Stephen Ministry is a lay caregiving ministry that provides professional, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. The program teaches laypersons to provide one-on-one care for individuals who request support. The confidential care-giver and care-receiver relationship, usually conducted by weekly visits, lasts as long as there is a need. Reasons for requesting a Stephen Minister’s visits may range from grieving the loss of a loved one, experiencing a major illness, going through a divorce, job loss, struggling with substance abuse, or other life difficulties. To learn how you can receive a Stephen Minister’s confidential care, contact Msgr. Peter Rau at [email protected].