Our Mission


SAM is a faith-based ministry to provide hope, healing and reconciliation to the people of God touched by addiction.

Our Saint Francis Borgia SAM group is modeled after the Office of Substance Addiction Ministry (SAM) established by the Diocese of Palm Beach in 1998 to assist its people touched by addiction.  “Nothing can destroy a family or relationship quicker than addiction…. Education about the disease is essential.” (www.samscripts.org)

SAM’s goal is to help individuals with addictions to re-connect through:
Education – Prevention – Referral – Prayer Support

Be inspired by “Only a Mountain” – the theme song for our ministry. Feel free to share with those who might need to hear this message.

SAM Events

On the second Thursday of the month, the SAM ministry will provide one of the following:

  • Prayer Support Group meeting / Information Night with a speaker
  • Prayer Support Group meeting / Faith Sharing
  • Hope and Healing Mass
  • Adoration Prayer Service

Prayer Support Group Meetings 

At SFB parish, our SAM team serves as a bridge to God’s grace and healing by providing understanding, prayer support, information and referral to anyone seeking help.If you or someone you know has been touched by addiction, please join us as we pray for this cause. We will highly regard the sensitivities and confidentiality of all those attending this meeting.

A lending library will be available at these meetings (see Lending Library below)

NOTE: For communal prayer during the meeting, we will be using a guide book called “Sacred Reading: The 2017 Guide to Daily Prayer.” It is based on lectio divina which invites communion with God through Scripture reading, contemplation and journaling. This book can be purchased through Ave Maria Press for $8.00.


April 2017– No program due to Holy Week

May 11, 2017

  • 6:30-7:00 PM – Prayer Support Group meeting
  • 7:00-8:00 PM – Information Night – Speaker: Dr. Jim Giese, PhD
  • Church Hall (North Church)

“The Impact of Addiction on Marriage and Family: Denial, Enabling and Other Dynamics”

Dr. Jim Giese has been in private practice for 16 years as a Licensed Psychologist. He is the current Clinic Director and Owner of Affiliated Clinical Services in West Bend and supervises the drug and alcohol programming at ACS. Prior to private practice he was a post-doc research fellow for the Center for Addiction and Behavior Health Research for 5 years and has special interest in using theory and research to develop better treatment programs. He earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Marquette University. He is married with three children and is a member of St. Francis Borgia. Dr. Jim is also a member of the SAM (Substance Addiction Ministry) core team.

Dr. Jim will include information on the:

  • Prevalence of addiction in our community
  • Understanding the disease of addiction
  • Recognizing the signs of addiction
  • How not to fall into the traps of enabling
  • Key factors to outpatient treatments
  • Importance of family therapy

For more information about the event, see the flyer.

June 8, 2017

  • 6:30-7:00 PM  – Prayer Support Group meeting
  • 7:00-8:00 PM  – Information Night – Speaker: Dr. Daniel Duffy, MD
    • “Opioids: At the Crossroads of Pain and Mental Health”

July 13, 2017

  • 6:30-8:00 PM – Prayer Support Group meeting / Faith Sharing (tentatively with Fr. Patrick Burns)

August 10, 2017

  • 6:30-7:00 PM  – Prayer Support Group meeting
  • 7:00-8:00 PM – Information Night – Speaker: Deacon Alfred Lazaga

September 14, 2017

  • 6:30-7:00 PM – Prayer Support Group meeting
  • 7:00-8:00 PM – Information Night – Speaker: Bonnie Halper, LPC

October 12, 2017

  • 6:30-8:00 PM – Prayer Support Group meeting / Faith Sharing

November 9, 2017

  • 6:30-8:00 PM – Prayer Support Group meeting / Faith Sharing

December 14, 2017– Prayer Support Group

  • 6:30-8:00 PM – Prayer Support Group meeting / Faith Sharing

Lending Library

At each Prayer Support Group meeting, a lending library will be available with books, videos, literature, prayer booklets, prayer cards, pamphlets, etc., for those seeking more information on substance addiction or want to foster their spiritual growth.

In addition to other materials, the lending library will include these books:

  • “Sacred Reading: The 2017 Guide to Daily Prayer” by Apostleship of Prayer, Douglas Leonard, Executive Director
  • “No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy” by Donald H. Calloway MIC*
  • “Praying for Those with Addictions: A Mission of Love, Mercy and Hope” by Anne Costa
  • “Addiction and Virtue: Beyond the Models of Disease and Choice” by Kent Dunningto*
  • “Loved as I Am: An Invitation to Conversion, Healing, and Freedom through Jesus” by Sr. Miriam James Heidland
  • “Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions” by Gerald G. May, M.D.
  • The Wounded Healer” by Henri J. M. Nouwen*
  • “Let the Oppressed Go Free: Breaking the Bonds of Addiction” by Cardinal Justin Rigali*
  • “Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps” By Richard Rohr*
  • “Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life” by Richard Rohr*
  • “On the Threshold of Transformation: Daily Meditations for Men” by Richard Rohr
  • “The Recovery Rosary: Reflections for Alcoholics and Addicts” by Paul Sofranko
  • “The Stations of the Cross for Alcoholics” by Paul Sofranko

* Book suggested by Erik Vagenius (founder of SAM)



Elevate Community Resource Center (Jackson, WI)
Call for an “Opiate & Heroin Awareness Tool Kit: A Prevention Guide for Families”

IMPACT- United Way
Call 2-1-1 (free, confidential informational helpline – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Ozaukee County Heroin Task Force

Starting Point

Teen Challenge


Al-Anon and Alateen in Wisconsin
Strength and hope for friends and families of problem drinkers

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) in Southern Wisconsin
Click on mtg.area75.org/meetings.html to see a map, then click on county 24 for a list of meetings in Ozaukee County.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) in Washington and Ozaukee County
Website contains information about this program and a schedule of meetings.

Prayer Support and Spirituality

Prayer Support Line

Call 262-957-4081. (Please leave a brief confidential message and someone will get back to you.)

Website Links for Information and Spiritual Growth

Center for Action and Contemplation
– see Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations.

Catholic Exchange
– offers accessible articles and helpful tools for spiritual growth.

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

Wednesday nights, 6:45 – 7:45 p.m.
St. Francis Borgia (North Church)
Check the website calendar or contact the parish office to confirm the date.


See the Referrals / Resources for Help page for a listing of:

  • Patient and Outpatient Recovery Centers
  • Residential Treatment / Sober Houses
  • Catholic Providers
  • Catholic Spiritual Direction

Additional Information

For more information, contact the Stewardship Office at 262-377-1070, ext. 227 or send an e-mail.