The Prairie Messenger, February 19, 2014 — Sister Mary Rose Marrin has a message for churches and for society in general: look at aging as a spiritual journey and assist maturing adults during this passage. Issues of purpose and meaning become more urgent as people age. A ministry that supports the lifelong faith development of women and men is essential. In a world where peoples’ longevity has increased by 30 years over the last century, her message is timely.
On January 27, 2013, Sisters Dorothy Schweitzer, Terry Dalla and Jacqueline de Verteuil, pictured at right, as well as Sr. Rosemary Fry participated in Newman Centre’s celebration of Consecrated Life with a display illustrating the Sisters of St. Joseph’s ministries. Many other men and women religious participated in this lively event.
In Kapuskasing, a town of 15,000 in Northern Ontario, Sr. Enid Selke manages the Frank J. Selke Memorial Resource Centre in St. Patrick’s parish in the diocese of Hearst. Sr. Enid, now in her 80s, has operated the Selke Centre since it was completed in 1988.
During the last year, as part of Adult Education for the English-speaking Catholics, Sr. Enid’s programs included the study of scripture, sacraments, spiritual growth and evangelization. Her group covered the gospel of Matthew from January to May on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings.
The Winter 2011 edition of Celebrate! magazine featured an article on the CSJ Ministry with Maturing Adults in Barrie, Ontario. A PDF of the article is available for download. If you need a PDF reader, please download Foxit Reader.
While the grind of a day job can make retirement appealing, the retired face their own challenges. "Their whole lives have been raising a family or holding a job," says Sister Mary Rose Marrin of St. Mary's Parish. "Now their energies have to be redirected."
Sister Mary Rose, pictured above, far right in front, is the Parish Animator for the Ministry of Maturing Adults. Her ministry, located in Barrie, Ont., focuses on creating relationships among the retired in her parish.