'Second Career' Ministers: Retirement Means More Time to Serve

'Second Career' Ministers: Retirement Means More Time to Serve for Alumni

For two recent graduates of the School of Ministrys Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program, retirement isnt about resting; its about serving. Serving their parishes has become in a sense a second career for them.

Laney Sherburne, MBA 90 MTS 14, retired from a fulfilling career of 20 years in human resources and joined her husband as a volunteer for their parishs Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) ministry.

Sherburne now coordinates Friday morning Bible study and adult religious education programs, among other things, in addition to RCIA. She and her husband also serve as a sponsor couple for engaged couples.

The hardest part of ministry is accepting that the Holy Spirit is on a different schedule than I am, Sherburne said.

Until this past January, Don Kremer, MTS 14, was a business improvement manager at Acxiom, a marketing services company. He retired early in part to take care of his wife, who has a progressive disability, and in part to spend more time volunteering in his parish.

I love facilitating groups, Kremer said. I learned how to do this in the business world, and Ive found these skills translate into the work Ive done with the parish. I also love teaching; I want to share some of what Ive learned at UD.

Some of Kremers hardest work is helping the parishs youth understand the importance of their faith.

The world is pulling them in many directions, Kremer said. Our challenge is helping them see the beauty and truth of their Catholic heritage.

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