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Colbert parish’s ‘Wisdomworks’ reaches out to elders
the Inland Register
(From the September 20, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)
The Wisdomworks program at St. Joseph Parish, Colbert, helps address spirituality for men and women age 60 and up. (IR photo courtesy of Wisdomworks)
Luncheons. Bus Trips. Bingo. All good opportunities for elders.
Yet what about spirituality for elders? Something that looks at God’s desires for them in their “eldering” years. Something specific to this time in life, filled with challenges like no other time. Is God finished with us then and are we just supposed to coast, or is there more? Does God enter into our lives in new ways as we elder?
St. Joseph Parish, Colbert, believed there was more and that it was vital for elders in the parish to have opportunities to connect in a meaningful way with God’s revelations to them during these years. For the past three years, the parish invited Holy Names Sisters Roberta Lamanna and Rosemary Thielman who, as certified Senior Adult Ministers, founded a non-profit called Wisdomworks, to gather the elders and look at ways to “Live Fully the Wisdom Years” and to look in a new way at the Beatitudes as “God’s Nudging: The Beatitudes and Creative Eldering.”
Gina Roecker, coordinator with the parish, said, “Our group gathers together with Wisdomworks about four to five times a year on a Monday morning from 9:30-noon. There is a mixture of men and women ages 60 on up. Some married, single or widowed all with a common bond. We are always eager to come together to share.”
This year the gatherings will focus on “The Spirit: Alive in Elders” exploring ways the Spirit refreshes those in their elder years and how elders grow in deepening their response to the Spirit.
The elders themselves who have taken part appreciate “The sharing, the laughter, the looking at our faith in new ways. These gatherings are helping us as we get older to have a positive outlook.”
According to Roecker, “We appreciate where we are in life and thankful for the blessings we receive every day. Our role now is to be what we discovered about life. Our responsibility is wisdom.”
(For more information about Wisdomworks in Colbert, call St. Joseph Parish for the Sept. 24 gathering from 9:30 a.m.-noon, or for a later date. For more information about Wisdomworks, call 208-667-7562.)