Dillon Cott, a Wichita seminarian who will be in his second year of theology this fall, is one of the dozen students immersed in Spanish for a couple of months. (Advance photo)

Learning to think in Spanish

Seminarians from four regional dioceses have joined seminarians from the Diocese of Wichita in an intensive Spanish course offered this summer through Newman University.
The 12 men from the dioceses of Wichita, Salina, Tulsa, Colorado Springs, and Springfield-Cape Giradeau cracked open their “libros” Monday, June 4, and will continue their immersion in Spanish until the end of July.
Sonja Bontrager, assistant professor of Spanish at Newman, said the university was asked by the diocese to design an intensive program that would allow certain seminarians to develop their language skills.
The students have been divided into four levels of Spanish that will merge into three levels as the students progress, she said. Bishop Carl A. Kemme and Father David Lies, vicar general for the diocese, are auditing the course as time allows.
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Michigan priest named bishop of Salina diocese

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Francis has named Msgr. Gerald L. Vincke, who is pastor of Holy Family Parish in Grand Blanc, Michigan, to be bishop of the Diocese of Salina, Kansas.
Bishop-designate Vincke, 53, is a priest of the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan.
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Natural family planning helps couples respond to Humanae Vitae directives

Two common misconceptions about Humanae Vitae’s significance in the church merit clarification during this year in which we celebrate its 50th anniversary.
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St. Pius X Catholic Student Center in Pittsburg launches capital campaign

The St. Pius X Catholic Student Center at Pittsburg State University, newly established as an individual mission of Catholic College ministry, has recently announced a fundraising campaign aimed at creating a more beautiful and welcoming environment in which students can encounter Christ.
The St. Pius X Catholic Student Center has already undergone big changes in the recent year.
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Weber named executive director of the Kansas Catholic Conference

Chuck Weber, a Kansas legislator, will be spending time in Topeka next year – not representing District 85, though, he’ll be representing Kansas’ Catholics.
Weber, a member of Church of the Resurrection in Wichita, has been named executive director of the Kansas Catholic Conference effective July 15. He will also resign from the Kansas House on July 15, a post he has held since January 2016.
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Boundaries protect ourselves, loved ones

My parents purchased a flock of baby chicks every spring when I was growing up. My father put a fence up to keep them safe from speeding cars on the road. At night they would stay locked in a little shed to keep the coyotes from eating them.
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Bishop Kemme announces the assignments for the new priests

Bishop Carl A. Kemme has assigned the newly ordained priests. Here are their assignments.
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Several events planned for diocese during Religious Freedom Week June 22-29

The faithful of the Diocese of Wichita are invited later this month to join Catholics from across the United States to pray and act in support of religious liberty at home and abroad.
Serving Others in God’s Love: Religious Freedom Week 2018 begins Friday, June 22 on the Feast of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher, and ends Friday, June 29, on the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul.
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P&A missionaries to be based in Schulte and Pittsburg

Prayer and Action will soon host its sixth summer of mission projects for the Diocese of Wichita – this year in Schulte and Pittsburg.
Prayer and Action is a summer program designed as a low-cost mission for young people.
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Grant will allow Wichita’s Catholic Charities to connect to Pittsburg office

Catholic Charities counselors in Wichita will soon be assisting clients in Pittsburg face to face – electronically.
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