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St. Francis Springs Prayer Center

Executive Director

Stoneville, North Carolina

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Annual Visits: 10,000 - 12,000

Neighborhood: Stoneville, North Carolina

Denomination: Interfaith with Franciscan Catholic Affiliation

The role: The Executive Director is responsible for the supervision of all ongoing activities necessary to maintain the continued healthy operation of the  retreat center.

unnamed (1)Meet St. Francis Springs Prayer Center: 

St. Francis Springs Prayer Center is an interfaith retreat center founded on the traditions of Franciscan Catholic spirituality and hospitality.  The retreat center is located in Stoneville, North Carolina, which is approximately 30 miles north of Greensboro, North Carolina and 32 miles north east of Winston-Salem, NC. The retreat center is a 25,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility situated on 140 acres of beautiful and peaceful wooded property that offers a natural setting for prayer, reflection, and meditation. In addition to the main facility, there are 3 hermitages and 2 cottages  that offer a private residential setting for retreatants.

The prayer center was dedicated on April 23, 2005 as a fulfillment of a calling of Fr. Louie Canino that started in 1998 to create a sacred space where anyone of any faith tradition could withdraw from the business of the world to seek guidance and discernment, to meditate, and to contemplate in the midst of creation.  There are approximately 10,000 -12,000 retreatants each year who experience the serenity of the beautiful grounds, amazing architecture, and opportunity to spend time in contemplative space without the distractions of everyday life. Retreatants have come from over 40 states and nine foreign countries, and include all backgrounds including Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists, Jews, and other faith traditions.

About the Executive Director: 

The Executive Director is responsible for the supervision of all ongoing activities necessary to maintain the continued healthy operation of the  retreat center. This includes visioning for the future, evaluating current practices, and developing new policies when needed. The Executive Director works in conjunction with the Board of Directors and maintains a spirit of Franciscan hospitality and acceptance towards all guests at the Center. The Executive Director ensures that prayer is an integral part of all major decisions made for the Center. Ideally, the Director would envision his/her role as a ministry.

Inspired by the charisma of St. Francis and St. Clare, the mission of St. Francis Springs Prayer Center is to nurture and nourish the contemplative dimension of our  lives which hopefully will lead to promoting justice. We seek to offer a comfortable, peaceful environment where one can experience the beauty of nature, the sanctity of silence, and the joy of Franciscan hospitality.

The Executive Director will: 


  • Oversee all employees and the extensive volunteer network and ensure there is proper coverage at the retreat center at all times.

  • Be responsible for hiring, job descriptions, and disciplinary actions with staff as necessary.

  • Assign additional tasks to employees and volunteers as necessary.

  • Review time sheets and initiate paychecks and other compensatory activities.

  • Provide regular feedback and evaluation of employees’ performance.

  • Maintain confidential personnel records.

Day to Day Operations:

  • Be willing and able to join in the basic work needed to run the retreat center,  such as washing dishes, mopping floors, cleaning bathrooms, greeting guests, making coffee, etc.


  • Ensure the buildings, grounds, and equipment belonging to St. Francis Springs Prayer  Center, Inc. are cared for and kept in good repair, and that all service contracts are maintained as specified.

  • Ensure the Health and Fire Department standards are maintained, and that necessary repairs are done at the smallest expense feasible while maintaining the integrity of the buildings

  • Plan for the continued development of the property and buildings when appropriate, and make these decisions in consensus with the staff and Board of Directors.


  • Review financial information and implement practices to ensure that the retreat center is operated in a fiscally sound manner (with the view that we are stewards of the funds generated by, and donated to, St. Francis Springs Prayer Center, Inc.

  • Create an annual budget which is approved by the Board of Directors.

  • Work in consensus with the staff and Board, and implement any necessary changes in the fee structure for the use of the retreat center.

  • Approve general spending for the operation of the retreat center, including any pay increases for staff.

  • Ensure that bills and taxes are paid in a timely manner to maintain the fiscal integrity of the Center.


  • While working in conjunction with the staff, initiate programs offered  by the retreat center (including the Justice and Peace Institute) which promote the mission statement and are available to the general public on a variety of topics, including social justice and spirituality.

