SAGES Ministry began as a group of senior SJA members who had retired or were nearing retirement and wanted to explore ways in which the collective wisdom gained by life experience might be shared with the wider SJA community and other seniors. The SAGES Coordinating Committee meets monthly to share learning, spiritual growth and to plan programs that benefit the SJA community. We work together and provide opportunities to share wisdom across generations and connect people who share similar values and also expand our collaboration with other ministries.
SAGES sponsors/presents workshops, retreats and opportunities for folks to gather, listen and talk. We are particularly proud of our Life Planning series, held each spring, with programs related to health, finances, and funeral planning. Watch the SJA Web site and bulletin for more news about SAGES programs and events.
2nd Monday Dialogues: Conversation Among Friends
Our newest initiative to bring people together for friendly conversation and coffee. Dialogues will be held in Hospitality Hall from 1:30-3:30pm on the 2nd Monday of the month, September-May. Our hope is that it leads to fruitful conversation and ways to meet new people. We invite you and anyone you know; everyone is welcome.
Monday, May 14: Sr. Rita Schwalbe and Dr. Laura S. Hemmy, Assistant Professor, Dept of Psychiatry, U of M, will discuss the book, AGING WITH GRACE: What the Nuns Study Teaches Us About Leading Longer, Healthier, and More Meaningful Lives. Sr. Rita is a former administrator of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and a member of the research team. Sr. Rita and Dr. Hemmy can speak to the Alzheimer’s research study in which over 600 members of Sr. Rita's order have participated in.
Life Transition Workshops: The SAGES Ministry invite you to explore Life Transitions through a series of workshops held in the Spring. Everyone is invited and encouraged to come.
Estate Planning: Wednesday, May 2 with Peter Hendricks from the Maser, Amundson, Boggio, Hendricks Law firm
Hospice & Palliative Care: Wednesday, May 9 with Fr. James Cassidy and Mary Kay Humbert
Honoring Choices: Wednesday, May 16 with Judine Pattinson from the Trust nursing group, starting the conversation about MN Health Care Directives
Funeral Planning : Wednesday May 23 with Fr. Jim DeBruycker, Sherri Stella, Anna Vagle, Maureen Carlson and Marcia Kurtz
We encourage your participation, comments, questions and suggestions: contact cmanns [at] stjoan.com (subject: SAGES) (Cynthia Bailey Manns).
Please check the calendar for upcoming events sponsored by the SAGES.