Thirteen to be ordained by Bishop Kemme to diaconate, priesthood

Two ceremonies set — 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. (Advance photo)

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.
Those to be ordained to the diaconate are Andrew Dellasega, Kurt Pauly, and Matthew Siegman. To be ordained to the priesthood are the Rev. Misters Michael Brungardt, Garett Burns, Isaac Coulter, Matthew Davied, Nicholaus Jurgensmeyer, Michael Kerschen, Chris Martin, James Schibi, Todd Shepherd, and Derek Thome.
Those to be ordained replied via email to questions about their upcoming ordinations.

Transitional Diaconate

Drew Dellasega
Drew Dellasega, a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Pittsburg, said joy fills his heart as his ordination draws near.
“I am grateful to the Lord for his call and this opportunity to take this concrete step forward toward service to the church as a priest,” he said. “Likewise I am profoundly grateful for all those who have supported me, first and foremost my parents and family, along with the priests of our diocese and faculty members of the seminary who have each played a unique role in my preparation.”
He is the son of Douglas and Julie Dellasega of Pittsburg.
He said he has learned a lot in the past eight years while preparing for ordination and is eager to share that with the faithful of the diocese.
For those who believe God is calling them to the priesthood or religious life, Dellasega said the first step is being open to God’s call. Then they should pray: Jesus, what are you calling me to?
“We should make this simple prayer repeatedly and in time, through persistence and a true desire to God’s will, what he desires for us will be made known to us. We should never be afraid of what God wants of us, for he will give us the grace to persevere in whatever it is he calls us to.”

Kurt Pauly
Kurt Pauly, a member of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Garden Plain, said during the first few years of seminary it seemed like ordination was so far in the future that the day would never arrive.
“But then, before I knew it, it was only a few weeks away. As the day draws near, I grow increasingly excited and I thank God for all the blessings he has given me over the years. I am eager to have the opportunity to serve the Wichita diocese as a transitional deacon.”
Pauly, the son of Jerrold and Cindy Pauly of Cheney, said the time he has spent in the seminary has been some of the most blessed years of his life.
“One of the most important decisions I made while discerning a vocation to the priesthood, prior to entering the seminary, was to meet with a spiritual director,” he said. “He helped me to see more clearly God’s will in my life. My advice, then, for anyone discerning a religious vocation would be to meet with a spiritual director or their parish priest. Discernment should not be done alone.”

Matt Seigman
Matt Seigman, a member of All Saints Parish in Wichita, said one word comes to mind: “Finally!”
That’s a common reaction from someone waiting five years, he said.
“I’m thrilled that I’m getting ordained, and I feel impatient to get started with the ministry,” he said. “I’m surprised at how fast the years have gone. It seems like only yesterday I was leaving my engineering job at Learjet to enter seminary.”
He said he’s a little nervous about ministry. “I’m being entrusted to preach the Word of God at Mass, to baptize children into the Church of God, to witness marriages, and even more. This is an awesome responsibility! I’m comforted by my trust in God, knowing that he will provide when I lack.”
Seigman, the son of Alan and Julie Siegman of Wichita, said he is grateful to God for his vocation and the graces he has received to follow his will.
“I’m grateful to the bishop for calling me to orders. I’m grateful to the seminaries in St. Louis and Chicago for forming me into a holier, happier, and better person. I’m grateful to the priests of Wichita who have helped me grow, who have supported me, and who have given me good counsel.”
He said he is also grateful to the faithful of the diocese for their support and especially his family for raising and educating him in the faith.
Anyone who believes they may have a religious vocation should discern that call with a priest.
“All of the priests I know are happy to help a man discern his vocation, even if it isn’t a call to the priesthood,” he said. “You don’t have to be perfect to enter seminary.”
Siegman said it’s the seminary’s job to help a man be the person God wants him to be. “Always work to grow into that person God wants you to be: never be anything but yourself. Whatever your vocation, God is calling you to it!” He said.


