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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“Following in his brother’s footsteps, 16 year-old Jake Priestly has stepped up to  take on the 15th annual Great Wheelbarrow Race as a solo competitor. In 2015, Jake’s brother Josh won the male solo category and it was his determination that inspired his younger brother, Jake to take on the challenge. The Great Wheelbarrow Race will take teams from Chillagoe to Mareeba in a three-day, 140km endurance event from May 18-20. [May 18 | May 19 | May 20]

‘Watching Josh do the race solo three years ago has motivated me to do the same thing and give it a go’, Jake said/ ‘It’s all for charity, so why not.’

The St Stephen’s Catholic College student will compete in this year’s event to raise money for Rosies, a local charity which reaches out to those less fortunate in the community.

‘Rosies reaches out to those most in need, those people who are lonely, abandoned, and marginalised within our communities.'”

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Credit from the The Cairns Post2 Apr. 2018

Back in 2015 Joshua selflessly pushed himself to the limits to help people who are homeless in his hometown of Mareeba. He spent three days pushing a wheelbarrow 140km to help raise funds for the Rosies Mareeba branch. This year his ‘little’ brother Jake takes on the challenge with the objective to help the local Rosies branch by beating Josh’s time and target.

Jake is a student at St. Stephen’s Catholic College in Mareeba and he is raising awareness and funds for Rosies in Mareeba.

Day 1: Chillagoe – Almaden 35 kms

Day 2: Almaden – Dimbulah 65 kms

Day 3: Dimbulah – Mareeba 44 kms







Firstly, all funds raised go directly to Rosies, a charity associated with the Catholic church, Mareeba. The entry fee and any other expenses incurred are paid by the runner from his part-time job at Piagnos Newsagency, a “Rosies Runner” supporter. If it was easy, everyone would do it. 140 kms.

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About The Great Wheelbarrow Race

Late in the 1800’s when work was scarce and transportation was limited, miners often used to travel about the region using a wheelbarrow to carry all of their possessions. In 2004, as a tribute to these early pioneers and to honour their amazing trail-blazing feats, the road between Mareeba and Chillagoe was named the Wheelbarrow Way.  Today, the Wheelbarrow Way traverses this same country and follows a similar path close to the railway line which was originally privately owned but has since been incorporated into the state rail system. The line was originally used to ship material from the Chillagoe smelter to Cairns via Mareeba.


The team meets with young people on Fridays from 6.30pm – 8.30pm. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a cuppa, bite to eat, and a chat with our wonderful volunteers. The branch recently trialled an outreach at a new location with the local PCYC. While there were some benefits the team and the PCYC decided that they could best deliver the Rosies mission at the skate park. See us at the skate park.

New Rosies outreach services are now up and running in Atherton. The team takes the van out fortnightly, on the first and third Saturdays of each month. Rosies Mareeba branch team is kindly offering support and mentorship. Teams from both locations are also sharing resources, including the same Rosies van. Several young adults are already turning out to meet with the Rosies team on Main St, Atherton and word is quickly spreading about our much needed outreach service. Several local organisations have expressed interest in supporting our newest Far North Queensland outreach.

mareeba_athertonRosies’ General Manager, Andrew O’Brien visited with t he community in November to finalise plans and approvals for a new outreach in Atherton. The project was initiated by the Catholic parish who contacted Rosies to provide services in the local area due to increasing needs within the community. Rosies would like to welcome our new Atherton Branch Coordinator, Margaret Wallby, who is an active member in the community. Rosies’ Mareeba Branch will be actively involved in the new street outreach, including loaning their  van to enable them van to enable them to have a cuppa with our many friends on the street.

fr johnWe make assumptions based on our own knowledge. Yet, if we take the time to listen to people with our heart we can appreciate them for who they truly are. All of us are gifted, but our individual talents are not always obvious; most treasures are hidden. God’s creation is diverse and unique, which makes it beautiful and inspiring rather than monotone and dull. God values us for who we are and we are invited to imitate Him. We are encouraged to value each other for our uniqueness. Let us appreciate the diversity God put in His creation and go beyond our presumptions to discover who a person really is through understanding and charity.

Fr John David
Rosies’ Chaplain


Rosies has temporarily relocated our Friday and Saturday night outreaches to the Cathedral of St Stephen.Brisbane City Council has encouraged street van services to be located in  off-street premises. The Archbishop of Brisbane has kindly agreed to trial our Outreach for eight weeks.
Look out for further updates.

The new street outreach van was blessed by the Bishop of Cairns the Most Reverend James Foley. Thanks AMA. Services have commenced Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.

Gold Coast

The Rosies Gold Coast branch has started a new outreach in Nerang. The van is at to Bischoff Pioneer Park on Wednesdays from 7.30pm – 9.00pm.


Jon Martlew, our Toowoomba Branch Coordinator, went homeless for a week during the Homelessness Prevention Week. Our Patron, Leneen Forde, and Chair, John Scoble, took part in launching Jon’s sleepout at the Homlessness Prevention Week commencement exhibition. During the week Jon slept rough, hung out with our friends on the street, joined our outreaches and had a cuppa to raised funds for Rosies. Well done Jon!

Andrew O'Brien,  General ManagerWe all understand the value of friends in our lives. One of the many privileges I have is to share experiences of friendship with  many amazing young students involved in our Schools Engagement Program.
The vitality and warmth of these young people continues to put a spring in the step of our volunteers and patrons.
Unfortunately some young people in our communities are struggling to find hope and therefore it is important we continue to offer experiences of friendship to them. The commitment of our Rosies volunteers to turn up at each Outreach is fundamental to building relationships and hope. Your support makes a difference.

Andrew O’Brien,
General Manager