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Upcoming Events to Share With Faith Communities

The Realities of Aging

Remaining Classes:

  • Tues., Feb. 5, 2019 - When Your Parent Needs You

Learn More: Download informational flyer now (PDF)

Where: St. Francis Xavier Gathering Space, 219 2nd Street North, Sartell

RSVP: Encouraged. Please e-mail Rose or Bev.

Central Minnesota Council on Aging (CMCOA) Classes

The CMCOA has a number of classes available. Among them include:

Stepping On

Designed specifically for people who are at risk of falling, have a fear of falling or who have fallen one or more times.

Participants meet for two hours a week for seven weeks. Classes are facilitated by trained Leaders and provide a safe and positive learning experience. Classes are highly participative; mutual support and success build participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health behaviors, reduce their risk of falls and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

Every Tuesday, Jan 8 thru Feb 19 at Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive in St. Cloud.

Download Flyer and Learn More (PDF)

Diabetes Prevention Program

National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) is a collaborative, community-based, lifestyle change program designed for people with pre-diabetes. It is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s curriculum and National Diabetes Prevention Recognition standards. Hundreds of in-person and online lifestyle change programs nationwide teach participants to make lasting lifestyle changes, like eating healthier, adding physical activity into their daily routine and improving coping skills.

Each Monday starting January 28 - May 13 at Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive in St. Cloud.

A Matter of Balance

Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. This award-winning program is designed to manage falls and increase activity levels.

Every Wed., Feb. 6 thru March 27 at Ridgeview Place Senior Living, 1009 10th ave NE in Sauke Rapids

Learn More and Review Registration Details (PDF)

Living Well With Diabetes

People with type 2 diabetes attend the class in groups of 12-16. Classes are facilitated from a highly detailed manual by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are peer leaders with diabetes themselves.

Participants will make weekly action plans, share experiences and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program. Physicians, diabetes educators, dietitians and other health professionals both at Stanford and in the community, have reviewed all materials in the class.

Every Thursday, Feb 7 thru March 14 at Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive in St. Cloud

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Living Well With Chronic Pain

When you have chronic pain, every day can be a challenge. This workshop helps you discover strategies for managing your pain.

Participants make weekly action plans, share experiences and help each other solve problems as they carry out their plan. Past participants report improvement in exercise, cognitive symptom management and general health.

Every Friday, Mar 1 thru April 5 at Rejuv Medical, 901 3rd St. N. in Waite Park.

Learn More and Find Out How to Register (PDF)


FCN 2018 pinIntegrators of faith and health. Ten women commissioned as new faith community nurses. Watch for 2019 classes being planned.

Congratulations to ten Registered Nurses who were commissioned as new faith community nurses at a ceremony Nov. 9, 2018 at Grace United Methodist Church in St. Cloud after completing the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing class.

Faith community nursing is a specialized area of professional nursing recognized by the American Nurses Association for RNs. These nursing professionals, who have taken on additional learning to be leaders and ministers in their faith communities, are known as integrators of faith and health. All participants received a scholarship for our second class this year from a PRIDE Grant from the CC Foundation. 16 RNs have completed the class this year.

Read more: Integrators of Faith and Health — Central Minnesota Catholic Magazine, November 2018

2018 Faith Community Nurse commissionings

The class members pictured are:

Back Row: Jennifer Michalson, Motley Free Methodist, Motley; Susan Newkirk, Motley Free Methodist, Motley; Angie Moscho, St. Boniface, Cold Spring; Katie Theisen, St. Cloud; Deb Haagenson, Hubbard United Methodist Church, Hubbard; Marnie Czech, Holy Trinity, Royalton

Front Row: Joyce Simones, Educator for class; Leslie Ender, Duluth; Bridget Huber, St. Marcus, Clear Lake; Janelle Maciej, St. Stanislaus, Bowlus; Amanda Noaeill, Immanuel Lutheran, Princeton; Carol Engelhart, Educator

Mass for Health Care Professionals — November 4, 2018

Mass for Health Care ProfessionalsRead More: Blessing the Hands That Heal — Central Minnesota Catholic Magazine, November 2018

Read Father Tom Knoblauch's homily at

The tradition of the “White” Mass in the United States finds its origins in the development of the national Catholic Medical Association in the early 1930s. From its inception, the medical profession has been understood as a healing profession, a way in which Christ’s work continues upon the earth. The White Mass, so named by the color worn by those in the healing profession of medicine, gathers health care professionals under the patronage of St. Luke to ask God’s blessing upon the patient doctor, nurse and caregiver alike.

Faith Community Nurse Commissioning — April 2018

Six new FCNs were commissioned on Friday, April 20, 2018.

Six new Faith Community Nurses were
commissioned on Friday, April 20, 2018.

Class members included: Back row - (left
to right) Joyce Uselman, Julie Kouba,
Missey Pedersen; Front row - (left to right)
Lora Lee, Rona Bleess, Peggy Gracula.

Six new Faith Community Nurses were commissioned on Friday, April 20, 2018 by Grace United Methodist Church Pastor, Diana Dunham. The Faith Community Nurse Partnership received a CentraCare Foundation Grant to bring classes to St. Cloud.

