Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, inspired by the courageous and dignified retirement of Pope Benedict XVI, called on Pilgrim Center of Hope in 2013 to organize a Catholic Seniors’ Conference for the Archdiocese of San Antonio.
On April 5, 2014, over 320 men and women staff and attendees helped make the first annual Catholic Seniors’ Conference a wonderful start!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the 2020 Catholic Seniors’ Conference was cancelled.
In 2021, we creatively re-launched the Conference with a “Delivered to You” option, offering the event as a recorded presentation that could be delivered to seniors as individuals or small groups, through a web link, DVD, or audio CDs.
Pope Francis announced a World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly every fourth Sunday of July, which served as our 2021 conference “Delivered to You” debut date.
This conference continues to shed light on the Church’s high regard for seniors, educating them about their unique dignity as sons and daughters of God, encouraging them to know and love God, and inspiring them to use their gifts for the transformation of family and society.