Bishop Carl A. Kemme will soon ordain 13 men for the Diocese of Wichita. Three will be ordained to the transitional diaconate at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 19, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita. Ten will be ordained to the priesthood at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 26, in the Church of the Magdalen in Wichita. Magdalen is being used because the church is able to accommodate the larger number of friends and family expected for the ordination to the priesthood.
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Bishop asks for prayers about upcoming Irish referendum

Bishop Carl A. Kemme has sent a memo to all of the priests of the Diocese of Wichita regarding the upcoming Irish referendum that could end the Emerald Isle’s ban on abortion.
“I write to you now with an urgent spiritual appeal. As many of you know, on May 25, 2018, the people of Ireland will vote to retain or repeal their eighth amendment, which guarantees life to both the mother and the baby. If repealed, Ireland will have abortion on demand.”
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Diocesan representatives from around the Midwest to gather for regional Encuentro

Eighteen years have passed since the fourth National Encuentro (Gathering) of Hispanic Catholics in the United States that took place in Los Angeles. Another national Encuentro is being planned because the demographics and needs of Hispanic Catholics have changed drastically since then.
The Encuentro is a four-year process which seeks to listen to the voice of the Hispanic and Latino people in the peripheries, and in the process call forth to form new leaders.
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Older Catholics are a blessing for the diocese and for the young, bishop says

Older Catholics bless the Diocese of Wichita with their wisdom, experience, inspiration, and fidelity Bishop Carl A. Kemme said Thursday, May 10, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
He thanked the 300 there for their blessing, for attending the Senior Appreciation Mass and Harvest House’s 29th Anniversary Celebration, and encouraged them to share their wisdom, understanding, and presence.
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Catholic Charities played part in the decrease in Wichita area homelessness

There was a small decrease in overall homelessness in Sedgwick County this year, but a large drop in persons without shelter, according to the Wichita-Sedgwick County Point-In-Time Homeless Count conducted Jan. 31.
The results of the count showed a two-person decrease in overall homelessness – from 575 in 2017 to 573 in 2018.
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This year’s stewardship conference had ‘enthusiasm’

The energy and enthusiasm of the attendees for the message of this year’s Stewardship Conference, “I Will Follow Him,” was striking.
The event held, April 21 at Church of the Magdalen in Wichita, began with Mass celebrated by Bishop Carl A. Kemme and ended with the opportunity to experience Christ’s love in Eucharistic adoration sponsored by Wichita Adore Ministries.
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Priest assignment changes: temptations

It was all very different. I did not intend to create a change, and all I did was place my chalice on the right side of the altar. I found out later, the former pastor, and by former, I mean as of 24 hours ago, he placed the chalice on the left side of the altar.
“He’s changing everything.” I heard the sacristan murmur.
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Vallarie Eades retires from ABC

Knowing who the boss is at A Better Choice is easy, you just have to remember one name.
Valerie Alexander recently succeeded Vallarie Eades, who served as executive director of the crisis pregnancy center for 14 years.
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There is a place for you at Charities

I can eat lunch. I have that skill. I can talk. I have that skill.
I can ask former executive director Janet Pape (yes, this story started many years ago!) to go to lunch with me. I have that ability.
I did. We did. It was that easy.
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The graces of assignment changes II

It is rarely the intention to rotate pastors every couple of years in a parish, but sometimes it happens.
A grace of being in a parish where pastors change often is that parishioners accept real leadership of the parish. Sometimes however, it’s difficult to come into a parish who expects you not to stay very long.
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