The Lord is my strength and my shield in whom my heart trusts, and I find help; then my heart exults and with my song I give him thanks. Psalm 28

I arise today, through The strength of heaven, The light of sun, Radiance of moon, Splendor of fire, Speed of lightning, Swiftness of wind, Depth of the sea, Stability of the earth, Firmness of rock. I arise today, through God's strength to pilot me, God's eye to look before me, God's wisdom to guide me, God’s way to lie before me, God's shield to protect me,
From all who shall wish me ill, afar and near, alone and in a multitude. Against every cruel, merciless power that may oppose my body and soul Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise, Christ to shield me Christ in the heart of every one who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me. I arise today.

TODAY’S SESSION Brief Overview of our encore volunteers Brief Overview of how we engage volunteers Panel Dialogue Participant Dialogue Q&A

§  Who are this group of people? §  All ages from 55 and older, average age about 67 (in our program) §  A cohort that desires to be active and maintain well being throughout retirement; §  Most experts who study this group recognize that the way this group will live out retirement years will be very different than past generations; §  With health advances and awareness, this group of people will be the most active and engaged that we have seen. §  What are their particular gifts and needs? §  More graduates from college than ever before in a retirement group; §  This means a lot of knowledge, skills and a desire to bring those to service;

§  This group wants to contribute to society but not necessarily in a traditional way. §  They strive to balance social engagement with family engagement (grandkids). §  This group is very savvy and wants to provide service to programs and work, are successful and are managed well. §  What does a typical Encore experience look like? §  Dedicated, hard working, goal oriented §  Patient, high regard for duty §  Respectful of authority §  Team oriented, community involvement §  Personal growth §  Adaptive to diverse environments §  Optimistic

Creating volunteer opportunities that: are community focused, inspire creativity, have moments for personal growth and development, invite use of knowledge and skills, engage an optimistic, hopeful spirit, rely on hard work and responsibility, provide results that are experienced by the volunteer regularly.

Companions in Ignatian Service and Spirituality is an innovative Bay Area organization that engages adults, 50 years and older, in meaningful service to the marginalized alongside a thoughtful program of individual and communal prayer. Our model taps into the desire of our elders to share skills and knowledge through volunteer action, while at the same time offering a year long experience of faith formation based on the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius.
Launched in 2008 in Santa Clara, California in partnership with the Jesuit Western Province, we now have three communities (South Bay, East Bay and San Francisco). Our program started in the East Bay at the Jesuit School of Theology in 2010, and we are starting a cohort from San Francisco this fall.

Our Program integrates service engagement with spiritual formation by focusing on 5 mission-driven components. As such, our Companions participate make the commitment to: Daily Prayer: using our Spiritual Exercises Guide Weekly Service to the poor: of at least 8-10 hours Monthly Group Gatherings: of our Companion community at SCU or JST Monthly Individual Spiritual Direction Annual Attendance at our two retreats in September and June

TODAY’S PANELISTS Stan Fitzgerald Elizabeth Lilly Rita Mitchell

Who are your “encore volunteers?” What needs do you have for your program to better engage encore volunteers? Are there ways to incorporate community building and personal/faith growth into your program? What questions do you have for us today?


“God freely created us so that we might know, love, and serve him in this life and be happy with him forever. God's purpose in creating us is to draw forth from us a response of love and service here on earth, so that we may attain our goal of everlasting happiness with him in heaven. All the things in this world are gifts of God, created for us, to be the means by which we can come to know him better, love him more surely, and serve him more faithfully. As a result, we ought to appreciate and use these gifts of God insofar as they help us toward our goal of loving service and union with God. But insofar as any created things hinder our progress toward our goal, we ought to let them go.”

Companions in Ignatian Service and Spirituality www.ignatiancompanions.org Jenny Girard Malley, MA Regional Director

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