Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Pre-Retirement Workshop for Priests

Finding New Purpose, New Meaning and New Direction



2019 Dates:

August 12-15, 2019

December 2-5, 2019

A Workshop Designed for Priests in Their 60s or Approaching Retirement

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 development

  • 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

  • Self-Direction

  • 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 community

  • Daily Mass and prayer with fellow priests

  • View a slideshow of our facilities


Dr. Richard P. Johnson, Ph.D., 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 religious communities.

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 CDT

2:00-4:00 p.m. Check-in and Registration
4:30 Welcome Social
5:00 Evening Prayer
5:30 Dinner
6:30 Program Session - Reviewing Your Retirement Profile
7:00-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:45-10:45 Program Session - Looking Ahead: Ministry Reassessment, New Attitudes About Retirement and New Directions
11:00 Mass
Noon Lunch
2:30-4:30 Program Session - Looking at the Now: Health, Finances and Personal Satisfaction
5:00 Evening Prayer
5:30 Dinner in the St. John Vianney Center
7:00-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:45-10:45 Program Session - Looking Inside: Personal Renewal, Life Satisfactions, Life Meaning, Spirituality and Leisure
11:00 Mass
Noon Lunch
2:00-4:00 p.m. Program Session - Looking Around: Adaptability, New Development and New Responsibilities
4:00-4:30 Confession available
5:00 Evening Prayer with Monastic Community (optional)
6:00 p.m. Dinner in the Unstable campus pub
7:15-7:45 a.m. Mass
8:00-8:30 Breakfast
8:45-10:45 Program Session - Looking at New Realities: Support Systems, Maturation, Re-Forming Ministerial Functions
11:00 Room checkout
Noon Lunch and Departure

"I highly recommend the Encore Priests program at Saint Meinrad seminary. The 'Retirement Success Profile - Diocesan Priest' frames a number of spiritual challenges that a priest needs to give some thought to as he considers retirement. I can't wait to share the experience with my priests' support group and to strongly encourage a couple of them who are my age to attend the upcoming Encore Priests program." - Louisville

"Understanding how we approach retirement begins with our ordination. The sooner we balance our life, our priesthood, the easier the transitions in our life are seen as positive and life-giving." - Sioux City

"I found the program inspiring, enlightening, and spiritually motivating" - St. Louis

"The Pre-Retirement Workshop helped me to frame retirement in a positive way, as an opportunity for new possibilities and growth." - Detroit

Workshop Fee

Workshop fee is $650, which includes the $50 nonrefundable 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, are $75 per night. Call the Institute for Priests and Presbyterates by the registration deadline for availability.

Online Registration Forms and Deadlines for 2018 Workshops

  • August 12-15, 2019. Registration deadline - July 29, 2019

  • December 2-5, 2019. Registration deadline - November 18, 2019

Download, complete and return printable registration form by mail or fax to (812) 357-6283. 

Or call (800) 357-8477 or email to register.