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Since 2011, The National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) and the Avila Institute of Gerontology (AIG) have been collaborating to offer webinars to Religious Communities. The webinar topics are chosen by NRRO and AIG, and reflect the expressed needs and interests of Religious Communities. The co-hosted webinars do not offer continuing education credit hours. 

 

  • Is the 100-Year-Old the New 80-Year-Old?

    Includes a Live Web Event on 08/10/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    August NRRO Webinar

    According to the United Nations, this year the number of centenarians is expected to rise to approximately 573,000 worldwide, with the US being home to 97,000 centenarians — the highest absolute number in the world. The unique nutrient needs of these aging individuals is a new frontier. Life expectancy in 1921 was 60 years for men and 61.8 years for women. In just 100 years, we have increased the life expectancy to 76.2 years for men and 81.2 years for women.  

    While we are all living longer, we are living longer…older. This program will explore the changing physiology and the resulting unique nutrient needs of the body during the aging process. As we age, our caloric needs decline. This means that it is important for all foods and snacks to be nutrient dense. Healthy and practical snacks will be explored, along with discussing how to keep the lines of communication between Food Service providers, Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and Eldercare providers open, as it is essential to ensure the healthy potential of all residents in our care.

  • Flourishing in a Season of Surrender

    In this live 1-hour presentation, co-sponsored by the NRRO, Dr. Ted Dunn will explore what it means to flourish in a season of surrender. Religious Life is facing a graced crossroads. In light of the unrelenting losses that men and women religious are facing as an aging population, is it even possible to flourish?

    Goal: We will explore what it means to Flourish in a Season of Surrender

    • Graced crossroads and God’s call to choose life.
    • The inner work of transformation
    • Soulwork of grieving
    • From provisional to purposeful living

    This webinar will explore what it means to flourish in a season of surrender. Religious Life is facing a graced crossroads. In light of the unrelenting losses that men and women religious are facing as an aging population, is it even possible to flourish? Dr. Dunn will explore what it takes to choose life, find meaning, and to engage in “mature surrender.” He will discuss the importance of the inner work of transformation and the soulwork of grieving. And he will share the key distinctions between living a provisional versus a purposeful life.

  • The COVID Crisis: The Lessons We Are Learning

    This presentation will address what we have learned and will continue to learn as we face this pandemic.

    During this unprecedented time, we have learned much, and we will continue to learn as we face this pandemic.

    During this workshop, three Communities will share their experiences and the changes they have made in order to address the many challenges caused by this virus. They will share their stories of understanding the need for transformation, implementing practical procedures and processes, and learning positive lessons from their experiences.

    This webinar is designed for individual members of Congregations as well as leadership and healthcare providers.

  • Compassion Fatigue: A Self-Care Imperative

    This presentation will focus on the meaning of compassion and distinctions between burnout and compassion fatigue.

    This webinar will outline some concrete steps that are available to all to help restore and heal the mind, body and spirit that are impacted by compassion fatigue, at any time, but particularly in this time of COVID-19.

    This webinar is designed for individual members of Congregations as well as leadership and healthcare providers.

    Mary T. O'Neill, BCC, D. Min.

    Retired VP of Spiritual Care and Pastoral Education, Catholic Health Services

    Mary T. O’Neill has over 30 years of experience with training Ministry students for national board certification as Chaplains and spiritual care providers to patients, families and staff persons in healthcare. She is certified as a Pastoral Educator through the National Association of Catholic Chaplains and the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. Mary T. is also a Licensed Therapeutic Massage Therapist and has worked many years in care for persons struggling with illness, disability and the diminishment of age. For 18 years, Mary was employed as the Assistant Administrator/Director of Pastoral Services at Calvary Hospital in Bronx, NY, a specialty palliative care hospital that emphasizes care for the whole person, body, mind and spirit. Her recent employment for 13 years was with Catholic Health Services of Long Island (CHSLI), NY, as VP for Spiritual Care and Pastoral Education. Catholic Health Services is a health system that covers a wide spectrum of health and behavioral services. She received her master's degree from St. Louis University and her Doctor of Ministry from New York Theological Seminary. She is currently actively retired and living in Maryland.

  • The Spiritual Journey of Caregiving: Finding Compassion for Ourselves and Others

    This 1-hour webinar, presented by Denise Hess, MDiv, BCC-PCHAC, will look at the caregiving landscape in the US and then take a close look at one of the best spiritual guides for the transformative power of caregiving, author and Catholic priest Henri Nouwen.

    With over 43 million caregivers in the US, it is very likely that many of us will experience the joys and challenges of providing care for a loved one at some point in our lives. Caregivers consistently report that caregiving can be one of the most stressful, yet also the most meaningful roles they have ever undertaken. Approaching caregiving as a spiritual endeavor can increase the likelihood that the role will be fulfilling, nourishing, and possibly transformative. This webinar will look at the caregiving landscape in the US and then take a close look at one of the best spiritual guides for the transformative power of caregiving, author and Catholic priest Henri Nouwen. After exploring Nouwen’s unique vision for caregiving, we will focus on the necessity of self-compassion to avoid caregiver burnout. Webinar participants will learn a self-compassion practice for use in their own caregiving roles. 

