Catholic Seniors Conference
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Pilgrim Center of Hope warmly invites people of all ages to the annual Catholic Seniors’ Conference! Whatever your age or state in life, you are welcome to this day of prayer, learning, fellowship, and laughter.

All ages are welcome! Family members and caretakers, join others like you who love a senior. Come learn about God’s calling for us all as we grow older; discover a message of joy and hope!

Saturday, May 4, 2019

St. George Maronite Catholic Church
6070 Babcock Rd., San Antonio, TX 78240

Thanks to Pilgrim Center of Hope’s benefactors, we can offer this evangelization ministry at low cost to attendees.

Shavano Family Practice

Help Us Serve Seniors

We will need assistance for the 2019 conference! Please email us with your interest:

  • Sponsorship
  • Advertising
  • Volunteering

Nan Balfour, Events Coordinator
events@pilgrimcenterofhope.org

History

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, inspired by the courageous and dignified retirement of Pope Benedict XVI, called on the Pilgrim Center of Hope in 2013 to organize a Catholic Seniors’ Conference for the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

On April 5, 2014, over 320 men and women staff and attendees helped make the first annual Catholic Seniors’ Conference a wonderful start!

This conference continues to shed light on the Church’s high regard for seniors, educating them about their unique dignity as sons and daughters of God, encouraging them to know and love God, and inspiring them to use their gifts for the transformation of family and society.

Attendee Testimonies

Did you discover something you weren’t aware of about how the Catholic Church views the elderly, senior citizens?

Definitely I had come to the conclusion that the Catholic Church didn’t care for the elderly who were once young & very active in our Church, but I realized through this conference we are the building blocks of our church

(I discovered) that we are needed to carry on the Church to the next generation.

The Church is emphasizing more the dignity and value of the elderly and their responsibility to contribute to the work of evangelization.

We are still important and have work to do.

From the 2018 Conference

Presentation – Susan Muto: Little Ways to Transform Your Heart

Presentation – Fr. Jonathan Felux: Fatima for Us Today

Presentation – Mary Jane Fox: Prayer Intercessors – Living As Missionary Disciples As We Are

From the 2017 Conference

Presentation – Lisa Mladinich: Finding Grace In the Second Half of Life

Presentation – Fr. Clay Hunt: The Joy of Being Known by God and His Gift to Us

Presentation – Deacon Tom Fox: Spreading the Message of Hope!

From the 2016 Conference

Presentation – Fr. Servando Guerrero-Ponce: Life’s Journey to Our Heavenly Father!

From the 2015 Conference

The 2015 Catholic Seniors’ Conference was wonderful!  We hosted 315 seniors, thanks to our sponsors and volunteers.  Participants enjoyed speakers Fr. Charlie Banks, OMI, and Dr. Margarett Schlientz, who also gave a Q&A session on topics such as prayer and the Holy Spirit.  Archbishop Gustavo’s message during Mass to participants was, “I NEED YOU! […] I NEED YOUR PRAYERS!”  He entrusted participants with the mission of praying for prayerful priests in the Archdiocese.

It was a joy to see so many gathered to seek spiritual growth and be open to the challenging messages presented.  Thank you for your prayers!

From the 2014 Conference

The two 2014 keynote presentations are available on DVD for a suggested donation of $15. Please call us to order yours: 210-521-3377

Spiritual Tools & Resources

APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION OF POPE FRANCIS – AMORIS LAETITIA

Excerpt from sections 191-193, “The elderly” The elderly help us to appreciate “the continuity of the generations”, by their “charism of bridging the gap”. Very often it is grandparents who ensure that the most important values are passed down to their grandchildren, and “many people can testify that they owe their initiation into the Christian […]

ADDRESS OF POPE FRANCIS – ASS’N OF ELDERLY

Pope Paul VI Hall | Saturday, October 15, 2016 Excerpt: The Church looks to the elderly with affection, recognition and great esteem. They are an essential part of the Christian community and of society and, in particular, represent the roots and memory of the people. Yours is an important presence, because your experience is a valuable treasure, indispensable […]

ADDRESS OF POPE FRANCIS – PASTORAL CONGRESS

Basilica of St. John Lateran | Thursday, June 16, 2016 Excerpt: “The old men shall have prophetic dreams” (cf. Joel 2:28). This was a prophecy that Joel made for the time of the Spirit. The old men shall have dreams and the young men shall see visions. With this third image I should like to underscore the […]

ADDRESS OF POPE FRANCIS – MEETING WITH THE ELDERLY

Saint Peter’s Square | Sunday, 28 September 2014 Excerpt:  …Old age is a time of grace, in which the Lord renews his call to us: he calls us to safeguard and transmit the faith, he calls us to pray, especially to intercede; he calls us to be close to those in need…. The elderly, grandparents […]

ADDRESS OF POPE FRANCIS – GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter’s Square | Wednesday, 11 March 2015 Excerpt: We are able to thank the Lord for the benefits received, and fill the emptiness of ingratitude that surrounds us. We are able to intercede for the expectations of younger generations and give dignity to the memory and sacrifices of past generations. We are able to […]

ADDRESS OF POPE FRANCIS – GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter’s Square | Wednesday, 4 March 2015 Excerpt: Our elders are men and women, fathers and mothers, who came before us on our own road, in our own house, in our daily battle for a worthy life. They are men and women from whom we have received so much. The elder is not an […]

Pope Benedict XVI

ADDRESS OF POPE BENEDICT XVI – VISIT TO THE COMMUNITY OF SANT’EGIDIO’S HOME FOR THE ELDERLY “VIVA GLI ANZIANI”

Rome | Monday, 12 November 2012 Excerpt: This morning, addressing all the elderly in spirit, although I am aware of the difficulties that our age entails I would like to tell you with deep conviction: it is beautiful to be old! At every phase of life it is necessary to be able to discover the […]