The Rev. Mr. Michael Brungardt
Deacon Brungardt said he is thinking of those who have helped him as his ordination draws near.
“First and foremost, it is the Lord himself,” he said. “I remember as a young teenager feeling his presence and inviting me down a path I was not yet ready to walk,” he said. “But his gentle guidance, his gratuitous mercy, and his unending patience guided me to where he always wanted me to be.”
Deacon Brungardt said his family – the first to form him in the faith – never left his side and were quick to call him out regarding anything in him that needed work.
He also is thinking of the people of the Diocese of Wichita, he said.
“I remember during my first summer teaching Totus Tuus how struck I was at the faith and vibrancy which existed here in our diocese. It was then that I knew that I could lay down my life for these people,” he said. “I often think of that summer, and find great comfort in knowing that these are the people I will get to spend my entire life with.”
Deacon Brungardt, the son of Jerry and Cas Brungardt of Wichita, said he has one statement for those considering a vocation to the priesthood: “Risk everything on the Lord!”
“I know the fear and trepidation that surround that tugging in your heart, that gentle whisper, that feeling you cannot seem to shake. I remember all that was laid out before me that I could have taken up: the careers, the opportunities, the relationships. And yet, none of these seemed to satisfy.”
He said as soon as he had any one of those other options within his grasp, it failed to give him what he had expected.
“It wasn’t until I took that first step, that first risk, that life opened up to reveal a whole new horizon,” Deacon Brungardt said. “In sending his Son into the world, the Father risked everything on us! And all the Son, Our Lord, asks in return is, ‘Come, follow me.’”
What that will be, only God can reveal, he said. “But I know for certain, risking our idea of what we think our future should look like on what the Lord has in mind – this risk will not leave you empty.”

Garett Burns
The Rev. Mr. Garett Burns, a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Wichita, said although he is excited about becoming a priest, he is probably just as excited to not be a student.
“Above all, I am humbled and grateful to God for this call and to the people of Wichita for their endless prayers, love, and support,” he said.
Deacon Burns said a vocation to the priesthood is meant to be received more than achieved.
“Begin the process of receiving this gift by growing daily in prayer, humility, and acts of selflessness. Certainty will be near impossible to find, but it comes down to trust in Jesus. If he has called you, be not afraid and cast out into the deep!”
He is the son of Pat and Jackie Burns of Wichita.

Isaac Coulter
The Rev. Mr. Isaac Coulter, a member of Church of the Resurrection in Wichita, quoted Adam in the second chapter of Genesis as his ordination to the priesthood nears: “At last!”
Deacon Coulter said those discerning a vocation should shut-up, listen to God, and throw themselves into the “waters of life.”
“You desire adventure, risk, and crazy joy,” he said. “That’s found in recklessly doing the will of another – or else life is boring chaos. Don’t over complicate things.”
Deacon Coulter, the son of Bryan and Jodi Coulter, said God will let a person know about their vocation in quiet of one’s heart.

Deacon Matt Davied
The Rev. Mr. Matt Davied, a member of Church of the Resurrection in Wichita, said seminary formation prepares a man for one thing: ordination to the priesthood.
“After all these years of preparation, I am excited to fulfill the vocation, the purpose, that the Lord has placed before me!” He said.
Men who believe they may have a vocation to the priesthood should stay close to the Lord, frequent the sacraments, Davied said. “He will lead you where you are designed to be, and that is thrilling, truly thrilling, to lead the life you are meant to live.”
He is the son of Greg and Kelly Davied of Wichita.

Nicholaus Jurgensmeyer
Nicholaus Jurgensmeyer said he is excited to serve the people of the Diocese of Wichita. “I know this is what God is calling me to do and that gives me a great peace,” he said.
Jurgensmeyer, a member of St. Joseph Parish in Baxter Springs, and the son of Terry and Debbie Jurgensmeyer of Miami, Oklahoma, said he is looking forward to “serving the people of the diocese in a capacity I have never been able to before. I am also excited to see the different ways in which God will work through me after ordination.”

Michael Kerschen
Michael Kerschen, a member of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Garden Plain, said “it’s a bit surreal” knowing his ordination to the priesthood is so close.
“Who knows what is waiting on the other side? Not me,” he said. “The mystery of it all scares me, but I know that seminary formation has prepared me well to embrace this new mode of living with the hope and confidence of a Christian.”
Kerschen, the son of Martin and Lila Kerschen of Garden Plain, said anyone interested in the priesthood should know the Lord is faithful to his promises.
“If he is calling you to the priesthood, he will give you all you need to be happy there,” he said. “You are the Father’s joy! No doubt about it, it can be scary. And there are moments when it will feel impossible, but your yes to his call causes the heavens to rejoice and the earth to be glad.”

Christopher Martin
Christopher Martin, a member of Church of the Holy Spirit in Goddard, said as his ordination nears he is grateful for the faithful of the diocese.
“I keep on reflecting how much kindness and support I have received from others. I am truly blessed,” he said.
“My second thought would be to express just how much I am yearning to be in a parish, to be ‘in the trenches’ with the people that I know and love. After all of these years of preparation and prayer, I am willing to do whatever God wants me to pursue; to serve all of you in our diocese, as a reflection of Jesus Christ.”
Martin, the son of Don and Shirley Grimm of Goddard, said he would tell a man considering the seminary that it is not going to be easy, but formation will reveal how special God has made him.
“Seminary is there to help a man form himself to Christ, but your formators are with you all the way if you let them be,” he said. “Be truthful, reveal yourself in prayer and all other aspects of your life.”
Martin said a friend once told him that if anyone has any inkling God is calling him to the priesthood – give it a shot. “I have remembered this throughout all of my years in the seminary. Well, give it a shot, and God will let you know his plan for you along the way.”

