What is the Next Chapter?

The Next Chapter program sponsored by Saint Louis University Office of Mission and Identity is a six month guided journey whose purpose is to assist people to discern who God is calling them to be and what God is calling them to do in their next chapter of life.

Who is the next chapter designed for?

This program is designed for people who are approaching retirement or who are recently retired.

Building blocks of a next chapter plan:  

  • A self-assessment of where one stands in relation to fifteen retirement success factors    
  • Greater self-knowledge -  how God has wired you 
  • Insights and experiences and encouragement of facilitators and co-participants of the program  
  • Greater awareness of one’s spiritual gifts
  • Increased ability to hear God’s voice – through practicing Ignatian prayer, especially the Examen, spiritual direction, and an in depth look at Ignatian discernment 
  • A retreat focused on making progress on discerning the answers to unresolved questions concerning one’s next chapter plan
  • Throughout the program participants will be encouraged to explore activities that they think they might want to engage in during their next chapter of life
  • A panel presentation on service opportunities locally, nationally and internationally
  • A consideration of several key questions/topics pertaining to one’s next chapter including:  the right time to retire, finishing the current chapter well, and the importance of a spouse’s support. 
  • The interviews of numerous people outside the program regarding what they view as the contributors to their satisfying next chapter as well as the challenges they faced
  • Guidance and encouragement on creating a next chapter plan and implementing it  

What are the hopes for the Next Chapter participants?

  • The hope is that participants will benefit from a guided process in transitioning from their current chapter of life to their next chapter of life.
  • The hope is that participants will benefit from content presented, the readings, and the group discussions.
  • The hope is that participants will be assisted in discerning who they will be and what they will do in their next chapter.
  • The hope is that participants will achieve a personal plan for their next chapter.
  • The ultimate hope for participants is that they will achieve a personal next chapter plan consistent with who they feel called to be and what they feel called to do that truly excites them to begin their next chapter, a chapter of balance, peace, and purpose.

Cost = $750

This fee covers all books and handouts, presenter fees, and food and drink at the meetings.

Information Sessions

The first step is to attend an information session. At these sessions you will learn more about the program and be able to ask questions. The sessions begin at 6:30pm on the following dates:

- May 14, 2020
- June 1, 2020
- June 16, 2020
- September 14, 2020

The sessions are held on SLU's campus in Boileau Hall. The address is 38 Vandeventer. Boileau Hall is east off of Vandeventer north of Laclede and just south of West Pine. There is parking surrounding the building.

TO RSVP for an information session please email Tom Auffenberg at thomas.auffenberg@slu.edu indicating
which information session you will attend.

If you are interested in learning more about the program and cannot attend either information session, please email Tom Auffenberg with a telephone number and he will contact you.

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