According to the ministry's staff members, the idea of creating a ministry for seniors that encompassed the entire town was the brainchild of Father Peter Bayer, who currently is director of pastoral care and chaplain for St. Ann's Community.
Father Bayer said the idea grew out of work as part of the pastoral-planning process, as each parish involved in the planning expressed a desire to better serve seniors.
said prior to the creation of Irondequoit Senior Ministries
, a small part of staff time at each of the parishes was devoted to senior ministry.
"The energy we've been able to generate and the synergism has been a benefit for us," Father Bayer
Instead, the parishes identified four initial priorities: creating transportation services, adult faith-formation programs, communication outlets and opportunities for socialization, Father Bayer