Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is a confidential, one-to-one, caring ministry offered to adults in our community who are grieving a loss or facing a life crisis. If you would like to be contacted by one of our Stephen Ministers please call Bill Wise at 319-499-7482 or Cathy Nepola 319-631-0915. If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister please call Bill or Cathy.

Celebrating Ten Years of Stephen Ministry at St. Thomas More

Please click here to view 10th Anniversary video

Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2020, marks ten years of Stephen Ministry.  St. Thomas More is grateful for the 38 trained parishioners who have given of their time to visit with, pray for, and support 70 care receivers and a number of homebound parishioners.

Stephen Ministry offers confidential, one-to-one Christian care to adults (18 and over) in our community who are going through difficulties, such as: loss of a loved one; hospitalization; divorce or separation; loneliness or discouragement; spiritual crisis; unemployment; terminal or chronic illness; caregiver stress; birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility; relocation; recovery after an accident/disaster.

During this difficult time of social distancing and isolation, Stephen Ministers offer their support through phone or video calls.  Would you or someone you know benefit from a listening ear? Please reach out to our care coordinators below or share their contact information:               

Cathy (631-0915) – nepola_fam@hotmail.com                                                                                                                        

Bill (499-7482) – wbwise@mediacombb.net




Join us for the Friends of Dementia program! 

When: Thursday, April 25th Time: 7:00 pm  
Where: St. Thomas More lower level

Are you a friend or family member of someone affected by dementia? We invite you to join our Stephen Ministry for an insightful program! Jeff Kellbach, an Aging Specialist with Johnson County Social Services, will share valuable tips on understanding dementia and fostering positive connections with those affected by it.

For inquiries, please reach out to JoAnn Miller at joannmiller16@gmail.com or 319-325-4640.

Let's come together to support and uplift each other! 

Thanks to everyone who came to the panel discussion on Advance Directives.   Special appreciation to our panel speakers (Fr. Chuck Adam, Dr. Tess Judge-Ellis and Sarah Krieger/Iowa City hospice) for their time and sharing. 

Please click below for useful links on this topic:

Durable Power of Attorney form

Advance Medical Directives: Planning Your Future

Iowa Physician Orders For Scope of Treatment Form

Healthcare Directive

Honoring Your Wishes


Please click here for an update on Stephen Ministry-November 2018

Please click here for article on Stephen Ministry from the Diocesan Newspaper, "The Messenger"


Please click here for the latest brochure and more info


Stephen Ministry-October 2018