James Schibi
James Schibi, a member of St. Patrick Parish in Parsons, said he is overjoyed about his ordination and grateful for all who supported him and prayed for him: the faithful of the diocese, the seminary faculty staff, and family and friends.
“I am also relieved and excited that my years of seminary are done and I can now be a priest for the people of the Diocese of Wichita,” he said.
Schibi, the son of Vince and Mary Schibi of Parsons, said a priest once told him that following God’s will, especially a priestly vocation, is the surest path to get to heaven.
Men considering the priesthood should, “pray every day for your vocation,” Schibi said, “and don’t be afraid to take the next step and go to seminary. I thank God, every day that he gave me the courage to do just that.”

Todd Shepherd
Todd Shepherd, a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Wichita, said as his ordination nears he is grateful to God for his calling, for his parish, and for Catholic education.
“I am equally grateful for going to great seminaries that have helped give me all of the tools I need to be a good priest,” he said. “At this point, I recognize that I have received what seminary has to offer, so now I am ready to fly away from the nest. After eight years of concentrated preparation, I can confidently say that I am ready to be a priest to live my life in sacrifice in order to help lead others closer to Christ.
Shepherd, the son of Thomas and Sheila Shepherd, said a man considering the priesthood should listen to the stirrings of his heart in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.
“If in silence the idea of seminary or the priesthood gives you joy and excitement, God is calling you to go to the seminary,” Shepherd said.
“If doubt or fear enter in, ignore it for it is not from God. Do not let discernment be a roller coaster of joy one day and fear the next, but rather keep your gaze on Christ and his will for you.”

Derek Thome
Derek Thome said he’s glad to be finishing his 11th consecutive year of college but humbled by what lies before him.
Thome, a member of St. John Parish in Clonmel, said,
“To finally serve as a priest of Jesus Christ is a remarkable gift that has been given to me,” Thome, a member of St. John Parish in Clonmel, said. “At a recent baptism, it struck me that this was a moment where the young child received her vocation. This thought not only resonated with me in terms of how I preached at the baptism but on the significance of my own baptism and the many years of formation that have happened since Christmas Eve 1988.”
He said it had been a privilege during the last six years to grow closer to God and the heart of his son, Jesus Christ, under the maternal protection of our Lady at Mount St. Mary’s.
“The different assignments I have had in the diocese have helped to develop a priestly heart, a heart that will surely need continual growth in the priesthood,” he said. “I look forward to celebrating the Mass, being present in the confessional, and ministering to the various different needs of our diocese.”
Thome, the son of Howard and Jean Thome of Viola, said he also looks forward to – as St. John Marie Vianney said – bringing to others the joy of the priesthood, the love of the heart of Jesus Christ.
He said many men can’t believe or won’t embrace the idea that they are being called to be priests and reminds them that God will “equip” those he calls.
“This was part of my story, and it wasn’t because I thought I was one of the equipped,” he said. “We can run from God’s voice or from discerning God’s call for us for a number of reasons.”
Those reasons may include an aptitude for success in the world, past sins or inadequacies, and not recognizing God’s gifts to live out a vocation to the priesthood.
“God desires us to fall deeper in love with him regardless of what vocation we are called to – we are called to holiness,” Thome said. “Fostering a prayer life allows your relationship with God to grow and it allows you to more easily hear his voice. Our relationship with Christ makes us more free, free to hear his voice, free to fall deeper in love with him, and more free to say yes to the vocation he has called us to.”

Both ordinations will be streamed at

Bishop Kemme announces new priest assignments

Bishop Carl A. Kemme has announced changes in assignments for diocesan priests.

The Rev. Douglas Campbell - Retired Priest Status, effective September 1, 2018
The Rev. Thomas Stroot - Retired Priest Status, effective June 19, 2018

