View of the Basilica nave and sanctuary

Christian Life Volunteers

Interested in Volunteering with the Christian Life Department?

“ When we live out a spirituality of drawing nearer to others and seeking their welfare, our hearts are opened wide to the Lord’s greatest and most beautiful gifts. Whenever we encounter another person in love, we learn something new about God.”
EVANGELII GAUDIUM of the Holy Father Francis
You can contact Melissa Streit, Director of Engagement, for information on volunteering in any Basilica ministry.


Department Overview with Janice Andersen


Ministries of Highest Need

AIM: Access and Inclusion Ministry
AIM is looking for people with lived experiences with a barrier blocking or impeding worship, service, learning, or community life who will work with us to continue to educate our community.

Emmaus Listening
Emmaus Listening Ministers are highly trained with active listening skills.

Funeral Hospitality
Be on a call list to help with set up, providing hospitality by serving food/beverages to funeral guests, and then cleaning up afterward. No cooking required, weekday availability is helpful.

Habitat for Humanity Build Team
The Basilica Work Camp Week is August 1-5. Volunteer as a builder (no construction experience necessary), food provider, or morning host. Register at or contact Julia with questions.

Hennepin Connections Mentoring
Mentors students at Minneapolis Community & Technical College who have experienced homelessness or poverty, to provide support and encouragement to reach personal, academic, and career goals. Training provided in June/July for mentors to start in the Fall school year.

Immigrant Support Ministry
Circle of Welcome Teams are groups of four mentors working directly with each refugee or asylee family to help them adjust to and learn to navigate life in their new community. 

Prisioners or Patients Task Force
Mentor program for those leaving prison with mental health concerns.