YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ...

Bishop Carl A. Kemme will ordain 10 men to the priesthood and 10 to the transitional diaconate in the next two weeks. It is one of the largest classes of ordinandi in decades for the Diocese of Wichita.
Ten seminarians will be ordained to the transitional diaconate at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at Church of the Magdalen in Wichita. The venue was changed to Magdalen from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception because of the number to be ordained and its larger capacity.
The ordination to the priesthood of the 10 deacons will take place at 10 a.m. the next week, Saturday, May 27.
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BISHOP KEMME EXPLAINS PRIEST ASSIGNMENTS

Greetings of Easter peace and new life! In this edition of the Catholic Advance, you will find the list of priests who will be receiving new assignments from me this summer, excluding the assignments of the ten men to be ordained on May 27. Those assignments will be published in the June 2 edition. I write this brief pastoral letter to a diocese in a time of transition.
Over the past four weeks, I have been in numerous conversations with a number of priests about welcoming a new assignment.
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BISHOP KEMME ANNOUNCES PRIEST ASSIGNMENTS

Father Sixtus Ye Myint, one of the priests from Myanmar serving in the Diocese of Wichita, will retire June 20. Father Myint is pastor of three parishes in Southeast Kansas, Moline, Caney, and Sedan.
His retirement is one of the priestly assignments announced by Bishop Carl A. Kemme, most of which are effective on June 20.
Ten pastors have been given new parishes. Three priests have been named parochial vicars at parishes in Wichita or Pittsburg.
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INTERNATIONAL TEC ENCOUNTER JULY 7-9 AT THE SLC IN WICHITA

The Diocese of Wichita is hosting this year’s international TEC Encounter July 7-9 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
David Walker, program director for the diocesan Office of Faith Formation, said the international Teens Encounter Christ family gathers annually at the event to strengthen and deepen their encounter with Christ.
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BISHOP BLESSES CEMETERY ADDITION

Bishop Carl A. Kemme blessed the new Holy Family Mausoleum at Resurrection Cemetery in west Wichita Saturday, May 13. The mausoleum was recently completed and has room for over 360 full casket burials and 240 cremated remains.
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HUTCHINSON PARISHIONERS SHARE THEIR CONVERSION STORY ON EWTN

Every time Tim and Jackie Oglesby shared their stories about why they became Catholic, the response was: “You’ve got to go on EWTN’s The Journey Home program!”
Years after they first heard that comment, they have checked The Journey Home program off their bucket list.
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THE BLESSED VIRGIN APPEARS TO THE THREE

On the beautiful spring morning of May 13, 1917, the three Fatima children – Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia, ages 7, 9 and 10 – were shepherding their sheep on Lucia’s parents’ property, the Cova de Iria, near the Portuguese village of Fatima. The children saw a flash of what they thought was lightning.
Lucia thought it would be best if they were to go home to avoid the thunderstorm. They began to head home, climbing down a rocky slope, when more “lightning flashes” appeared in front of them. As they hurried the sheep along, they realized the “flashes” were not lightning.
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POPE FRANCIS BUILD 2017 BEGINS AUG. 12

The Diocese of Wichita is again partnering with Habitat for Humanity Wichita for a Pope Francis Build.
Bonnie Toombs, director of the diocesan Respect Life and Social Justice Office, said initial construction will begin on Aug. 12 at a lot located at 1227 N. Estelle, just a few blocks from Holy Savior Church.
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OFFER THE EUCHARIST IN REPARATION

The final apparition of the Angel of Portugal in 1916 to the children of Fatima gives us a model of the reverence we should have for the Eucharist.
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WE LEARN ABOUT OURSELVES WHEN WE HELP PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Julie is a lady with a beautiful smile and a teaching spirit. She has been teaching her family, her teachers, and her caregivers what we need to know to assist her in this world – since her dad, Stan, and I misplaced the “parenting Julie manual” that they must have given us (not) at the hospital when she was born.
She was born with cerebral palsy and microcephaly which caused intellectual delays. Her care includes total assistance with all her activities of daily living: feeding, dressing, personal care, and learning.
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LEARNING FROM THE MONKS

As a Boy Scout I learned the motto, “Be Prepared.” But at the monastery I never felt prepared. A diocesan priest prays the Liturgy of the Hours five times a day like a monk, but generally it is between apostolic work, such as confessions, celebrating the Mass, visiting the sick, or taking a nap. (Opps, did I let that slip out?)
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