The Rev. Brian Bebak – Pastor, Holy Family Parish, Florence, Marion, Pilsen and Tampa, effective June 19, 2018
The Rev. Ned Blick – Pastor, Saint Margaret Mary Parish, Wichita, effective June 19, 2018
The Rev. Devin Burns – Pastor, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Newton, effective June 19, 2018
The Rev. Juan Garza – Pastor, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Hutchinson, effective June 19, 2018
The Rev. John Hay – Pastor, St. James Parish, Augusta, effective June 19, 2018
The Rev. David Michael Htun – Pastor, St. Paul Parish, Wichita State University, effective June 19, 2018
The Rev. John Lanzrath – Pastor, St. John the Evangelist, El Dorado, effective June 19, 2018
The Rev. Hien Nguyen – Pastor, All Saints Parish, Wichita, effective June 19, 2018
The Rev. Samuel Pinkerton – Pastor, St. Francis Parish, St. Paul, St. Ambrose Parish, Erie, effective June 19, 2018
The Rev. Michael Schemm – Pastor, Church of the Resurrection, Wichita, effective June 19, 2018
The Rev. H. Setter – Pastor, St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Garden Plain, St. Mary Parish, Aleppo, effective June 19, 2018
The Rev. Benjamin Shockey – Pastor, St. Joseph Parish, McPherson, St. Bridget of Sweden Parish, Lindsborg, effective June 19, 2018
The Rev. Jerome Spexarth – Pastor, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Pittsburg, effective June 19, 2018
The Rev. Joseph Tatro – Pastor, St. John Parish, Clonmel, Continuing with Psychological services to Seminarians and Priests of the Diocese of Wichita, effective June 19, 2018
The Rev. Philip J. Voegeli – Pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Frontenac, effective June 19, 2018
The Rev. Andrew Walsh – Pastor, St. Patrick Parish, Kingman, effective June 19, 2018
The Rev. Eric Weldon – Pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Colwich, effective June 19, 2018
The Rev. James Weldon – Pastor, St. Patrick Parish, Wichita, effective June 19, 2018
The Rev. Patrick York – Pastor, Saint Joseph Parish, Wichita, Vicar for Priests, and Member of Bishop’s Leadership Team, Priests Retirement and Education Fund and Presbyteral Council, effective May 15, 2018

Parochial Vicar
The Rev. Edmund Herzog - Parochial Vicar, Christ the King Parish, Wichita and Associate Chaplain, Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, effective June 19, 2018
The Rev. Jorge Lopez - Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Pittsburg, effective June 19, 2018
The Rev. Zachary Pinaire - Parochial Vicar, St. Paul Parish, Wichita State University, effective June 19, 2018
Parochial Administrator
The Rev. Babu Pinninti - Parochial Administrator, St. Joan of Arc Parish, Anthony, Danville and Harper, effective June 19, 2018

Chaplains and Special Assignments
The Rev. Michael Baldwin - Formation Team, Director of field apostolates, St. Joseph House of Formation, Wichita, effective June 19, 2018
The Rev. Maximilian Biltz - Priest in Residence, St. Martin of Tours, Caldwell and Advocate Diocesan Marriage Tribunal, Wichita, effective June 19, 2018
The Rev. Samuel Brand – Completing service as the Diocesan Master of Ceremonies and remaining as Chaplain of Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Wichita, Effective, June 19, 2018
The Rev. Joseph Gile, S.T.D. - Formation Team, Director of academic formation, St. Joseph House of Formation, Wichita, remaining as Chaplain to the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph and Dean of Graduate Studies, Newman University, effective June 19, 2018
The Rev. Gabriel Greer - Priest Assistant to the Bishop, Diocesan Master of Ceremonies and Associate Chaplain, Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School, residing at the Priest Residence, Spiritual Life Center, Wichita, effective June 19, 2018
The Rev. John Jirak, J.C.L. - Formation Team, Director of spiritual formation, St. Joseph House of Formation, Wichita, remaining as Pastor of Church of the Magdalen, effective June 19, 2018
The Rev. Darrin May – Sabbatical, effective June 19 – December 31, 2018
The Rev. Michael Peltzer – Chaplain, Discalced Carmelite Community and Coordinator for the updating of the History of the Diocese of Wichita and Priest’s Necrology with residence at the Priest Retirement Center, Wichita, effective June 19, 2018
The Rev. Dominic Potnuru – Chaplain, Ascension Via Christi, Wichita, effective June 19, 2018
The Rev. Benjamin Sawyer - Director of Clergy ongoing formation, while remaining as Pastor, Christ the King Parish, Wichita, effective June 19, 2018
The Rev. Andrew Seiler - Associate Chaplain, Catholic Care Center, Wichita, effective May 1, 2018

Missionary Guadalupans of the Holy Spirit say goodbye to Wichita

The Missionaries Guadalupans of the Holy Spirit will leave the diocese next month. From left are Sisters María Teresa Pacheco, Aida Sansor, Magdalena Carrillo, and Reyna Reséndiz.

