41st Annual Elder Religious and Diocesan Priests Workshop

June 15 - 21, 2018

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Please click to download early bird registration form.

This workshop provides information that specializes in practical applications and solutions and a strong support-networking system across the spiritual, psychological, medical, pastoral, and practical aspects of caring and administering to the elders in our religious congregations and dioceses.

  • Mini sabbatical for priests, brothers, and sisters
  • Faculty specifically chosen for their expertise and ability to relate to this focused group
  • Integrates the spiritual, psychological, medical, pastoral, and practical issues concerning the aged
  • Opens channels linking you into a strong support and networking system

To reserve your spot, call 570-674-6161 or email muconf@misericordia.edu.

Designed for
• sisters • ministers • brothers • deacons • priests • laity

In positions of

• leadership • administrators • nurses • nurse practitioners
• retirement planners • geriatric personnel • social workers • recreation therapists • counselors • outreach workers
• dietitians • chaplains • pastoral staff • membership personnel

PLANNING AND COORDINATING COMMITTEE

James Siberski, MS, CMC

Jim holds a graduate degree in Human Service Administration, and is an affiliate member of the American Geriatric Psychiatrist Association. Certified in Remotivation Therapy, Geriatric Care Manager, Activities Therapy, and Gerontology. Jim is the coordinator and assistant professor of Gerontology Education in the Center for Professional Development at Misericordia University and is a co-planner of the Elder Religious and Diocesan Priests Workshop. He has experience in activities planning and delivery in geriatric populations, religious communities, and long-term care facilities. Jim lectures on suicide prevention, mood disorders, and personality disorders in the elderly, and is a frequent presenter at professional conferences. He is an author in many journals, including the Journal of Psychological Nursing and Mental Heal Services, Social Work Today, Aging Well, Today's Geriatric Medicine, and the American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias. Jim is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Pennsylvania, a member of the National Association Professional Geriatric Care Managers, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Today's Geriatric Medicine Magazine.

Mary C. Hopkins, OP, MS

Mary holds a master's degree in Pastoral Counseling/ Spirituality from Loyola University. A certified Retirement Planning Specialist and Grief Counselor, Mary has extensive experience working as a geriatric and pastoral consultant with religious congregations and dioceses as well as preaching retreats. She is a co-planner of the Elder Religious and Diocesan Priests Workshop. Mary is a member of the Governing Council for the Forum on Religion, Spirituality and Aging with the American Society on Aging. Past experience includes 10 years as Director of the Third Age Retirement Office of the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters. She resides at the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters Motherhouse in Wisconsin.

Wayne J. Fitzpatrick, MM, MA, MS, C-GCM

Wayne earned a master's degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University and a master's degree in Theology from Maryknoll School of Theology. He is a certified Retirement Planning Specialist. He has extensive experience working as a geriatric and pastoral consultant with religious communities and is a co-planner of the Elder Religious and Diocesan Priests Workshop. Wayne is a member of the Governing Council for the Forum on Religion, Spirituality and Aging with the American Society on Aging. He is a member of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers and resides at the Maryknoll Center in New York. Wayne is the Managing Director of Senior Care and Transition Services for the community.



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