July 12, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS – The Pastoral Care Department of St.Vincent is recruiting candidates for its 2013-2014 Stephen Ministry Training Program. Stephen Ministry is an international organization that trains adults to volunteer as caring ministers. At St.Vincent, Stephen Ministers are specially trained to visit with patients and offer spiritual and personal support.
Candidates enrolled in the St.Vincent Stephen Ministry Program receive more than 50 hours of training over a six-month period taught by local Stephen Minister leaders. The training prepares future Stephen Ministers to care for patients and their families by listening, visiting and praying.
Following training, participants commit to a minimum of two years of volunteering, approximately three hours a week, with time out for vacations and other personal time.
For Lynn Burton, a Stephen Minister at St.Vincent Carmel Hospital since February, the job often leaves her feeling that she has been more blessed than the patient.
"I have had many patients tell me that they feel so much better after I have visited and prayed for them," said Burton. "Knowing that I can help patients that way blesses me in ways unimaginable."
Stephen Ministers work with St.Vincent chaplains to spend time with patients who have requested a visit. Often patients request a visit if they are lonely or just want someone to listen to them.
"The patient determines what happens during the visit," Burton said. "We are there to meet the spiritual and personal needs of each patient."
Stephen Ministries International has trained more than 500,000 Stephen Minister volunteers. St.Vincent has trained 77 Stephen Ministers since it began in 2009.
"Being a Stephen Minister reconfirms that we are all alike, even in our differences."
For more information about Stephen Ministries International, visit www.stephenministries.org.
To apply, call the St.Vincent Pastoral Care Office at 317-338-2238. Applications for the 2013-2014 Stephen Ministry Training Program are due by August 12, 2013.
St.Vincent Hospitals and Health Services
Driven by the faith of four Daughters of Charity who arrived in Indianapolis in 1881 with $34.77 in their pockets, the St.Vincent Hospital mission is to treat the poor and sick by following our Core Values of Service of the Poor, Reverence, Integrity, Wisdom, Creativity and Dedication. Our healthcare ministry has grown to include six Centers of Excellence: Women's, Children's, Orthopedics, Cardiovascular, Neuroscience and Cancer Care. The ageless mission of St.Vincent remains unchanged: to minister to the minds, bodies and spirits of those in need.
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