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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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.

Register for a class today!


For more information please contact:

Irene Strom, Director of Institutes and Mission Development,  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