Encore Institute

Upcoming Encore Programs

Wednesday, April 22, 10-11:30am

With Pam Miller, RN Mental Health Care

Cost: $15 (includes lunch following the program)

Registration Required April 13

Depression is not a normal part of aging and should not go overlooked or untreated.  If you are depressed, you are not alone.  Learn more about depression and its causes, along with natural and medical treatment options.

Pam Miller, RN, has worked in mental health care for 40 years, serving at Pine Rest and St. Mary’s Hospital in the Psychiatric Medical Units.

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Wednesday, May 6, 10-11:30am

With Rev. Ray Paget, Speaker with Holland Home

Cost: $15 (includes lunch following the program)

Registration Required May 1

Despite society’s attraction to youth and youthfulness, being an elder adult has advantages that can only be realized by the life experiences of growing older. This presentation will help you better understand and appreciate the knowledge, wisdom, and practicalities of experience that can only be garnered and imparted through being an older adult. 

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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:

Catholic Information Center,  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