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The Best Is Yet to Be A Retreat for Older Adults

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A Retreat for Older Adults
The Best Is Yet to Be

Complete downloadable, reproducible retreat kit

Lead senior adults in your parish with this helpful resource that includes prayers, talking points, handouts, and discussion questions.  This is a wonderful way to minister and give back to those who do so much to support the parish community through their contributions of time, talent, and treasure.  Accompany your elders as they discern the next steps in their lives.

This time of reflection will help people in their maturing years to gather and reflect on some realities about getting older.

This guide includes six sections, with focus on:

  • Different perspectives on "becoming old" and aging: what it is and what it doesn't have to be
  • How to become active in the process of "eldering"
  • How gratitude can focus you on your next steps
  • Strategies for further and deeper growth
  • Reflections on leaving a legacy for future generations
  • An exercise for writing a personal "life creed"

This flexible process can easily be adapted to different situations:

  • A full- or half-day parish retreat.
  • A series of shorter, retreat-like events. For example, you could offer one core session per week over the course of six weeks, or on consecutive mornings or evenings.
  • A self-guided personal retreat.
  • An online retreat, gathering participants together in a closed group.

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This is a downloadable, reproducible product sold with a lifetime parish or school license. Please read the full license terms below.

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This reproducible eResource is sold with a lifetime license for use within a parish, school, or diocesan office. You are allowed to make unlimited copies for use within your own community. You may also email these to members of your team or participants in your program. If you serve more than one parish or school, each should purchase its own license. You may not post our eResources to any web site without explicit permission to do so. Please contact us if you have any questions. Thank you for cooperating with our honor system regarding our product licenses.

Format: eResource
Product code: JS107
Dimensions: 8½" x 11"
Length: 21 pages
The Pastoral Center
Written by Sr. Janet Schaeffler, OP


Janet Schaeffler, OP—an Adrian Dominican Sister—has spent many years in parish and archdiocesan catechetical ministry (most recently as Director of Adult Faith Formation for the archdiocese of Detroit). The author of hundreds of articles and several publications in catechetical and parish ministry, her articles can be found in The Priest, Catechetical LeaderCatechist, Ministry and Liturgy, etc. Janet currently accompanies others on their faith-journey through days of reflection/retreats, parish missions, workshops, catechist formation opportunities, adult faith formation opportunities, Myers-Briggs explorations, and online courses.

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    The Best Is Yet To Be

    Posted by Margaret Butler on Feb 22nd 2022

    This is a wonderful resource. We will use it with our Villa Sisters and Residents as a weekly gathering. Thank you so much.