    This webinar is designed for individual members of Congregations as well as leadership and healthcare providers.

    Denise Hess, MDiv, BCC-PCHAC

    Executive Director, Supportive Care Coalition

    Denise currently serves as the Executive Director of the Supportive Care Coalition - a partnership of Catholic health care ministries from across the U.S. committed to advancing excellence in palliative care. Denise comes to the Coalition with over a decade of experience in palliative care clinical practice and organizational leadership. She is also a licensed psychotherapist, an ordained Presbyterian minister, and a palliative care chaplain. She is happily married with two amazing adult children.

  • The Relationship Between Staffing and Census: How to Tie Staff Levels to Your Census

    This 1-hour presentation will look at how to evaluate your staffing budget.

    Most Communities spend an enormous amount of time trying to determine the right staffing levels for each department for each new budget year. And what is it that ties these staffing budgets to the real employees who are working in the departments? Is there a relationship between staffing and census? Join us and learn how to evaluate your staffing budget. We’ll also address staffing concerns in times of crisis, which is especially relevant in the current COVID-19 situation. Staffing is not just about creating department budgets once a year; it is an ongoing process that is shared between department directors and leadership each month. 

    This webinar is designed for individual members of Congregations as well as leadership and healthcare providers.

    Denise Gannon

    CEO of CSJ Initiatives

    Denise Gannon has served as the CEO of CSJ Initiatives since October 2018.  She is responsible for working with the staff in developing and overseeing the various management agreements with the Congregation’s six centers as well as those with other religious Congregations.  She also explores possible management options with other Congregations who express an interest in the services of CSJ Initiatives. Denise has served in the Health Care industry since 1996 in various roles from Director of Nursing, Director of Clinical and Support Services, VP of Wellness and Performance Improvement, VP of Wellness and Community Based Services to VP of Post-Acute Services.  She has also brought an innovative dementia program to the US and has established partnerships and collaborations with community and professional resources.

    Bill Slater

    Director of Finance at CSJ Initiatives

    Bill Slater brings over three decades of experience in the long-term care industry to his current position as Director of Finance at CSJ Initiatives. As Director of Finance, Bill is directly responsible for legal business formations, monthly financial reporting, third party billing, annual budget, audit, and cost report preparation. During his career he has been responsible for computer operations and network management within the finance/information systems departments, serving a network of multi-site locations in a multi-state region with more than 250 individual users. In the course of his career, he has coordinated the installation and training of approximately 30 network systems across the United States, developed an innovative inventory tracking system, and served as the lead team member in successfully implementing the prospective payment system.

  • Beads, Bells and Blessings: Understanding why the Mass and Other Catholic Practices are Essential

    This 1-hour webinar, presented by Sr. Ginger Downey, OLVM, will look at the many different Catholic practices that are important to men and women religious and how staff can assist in their living their religious life, no matter their mental or physical circumstance.

    This 1-hour webinar, presented by Sr. Ginger Downey, OLVM, will look at the many different Catholic practices that are important to men and women religious and how staff can assist in their living their religious life, no matter their mental or physical circumstance.

    This webinar is designed for individual members of Congregations as well as leadership and healthcare providers.

    Sr. Ginger Downey, OLVM

    Leadership Team for the Congregation of Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters

    Sr. Ginger Downey, OLVM, is a current member of the Leadership Team for the Congregation of Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters, commonly known at Victory Noll sisters.  She has been a member of the congregations since 1986.

    Sr. Ginger is a native of Wyoming and has a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Wyoming and a Master's degree in Theology, emphasis in Liturgical Studies, from St. John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota.  She has served in parishes as Director of Religious Education and Pastoral Associate in Catechetics and Liturgy. She served as Liturgist for Newman Center at Arizona State University and as the Diocesan Director of Worship for the Diocese of Phoenix. Her latest ministry before her election to leadership in 2012, was with Faith on Fire, an adult formation ministry which she co-founded to provide faith formation for adults in theology and liturgy.  Sr. Ginger continues to do workshop and training in liturgy, while serving in Congregational Leadership.  She has been a presenter at the Southwest Liturgical Conference, coordinator of liturgy for the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, prayer leader for the Institute Canon and Civil Law for Religious and continues to be a retreat and spiritual companion for men and women throughout the United States.  

  • Well-Being and Dementia

    During this presentation Mr. Owen will discuss the pattern of the progression of Dementia and the five basic psychological and spiritual needs of people with dementia. Additionally, he will discuss the essential components of person-centered care, along with the utilization of visual and experiential arts in facilitating a sense of well-being in the person with dementia.

