How Episcopal Church Home Resident Dr. John Kiesel Lives Purposefully

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The maintenance-free lifestyle of an Episcopal Retirement Services community means residents have greater freedom and flexibility to pursue their interests and hobbies. For many residents, pursuing new passions means finding opportunities to benefit the well-being of others—both in their residential community and also in the community at large. Here’s how one Episcopal Church Home resident is living with purpose in creative, passion-filled ways. 

Meet Episcopal Church Home Resident Dr. John Kiesel

Early in his career, pediatrician Dr. John Kiesel felt a heart tug for underserved populations and took his talents to the poverty-driven needs of Morehead, Kentucky. There, he was the only pediatrician within a 65-mile radius for several years and treated many “unusual” cases, he recalls.

Following retirement, John continued his passion for at-risk populations by enlisting as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in January 2010, where he continues today to serve children and families navigating the legal system following abuse, neglect, addiction, and other harmful situations. “Since I’m a retired pediatrician, I’m able to help attorneys and judges sort through the medical issues of these cases,” he says. “Every case is different, and I enjoy the challenges of it. What’s most rewarding is seeing the kids get into a good environment and watching them thrive.”

Living in the Dudley Square community, he says, affords ample time and flexibility to “come and go” as he pleases—which is good, because he’s often on the go helping with various other organizations around town. 

Twice a week, he prepares and serves breakfast for at-risk populations at Wayside Christian Mission. He’s an alternate delegate to the board of Episcopal Church Home (will be a full board member in January 2020) and also serves on the fundraising board and the Discernment Committee to evaluate an intern seeking possible priesthood.

For the past nine years, John has also served on the finance committee for Christ Church Cathedral and lends his time at the church’s once-monthly breakfast for the homeless population. 

Amid all his service work, John somehow still finds time to enjoy his passion for sailing and will be teaching his fourth nine-week sailing course this coming spring. He laughs, “It’s one heck of a way to waste a Wednesday night!”

Live Purposefully at Episcopal Church Home

Naturally, most seniors prefer to age in place for as long as possible. But if and when the time comes to consider moving to a senior living community that offers more support and peace of mind, you have options. Independent living at Episcopal Church Home’s Dudley Square neighborhood is life on your terms—and it may be the perfect mix of independence, personal growth, and real community to help you or a loved one live purposefully. 

We would love to help you or a loved one pursue their passion in their golden years. Visit our website or call (502) 736-7816 to schedule a tour of our premier Louisville continuing care retirement community.

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Kristin Davenport
January 15, 2020
Kristin Davenport is the Director of Communications for Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS). Kristin leads ERS’s efforts to share stories that delight and inspire through social media, online content, annual reports, magazines, newsletters, public relations, and events. Kristin earned her BFA in graphic design from Wittenberg University. She joined ERS after a 25-year career as a visual journalist and creative director in Cincinnati. Kristin is passionate about making Cincinnati a dementia-inclusive city. She is a Lead SAIDO Learning Supporter and a member of the ‘Refresh Your Soul’ conference planning team at ERS. Kristin and her husband Alex, live in Lebanon, Ohio with their 2 daughters. She also serves as a Trustee and the President of the Lebanon Food Pantry and is a board member for ArtScape Lebanon.

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