Ames Catholic Community Stephen Ministry
St. Cecilia & St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Churches
What is Stephen Ministry? It is a ministry in our Ames Catholic Community Parishes in which
Stephen Ministers are servants of Jesus, trained to provide personal and confidential support for people who are facing life’s challenges.
- Stephen Ministers must be adults, and they minister only to adults of the same sex.
- Examples of life challenges and difficulties appropriate for Stephen Ministry include grieving the loss of a loved one, coping with a cancer diagnosis, going through a divorce or separation, battling a chronic illness, caring for a spouse or parent who is terminally ill, or experiencing financial difficulties, job loss, disabilities, loneliness, or a great deal of stress.
- Stephen Ministries, the national organization to which we are connected, was founded by Dr. Kenneth C. Haugk in 1975 in St. Louis, MO
Bear one another’s burdens and so you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2