  • Form a committee to assist with the development of a Justice and Peace Institute and calendar of events and speakers  


  • Generates donations for the ongoing support of the Center, which is a meaningful component of the current financial model for the Center.  

  • Activities include targeted outreach to the surrounding community, an annual fundraising event and other activities to promote the Center.

  • Oversee the creation and distribution of an annual brochure for the retreat center.  Although 80% of the guests at the retreat center are non-Catholic, 80% to 90% of the development funds are generated by donors who are from the Catholic faith.  Therefore, it is important that the Director be willing to make arrangements for Catholic groups who request Eucharist and the sacrament of Reconciliation.

What you bring: 

Education & Experience

The ideal candidate will have a college degree and some experience in successfully operating a retreat center. In addition, the ideal candidate will be comfortable in preparing and implementing budgets as necessary.

Personal Characteristics

  • Understands the mission and spirit of St. Francis Springs Prayer Center and is dedicated to moving its  mission forward in this spirit.

  • Is grounded in a spirituality that reveres all people and all of God’s creation.

  • Embodies the qualities of humility, patience, and a compassionate heart.

  • Makes decisions prayerfully.

  • Appreciates the contemplative life.

  • Has excellent oral and written communication skills, leadership building skills,  and team building skills.

  • Has good “people skills” and is able to relate to a variety of different personalities in a positive and affirming manner, and is able to work within a consensus model.

  • Comfortable around other people and truly enjoys interacting with them.

  • Has the ability to lead and manage the evolving technology needs for the Center ( primarily back office functions).

unnamed-7What it's like to live in Stoneville, North Carolina: 

Stoneville, NC is a small town approximately 30 miles north of Greensboro, NC.  This area is part of the Piedmont Triad, nestled between Raleigh and Charlotte. The economy and lifestyle includes all spectrums of jobs and businesses, with ,  a strong university presence and a high level of educational achievement. The economy is a mix of established and emerging industries, but employment overall is stable and steady.

Greensboro’s downtown is a thriving economic center and has been vibrant since the late 19th century, with new construction almost a constant. Even during the Great Depression of the 1930s, construction was noticeable. During the 1950s, business slowed and people flocked to the suburbs for space and expansion. In the 1990s, the downtown area reignited and thrived, becoming the prosperous and vibrant urban center it is  today.

Greensboro has been blessed with architecture and landscaping by iconic American designers – boasting more buildings by renowned architects than many North Carolina cities. Most of the work was done early in the 20th century, when Greensboro’s leaders hired some of the best designers from New England and the northern United States. Local architects were also included in the creation of the beautiful city.

Many of Greensboro’s citizens, past and present, from actors to lawmakers and titans of industry, will be remembered for years to come for their contribution to society.  Some notable citizens include the author O.Henry and broadcaster Edward R. Murrow.

Health care in Greensboro has expanded through the years – its first hospitals were established to treat victims of the Civil War and housed in churches and warehouses. Today, nationally-recognized Moses Cone Health System gives patients access to the latest developments in medical care from their first moments of life through later years.

With more than 47,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students studying here, Greensboro is an educational community where opportunities begin, grow and thrive. It is home to five four-year colleges and universities, a growing two-year community college, a law school and a collaborative joint campus operated by two of its largest universities. These institutions employ 6,000 faculty and staff educating individuals who will build and guide the knowledge-based economy of tomorrow.

Long ago, the city of Greensboro was known as a textile town, saturated with mills, factories and blue-collar workers. But today, the city is better known as “Tournament Town” for its wealth of athletic venues – courts, fields, stadiums and even a world class Olympic aquatic center. Greensboro has been host to the men’s and women’s ACC basketball tournaments, the PGA Wyndham Championship and the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. The Greensboro Coliseum Complex employs more people than the legendary Cone Mills, once known for being the world’s largest producer of denim. While advanced manufacturing operations still play an important role in Greensboro, more often it is the basketball courts and baseball fields that are the center of attention and the center of the economy.

Cost of living is attractive in this area and the bigger city amenities of the Raleigh-Durham area, 80 miles east, and Charlotte, 90 miles southwest, are close enough for residents to benefit.   

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