What We Do

Holy Family Service Corps

Holy Family Institute and the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth (CSFN) created the Holy Family Service Corps to further their shared mission of spreading love to families. The program consists of two separate tracks: Nazareth Year and Holy Family Teaching Fellows. We are looking for adventurous people to join our mission for educational and social service programs in the Greater Pittsburgh region!

Holy Family Teaching Fellows

The Teaching Fellows Program offers a two-year teaching opportunity for applicants to hone their discipline by teaching in an urban school setting. Based in Holy Family Institute’s mission of Catholic social justice, the program builds innovative servant teachers and provides opportunities for personal, professional, and spiritual growth.

Participants teach in Holy Family Specialized Learning, a private K-12 school serving children with behavioral or academic issues, or Nazareth Prep, an innovative Catholic high school that equips students for success in a variety of vocations.

Holy Family Institute provides room, board, transportation to the teaching site, health insurance (if needed), and a modest stipend for personal needs. Upon completion of their graduate fellowship, participants earn a tuition-free master’s degree in secondary or special education from the Duquesne University School of Education.

Teaching Fellows live in community with other service corps members on Holy Family Institute’s Pittsburgh campus and receive spiritual support and development in the tradition of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth. The program considers the whole person. including social, emotional, and intellectual development

Participants in the program:

  • Obtain a tuition-free master’s degree from Duquesne University, a private Catholic university with more than 10,300 undergrad and graduate students
  • Connect your passion to your profession through meaningful work with students whose challenges require intentional, thoughtful support
  • Live an integrated life in community with others and experience faith sharing in the tradition of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth
  • Build vital skills in a hands-on environment
  • Learn new skills to become an educator focused on excellence
  • Serve the common good
  • Enjoy an ecumenical atmosphere open to diversity

Prospective Fellows must have an undergraduate degree in English, math, science, instructional technology, or psychology. Special Education Fellows must have a special education teacher's certification.

Applicants of all faith traditions are welcome to apply. Fellows are expected to demonstrate a commitment to their faith tradition and to the spiritual formation of their students while exploring the spirituality and charism of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.

Nazareth Year

Nazareth Year is an 11-month experience that combines service opportunities, academic mentorship, and job coaching. Participants receive a yearlong assignment determined by organizational need and availability. The available assignments include Holy Family Manor, Nazareth Prep, and Holy Family Institute.

Nazareth Year participants live in intentional community on our campus, located seven miles from downtown Pittsburgh. They experience community, support, and spiritual development in the tradition of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth. Within an atmosphere open to communal diversity and personal development, participants nurture their social, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual skills.

Holy Family Institute provides room, board, health insurance (if needed), transportation to the service site, and a modest stipend for personal development. On completion of the program, participants receive an education award.

Admission Requirements

  • At least 21 years of age
  • A college degree in area of service, or equivalent work experience
  • Previous volunteerism or service activities
  • Ability to make a one or two year commitment
  • Strong physical and mental health
  • Willingness to live simply and in community with others
  • Comfort in a Catholic faith-sharing environment
  • An open heart and mind
  • Healthy sense of humor
  • Flexibility to diverse cultures and situations

Application Process

  1. Complete the HFSC Application
  2. Email a copy of your resume to guerra.lynn@hfi-pgh.org.
  3. Submit our reference form to one personal and two professional references who have known you for at least a year.
  4. We will contact you to set up an online interview.

For more information about either program, please contact Lynn Guerra at 412-766-9020 ext. 1304 or Guerra.Lynn@hfi-pgh.org.

Americorps/VISTA Program

In addition to Service Corps positions, Holy Family Institute also offers yearlong service opportunities through AmeriCorps/VISTA. These positions begin Fall 2019, run for one year, and help the organization enhance our staff and technology capacities. To learn more and apply, please visit the job pages:

Americorps/VISTA IT Pre-Apprenticeship Coordinator (Nazareth Prep High School)

Americorps/VISTA Literacy Tutor Coordinator (Holy Family Specialized Learning)