Volunteer Minstries

Learn about our Volunteer Ministries

The Basilica also has different departments, all with volunteer ministry needs. Our pastoral departments are Liturgy, Learning, and Christian Life; we also have roles in administration, development, buildings and grounds, and with our parish governance committees. Thinking about all of these considerations help find a ministry at The Basilica that is fulfilling and engaging for you. 

You may want to consider other elements of volunteer ministry, such as frequency, schedule, location and more. Are you introverted or extroverted? A leader or do you prefer to be led? Do you need a flexible schedule or prefer a regular commitment? Are you comfortable with in-person ministry or do you prefer something you can do remotely?

The staff liaison for each ministry or ministry grouping is listed in parentheses. You can also contact  Melissa Streit, Director of Engagement, for information on volunteering in any Basilica ministry.


Liturgical Ministry (Mark Wyss, interim contact)
Altar Guild
Eucharistic Minister
Minister of Hospitality/Usher
Liturgical Environment

Music Ministry
Cantor (Sam Holmberg)
Cathedral Choir (Teri Larson)
Children’s Choirs (Teri Larson)
Contemporary Ensemble (Walter Tambor)
Instrumental (Sam Holmberg)
Juventus (Walter Tambor)
Mundus (Walter Tambor)
Music Library (Teri Larson)

Sacred Arts (Kathy Dhaemers)
Archives (Heather Craig)
Art Collection and Exhibitions
Concert/Event Ushers
Docent Ministry


Adult Learning (Ben Caduff)
Adult Learning Facilitator
Basilica Young Adults
Marriage Mentor Couple
Parents of Young Children (Doris Ortiz)
RCIA Sponsor

Children's Learning (Doris Ortiz)
Children’s Catechist
Classroom Helper
Confirmation Catechist (Christine Moore)
Youth Group

Christian Life

Charity/Service (Julia Buege-Freeman)
Families Moving Forward
Habitat for Humanity
Loaves & Fishes Meal

Outreach Ministry (Julia Buege-Freeman)
Pathways Life Skills Ministry
Sandwich Ministry
Shelter Meals
SVdP Outreach

Justice (Janice Andersen)
Align Minneapolis
MN Alliance of Peacemakers
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Refugee/Immigrant Support

Access & Inclusion Ministry (Janet Grove)
Care Center Ministry  (Wendy Caduff)
Grief Ministries (Wendy Caduff)
Emmaus Listening Ministry  (Wendy Caduff)
Employment Ministry (Janet Grove)
Eucharist to the Homebound  (Wendy Caduff)
Funeral Hospitality (Wendy Caduff)
Hennepin Connections College Mentoring (Janet Grove)
Mental Health Awareness (Janet Grove)
Prayer Line  (Wendy Caduff)
Prayer Shawl Ministry  (Wendy Caduff)
Prisoners or Patients Mentoring (Janet Grove)


Hospitality (Melissa Streit)
After-Mass Hospitality
Ash Wednesday Soup Supper
Connect Desk
New Member Welcome
Parish Event Planning Team
Rectory Hospitality (Kris McBride)
Rectory Reception (Kris McBride)
Zoom Tech Manager

Parish Leadership
Audit Committee (Audra Johnson)
Facilities Assessment Committee (Dave Laurent)
Parish Council (Terri Ashmore)
Parish Finance Committee (Audra Johnson)

Communcations (Mae Desaire)
Basilica Magazine
Graphic Designer

Facilities (Dave Laurent)
Basilica Land Care
General Maintenance
Snow Removal

Basilica Fund Ambassadors (Sue McGuigan)
Basilica Landmark Events (Lori Gerhardson)
Mailing Volunteers