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Congrats, Lay Pastoral Caregivers!

In April 2024, fourteen people completed the lay pastoral caregiver training program. This training consisted of fourteen modules over two weekends and included sessions on accompaniment, listening, spirituality and prayer, pastoral care, pastoral identity, pastoral visits, grief, confidentiality, family systems, and care for the caregivers. This was a collaborative effort between Bridge Builders for a Thriving Mission, Office of Lay Leadership, and Parish Nursing in the Diocese of Saint Cloud. This training prepares the laity for compassionate listening in ministry, pastoral visits to the homebound and nursing homes, bereavement ministry, engaged and marriage ministry, and ministry to those who are marginalized by homelessness, imprisoned, or sheltered for safety.

To those who completed the program in April: Well done and congratulations!

  • Melanie Halter, Bethlehem Lutheran

  • Kari Salzer, Benedictine Communities

  • Alejandra Renteri, Church of the Risen Savior

  • Carmen Marin, Church of the Risen Savior

  • Bev Paul, Come to the Water ACC

  • Patty Marriott, Come to the Water ACC

  • Marianne Shrode, Come to the Water ACC

  • Janelle VanErp, Disciples of the Mission ACC

  • Greg and Vicki Spofford, Little Falls Ecumenical Faith Community

  • Tina Standfuss, Holy Saints ACC

  • Brenda Taylor, Isanti ACC

  • Tamara Welle, One in Faith ACC

  • Nancy Nordick, Red River Valley ACC

Are you interested in becoming a lay pastoral caregiver?

Our next training for a new group will be October 18–19 and December 13–14, 2024, at the Abbey Guesthouse in Collegeville, Minnesota. The cost for this training is provided by the Bridge Builders for a Thriving Mission Initiative. There is no cost to the participants. To register, click here. For more information, contact Sam Rahberg at

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