Encore Priests is a formation program designed especially for
the needs and challenges of senior priests, as outlined in The
Basic Plan for the Ongoing Formation of Priests (USCCB,
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 CDT
|Mon., April 6
||Check-in and Registration
||Program Session - Reviewing Your Retirement Profile
|Tues., April 7
||Program Session - Looking Ahead: Ministry Reassessment,
New Attitudes About Retirement and New Directions
||Program Session - Looking at the Now: Health, Finances and
|Wed., April 8
||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., April 9
||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 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, 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.
Online Registration Forms and Deadlines for 2015
Workshop - April 13-17, 2015. Registration deadline -
Friday, March 27, 2015.
Workshop - June 8-11, 2015. Registration deadline -
Friday, May 22, 2015.
Workshop - Sept. 14-17, 2015. Registration deadline -
Friday, August 28, 2015.
Workshop - Nov. 30-Dec. 3, 2015. Registration deadline -
Friday, November 13, 2015.
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"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." - Fr. Wayne Jenkins, 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." - Fr. Richard Ball, Sioux City
"I found the program inspiring, enlightening, and spiritually
motivating" - Fr. Denny Schaab, St. Louis
"Retirement is much more involved than simply discarding the
'Buck Stops Here' sign. It's more than sleeping in and 'taking
off.' You deserve to be part of this effort to empower retiring
clergy to keep building the Kingdom of God." - Workshop
Participant, April 2014