Care Ministry

  • Care Ministry is a Catholic ministry formation program, sponsored by the Diocese of Green Bay designed to expand the pastoral care dimension offered by the church. 
  • Leadership teams in parishes will be equipped to train lay people to respond to persons in the name of the parish community.  
  • Care Ministry is a community role and responsibility to God’s unconditional love for each of us, fostered and nurtured by our parish faith community.
  • Care Ministers actively bring the love of God into people’s lives by providing a sacred listening presence and care to those who are isolated, facing a time of crisis, trauma, or personal loss.  
  • Care Ministers bring the Good News that nothing can separate us from the love of God through Jesus Christ. 

Overview of Training Components

  • Part 1: Theology of Pastoral Care Ministry
    Reflecting on our beliefs about God and our relationship to God that guide how we reach out in God’s Name through the ministry of The Church. 

  • Part 2: Compassionate Listening Skills
    Developing and improving pastoral care ministry skills so that we may be effective in our service. 

  • Part 3: Ministry Boundaries
    Discerning healthy boundaries that preserve the well-being of the care minister and the care receiver. 

  • Part 4: Program Practices and Policies
    Clearly clarifying the practices and policies related to formation, consistency in service and accountability for volunteers within a formal parish ministry. 

Resource: BeFriender Ministry

BeFriender Ministry is a national, ecumenical non-profit organization provides training and ongoing support for a listening ministry of lay pastoral care through the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.



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