retirement

'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.

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.

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