Stephen Ministry

What Is Stephen Ministry

Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2, NRSV).

Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one lay caring ministry.  Caregivers – called Stephen Ministers— provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.  A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour.  Twice a month Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education.

A Stephen Minister helps people dealing with:

  • Illness/hospitalization
  • Family challenges
  • Encourages
  • Loneliness
  • Keeps confidences
  • Death or serious loss
  • Prays
  • Divorce
  • Disability
  • Faith issues
  • Job loss
  • Financial difficulties
  • Stress of being a caregiver


Saint John XXIII Catholic Church has had an active Stephen Ministry since 2004.  If you need a Stephen Minister or would like to become a Stephen Minister, please call Marlene “Mo” Julian, Stephen Leader, 231-3211.