Eleven years ago Father José Machado took the initiative to bring additional communities of religious sisters to the Diocese of Wichita to help with evangelization in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish and with Archbishop O. Michael Jackel’s (current Bishop of Dubuque) drive, this project was assigned to the Office of Hispanic Ministry under the moderator Father John Brungardt (current Bishop of Dodge City) and the then director Josefa Fernandez. They traveled to Mexico to personally request the service of the Guadalupan sisters.
In 2007 Sisters Alicia López, Reyna Resendiz, and Aida Sansor arrived in Wichita and established a new community in Perpetual Help parish and began their work of evangelization. In addition to that parish, the sisters added missions in St. Patrick, St. Margaret Mary, St. Anne, Cathedral, and in the parishes of Hutchinson, Newton, Lyons, and Arkansas City. They also dedicated themselves to the direct administration and development of the Institute of Faith Formation sponsored by the Hispanic Ministry.
During those years other sisters were also part of this mission, such as Sr. Rosa Cruz, Sr. Isabel Escamilla, and Sr. Esther Ramirez.
Over the years the sisters dedicated themselves to the catechesis and formation of leaders in the Cursillos of Christianity and Apostolic Movements. Sister Aida believes the formation of leaders and consolidation of communities has solidified the most. “The parishes are more integrated and the Hispanic community is no longer isolated, I think it is a great achievement,” she said.
Sister Reyna said, “The continuity of the formation of Hispanics through the Institute of Formation has made Hispanics more aware of their belonging to the Catholic Church.” Around 20 people have achieved a Masters in Catechesis and this is a great satisfaction for them, she said. They also managed to open new courses in the Institute to expand the original content Josefa Fernandez and the Catechist Sisters began.
Sister Reyna is most satisfied with the leadership in the parishes, and mentioned, “It gives me great joy and grateful to the Lord because the catechesis is the right foot of the pastoral in the parishes.”
Something very special that Sister Aida takes is the experience, notion, and knowledge of stewardship. She said it is something that in other missionary experiences she had not experienced or grasped. “Also the human warmth and the hunger for evangelization, the immense desire to receive the word of God, this is great satisfaction, she said.”
On June 15, the Guadalupan sisters will leave the Diocese of Wichita for different destinations, however they leave a footprint of service, constant work, spirituality and, above all, great joy in giving to others.
Sister Reyna asks the Hispanic community not to give up, to persevere, and to continue with hope and with a strong and firm faith, with the enthusiasm to know and learn more about the Gospel, and to live stewardship.
Sister Magdalen indicated that she will take in her heart the richness of stewardship that is not just in theory but the practice that she saw parishioners gradually become grateful disciples of Jesus. She invites people to visit St. Patrick and take a few minutes to see the convent that gave shelter to the Guadalupans and the Cross of the Apostolate that remains as a gift from Jesus through the founder of their community, Concepción Cabrera de Armida.
Lastly, Sister Maria Teresa Pacheco shared that her most beautiful experience has also been stewardship and the beautiful people in Wichita and South Hutchinson God gave her the chance to share with. She said Fr. Blick has been a great example to the children and youth.
Sister Maria Teresa invites the parishioners to fully live their baptismal priesthood with Guadalupan characteristics as being life bearers, encountering people, accompanying the suffering, being agents of communion and unity centered in the Trinity, and having a great love for the Virgin Mary.

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.”
Bishop Kemme said the priests of the United States have been asked by their pro-life brothers and sisters in Ireland to offer Masses and fast in anticipation of the referendum.
To promote their efforts, Irish pro-lifers have initiated a “Mass and Fast for Ireland Campaign.” Details are available at www.Mass
The bishop is asking priests of the Diocese of Wichita, from now until May 25, “to offer at least one Mass for this intention and to invite your parishioners to lift up their hearts in prayer for the unborn of Ireland.”
He also asked that a prayer of intercession regarding the referendum be added at Masses and asked the priests to invite their parishioners to offer their holy hours in adoration for the intention.
“I would also ask that the people of the diocese voluntarily choose one day between now and then to fast for this intention using the traditional Ash Wednesday/Good Friday guidelines for fasting,” Bishop Kemme said.
“Let us unite spiritually with our pro-life brothers and sisters in Ireland so that the unborn there will know the protection of law for succeeding generations. Thank you and God bless you.”

Diocesan news, May 18, 2018

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next several weeks.
May 19: Ordination to the diaconate at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral
May 20: Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School graduation at 1:30 p.m. at Hartman Arena; Bishop Carroll Catholic High School graduation at 4 p.m. at Hartman Arena
May 24: Evening with Seminarians at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral
May 26: Ordination to the priesthood at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Magdalene
June 1: Evening with Seminarians at 6 p.m. in Southeast Kansas at Pittsburg State University
June 2: Salina diocese ordination to the priesthood at 10 a.m. at Salina cathedral; Confirmation Mass at 5:30 p.m. followed by blessing of new parish hall for St. Anthony, Strong City, and St. Rose of Lima in Council Grove
June 3: Fr. Kapaun Day Mass at 11 a.m. at St. John Nepomucene in Pilsen; Corpus Christi at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral
June 7: Presbyteral Council; Confirmation Mass for St. Mary, Moline and St. Robert, Sedan at 6: 30 p.m. at St. Mary in Moline
June 8: Confirmation Mass at 6: 30 p.m. at Sacred Heart in Colwich
June 9: Feast Day Mass at 9 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent.; 100th anniversary Mass of the dedication of Sacred Heart Church in Colwich at 5: 30 p.m.
June 10: 25th anniversary Mass of the dedication of Sacred Heart Church in Fredonia at 10: 30 a.m.
June 23: Jubilee Mass at 10:30 a.m. with the Sisters of St. Joseph
June 24: Holy Savior Mass followed by ground breaking at 10 a.m.; Humanae Vitae 50th Anniversary Mass at SLC at 3 p.m.
June 25-30: Senior Adult Ministry bus trip to EWTN

