Growing LSU ministries discuss job opportunities with Franciscan students


Photo by: Elizabeth Wagner

Contrasting the green and gold colors around Franciscan University of Steubenville’s campus, a curious table hinting purple and yellow hues drew students from around the J.C. Williams Center on Wednesday, April 3, from 3-5 p.m.

Adam Trufant, campus minister at Louisiana State University, stood proud and smiling as he explained the Catholic ministry on LSU’s campus and the university’s desperate need for help.

The ministry, called Christ the King at LSU Catholic (CTK LSU), is looking to hire people willing to take over some ministerial positions. “It’s a fully functioning parish on LSU’s campus and we are exploding with the faith right now,” said Trufant. “It’s a pretty new ministry but because South Louisiana (has) such a strong Catholic heritage, we’re bursting at the seams and we need help.”

In search of directors for both campus ministry and men’s house of formation, Trufant decided to reach out to Franciscan’s students. What brought him to Franciscan was his love for the Rev. Michael Scanlan, TOR, said Trufant, expressing his inspiration for traveling up north to visit this campus.

The CTK LSU ministry holds several events and activities including Encounters, which are similar to Franciscan’s Festivals of Praise; Bible studies with about 400 participants; and philosophy round-tables. It also holds Life Spirit seminars for students who are interested in charismatic prayer.

LSU is home to organizations familiar to Franciscan students, such as FOCUS Missionaries and St. Paul’s Outreach. CTK LSU also partakes in street evangelization as well as simply dancing to the music on the streets of New Orleans.

Requirements for the position include being a practicing Catholic; having at least a bachelor of arts degree in Theology, though preferably a master’s degree; and having about five years of Catholic ministry experience. The applicant must also be capable of managing workflow and projects as well as have strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills. Leadership skills and an overall passion for the New Evangelization are, of course, key characteristics of said applicant.

“If you feel the Holy Spirit calling you to ministry and you want to share your gifts of the Spirit, come to Louisiana,” Trufant invited.

To apply or find out more information for the jobs, visit

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