Made up of fellow college students like yourself, this ministry is meant to be a way the Newman community can personally embrace you in the arms of Christ when you are in need. Newman Stephen Ministers are students-Christian men and women-trained to provide one-to-one care to fellow students experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, a break-up, job loss, chronic or terminal illness in the family, relocation, cultural adjustment, etc ..
Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life. What do they have in common? A passion for bringing Christ's love and care to people during a time of need. Since 1975, more than 600,000 people from more than 12,000 congregations and other organizations have been trained as Stephen Ministers.
In the summer of 2016, the Newman Community sent two students and the campus minister to receive a week of leadership training to start up the Newman Stephen Ministry program. These certified Stephen Leaders are in charge of coordinating the program, and leading the 50 hours of Stephen Minister training. Through this training, these students have grown in their caregiving capacity to learn more about how to be compassionate, trustworthy, skilled, full of faith, and Christ centered. These ministers are well equipped to provide high quality, distinctively Christian care to the University of Rochester community.