Continuity in midst of transition at St. Norbert


Generally, teachers pass on all kinds of knowledge to their students. Less often, however, do they pass on their careers.

But as Mary Jo Kohlberg retires from 26 years of teaching first grade at St. Norbert School in Florissant, she is doing just that. Maggie Sextro, whom Kohlberg taught in 1997-98, will be assuming her former teacher's post as St. Norbert merges into All Saints Academy next year.

Retiring Catholic high school administrators reflect on their role in forming young people for the future


Sister Karl Mary Winkelmann isn't certain exactly where God is calling her after retiring as president of Trinity Catholic High School this year.

But one thing's for sure: "I couldn't sit around all day eating bonbons," she declared.

Likewise, retiring Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School principal Michael Blackshear is looking forward to the next chapter in his life. For now, summer plans include heading south for some fishing.

'Next Chapter' explores life in retirement

Dr. Dan and Marlene Lischwe walked their dog, Sonny, around their neighborhood on May 7. The couple recently completed St. Louis University’s Next Chapter program, a six-month guided journey to help retirees and soon-to-be retirees discern their futures in the Ignatian Tradition.

Chris Brescia, and Marlene and Dr. Dan Lischwe certainly were part of the target audience for the first cohort of St. Louis University's "Next Chapter" program.

• Brescia, 64, was recently retired at the beginning of the program in September 2017. He jokingly refers to himself as "on sabbatical" while discerning his next step.

• Marlene Lischwe, 64, was semi-retired, still substitute teaching and also volunteering when the program began. She wanted to be on the same page with her husband, Dan, as retirement beckoned him.

Retiring head of senior agency continues to advocate for elderly

Sister Suzanne Wesley, CSJ, is retiring as the executive director at Cardinal Ritter Senior Services. She has served for 15 years in that position. She talked with Ann Jones and Rick Hrach during a staff Christmas party.

As an outspoken advocate for the health and well-being of elderly people, Sister Suzanne Wesley's leadership — which has helped improve the quality of life for thousands of seniors the last 20 years — will be missed as she heads into 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.

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