Encore Institute

Upcoming Encore Programs

With Fr. Bob Cary, CSP

Cost: $15 (includes lunch following the program)

Registration Required by Thursday, September 5 

What people believe affects how they pray and how they pray influences how they design the space in which they pray.  During this second Church Architecture workshop, we will continue to explore the style and worship spaces of churches in Grand Rapids. (Bus transportation will be provided. Please meet at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew to begin the tour.)  CFD: Evangelization

Fr. Bob Cary, CSP is a former director of the CIC and a senior Paulist in residence.

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With Fr. Michael Hennessy, CSP

Cost: $15.00   (Lunch follows the program)

Registration required by Thursday, October 9

Join us for a fun morning as we group into teams for an interactive trivia event! Using a pub trivia format, we’ll ask a mix of Catholic, Bible, and general questions. We’ll have a great time together as you match wits against others and test your knowledge of often-obscure bits of information. We will even have a few prizes!

Come on your own and we’ll put teams together or bring your own team with the goal of being crowned the 2019 Encore Trivia Champion!

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With Fred Johnson

Cost: $15.00 (Lunch follows the program)

Registration required by Thursday, October 30

Through prayer and action, we attempt to determine God’s will and desire for us. Often, outside influences do not always make our path clear.  We will discuss these murky influences and bring some light to the process of discernment.    CFD: Spiritualty

Fred Johnson is recently retired from the Cathedral of Saint Andrew as the Director of Adult Faith Formation.

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With Bruce Tinker, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre

Cost: $15 (includes lunch following the program)

Registration Required by December 2

Making and experiencing arts and culture transforms the quality of life for individuals and communities. The arts draw upon our most fundamentally human qualities such as creativity, discovery, and community.  In this session we welcome Bruce Tinker, Executive and Artistic Director of the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.   From casting to costuming, find out how one of the leading community theatres in the nation creates live theatre magic in the heart of downtown.

Bruce Tinker is celebrating his 20th Season as the Executive and Artistic Director of Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and School of Theatre Arts.  He has been director over 150 productions throughout the Midwest for professional, university and community theatres.  Bruce has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from University of Evansville, Indiana and a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from University of Nebraska.

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The Encore Institute is designed for those over the age of 55 and programs focus on spirituality and vitality as we age.  This programs are held monthly, September to June, from 10-11:30am with lunch following each program. The cost of each session including lunch is $15.  Adults of all ages may attend these classes.

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For more information please contact:

Irene Strom, Director of  Programming and Institutes,  Phone (616) 459-7267 or Email

Past Encore Classes Included:

  • Finding Joy and Meaning in the Second Half of Life, with Fr. Joachim Lally, CSP
  • The Lord Is My Shepherd: Psalms to Accompany Us on Our Journey Through Aging , with Rabbi Albert Lewis
  • Holy Spirits!, with Fr. Michael Hennessy, CSP
  • Sharing Faith Lessons with Children’s Books, with Glenys Nellist
  • Music, Memory and Alzheimer’s Disease, with Emily Smith
  • Heaven and the Afterlife, with Sr. Mary Kay Oosdyke, OP
  • The Road to What’s Next, with John and Barbara Ziemann
  • Adventures in Volunteering, with Angie Drier of RSVP and Kay Fricano of Kids Food Basket
  • Church Architecture in Grand Rapids Tour, with Fr. Bob Cary, CSP