Maturing Adult Ministry
Defining Maturing Adult Ministry
Ministry to Catholics 55+ has been underdeveloped and undervalued.
It is usually limited to the “seniors club”.
Maturing adults are not a homogeneous group.
The general categories used here are Boomers, Builders and Elders.
Maturing Adult Ministry:
goal is spiritual formation
underlying idea: God calls every person to profound personal vocation.
welcomes older adults into deeper involvement in parish life.
honors the diversity of
is developmental, ongoing and lifelong.
focuses on three(3) dimensions of growth: spiritual, physical and psychological.
content of the programs offered rises out of daily living, focusing on exterior and interior growth.
is part of the Parish Plan.
is consistent in its offerings.
employs styles of teaching & learning unique to the people served.
incorporates shared activities as well as shared growth in faith.
Mary Lou Hughes
Office of Lifelong Faith Formation
Faith & Family Life