BeFriender/Stephen Ministry

BeFriender Ministry is a national lay ministry program that provides training through the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. For more information visit

Stephen Ministry is a national training system through Stephen Ministries in St. Louis, MO, for parish volunteers in a caring ministry that provides support to individuals at transitional times. For more information go to

Bereavement Ministry

Bereavement Ministry is designed to be a source of education, resources, and support for parishes and caregivers in their ministry to the Bereaved so that those grieving a loss through death may experience the healing comfort of God in their faith community. The Bereavement Network provides support, information, and training for parishes in the Diocese already involved in bereavement ministry and for those interested in starting it.


  • Provide support to those active in bereavement ministry

  • Assist parishes interested in beginning bereavement ministry

  • Provide information about resources, publications, training, and conferences

  • Provide up-to-date information about grief support groups in the Diocese

  • Present grief/loss/bereavement topics at diocesan conferences

  • Collaborate with other area groups involved in bereavement work

Care Ministry

The Care Ministry Coordinator Training, piloted by the Diocese in 2004, is a basic course that provides parish coordinators with training and leadership skills to coordinate, supervise, and maintain a volunteer lay ministry leadership team in the parish. Individuals who complete this program will be able to enter the parish community prepared to train others to listen, understand, support, and pray with persons in need of support during the times of transition in their lives.


The goals are:

  • train parish volunteer leadership in pastoral care skills

  • provide quality training and continuing education in pastoral care

  • bear witness to God’s love for all

  • respond to the spiritual and emotional needs of the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, and others facing a crisis or life challenge

  • minister in partnership between lay and ordained people

  • network with individuals, congregations, health care, and other faith-based organizations whose mission and values are compatible with Care Ministry

Residential Facilities Pastoral Care Directory

Information on pastoral care parishes provide to meet the spiritual needs of parishioners who are in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, memory care units, nursing centers, retirement communities, group homes, and CBRFs throughout the Diocese of Green Bay.

This directory provides the name of each facility, the services provided, and the parish contact information for those providing the services at each facility.

The full directory is 42 pages, so you may want to save it to your computer to print it. We've also broken the booklet into sections alphabetically by city.

Residential Facilities Pastoral Care Directory (complete directory)

If you feel called to Care Ministry or any of the ministries listed on this page, please contact Theresa LeFebre at the Parish Office.  Email or 920-982-8380