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.

Please contact Mickey Merritt or Barb Evans at the Confidential Hotline (513) 212-8286 for more information.

New Ministers

On Sunday, June 3rd four new Stephen Ministers were commissioned to provide care for people in our parish who are grieving or hurting and in need of someone to care and support them through a difficult time.   They are Rose Bruns, Ginny Gagliarducci, Marianne Krismer, and Julie Krommer.  Please show your support and appreciation for these people when you see them  and through your prayers.

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.

We welcome 4 new Stephen Ministers who have completed 50 hours of training:

Rose Bruns- wife, mother, and grandmother – retired from the University of Cincinnati in library management, active on the worship commission.

Ginny Gagliarducci – wife, mother, and grandmother – RN at Good Samaritan Hospital, has been involved with Christ Renews His Parish, part of the Woman’s Ensemble.

Marianne Krismer – Recent widow, mother, and grandmother – retired Dean of Health and Public Safety at Cincinnati State, Registered Dietitian, active with Worship commission.

Julie Krommer – Lifetime member of St. I’s, attended grade school at St. I’s, active in music ministry at 7:30 mass for the past 20 years, works at GE in a business role.

They will join Michelle Bachman, Diane Becker, Ginny Ingle, Susan Meymann, Judy Rahm, Sandy Sperber, Carol Stecher, Marty Yee, Ed Buehler, Rick Folks, Mike Montgomery, Greg Niehaus, and leaders; Mickey Merritt and Barb Evans.

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, Barb Evans or Mickey Merritt (513) 212-8286

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

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