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Aging with Grace

Aging with Grace

Wednesday, March 13, 2024
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Carrollton
Join us for Daily Mass at 8:30 a.m. before the workshop.
Advanced registration is required.

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A Catholic workshop for empty nesters, retirees, caregivers and their loved ones.

Science may explain physical aging, but life experience and faith can teach us far more about how to cope with it. As we age or care for aging parents, we often wonder what the Church teaches about ethical medical decisions, the sanctity of life, and preparing documents, such as advance directives or a will. This event will help answer those questions and provide guidance and inspiration for the journey ahead!


$15 per person, $25 per couple
(Includes Lunch, Snacks and Materials.)
Registration is limited to 50 Participants.


Terri Schauf

Terri Schauf
Event Moderator

Rev. Sushil Tudu, TOR

Rev. Sushil Tudu, TOR
Spirituality of Growing Older

Chris Vaughan

Chris Vaughan
Catholic Medical Ethics 101

Renee Underwood, CFRE

Renée Underwood, CFRE
Picture Your Legacy

Cary Schroeder

Cary Schroeder, JD
Elder Law from a Catholic Perspective

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Terri Schauf has been the Respect Life Coordinator for the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth since July of 2017. Prior to her role with the Diocese, she worked as the Education Coordinator for Texans for Life Coalition and the Catholic Pro-Life Community of North Texas. Believing that education is vital for building a Culture of Life, Terri’s pro-life work since 2001 has been primarily focused on teaching others why we are pro-life as Catholics and what it means to be pro-life. Prior to her pro-life work, Terri was a teacher. Terri and her husband, Tim, met at the North Texas March for Life in 2006, and they have two children.

As we age, we have more time to reflect on what we have learned – what God has taught us – about the real meaning and purpose of our lives. Yes, we may lose some of our physical strength and abilities, but we can gain new abilities to relate to the Lord and help others do so as well. Our Catholic faith helps us retain and even increase the things that can bring us satisfaction and happiness: Spiritual, Physical, Social and Intergenerational. In a separate session, Fr. Demma will also respond to your questions about Catholic teaching and the sacraments as they relate to aging, dying and death.

Fr. Sushil Tudu, TOR is a Franciscan Friar from the Province of St. Thomas the Apostle in India. Born July 12, 1977 at Dudhiyani in the state of Jharkhand, in north India, Fr. Sushil was one of five children.

After completing high school he joined the TOR Franciscans in 1993. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from St. Anthony’s Friary, Bangalore, and bachelor’s degree in theology from Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore. He received his Master’s degree in Pastoral Management from Jnana Deepa Vidyapeth, Pune. He was ordained as priest on April 20, 2006. After ordination he secured his Bachelor’s degree in education and worked in school as headmaster. Later he worked in minor seminary as associate rector and teacher.

Upon his arrival in the USA in February 2015, Fr. Sushil was appointed Associate Pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle, Fort Worth, and Holy Trinity, Azle. Bishop Michael Olson appointed Fr. Sushil as Pastor of St. Catherine of Siena in Carrollton on November 24, 2017.

Gain an overview of how our Catholic teaching informs us with respect to medical decisions and treatment. What are we obligated to do to preserve one’s health? How can medicine continue to care even when it cannot cure? Learn about Catholic advance directives and other resources that can guide us in our roles as patients and family members.

Chris Vaughan has been the Director of Marriage & Family Life for the Diocese of Fort Worth since September of 2011. Prior to his role in the Diocese, he worked as a youth minister and a Director of Young Adult Ministries. Mr. Vaughan holds a BA in Theology with a concentration in Religious Education and an MA in Theology/Theological Studies from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Mr. Vaughan is a husband and father of six. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas.

This highly interactive session uses photographs, personal reflection and sharing to guide participants toward formally articulating their legacy. Resources will be provided to assist in continuing the conversation with family members and advisors.

Renée Underwood, CFRE has served in stewardship, development and Catholic foundation management roles for dioceses since 2009. She currently has responsibility for fund development for the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, its parishes, schools and ministries as Chief Development Officer of the Advancement Foundation. Prior to her nonprofit career, she served in advertising, marketing and executive management roles. Ms. Underwood holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University, an MBA from The University of Texas at Dallas and has completed additional graduate studies toward a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University New Orleans. Ms. Underwood is a widow, a mother and grandmother. She is a spiritual director, a Dame Commander with Star of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and president-elect of Fort Worth Serra Club.

An introduction to the basics of estate planning, including why it’s so important to make a plan, how to choose the right individuals to serve as your successor trustees and healthcare agents, planning for your blended family, and the delicate task of passing on your wealth to your children and grandchildren while also leaving a legacy for your parish or a favorite Catholic ministry.

Cary M. Schroeder is a practicing attorney in the areas of Elder Law in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. After a long career in engineering, he returned to school at the age of 45 to study law at the Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, and spent his first three years as a licensed attorney as the staff attorney in Tarrant County Probate Court One that oversaw probate and guardianship matters. Since 2011, he has been in private practice, primarily working in the areas of probate and guardianship matters, both with private clients and accepting appointments by the courts around the state. Mr. Schroeder is a husband and father of three daughters and seven grandchildren.

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Presented by:

Respect Life, Diocese of Fort Worth St. Thomas More Society Advancement Foundation