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The Next Chapter

The Next Chapter program is a six-month guided journey with the purpose of assisting people to discern who God is calling them to be and what God is calling them to do in their next chapter of life. This program is designed for people who are approaching retirement or who are recently retired.

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Discerning the Future

Figuring out the rest of your life is complicated. After decades of work and the familiar routine of family, friends, and responsibilities, preparing for or settling into retirement can be a difficult reality for many people. Thanks to the work of Tom Auffenberg and Christopher Collins, S.J., the transition into a new life can be fostered in a thoughtful way, inspired by Ignatian spirituality.

Following a career that has taken him through the worlds of education, law, and business, Auffenberg’s own experience with transitioning into retirement life eventually inspired him to create a program that seeks helping people discern a new vocation. Having a personal lifelong grounding in the Ignatian tradition thanks to his education and service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps among other experiences, Auffenberg’s teaming with Collins and the Office of Mission and Identity was natural.

Through the six-month discernment process infused with a Jesuit, Catholic orientation, participants develop a sense of purpose that impels them to use their talent and experience toward fulfilling a new vocation.

How to Join

Throughout the year, several information sessions are held at Saint Louis University. People interested in applying for the program are highly encouraged to attend as these sessions are a part of the application process. During these approximately one hour and a half sessions, individuals can ask questions, and meet Tom Auffenberg and colleagues who help facilitate the experience. 

For more information or to reserve a place in an information session, contact Tom Auffenberg at

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