“The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion,
who can stay with us
in an hour of grief and bereavement,
who can tolerate,
not knowing, not curing, not healing,
and face with us
the reality of our powerlessness,
that is the friend who cares.”
- By Henri Nouwen
What is BeFriender Ministry?
BeFriender Ministry is a lay pastoral care ministry of listening presence.Trained lay ministers (BeFrienders) from our parish expand the capacity of the church to provide pastoral care to those in need of support.
What does a BeFriender do?
A BeFriender provides pastoral care to people in difficult and transitional situations by encouraging the person befriended to tell his or her story. BeFrienders seek to understand the story from the other’s perspective, accept people as they are, and listen with compassion. All BeFrienders maintain a strict level of confidentiality and respect for the privacy of those befriended.
Who needs a BeFriender?
Anyone experiencing grief, loss, transition or other concerns experienced throughout our lives.
Who do I contact if I am in need of a BeFriender?
Sister Sharon Houle, Pastoral Minister / Parish Nurse Coordinator, (701) 232-2414, ext. 126 or firstname.lastname@example.org
How does a person become a BeFriender?
Training is led by the Nativity Program Leader. Training consists of approximately 20 hours of instruction, and a short internship. To learn more about becoming a BeFriender, contact Sister Sharon Houle Pastoral Minister/Parish Nurse Coordinator, (701) 232-2414, ext. 126 or email@example.com.