Mission & Ministry - Older Adult Ministry

Older Adult Ministry

Begun in 1987 with the appointment of the first Diocese of Florida Committee on Aging by Bishop Frank Cerveny, our Older Adult Ministry is directed toward offering opportunities for older adults to strengthen their relationships with others and with God. Two primary events, offered in alternate years, provide these opportunities: retreats for older adults and celebrations of marriages of couples in the diocese who have been wed 50 or more years. 

Programs and Retreats
We have a considerable history of providing programs and retreats for older adults.

Celebrations of Marriages of 50 Years and More

May 4, 2019, was the date of the 9th Diocese of Florida Celebration of Marriages of 50 Years and More.  Offered by the Older Adult Ministry, the celebrations were held at St. John's Cathedral, Jacksonville, and Holy Comforter Church, Tallahassee.  Each included a service of Holy Communion and Renewal of Marriage Vows, followed by gala receptions in the respective parish halls.

The Rt. Rev. Samuel Johnson Howard was celebrant and preacher at the celebration at the Cathedral.  The Rev. Cn. Jerry Smith celebrated and preached at Holy Comforter.

These events are eagerly anticipated by couples wed at least 50 years, and their families and friends.  The next celebrations will be in 2021.


Redeeming Our Time: Spirituality and Retirement

The Older Adult Ministry will offer this retreat October 18-19, 2019, at Camp Weed and Cerveny Conference Center in Live Oak, Florida, for persons who are retired and those anticipating retirement. 

We have the privilege of living long enough to contemplate our retirement and live into it.  This retreat will be an opportunity to share our questions, resources, and hopes for the time we are living and to plan for our future. We will experience some time in plenary, small groups, and have opportunities to share informally throughout the two days.  It should be informative and much fun.

bud hollandOur retreat leader will be The Rev. Dr. Melford "Bud" Holland, Jr.  Bud (as he prefers to be called) has served in a variety of capacities in the Church including rector, staff resource in two dioceses and on the Presiding Bishop's staff.  He is an EFM mentor trainer.

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Click here for a list of suggested readings for the retreat.

Click here to register to attend the retreat. Limited scholarships are available; contact Ann Thompson (386-208-2764) for information on these.