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Welcome to Ministry for Maturing Adults! Men and women in the later years of life have many gifts to share. At this stage of our lives, we are better able to evaluate the past; to know and live more deeply in the faith; and to serve as examples and guides for younger generations. Through prayer, education and service, we advance on the road to spiritual fulfillment. Our experience, knowledge and wisdom enable us to
be witnesses to the true Gospel value of our maturing years. the Blessings of Age.
Did you know that by the year 2030, 20 percent of the population will be over 65? As the fastest growing population group in the Church, we are the Boomers, Builders and Elders of our communities.
The BOOMERS are full of energy and willing to connect. We are 55 to 72 years young! We are active Catholics and productive church members. As BUILDERS, we are the foundation of our church. We are the council members, building advisors, with connections to the past and the future. Proudly, we are 73 to 84, full of experience and knowledge. The sage ELDERS are the source of many years of wisdom. The Church depends on our wisdom, derived from 85 to 105 years of living.
Certain words, such as “senior citizens” and “elderly,” paint a picture of aging as a slippage into a diminished status – less energy, less mobility, less functionality. From a more positive perspective, maturing adults see their advancing years as a time for spiritual adventure. Maturing adults adopt a vision of aging that lifts them up, accents the positive purpose of later life, and connects them with God’s abundant grace. Without spiritual purpose, maturing adults can slip into unhealthy behaviors and ageist attitudes that rob them of the joy, richness, and purpose of later life. Come join us as we celebrate the many blessings of these, the best years of our lives! Call 609-403-7191 for more information about Maturing Adults.
Your experience and knowledge have equipped you to guide and nurture others. God has blessed you with abilities to use for Him. The programs of Dr. Richard Johnson, an accomplished Spiritual Gerontologist and Psychologist of the Johnson Institute are on CDs. They expand our spiritual enrichment invite us to share within our parishes. You are encouraged and supported to inspire others by selecting a course specifically geared to the interests of Maturing Adults. Training is offered in “The 12 Keys of Ageless Living;” “The Spirituality of Retirement;” or “Well of Body, Wise of Mind, Whole of Spirit.” Each course has a corresponding book for use in a study group, book club, lecture or power point course. As you prepare through home study you’ll be supported by Deacon Bob Diehl and Janis Bell, both Spiritual Gerontologists certified by the Johnson Institute. Call 609-403-7191 for more information about Maturing Adults.
Brownies, buses and bingo are traditional components of senior citizen activities. Maturing adult ministry is about so much more: it’s about finding a purpose that stirs the soul and engages us in peace and justice, care and compassion, and prayer and contemplation. Are you looking for an inspiring topic or ideas for activities for your parish club?
These presentations and others are available upon request: