retirement

Aging really matters, discussion group concludes

"Aging Matters," which is the title of a book by a Methodist minister, also is a conclusion reached by senior citizens gathering to discuss the book.

A reliance on God leads to spiritual agelessness

Spiritual agelessness, according to gerontologist Richard P. Johnson, is a faith-formed state of mind, heart and soul that renders people free from the more common psychological constraints of physical aging. "The primary driver of spiritual agelessness is the individual's deepening reliance on God, their advancing journey with Jesus, and their dependence on the mystery of the work of the Holy Spirit," he wrote.

Johnson will lead "Christ-Centered Outlook on Retirement: Discover the New You," a retreat Monday-Thursday, Nov. 6-9, at La Salle Retreat Center in Wildwood.

Priest appointments 2017

All appointments are effective June 27, 2017, unless otherwise noted

Retirement

Rev. James L. Gahan, senior associate pastor of Sts. Joachim & Ann, St. Charles, is granted retirement status with residence at Sts. Joachim & Ann Rectory.

The Next Chapter

Back in the day, retirement planning seemed largely non-existent or rudimentary at best.

Most folks went to work Friday for a cake send-off, then clocked out forever. End of story — except many people woke up in a panic the following Monday, wondering, "What am I going to do now!?"

The St. Louis University Office of Mission and Identity will help answer that question, with a new program designed specifically for soon-to-be retirees or recent retirees.

GUEST COLUMNIST | Retirement: An invitation for something more

I recently finished my five-year term of service at Catholic Relief Services and now write in my status as "me" and not whatever titles I have held since starting my professional career in 1979. Yes, this is the big step: retirement.

Retirement is definitely about letting go. A friend told me that retirement was very difficult for him. After giving notice to his board, he found himself depressed and carrying a great deal of anxiety and hostility toward nothing in particular and everything in general. He eventually sought help from a counselor.

Bp. Steib of Memphis retires

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop J. Terry Steib of Memphis, Tennessee, and has appointed as his successor Auxiliary Bishop Martin D. Holley of Washington.

Bishop Steib has headed the Memphis Diocese since 1993. He served as auxillary bishop on St. Louis from 1984 to 1993. He is 76. Canon law requires all bishops to turn in their resignation at age 75. Bishop Holley, 61, has been a Washington auxiliary since 2004.

The changes were announced Aug. 23 in Washington by Msgr. Walter Erbi, charge d'affaires of the Vatican nunciature.

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