The Privilege of Aging

A sister shares her journey to cope with serious illness and accept a new way of living.


The fall issue of Engaging Aging features reflections by School Sister of Notre Dame Sister Mary Ellen Dougherty. A former college professor and member of her congregational leadership team, Sister Mary Ellen reflects on how a sudden illness has influenced and shaped her experience of aging. Read her story.

Engaging Aging is a quarterly publication produced by the National Religious Retirement Office that offers professional updates on eldercare delivery and personal insights into the aging process. Although targeted for religious communities, this publication provides information helpful to lay seniors and their caregivers. It is one of many resources made possible by funding from the Retirement Fund for Religious.

To view additional issues of Engaging Aging or the Retirement Fund for Religious News, visit our publications page.