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"He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters." Psalm 23:2

Diocese of Boise Mental Health Ministry Team:

We have all experienced the mental stress and anxiety the last couple of years have brought to our world and our parish communities.

In response to a growing ministry need, the Diocese of Boise has formed a diocesan mental health ministry team that is exploring ways it can assist our parishes in helping with this crucial area of pastoral care.

This ministry team is composed of these ministry leaders:

Father Caleb Vogel,

Vicar General of the Diocese of Boise

Jay Wonacott,

Director of Marriage and Family Life

Director of Respect Life

Deacon Sal Carranza,

Director of Diaconate 

Andrew Furphy,

Director of Youth and Young Adult Evangelization

Margaret Hampton,

Coordinator of Development

Doug Alles,

Executive Director Catholic Charities of Idaho

Jodi Goettemoeller, LCPC

Clinical Counselor, Catholic Charities of Idaho

Christin McIntyre, MD, PhD

Counselor, Private Practice


Cari Moodie, BSN, RN

Coordinator, Faith Community Nursing

Saint Alphonsus Health System (Idaho-Oregon)

The team recently joined the Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers. This organization has granted the Diocese of Boise a small grant in order to more actively address and grow awareness, acceptance and accompaniment in the areas of mental health and illness.

Our goal is to assist our pastors and pastoral teams on strengthening their own mental health and that of their parish community.

What are our goals?

  • Offer education, formation and spiritual support to parishes who wish to raise awareness, increase acceptance and offer accompaniment to those experiencing mental illness

  • Survey pastors and parishes on mental health ministry needs

  • Offer regional formation days for pastors and parish leadership 

  • Encourage and empower parishes to form mental health ministry teams

  • Create online resources and referrals for Catholics and parish ministries

  • Encourage membership in a local Idaho Chapter of the Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers


Idaho Chapter of the Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers.

We encourage you to go to this website to become a member of the National Association and of our newly-formed Idaho Chapter of the Association.

Click here to join:





Below are some key resources to get you started:


National Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers


Catholic Charities of Idaho


NAMI Idaho


Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline

Diocesan Pastoral Center

FAX: (208) 342-0224

1501 S. FEDERAL WAY, SUITE 400, BOISE, ID 83705

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