Diocese of Boise
Health Ministry Outreach

The mission of the Diocese of Boise Health Ministry Outreach is to assist individuals, families, and parishes in maintaining optimal health and wellness in mind, body, and spirit. We affirm the faith community as a place where whole-person health is promoted and supported.

The Diocese of Boise Health Ministry Outreach considers intentional care of the spirit an integral part of our focus on health, wholeness, and community. We support parish faith community nursing and health ministries in their health promotion efforts individually in each parish and collaboratively as a diocese.

What is faith community (parish) nursing?

The Faith Community Nurse is a registered nurse who provides care in a variety of faith related settings. The faith community nurse has completed additional training with an emphasis on health of the mind, body, and spirit. The focus is on whole person wellness.

For more information:

Faith Community Nursing General Info Flyer

Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing

Health Ministries Association

How can I become a faith community nurse or health minister?


In Idaho or neighboring states:

Foundations of Faith - Community Nursing Curriculum

Contact: Gina Schmidt at gschmidt@rcdb.org or Cari Moodie at cari.moodie@saintalphonsus.org

For information outside the Idaho area:

Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing

Parish Health Ministry Coordinators:

Diocese of Boise Health Ministry Development Coach
Gina Schmidt RN, MS

Our Lady of the Rosary, Boise
Jane Wold, RN
Sacred Heart, Boise
Margaret Leahy
St. Mary’s, Boise
Linda Bieker-Arkoosh, RN
St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Boise
Joan Carnosso, RN
St. John the Evangelist Cathedral, Boise
Jennifer Palagi, RN 
Risen Christ, Boise
Linda Van Buren, RN
Holy Apostles, Meridian
Monique Kilroy, RN
Corpus Christi, Fruitland
Gay Morinaka, RN
Our Lady of the Valley, Caldwell
Nanette Byerly, RN
St. Paul’s, Nampa
Theresa Heaton, RN
Holy Spirit Catholic Community, Pocatello
Joann Benedetti
St. Thomas Catholic the Apostle, Coeur d’Alene
Barbara Neely, RN
Diane Rutherford, RN
Anne Shahrabani, RN

Have a parish nursing or health ministry that is not listed? Please contact Gina Schmidt at ginsuza@yahoo.com


Diocese of Boise
Health Ministry Outreach

Gina Schmidt, RN, MS

Nursing Coach