well as the mission, ethos, and values of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

·       Contribute to the development of an organisational culture that is consistent with the philosophy and values of Rosies.

·       Work ethically and model Gospel and Rosies values through your personal leadership framework.

2.   Role outline ·       This is an accompanying role and does not have a compliance focus

·       Develop relationships with teams especially Team Leaders

·       Learn ‘Rosies’ especially from identified exemplar teams

·       Develop an understanding of the cultures that exist across teams

·       Attend 3 outreaches per week (on average) with a tactical selection of branches and teams

·       Develop strategies to enhance engagement of volunteer teams with Rosies Christian spirit and Oblate charism

·       Identify a network of branch level chaplains to assist in assessment of distributed Chaplaincy resources

·       Contribute to communication activities such as reflections for volunteers, networking and guest speaker engagements promoting Rosies.

·       Report identified issues at an individual or team level which may require suitable staff/volunteer support responses.

·       Participate in maintaining a workplace culture within Rosies, which respects human dignity, provides equality of opportunity, addresses the needs of the poor and disadvantaged, and protects human rights.

3.   Leadership ·        Demonstrate understanding of, and personal commitment to the mission, vision and values of Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, to a Christian spirituality and in the spirit of St Eugene de Mazenod and to an appreciation of Rosies as a missionary activity.

·        Model a leadership style which promotes a person-centred practice throughout the service ensuring a whole-of-person and faith-inspired environment reflecting Rosies mission and core values.

·        Support the formation of volunteers, in line with organisational procedures.

4.   Documentation, Quality Systems & Continuous Improvement ·        Create, store and archive documentation in line with legislative requirements.

·        Identify improvements to policy, procedures, work instructions, other organisational systems and the work environment to ensure Gospel values and principles of Catholic teaching are reflected appropriately.

·        Participate in the development, implementation and review of relevant Rosies policy, procedures and other documentation, as required.

·        Work collaboratively with relevant stakeholders to prepare, undertake and maintain external requirements, as necessary.


5.   Workplace Health & Safety ·        Adhere to safe work practices at all times.
6.   Other Duties ·        Participate in staff development and team meetings.

·        Work as an effective team member in accordance with Rosies mission, purpose and values.

·        Engage in reflective practice and participate in meaningfully regular professional supervision sessions.

·        Other activities as directed.


Required to have Beneficial to have
·       Relevant qualifications in Pastoral Care, Theology and/or Spirituality and/or Counselling.

·       Demonstrated commitment to, knowledge and understanding of the principles of Catholic teaching, tradition and ecumenism.

·       Demonstrated knowledge and experience in providing pastoral care and/or volunteer services within a Christian perspective.

·       Team leadership experience.

·       Demonstrated intermediate ability to use computer IT systems including MS Word and Excel.

·       Queensland Provisional Green or above Driver Licence.

·       Ability to obtain positive notice in the legislatively required personal history check in line with compliance requirements.

·        Previous experience in a similar role, either in Christian ministry environment.


1.     Demonstrated ability to accompany small teams with human and spiritual guidance tailored to the needs of the person and ensure persons are treated with respect and empathy.
2.     Demonstrated ability to apply and integrate in real practical ways appropriate Catholic teaching, Gospel values, the charism of Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and the vision of Rosies.
3.     Experience in pastoral care and volunteer support that focuses on supporting those who are assisting the most abandoned in our society.
4.     Proficient communication and interpersonal skills to engage on a personal level providing comfort and confidence, as well as the ability to build relationships across an organisation to assist in the provision of support for staff and volunteers.
5.     Demonstrated understanding of the emotional and spiritual needs of people at different ages and stages of life, and special attention to those working with the poor and vulnerable.
6.     Demonstrated commitment to a community of faith.

Contact Head Office for more details.  Closing date: Thursday 22 November 2018

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Our long standing Chaplain Father John David OMI has received a new appointment from the Oblate Provincial. He is on his way to take up his new ministry in Adelaide. Father John David has been Rosies Chaplain for 3 1⁄2 years and in that time has spent countless hours on the street sharing friendship with both our patrons and our volunteers. We wish Father well in his new role.