Catholic Retreat Center Director & Property Manager –
Chaldean Catholic Diocese of St. Thomas the Apostle of the USA

Job Description

The Mar Eliya Retreat Center in Oxford, Michigan seeks a dedicated and faith-filled leader to serve as both Director and Property Manager. Reporting directly to the Bishop’s Office, this full-time position will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the center’s operations, ensuring it fulfills its mission of providing a welcoming and spiritually enriching environment for individuals and groups seeking renewal and connection with God. This is a dual role that demands both strong spiritual grounding and practical management skills. It is also a role that must be seen as a ministry to God and His people.

Responsibilities (Director)

  • Foster a prayerful and welcoming atmosphere that reflects Catholic values.
  • Develop and implement programs and retreats aligned with the center’s mission.
  • Oversee marketing and outreach efforts to attract new users.
  • Cultivate relationships with clergy, parishes, and community organizations.
  • Manage staff and volunteers.
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable regulations and safety standards.
  • Prepare and manage the center’s budget.
  • Track and report on key performance indicators.
  • Represent the center at community events and fundraising initiatives.
  • Manage facility rentals and ensure efficient scheduling.
  • Supervise housekeeping and maintenance staff.

Responsibilities (Property Manager)

  • Oversee the maintenance and upkeep of all buildings and grounds.
  • Develop and implement preventative maintenance plans.
  • Manage capital improvement projects.
  • Ensure compliance with all building codes and safety regulations.
  • Work with contractors and vendors to secure high-quality services.
  • Working with the Diocesan Finance Office to financially manage the retreat center.


  • Preferred minimum of 3-5 years of experience in retreat center management or a similar role.
  • Bachelor’s degree in hospitality management, business administration, theology, or a related field. The degree is preferred, not required.
  • Strong understanding and commitment to Catholic faith and principles.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines effectively.
  • Budgetary and financial management experience.
  • Knowledge of safety and security protocols (local and state).
  • Knowledge of PGC (Protecting God’s Children) protocols.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.


  • Competitive salary.
  • Meaningful ministry in a faith-based environment.
  • Opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of others.
  • Room for professional growth and development.

-To Apply:

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and a statement of faith outlining your personal connection to the Catholic faith and vision for the retreat center to [email protected].