Bishop asks for prayers for the convocation

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
A historic moment will take place for the Catholic Church in the United States from July 1-4, 2017, in Orlando, Florida. The bishops of our country, along with chosen delegations from their respective dioceses, as well as representatives from various ministries in the United States, will gather for days of prayer, reflection and discussion about the most fundamental question of our day: How do we live the Gospel of Jesus Christ in this 21st century with a dynamism and vitality that evangelizes current and future generations? This historic moment is entitled, “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America.”
I am very excited to participate in this historic moment for the church in our country and to bring with me a chosen delegation that represents the various demographics of our diocesan life. There will be a total of 16 in our delegation. I invite you to pray for us as we enter into this important moment so that the Holy Spirit will empower us to bring back to you, our people, a sense of where to go from here and how best to embrace this challenge, marked out for us by Pope Francis in his first Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel.
I believe that divine providence has brought us and the entire church to this moment of critical reflection and decision. It is providential that I am now completing my third year as your bishop and have spent these first three years discovering the dynamic life of our diocesan family, the blessings, the challenges and the hopes and dreams. With this convocation and the participation of our delegation, I hope to be able to set forth a process in the next coming months to invite your input and dialogue in a diocesan-wide conversation about our future and how best to take up the challenge of moving from a maintenance mode of diocesan life to a dynamic mission driven focus.
To that end, beginning in late summer and going through the months until the end of the calendar year, I will be conducting diocesan listening sessions in various parts of our diocese to which you will be invited to come and share your thoughts with me. These sessions and the logistics of your participation in them will be forthcoming in future editions of the Catholic Advance. I will also ask our pastors to share this information in their parish bulletins so as to receive the widest possible response. I hope to also receive input in writing or online for the convenience of our people.
The listening sessions will be simple in nature, inviting table discussion on three questions:
• As a diocese, what are we doing well?
• What could we have done or be doing better?
• What should be our pastoral priorities for the next five years?
The responses to these questions will be shared with various leadership groups, including my own Bishop’s Leadership Team, the Presbyteral Council, the diocesan Curia, and what I hope to establish in the very near future, a Diocesan Pastoral Council. Eventually, I hope to be able to articulate a pastoral vision for the next five years with the various councils and teams assisting me going forward in keeping the vision alive and advising me in its implementation.
This is indeed a very exciting and challenging time to live our Catholic faith, but it is our time to step up to the challenges and offer the church an authentic and dynamic witness. As I have said to numerous groups over the past year, there is much for which to be grateful here, so many blessings, but I do not want that to be a temptation to coast into the years ahead.
Instead, I feel inspired to help us move from well-intentioned maintenance to an evangelical mission centered diocese. Will you join me in this effort? I need you and everyone to come to the table for our reflection and direction. God bless you for your time in reading this; please pray for me, our delegates to the convocation, and for all in our diocese as we hear the call to become missionary disciples of Jesus Christ.
+ Bishop Carl A. Kemme

Delegation to Florida to gather seeds for evangelization

Bishop Carl A. Kemme has told various groups in the last few months that when he gives the keys of his office to his successor, he doesn’t want to hand over a diocese that he has simply maintained, Bishop Kemme wants the new bishop to inherit a diocese that is growing and thriving.
To begin building a foundation for Bishop Kemme’s vision, a group of representatives from the Diocese of Wichita, including Bishop Kemme, will be in Orlando, Florida, July 1-4 for a “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America” sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Working Group on the Life and Dignity of the Human Person.
The convocation is a response to Pope Francis’ call in his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, the Joy of the Gospel, “to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy [of the Gospel].”
Father David Lies, vicar general of the diocese, said last week that bishops are using the word “unprecedented” in referring to the convocation because it has been a long time since the U.S. bishops have hosted a convocation.
The event will feature TED-style – high-quality and relatively brief – talks with related breakout sessions initiated and concluded by a bishop who has a connection to that particular topic.
Father Lies said Bishop Kemme is leading the delegation in hopes of getting a better understanding of the culture and how to respond to it, and to better understand methods of evangelization, with the idea of adapting that information to set in motion a process of evangelization in the Diocese of Wichita.
The diocese can look back on benchmarks, Fr. Lies said, such as Bishop Emeritus Eugene J. Gerber’s Catholic Life Center, the seed of stewardship he nurtured in the diocese with Monsignor Thomas McGread, and the Totus Tuus catechetical movement.
“The bishop wants very much to keep that inspiration going for a vital Catholic life in the diocese,” Fr. Lies said.
Pope Francis desires to develop a way to share the Gospel with those who have lost a sense of “fervor for the faith” and have been caught up in the desires of the world, he said.
Bishop Kemme hopes to form a diocesan pastoral council drawn from those attending the convocation to assist him in the leadership of the diocese, and to set an example for pastors to implement pastoral councils in their parishes.
The bishop would use what is learned, along with his own ideas, to move the diocese from the idea of maintenance to one of mission, Father Lies said.
A series of listening sessions are planned for the diocese from August through November based on what is learned at the convocation. In addition, a listening session will be held with the diocesan curia in October, and with diocesan clergy in November during their annual conference.
“So, this is just to keep gathering input, praying with it, and developing a simple, but clear, pastoral vision for the diocese for the next three to five years,” Father Lies said.
Bishop Kemme is currently entertaining three questions that might be used for the sessions, although they may be modified after the convocation: What are we doing well in the diocese? Where do we need to grow as a diocese? And if we could do anything as a diocese, what would it be?
Father Lies asked for prayers from the faithful of the diocese for fruitful results.

