retired priests

Archbishop’s liaison to senior priests provides pastoral care to his brethren in ‘sacred space’

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In a temporal sense, the rooms Father Phil Krahman visited May 11 at Mother of Good Counsel Home in Northwoods were representative of rooms anywhere, similar in form and function for residents' care and comfort whether there or at other skilled nursing facilities.

But in a spiritual sense, the rooms represent so much more; they reflect the personalities, wants and desires of their particular residents — the souls within.

‘Ministering, but not administering’

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Approaching 50 years old in the early 1990s, Father Thomas Robertson thought he was all set for retirement, though it was a long way off; he planned to live in a cabin he owned along the Meramec River after leaving parish ministry.

The Flood of '93 wiped out that plan ... and the cabin, too.

Then, as he neared 70, Father Robertson figured he'd settle into a private residence upon retirement. Similarly, Msgr. James Telthorst admitted to having "a couple of dreams" about having a place of his own. Neither envisioned living at Regina Cleri Home for Retired Priests

Editorial | Thanks to our retired priests

On Easter Sunday, we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ, in His victory over sin and death — the centerpiece of the Catholic faith.

We also pay tribute, in a special way, to men who trace their priestly lineage to the apostles — the retired priests in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Joyous priests, joyous retirement

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The retirement age in America is 65 years old, which is relatively young in priestly terms.

Though new retirees sometimes move to Florida, cruise the U.S. in RVs or travel the globe, clergy have at least another 10 years in full-time ministry, maybe more. Retirement age is 75, but with the permission of the archbishop, priests may remain on active duty as health permits.

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