Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is an organization through which members of St. Ignatius are trained and organized to help provide Christian caregiving to members of our congregation, and community.

The Confidential Hotline is (513) 389-3247 or you can email us at


New Ministers

In June of 2020 we welcomed 4 new Stephen Ministers:  Jerry Brinker, Kevin Moster, Nancy Odipo, and Kathy Smith at a commissioning ceremony with Father Earl as presider.

These 4 new ministers join Diane Becker, Barb Evans, Ginny Gagliarducci, Julie Krommer, Mike Montgomery, and Sandy Sperber.

Our Stephen Ministry Leaders are:  Dr. Marianne Krismer, Lou Schindler and Dr. Dennis Wiwi

A Stephen Minister is a member of St. I’s with gifts of caregiving who was carefully selected to serve in this role.  They are trained to listen, care, pray, support, and encourage the special person who will be under their care.

St. Ignatius Parish will be offering a new training class for Stephen Ministers this fall. The 50 hour training course will take place from September to December 2021. The program provides important information and skills to equip our Stephen Ministers to serve our parishioners with confidential support and prayer as they deal with difficult life challenges. If you feel called to become part of this important and rewarding ministry, or desire additional information, please contact one of our Stephen Leaders:  Marianne Krismer (513) 550-1730, Lou Schindler (513) 368-9446 or Dennis Wiwi (513) 403-5273. You can also leave a message on the Stephen Ministry Confidential Line (513) 389-3247 or email at

When To Call A Stephen Minister

We all experience challenges in life – times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen minsters are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced  with a crisis or difficulty such as :

  • Loss of a loved one
  • Hospitalization
  • Divorce or separation
  • Loneliness or discouragement
  • spiritual crisis
  • Unemployment or a job crisis
  • A terminal illness
  • Incarceration
  • Again
  • Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
  • A chronic illness
  • relocation
  • recovery after an accident or disaster
  • And many more

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry: the identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remain private

Taken from Stephen Ministry God’s Love in Action Pamphlet

A Stephen Minister is . . .

A Stephen Minister is . . .

  • A child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting
  • A congregation member with gifts for care giving who was carefully selected to serve in this role
  • A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care
  • A caring, Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages
  • Someone who will “be there” for his or her care receiver, meets regularly for as long as there’s a need.

Taken from Stephen Ministry God’s Love in Action Pamphlet.

Stephen’s Leaders

Stephen Leaders are trained leaders in our congregation who oversee and direct our Stephen Ministry


  • If you — or someone you know — could benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister . . .
  • If you are interested in possibly becoming a Stephen Minister . . .
  • If you have any other questions about Stephen Ministry . . .

Talk with one of our Stephen Leaders at 513.389.3247

Taken from Stephen Ministry God’s Love in Action Pamphlet.

Talk on Suffering – 9.26.2020

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