Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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Workshop helps priests prepare for retirement

February 21, 2014

Encore -Priests ---IPP-for -webThe first workshop in the new Encore Priests program offered by the Institute for Priests and Presbyterates of Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN, is scheduled for April.

"Priests in their 60s: Redefining Retirement as a Spiritual Journey" will be held April 21-24 at Saint Meinrad.

Encore Priests helps priests prepare for their transition into retirement. Of course, priests never fully retire. By the very nature of the sacrament of Holy Orders, they always have some form of ministry. But how can a mature priest transition into a retirement that is meaningful and vital?

For a priest nearing retirement age, the workshop is designed to help:

  • plan for the transition into retirement
  • make retirement meaningful and purposeful
  • discover an individual's strengths and 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 retirement.

The workshop presenter is Richard P. Johnson, PhD, 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.

To find out more about the program and to register, visit