SEMINARIANS GETTING HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE

Three seminarians working for the Diocese of Wichita this summer are getting a head start with skills they will use if they are ordained to the priesthood.
Michael Kerschen has been serving the diocesan Office of Ministry with Persons with Disabilities. Isaac Coulter and Derek Thome have been assisting the ministries of Catholic Charities including Adult Day Service, Our Daily Bread, and Cana Counseling.
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KANSAS BISHOPS’ STATEMENT ABOUT THE WHOLE WOMAN’S HEALTH V. HELLERSTEDT DECISION

On Monday, June 29, the United States Supreme Court struck down a Texas law that required abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and to meet the same health and safety standards as other ambulatory surgical centers.
Forty-three years after Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court continues to use tortured reasoning to defend the indefensible, in spite of sonograms and other technological advances that make plain the humanity of the unborn child....
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WYD PILGRIMS PACKING BAGS FOR POLAND

Thirty-four pilgrims from the Diocese of Wichita will be among the hundreds of thousands taking part in World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland.
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will celebrate a Mass for the group at noon Tuesday, July 19, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita. After Mass pilgrims will be bused to Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. Their plane is scheduled to arrive in Warsaw on Wednesday....
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WYD EVENT PLANNED FOR WICHITA, TOO

Youth unable to participate in World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland, can take part in a World Youth Day Stateside overnight pilgrimage July 27-28 at Church of the Magdalen in Wichita.
Participants in the event will be able to be a part of World Youth Day via the internet with Pope Francis and the pilgrims from the Diocese of Wichita in Poland.
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CAMINO PILGRIMS TO GATHER AT THE SLC JULY 23 TO REFLECT

The Camino de Santiago, or Way of St. James, is a network of medieval pilgrimage routes across Europe and Spain leading to the tomb of the Apostle St. James the Greater in the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela. Every year thousands of pilgrims walk anywhere from 80 miles (the minimum requirement to claim a compostela, a sort of pilgrimage certificate) to over 1,000 miles, starting from their homes across Europe.
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CAMPERS, CREW BEAT THE HEAT AT HOLY FAMILY CAMP 2016

Holy Family Camp is an intense week of activities, challenges, and expressions of love that, when it’s over, requires a few days of recovery for leaders and volunteers.
Despite the exhausting responsibilities, Tom Racunas, the outgoing director of the diocesan office of Ministry With Persons With Disabilities, says he will miss everything about it.
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DIOCESE LAUNCHES INITIATIVE TO SUPPORT THE ‘DOMESTIC CHURCH’

Pope St. John Paul II once wrote “Families, become what you are!” to encourage families to joyfully live out their call to holiness and mission in daily life.
With this is mind, the Office of Faith Formation and the Office of Marriage and Family Life are sponsoring the inaugural “Faith and Family Festival,” a diocese-wide event oriented toward adults, high school and middle school youth, and children, with the aim of inspiring and engaging each member of the family in their relationship with Christ and with one another.
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THE MOUNT HELPING CATHOLIC CHARITIES’ MOVE, KEEP FAMILIES IN PERMANENT HOUSING

WICHITA – More families are being helped out of generational poverty as the result of a program expansion at Catholic Charities.
Harbor House at Catholic Charities was unable to serve 121 people seeking shelter from domestic violence last September because the shelter was full. Today, the number of people turned away has been cut in half because of additional accommodations resulting from the opening in October of The Mount – a Family Enrichment Complex located at 3700 E. Lincoln.
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SFA PARISHIONER WRITES BOOK ABOUT SAINTS, LOVING GOD, AND TRUSTING IN HIS MERCY

St. Francis of Assisi parishioner Jean M. Heimann has written her second book, “Learning to Love with the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir” published by Mercy Press. She published “Seven Saints for Seven Virtues” in 2014 through Servant Press.
Heimann was motivated to share her own faith story in her second books after hearing the words of Pope Francis in 2015 encouraging the laity to witness the Gospel message to others.
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FR. KAPAUN’S CAUSE ONE STEP CLOSER TO PAPAL CONSIDERATION

The cause for the canonization of Father Emil Kapaun is one step closer to consideration by the pope.
Six historical consultants of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints met in Rome Tuesday, June 21, and approved the historical documents submitted by the Diocese of Wichita on behalf of Fr. Kapaun’s Cause for Beatification and Canonization.
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SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH BREAK GROUND FOR ASSISTED LIVING AND SKILLED NURSING CENTER

WICHITA – The Sisters of St. Joseph ceremonially broke ground Monday, June 13, to mark the start of construction on a new building on East Lincoln Road in Wichita. The building will be a non-profit senior care property and will offer Sisters and others assisted living and skilled care options.
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