Bishop Kemme to ordain Salina seminarian June 2
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will ordain the Rev. Mr. Andy Hammeke to the priesthood at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 2, at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Salina.
Bishop Kemme will preside at the event because Bishop Edward Weisenburger was appointed bishop of the Diocese of Tucson on Oct. 3, 2017. The Diocese of Salina is still waiting for a successor.
Deacon Hammeke, 29, is a native of Hays and grew up in Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish. He is the son of Curtis and Annette Hammeke of Hays.

Bike camp for disabled children set for July 16-18
A bike camp will be offered this summer to help persons with disabilities learn how to ride a bicycle. The iCan Bike Camp, for persons eight years and older, will be hosted July 16-18.
To register for the camp or for more information, visit or email her at

Parish news, May 18, 2018

GriefShare at SEAS Tuesday, May 22
A GriefShare meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, in the Adult Library at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Wichita. The topic will be “God’s Prescription for Grief.” For more information, contact Candi Spacil at 721-1686 ext. 237.
GriefShare provides healing for anyone who has lost a loved one.

Fighting for Your Marriage series begins June 7 at St. Patrick
A six-Thursday “Fighting for Your Marriage” series will be offered from 6 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Thursday, June 7 at St. Patrick Church, 2007 N. Arkansas in Wichita.
The series, sponsored by the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life, is for couples who want to make their relationship work and their marriage last. Newly married couples are encouraged to attend so they can begin working on the life skills needed for a blessed and joyful marriage.
The cost is $50. Babysitting is available. For more information or to register call 316-685-5240.

St. Luke D. of I. hosts 95th anniversary party
St. Luke Circle #239 Daughters of Isabella celebrated the 95th anniversary of the Daughters of Isabella May 8 at the Prairie Mission Retirement Village in St. Paul, Kansas.
The circle was organized on April 8, 1923, with 122 charter members.
Special recognition went to Lorene Van Leeuwen for 69 years of membership and Rosemary O’Toole for 66 years.

Spiritual Life Center news, May 18, 2018

Father Van Haverbeke to lead monthly program on Nouwen
Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke will lead a monthly reading club on the writings of internationally renowned priest, professor, and author Father Henri Nouwen beginning Wednesday, May 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The course will meet once a month through August to discuss a different book written by Nouwen.
Father Henri Nouwen speaks a language which touches the hearts of many. His thoughts, reflected in his writing, help a person draw closer to the heart of Jesus as the beloved Son of the Father.
Nouwen’s books are easily accessible to every Christian, and the reading group will offer the opportunity for community, hospitality, reflection, and spiritual nourishment. The club will meet on evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on May 23, June 20, July 18, and August 22.
The first meeting will be to review the life of Henri Nouwen and to discuss the impact of his writings. The following months the group will discuss Reaching Out, Can you drink the cup?, and Adam: God’s Beloved.
Participants may attend one or all of the sessions. The cost for the entire summer group is $25. Register at or by calling (316) 744-0167.

Reading group soon meeting at the SLC
The Spiritual Life Center will hold its first Good Books meeting of the summer Thursday, June 7, about Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter. The course meets monthly throughout the summer to learn more about the novel and how it relates to Christians.
Kapaun Mt. Carmel teacher Angie Etheredge leads the summer sessions which will take place on June 7, July 12, and Aug. 2. The study meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. each of these evenings. The cost for the summer course is $30 and the book will be available in the Center’s bookstore.
Please go to or call (316) 744-0167 to register. Pre-registration is requested but walk-ins are welcome.

May 25-27 a weekend of silence at the Spiritual Life Center
The Spiritual Life Center will offer a truly silent retreat on Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27.
There are few weekends in the year when our Diocesan Retreat Center is not bustling with many retreats and programs, but that particular weekend is one of those rare times of quiet. The center invites all who are interested to enjoy a truly silent retreat.
Beginning 7:30 p.m. Friday evening and concluding Sunday Morning with 10:30 a.m. Mass, that weekend participants will be enveloped in silence. There will be no conferences, but participants will have the opportunity for Eucharistic Adoration, individual spiritual direction with Father Ken Van Haverbeke, and confession.
With very few staff scheduled that weekend, retreatants are asked to bring their own food, or plan to eat locally. Pricing reflects bedroom rates and programming only; no meals are included.
Want to attend?
Register online at or call (316) 744-0167. Single occupancy room rates are $120 for the entire weekend; double occupancy, $100.

