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

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 St. Francis Borgia 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 2018 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.

Schedule of Events

Nov. 8, 2018

  • 6:15-6:45 p.m. – Prayer Support Group meeting (North Church)
  • 7-8 p.m. – Information Night (downstairs in the church hall)

Speaker: Dr. Jim Giese
Topic: Ask the Doctor / CO-DEPENDENCY: Enabling and Other Family Dynamics in Addiction

Do you or a family member struggle with an addiction? Are you wondering where to turn for help and advice? Do you need prayer support from others who understand? The SAM Core Team at St. Francis Borgia welcomes Dr. Jim Giese who will address all these issues. He will start the evening with a short presentation on “co-dependency,” enabling and other family dynamics in addiction, including what family members can do to help a loved who is struggling with an addiction. After Dr. Jim’s talk he will open it up for discussion and questions.

View the  flyer.

About our speaker: 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 five 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 Parish. Dr. Jim is also a member of the SAM (Substance Addiction Ministry) core team.

Dec. 13, 2018

Time: 7-8 p.m. – Information Night
There will be no prayer support group meeting
Location: North Church (downstairs in the church hall)

Speaker: Brother MJ Groark O.F.M. Capuchin — with his parents, Michael and Anna Groark
Topic: From Chaos into Creation: How parents can model mercy and faith without enabling a child who has an addiction

After the presentation and Q&A session, Brother MJ will be available to pray with those looking for prayer support. He will also have first class relics of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Maximilian Kolbe (patron saint of drug addicts) and Blessed Solanus Casey (our newest blessed) to venerate.

Free-will donations are appreciated. All proceeds will be given to Brother MJ for his Capuchin Franciscan Ministry.

View the  flyer.

About our speaker: Brother MJ is a Capuchin Franciscan friar living in Chicago, IL. He graduated from St. Xavier University in 2015 with degrees in Philosophy and Anthropology. He is currently finishing his final year of studies at Catholic Theological Union where he will receive a Masters in Divinity. Br. MJ will be ordained to the order of diaconate in April of 2019, and he will be ordained a priest on December 7, 2019.

Brother MJ has an incredible conversion story about God’s mercy and patience in his life. He went from being a successful businessman to a homeless heroin addict in a matter of a few months. His eventual recovery was long and grueling, but with his parents by his side to model support, love, mercy and faith, Brother MJ was able to be liberated from his disease and found his way home to the church and to sobriety.

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*
  • “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
www.alanon-wi.org and www.alanon-wi.org/alateen.asp

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) – Wisconsin Region
Website contains information about this program and a schedule of meetings in selected cities and zip codes.
-Click on wisconsinna.org.

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)

For information on the sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) at St. Francis Borgia, including the regular schedule, see the Reconciliation (Confession) page. You can also 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.