Encore Priests is the newest program from Saint Meinrad Seminary
and School of Theology's Institute for Priests and Presbyterates.
Encore Priests offers a programmatic response to the ongoing
formation needs and challenges for senior priests raised in the
The Basic Plan for the Ongoing Formation of Priests
From the Church's Documents
Pastores Dabo Vobis (no. 77) and
the Directory on the Ministry and Life of
Priests (no. 95) strongly urge ongoing formation for
senior priests, noting that such formation must be both supportive
in the face of challenges at this stage of life, and encouraging in
helping priests continue to make their unique and irreplaceable
contribution to the Church and its mission on the basis of their
experience and season of life.
The Current Situation
- 50% of U.S.
priests will have reached retirement age by 2020
ordinations are running below the replacement rate
- Priests are
living longer since original retirement ages were
- Growing body of literature
says "baby boomers" are wanting to re-invent themselves, combining
personal meaning and social purpose
- Many retired priests hunger
for more than weekend fill-in ministry
Encore Priests is being established to train priests for new
ministries that will be both life-giving for the priest personally
and for the Church in general. The program aims to help retired
priests continue to offer their wisdom while extending their
generous service in new and creative ways.
A Workshop Designed for Priests in Their 60s or Approaching
Encore Priests prepares priests for their transition into
retirement. Of course, priests never fully retire. By the very
nature of the sacrament of Holy Orders, priests always have some
form of priestly ministry. But how can a mature priest transition
into a retirement that is meaningful and vital?
If you're a priest nearing retirement age, this workshop is
designed to help you:
- plan for the transition into retirement
- make your retirement meaningful and purposeful
- discover your strengths and your likely challenges, and how to
best engage both
- discover the 15 spiritual growth factors that can transform
retirement into an energizing time of personal and spiritual
- learn the steps to make the most of your retirement
Retirement Success Profile for Diocesan Priests
Prior to the workshop, participants will complete a Retirement
Success Profile designed especially for priests.
This 120-item profile offers the priest an overview of how well he
is preparing for retirement. This scientifically designed
assessment measures the 15 factors crucial for achieving personal
success in retirement:
- Ministry Reorientation
- Attitude Toward Retirement
- Health Perception
- Financial Security
- Current Life Satisfaction
- Projected Life Satisfaction
- Life Meaning/Spirituality
- Leisure Interests
- Personal Adaptability
- Lifespan Development
- Felt Responsibility for Caregiving
- Personal Support System
- Perception of Age
- Re-formation of Priestly Work Functions
At the workshop, each participant will review his personalized
23-page report to help him create a personal and successful
transition into retirement.
Amenities for Workshop Participants
- Private room and bath facilities
- Wi-Fi Internet access
- Workout facilities
- Satellite TV and DVD player in our beautifully appointed St.
John Vianney Center
- Opportunities for communal prayer with monastic
- Daily Mass and prayer with fellow priests
- View a slideshow of our facilities
Richard P. Johnson, Ph.D.,
PCSG, is founder of the Johnson Institute for
Spiritual Gerontology and Maturing Adult Faith Formation.
Nationally recognized for his pioneering work in these areas, Dr.
Johnson has presented his work in numerous parishes, dioceses and
He has given keynote addresses and presentations in conferences
including the National Association of Church Personnel
Administrators, the National Organization for Continuing Education
of Roman Catholic Clergy, the National Federation of Priests'
Councils, the National Association of Catholic Family Life
Ministers, and others.
Dr. Johnson has authored several books, including Creating a
Successful Retirement: Finding Peace and Purpose, Discover
Your Spiritual Strengths and The 12 Keys to Spiritual
Vitality: Powerful Lessons on Living Agelessly.
All times CST
|Mon., Dec. 1
||Check-in and Registration
||Program Session - Reviewing Your Retirement Profile
|Tues., Dec. 2
||Program Session - Looking Ahead: Ministry Reassessment,
New Attitudes About Retirement and New Directions
||Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation available
||Program Session - Looking at the Now: Health, Finances and
|Wed., Dec. 3
||Program Session - Looking Inside: Personal Renewal, Life
Satisfactions, Life Meaning, Spirituality and Leisure
||Program Session - Looking Around: Adaptability, New
Development and New Responsibilities
||Evening Prayer with Monastic Community (optional)
|Thurs., Dec. 4
||Program Session - Looking at New Realities: Support Systems,
Maturation, Re-Forming New Work Functions
||Lunch and Departure
Workshop fee is $750, which includes the $50 non-refundable fee
for the Retirement Success Profile for Diocesan Priests (RSP-DP).
The workshop fee also includes meals and overnight accommodations
from Monday supper through Thursday lunch.
Additional overnight accommodations and meals, subject to
availability, would be in addition to the cost of the workshop.
Call the Institute for Priests and Presbyterates by the
registration deadline for availability and pricing.
Registration deadline is Friday, November 21, 2014.
Register online with credit card payment.
Register online with "bill me" option.
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complete and return by mail or fax to (812) 357-6283
Or call (800) 357-8477 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.