    During this presentation Mr. Owen will discuss the pattern of the progression of Dementia and the five basic psychological and spiritual needs of people with dementia. Additionally, he will discuss the essential components of person-centered care, along with the utilization of visual and experiential arts in facilitating a sense of well-being in the person with dementia.

    Edward Owen Jr., BS, PGDip, MA, LNHA

    Faculty, Avila Institute of Gerontology, Inc.

    Ed is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in two states, with more than 40 years of both clinical and administrative experience in healthcare. He holds a BS in Health Care Administration from Excelsior College, a PGDip in Dementia Studies from the University of Bradford, and an MA of Theology from Saint Leo University. Additionally, Ed is an ordained permanent deacon in the Catholic Church and is assigned to Saint Benedict Catholic Church in Richmond, Virginia.

  • What Does Canon and Civil Law Have to Say About Health Issues?

    his presentation with Sister Sharon Euart, RSM, Executive Director of the Resource Center for Religious Institutes, and Associate Director Christopher J. Fusco, Esq., will briefly explore some canon and civil law issues that might accompany religious during these years: guardianship and its alternatives, such as durable powers of attorney; health care decision making; the role of the institute and leadership; member issues - psychological and behavioral; financial considerations; and, considerations surrounding operation of a motor vehicle.

    All Americans, including members of religious institutes, are living longer due to medical advances, better nutritional habits, and improved living conditions generally. People who reached age 65 in 2011 had an average remaining life expectancy of 17.8 years for males and 20.4 years for females. As a consequence, there are more people attaining ages that have historically been characterized as “old.” According to NRRO, in the year 2018, the median age of sixty-eight percent of religious in the US was 70 or greater. 

    This presentation with Sister Sharon Euart, RSM, Executive Director of the Resource Center for Religious Institutes, and Associate Director Christopher J. Fusco, Esq., will briefly explore some canon and civil law issues that might accompany religious during these years: guardianship and its alternatives, such as durable powers of attorney; health care decision making; the role of the institute and leadership; member issues - psychological and behavioral; financial considerations; and, considerations surrounding operation of a motor vehicle. Sister Sharon and Chris will be available for questions following the presentation.

    This webinar is designed for individual members of Congregations as well as leadership and healthcare providers.


    Sharon Euart, RSM, JCD

    Executive Director, Resource Center for Religious Institutes

    Sister Sharon is a Sister of Mercy of the Americas who holds a doctorate in canon law. Prior to coming to RCRI on April 1, 2014, she was the Executive Coordinator of the Canon Law Society of America.  She was Associate General Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from 1988-2001. She taught canon law at the Catholic University of America and has served as  a canonical consultant for religious institutes and diocesan bishops. She Currently she serves as a consultant to the USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations. 

    Christopher J. Fusco, Esq.

    Associate Director for Civil Law, The Resource Center for Religious Institutes

    Christopher J. Fusco, Esq. is the Associate Director for Civil Law at The Resource Center for Religious Institutes in Silver Spring, Maryland. He is also the Associate General Counsel and Moderator of The Tribunal for the Diocese of Metuchen. He holds a master's degree in religious studies, as well as the licentiate degree in canon law, from The Catholic University of Louvain. He received his Juris Doctor degree from The City University of New York School of Law. Mr. Fusco is a member of the Bars of New York and New Jersey, and has been admitted to practice before all federal trial and appellate courts of those states, including the US District Court for the Southern District of New York and the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, as well as the US Court of International Trade, the US Tax Court, and the US Supreme Court. He and his wife, Patricia Scalese, live outside Princeton, New Jersey. 

  • How to Provide for the Social and Emotional Needs of those Living with Dementia through Person-Centered Care

    In this presentation, Clare Horn will discuss person-centered care concepts as it relates to memory impairment and how it benefits both caregivers and community members.

    In this presentation, Clare Horn will discuss person-centered care concepts as it relates to memory impairment and how it benefits both caregivers and community members. This presentation will discuss:

    • what person-centered care looks like including examples and outcome
    • how person-centered care differs from traditional medical care
    • how to build and sustain a person-centered care approach among team members
    • the importance of having resources (education, consultative work) to support and be supported as the dementia progresses, etc.


    Clare L. Horn, LCSW

    Clare L. Horn received her undergraduate degree from Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY, a M.S. Ed. from Hofstra University and a M.S.W. from Fordham University where she also completed her doctoral courses. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York State. She holds membership in the Academy of Certified Social Workers and National Association of Social Workers. 

    She has worked with the elderly and served as Director of Social Work for over 25 years in Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Centers. In November 2016 under Ms. Horn’s leadership at The New Jewish Home the dementia unit received Comfort Matters Accreditation. Ms. Horn has educated staff and families in palliative care and the ‘person-directed care’ program.  She has presented at conferences and meetings on topics related to social work, dementia, palliative and person- centered care. 

    She currently serves on the board directors of Marian Woods, Marian Woods, an Adult Care Facility and Convent for religious women in Westchester County. She is on the faculty of the Avila Institute of Gerontology