Christendom Academy begins June 9 at SLC
Dusty Gates, Howard Clark, and Matthew Umbarger will team teach a new program the Spiritual Life Center this summer called “The Christendom Academy.” The academy will meet once a week for eight weeks from June 19 through Aug. 7, focusing on one cultural epoch each week.
The program highlights the unique contributions Western Civilization has made to our understanding of philosophy, theology, spirituality, morality, and citizenship.
Students will be invited to learn new ways to answer perennial questions like who am I? Where have I come from and where am I going? What contribution am I called to make for my own salvation, for the good of my family, and the good of the world?
Course content will be drawn from a handful of writings essential to the development of Christian culture. The modules are The Greeks, The Romans, The Hebrews, The Evangelists, The Fathers, The Early Medievals, The Late Medievals, and The Moderns.
The class will meet from 9 a.m. to noon each Tuesday, and will include lunch. Tuition is $165, which does not include the optional textbooks. For more information or to register visit

A few spaces remain in iconography workshop this summer at SLC
The Byzantine Iconography Workshop scheduled for June 25 to June 30 at the Spiritual Life Center is nearly full. Master iconographer Theodore Papadopoulos from Larissa, Greece, will lead the intensive six-day course during which he will guide participants through the ancient techniques of Byzantine iconography.
As part of the course, students will “write” the icon of Christ Pantokrator, which is inspired by one of the most admired artworks of Byzantine iconography.
Beginners and professionals are welcome. The workshop offers an opportunity to learn and refine techniques in the sacred art. The goal is to provide to students a complete training in the sacred art of Byzantine iconography through clear concise teaching. The course will be taught daily, Monday through Saturday, June 25 to June 30, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pricing includes expert instruction, course materials, daily lunch, and lodging.
Space is extremely limited for this course, so all those interested are encouraged to sign up soon. Pricing and registration are available at

Culture conference at SLC in June
The Spiritual Life Center will host the Fourth Annual Catholic Culture Conference June 1-3. The theme of this year’s event is “Catholic Thought in an Age of Confusion.”
Three national speakers, Dale Ahlquist, Bradley Birzer, and Joseph Pearce, will attend. Ahlquist is one of the most respected G.K. Chesterton scholars in the world, is the creator and host of the popular EWTN series “The Apostle of Common Sense,” and is the author of three books on Chesterton.
Birzer holds the Russell Amos Kirk Chair in American Studies and is Professor of History at Hillsdale College, Michigan. He is author of books about St. Augustine, J.R.R. Tolkien, and others. Pearce, who presented at the Center last November, is an internationally acclaimed author of many books including bestsellers such as “Tolkien: Man and Myth” and “C.S. Lewis and the Catholic Church.”
It begins Friday evening, June 1, with an opening lecture by Joseph Pearce at 7 p.m. followed by a reception. Saturday features talks by Joseph Pearce and Dale Ahlquist and a banquet dinner. On Sunday, Bradley Birzer will join for the closing session.
Want to attend the conference?
Space is limited, so sign up early by calling the Spiritual Life Center at 316-744-0167 or visiting us online at Overnight full weekend rate (includes bedroom Friday and Saturday, and all meals, socials, and lectures): Early bird, $145 per person (single) or $120 per person (double).
Commuter full weekend rate, includes all lectures, meals, and socials: $100. Partial weekend attendance options: Friday night only, $20; Full Saturday, $65; Saturday, daytime only, $45 (includes breakfast, morning and afternoon talks, and lunch); half day: $25; banquet only $25; Sunday only: $20 (lunch and lecture).

Marriage getaway June 16 at the SLC
Married couples are invited to a Marriage Enrichment Day Saturday, June 16, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
This day is designed to draw couples closer to God and closer to each other so that their marriages thrive. Couples will spend the day looking at ways in which they can be more united in love by uniting their marriage to Christ.
Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. The event begins at 9 and ends with Mass at 5 p.m.
The cost is $60 per couple and includes materials, lunch, breakfast items, snacks, coffee, and water. For more information contact Jake Samour at 316-685-5240. Register by visiting