Learn more about our fellow FCNs:

  • Joyce Uselman is the FCN at St. Ann’s Church in Wadena and her pastor is so happy to welcome her ministry (as are all the pastors of those who are now in FCN Ministry in their churches) and will be mentored by another active FCN in St. Hubert’s in Bluegrass.
  • Julie Kouba is a FCN at St. Francis Church is Sartell (now 1 of 4 there) and is helping us create Heart Failure information for FCNs in Churches with Christy and Dona from the SCH Heart Failure project in a new collaboration. Julie recently accepted a nursing position in Clinical Cardiology at CentraCare and will be mentored by three FCN’s at her church and other Sartell area FCNs.
  • Missey Pedersen will use the Whole person care in her work as a nurse at St. Cloud Hospital as a float RN and in her church, Living Waters in Sartell, joining another FCN.
  • Lora Lee is waiting to join a church and now helps our group with health fairs, and projects.
  • Rona Bleess is the FCN at Trinity Lutheran in Long Prairie and is retiring from her career at CentraCare there.
  • Peggy Gracula is FCN at Our Lady of Seven Dolor’s in Evansville and the four church cluster there and will be mentored by other FCN’s in the Alexandria area.

Education Opportunities

Faith Community Nurse Foundation Classes (Required)

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Curriculum

Across the United States, 140 locations/universities/agencies provide the basic education required for a Parish Nurse/Faith Community Nurse.

Find a Faith Community Nursing Foundation's course by date, state or online.

In Minnesota, there are two organizations that provide the basic program:

  • Concordia College of Moorhead – Visit website for more information.
  • Faith Community Nurse Network of the Greater Twin Cities (FCNNTC) offers the International Parish Nurse Resource Center (IPNRC) certified course in a 42.4 CEU format taught by professional nursing faculty who are both educators and experienced faith community nurses representing an array of faith community nursing practice. For more information or questions about the Faith Community Nursing Course, please contact FCNN at 651-204-0904 or In 2018, the class will be offered April 9-13 and October 8-12. To register, download a brochure and to learn more, please visit

Continuing Education: Required Ongoing Education

Parish Nurses are required to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing criteria for continuing education which is 24 hours every two years. These continuing education programs may include both clinical nursing as well as courses that enhance the parish nurse role.

  • MN Board of Nursing contact hours (formerly referred to as Continuing Education Units or CEUs) are based on 60 minutes of learning. Last at least 0.25 contact hours (15 minutes). Continuing Education. Overview (CE Rules & Requirements) from MN Department of Nursing Continuing Ed Link: MN Board of Nursing CE Rules. Learn more at
  • Parish Nurses in the Diocese of Saint Cloud are required to complete the Diocesan Safe Environment Training and report the training to the parish office.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • The St. Cloud School of Nursing Alumni Association.
    The Alumni group budgets money each year for Parish Nurse Scholarships. Among the purposes in our Constitution and Bylaws are the objectives to promote fellowship and mutual support among the graduates of our (now-closed) School of Nursing and to provide continuing education opportunities to our alumni. Please call Elaine Prom, Treasurer, if you have any questions 320-253-7363.
  • The Central MN Parish Nurse Advisory Committee is offering $250 scholarships for persons intending to work as parish nurses in Central Minnesota. Conditions of the scholarships include:
    • The parish nurse role will be activated within 6-9 months of course completion.
    • In a brief letter (one page or less), please address how the above criteria will be met in your parish nurse ministry.
    • Reside in Central Minnesota or have approval from the Central Minnesota Parish Nurse Ministry Committee Officers.
    Contact Annette Jesh for a scholarship guidelines and application questions 320-249-0280. Download the scholarship application (PDF)
  • The Catholic Education Ministries Grant generally covers about one third of tuition with the expectation that the parish and the awardee each pay one third. Application deadlines are Jan. 15, May 15 and Aug. 15. Processing and approval are usually completed within five weeks. Please submit the completed grant application to: Linda L. Kaiser, Director, Catholic Education Ministries, Diocese of St. Cloud, 305 7th Ave. N, St. Cloud, MN 56303, 320-251-0111. Catholic Education Ministries Grant Application (PDF)
  • Scholarships from Faith Community Nurse Network (FCNN) of the Twin Cities. FCNN is committed to increasing the number of faith community nurses practicing in the metro area. FCNN will award a limited number of $150 scholarships to Registered Nurses who live in the 11-county Twin Cities area (Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington, or Wright County).

    For consideration, the nurse must submit an initial $300 payment along with a letter of support from her congregation’s leadership (i.e. pastor, rabbi, church council) documenting (1) the congregation’s intent to initiate a faith community nursing program and their support of this nurse’s candidacy and (2) a statement of financial need. The nurse will be notified if a scholarship will be awarded within 2 weeks of receipt of all required materials. Learn more at

Funding Opportunity

Elim Care Faith Community Nursing offers up to $1,000 in matching funds to North Central District EFCA churches to assist in starting a Faith Community Nurse Ministry. Funding may cover education costs for a 36 hour FCN preparation course. For more information, contact:

Joanne Hall, RN, BN
Faith Community Nurse/Director of Faith Community Nursing
Elim Care Ministries
7485 Office Ridge Circle
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Parish Nurse Recruitment Samples

Parish Nursing is the specialized practice of professional nursing that focuses on the intentional care of the spirit as part of the process of promoting wholistic health and preventing or minimizing illness in a faith community. It is a part of a broader outreach health ministry. With parish nursing and a structured health ministry program, the parishioners find connectedness, encouragement, hope and love.

Download the following resources to help recruit other Faith Community Nurses and share information about its mission.

Sample Bulletin Announcement (PDF)
FCN Recruitment Letter (PDF)
Letter From Alison Jergens, FCN, on Her Ministry (PDF)
FCN Exploration and Implementation Packet (PDF)


Email the St. Cloud Hospital Parish Health Ministries Program.