Eldering is not confined to the last phases of life. It is a conscious, active, evolutionary process involving deep personal and social transformation as we move through and beyond mid-life. It touches particularly into the spiritual dimensions of all aspects and stages of ageing of which loss is an integral part.

The Josephite Eldering Team has created the following guidelines to foster this philosophy while promoting new images and stories of our evolutionary journey to conscious elderhood:

  • To promote positive eldering, ‘Bring Me What You Have’, and find new ways for the future through the exploration of God’s call to us at this time as we appreciate the gift of so many elders with lived experience and wisdom in our Congregation.
  • To assist Leadership as we attend to our personal and communal loss, pain and hurt and believe that even in our vulnerability we have enough strength and resilience.
  • To promote a positive vision of spirituality and self-care through the four foundation stones: theology, spirituality, pastoral care and ethics.
  • To assist Leaders to explore current and future needs connected with our Congregation’s demographics and
  • To provide a network for those who are employed to provide care for and to walk with our elders.

We invite you to read these articles by Catherine Shelton rsj and reflect on your own Eldering journey.

Looking Back – Life Review

Reframing the Stories of Our Lives

Life Repair: Forgiveness and Healing of Relationships

Life Repair: Forgiving Ourselves

You are also invited to watch a Webinar from the Eldering Team hosted by Sr Maryellen Thomas, entitled “Live the Life that Chooses You”.