Youth and school news, May 18, 2018

Kitty Michot

St. Jude teacher retires after 46 years
Kitty Michot originally considered cytology, the study of cells, as a college major. But, because she has a form of dyslexia, which interferes with mathematical calculations, she went into music – much to the joy and benefit of the hundreds of students she taught in her 46 years.
Michot is retiring this year after 24 years with St. Jude Catholic School in Wichita.
A reception in her honor will be held at 6 p.m. this evening, Friday, May 18, in the St. Jude Parish Hall.
She started teaching applied voice part-time in 1972 at Newman University. She also taught music, voice, and choir at Butler Community College; and later taught at All Saints and St. Joseph schools, and Holy Savior Catholic Academy, before taking the job at St. Jude.
“My favorite thing about teaching is my students,” Michot said. “They are fun to be with. They’re fun to be with, adventurous, sometimes frustrating, but always wanting to learn – even the old ones.”
She said she plans to join a quilting group after her retirement and has three wishes for travel: Ireland, Rome, and a train ride across Canada.
“My parents were always my best fans,” Michot said. “My family has always been in my corner and now they are all in heaven, I hope, where they have the best seats to watch over me.”

Saint James Robotics Club places in WSU robotics competition
The Saint James Catholic School and Parish Robotics Club of Augusta placed in several categories April 21 at Wichita State University’s 18th annual Shocker Mindstorm Robotics Challenge.
The club’s advanced team took first place overall in the Intermediate Division, while the novice team won third place overall and first place for display in the Beginner II Division.
The competition includes designing and programming Lego-style robotics to complete specific challenges, documenting the progress in a team notebook, creating a display and participating in an interview or presentation. Thirty-seven teams from the Wichita area participated in this year’s challenge.
The 2018 club is made up of 18 students ages 8 to 14, one teen mentor and 18 adults from the parish.

Diocesan representatives from around the Midwest to gather for regional Encuentro

By Jake Samour
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. The hope is to go out and evangelize while we go through the consultation process. It has been convened in and was made one of the priorities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
On the last weekend of April, nearly 200 delegates of the 15 dioceses from Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, and Missouri gathered at the Savior Pastoral Center in Kansas City, Kansas, to participate in the Region IX Encuentro.
In many amazing ways, the upcoming V Encuentro has already been a success. A total of 143 dioceses have celebrated their diocesan Encuentros and the regional Encuentros are still being held with much joy and enthusiasm across the country. The numbers speak for themselves:
• The mission and consultation process has reached more than 330,000 people.
• More than 45,000 leaders, both new and experienced, have participated in diocesan and regional Encuentros. Three more regional Encuentros will take place in May and three more in June.
• More than 26,000 leaders have been trained as missionary disciples
• In addition, all dioceses in the country have completed their report on the present state of Hispanic ministry. This has never been done so completely and professionally.
More than 3,000 delegates and over 100 bishops will attend the V National Encuentro Sept. 20-23, in Grapevine, Texas. Representatives of the Holy See and Latin America will also attend. This effort is inspiring a new generation of leaders and fostering a space to develop creative ways of evangelizing and reaching out to those on the peripheries of our communities.
Samour is director of the diocesan Office Marriage and Family Life.

Older Catholics are a blessing for the diocese and for the young, bishop says

Delphine and Quentin Tasset, members of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Wichita, sing the opening hymn at the Senior Appreciation Mass and the Harvest House 29th Anniversary Celebration Thursday, May 10, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita. (Advance photo)

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.
“The human experience of time is a mystery,” Bishop Kemme said in his homily. “It flows steadily, regularly, uninterruptedly from the beginning until the very end…an endless flow of time.
“As our lives progress, time seems to speed up and at certain times, we wish we could slow down the clock and savor each minute and each hour. My own parents, who are among the group called seniors, express that sentiment, as I suspect each of you does, of the rush of time.”
Bishop Kemme said he understands that because he was ordained to the priesthood on May 10, 1986.
“It is hard for me to believe that already 32 years have come and gone since that important day of my life and yet, when I review the years, so much has happened; I have been to so many places and met so many wonderful people. The mystery of time.”
He also talked about time in relation to the day’s Gospel reading, in which Jesus talks about returning after his ascension.
“He says it will be a ‘little while,’” Bishop Kemme said. “Now, over 2000 years have passed since the Lord’s ascension, and still we wait for his return. But seen against the backdrop of eternity, these 2,000 years are a blink of an eye.”
Bishop Kemme urged the older members of the faithful of the diocese to help others with that wisdom of perspective of time because they “are able to see things in a different and in a more enriching way than what many can in our culture, who are overcome with immediacy and the need for speedy results.”
Seniors can help the younger generations take the “long view,” a view in which Jesus is waiting at the end of their lives.
The bishop shared a story about a young man who asked an elderly religious sister – one of the popular teachers in his seminary – about an emotional crisis the man was having.
“The sister simply said, ‘This too shall pass,’” he said. “At the time, it seemed so inadequate and far too simple. But now, after 32 plus years, those words were perfect.
“I was that young man. And, yes, indeed the crisis passed. That is the spiritual perspective we so desperately need today.”