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Introductory Video | Lay Pastoral Caregivers Training

Learn about a training program that prepares compassionate listeners for many unique ministry settings.

The Bridge Builders for a Thriving Mission Initiative is providing training for lay people in pastoral care—at no cost to ACCs in the St. Cloud Diocese. Companioning one another spiritually is one of the most important ministries of a faith community. The vision of this project is to equip teams of compassionate listeners who are steeped in Benedictine spirituality. Participants who complete the process will be well prepared to offer pastoral care in various settings, form prayerful caregiver communities within their ACCs, and lovingly practice being a non-judgmental listening presence to whomever they encounter in daily life. Bridge Builders is partnering with the Community of Hope International organization, which provides a robust curriculum in three languages: English, French and Spanish.

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Already NINE Area Catholic Communities are represented, plus TWO Lutheran parishes, and TWO other Catholic parishes from the Archdiocese!


Bridge-Builders for a Thriving Mission will be starting two cohorts for Training Lay Pastoral Caregivers in the New Year. The first cohort begins the weekend of February 9 and 10, and the second cohort begins the weekend of February 16 and 17. Choose one. These cohorts will gather again in April to complete the training. This training is offered at no cost to participants. Overnight accommodations are available. Register for the training itself at

The training sessions will be coordinated by Sam Rahberg and Barbara Sutton.

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