SEMINARIANS GET HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE

Ten transitional deacons have been assigned to parishes throughout the Diocese of Wichita this summer in preparation for their ordination to the priesthood in about a year.
Eleven of their brother seminarians, who are a year behind them, have been assigned to various diocesan ministries to get their hands dirty – before those hands are consecrated for the Lord’s work.
Three have just begun assignments to The Lord’s Diner, preparing food, serving guests, cleaning, mopping, and carrying out other duties associated with a high-volume kitchen.
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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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SENIORS LEND A HAND TO AID THE NEEDY

Those filling bags with basic necessities for the needy last week may have been volunteers for the diocesan Senior Adult Ministries, but they filled 206 bags quickly with their seasoned proficiency.
“Part of the joy of coming together to do this…is that the senior adult ministry population is a huge portion of our diocese,” said Catherine Bitting, program coordinator for the ministry, which is part of the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life.
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SPIRITUAL LIFE CENTER NEWS, JUNE 17, 2016

MY SON, MY BROTHER, MY FATHER

By Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke
It was a transition he traversed easily. First I was his son, now his father. It was a transition he made over twenty years before, but we were living out in a real way at the end. “He” was my father; I was his son…his parish priest and pastor.
It is unusual for a priest to be assigned to his home parish or to the parish of his family.
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SR. ELOISE HEADING ‘HOME’ AFTER 49 YEARS OF EDUCATING

Sister Eloise Hertel is turning a page to the next chapter in her life. After nearly 50 years of teaching and leading educators as a principal, she will soon be assisting her sisters at the Dominican motherhouse in Great Bend.
“You reach a point in your life where it’s time to quit. And I have reached that point, I know it well,” she said last week.
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SPIRITUAL LIFE CENTER NEWS, JUNE 3, 2016

DIOCESAN NEWS, JUNE 3, 2016