Convocation story at-a-glance
• The Diocese of Wichita will be represented by Bishop Carl A. Kemme and 16 persons who represent a cross-section of the diocese.
• The convocation hopes for two key outcomes: That leaders will be equipped and re-energized to share the Gospel as missionary disciples. And that they will take away fresh insights from participation in a strategic conversation about current challenges and opportunities informed by new research, communications strategies, and successful models.
• Bishop Kemme hopes to use the convocation as a stepping stone to implement a plan of evangelization in the Diocese of Wichita.
• Here are the questions the convocation will consider: What is the nature of this current historical moment in the church and in our nation? How do we respond to this moment as missionary disciples? Where are we called to go? To whom are we being sent on this mission? What will we do when we get there? How will we engage the mission?
• About 3,000 delegates from 150 U.S. dioceses will attend the event in Orlando, Florida.

Want to watch the convocation?
EWTN will broadcast much of the convocation online and through its cable providers. For details, visit as the event nears.

Fortnight For Freedom June 21-July 4

By Bonnie Toombs
The church is the body of Christ, the pilgrim people of God – not simply another charitable organization. The church is called to carry forward the mission of Jesus Christ in all times and places.
Much of the current work regarding religious freedom surrounds requests for exemptions from the state. But, we should keep in mind that the government is not granting us rights. Rather, the state is correctly acknowledging the right of the church to fulfill its purposes.
As Pope Francis – echoing Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI – has said, the church is not merely an NGO, a non-governmental organization. The church is empowered by the Holy Spirit to carry out the mission of Christ. And a well-functioning government will recognize its own limits and allow the church the space to do her work.
Our freedom for mission is difficult to appreciate if it is not exercised. Find out what is happening in your parish or diocese, find out what your local church is doing in your community, and see how you can get involved. Even if you don’t have time to volunteer, prayer can be an important way to stay connected to the work. Spend time together with family and friends during this time talking about and praying for a greater respect for religious freedom in the United States and the world.
Pope Francis said: “Religious freedom certainly means the right to worship God, individually and in community, as our consciences dictate. But religious liberty, by its nature, transcends places of worship and the private sphere of individuals and families. Because religion itself, the religious dimension, is not a subculture; it is part of the culture of every people and every nation.”
For materials including a Litany for Freedom go to the Respect Life and Social Justice website at:
Toombs is director of the diocesan Respect Life and Social Justice Office.

Fortnight for Freedom kickoff June 21
Several events are planned to mark the Fortnight for Freedom in the Diocese of Wichita.
• A Mass to initiate the Fortnight for Freedom will be celebrated at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 21, at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 3636 N. Ridge Road in Wichita. It will be followed by the movie “God is Not Dead 2.”
• A rosary will be prayed at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 28, at the U.S. Courthouse on the corner of Third and Market streets, followed by the 8 a.m. daily Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Genocide survivor Immaculèe Ilibagiza to speak July 14 at Blessed Sacrament

Immaculèe Ilibagiza wants those who attend her retreat next month to come away with a profound thanks to God for everything they have.
Ilibagiza, a survivor of the 1994 Tutsi genocide in Rwanda, will lead a retreat July 14-15 at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, 124 N. Roosevelt, in Wichita.
The author of “Left to Tell,” the story of her miraculous survival of the Rwanda Holocaust, and several other books about the Blessed Mother and Catholicism in Africa, said last week in a telephone interview from New York City that she will also share her love for the Blessed Virgin Mary who appeared in Vatican approved apparitions in the 1980s. Our Lady of Kibeho, as she was later named, seemed to warn about the holocaust that occurred in 1995.
“It was the first apparition to be approved in Africa – on the entire continent,” she said. One of the first warnings she gave was about the terrible incidents that were going to occur if the people did not “come back to God,” she said.
The genocide, in which she lost her mother and father and two brothers, could have been avoided, Ilibagiza said, if the people had prayed more. “The message concerns not only Rwanda,” she added, “not even just Africa, but the whole world.”
The author and motivational speaker said she hopes those attending the retreat come away with a faith that’s on fire “remembering that God is on their side, to follow God, and to respect his commandments. It is such a gift you can’t put a price to that.”
Ilibagiza also said she wants those attending to be able to put their lives in perspective.
“I want them to go home saying whatever I am going through, there is hope because my God is almighty and he’s forgiving. I want people to go home thinking, ‘I’m alive again,’” she said.
That’s why she wrote “Left to Tell,” she said, a book that made the New York Times bestseller list.
After her retreats she has dealt with grown men weeping about Blessed Virgin and about their mothers, with people who realized that their problems are something they can handle with God’s help, and with people who have been inspired to return to school or have made a renewed commitment to their families.
“I will tell people about my story, my journey to forgive, and how prayer became every thing,” she said. “I want people to go home charged with love for their family and to count their blessings.”

Want to attend the July 14-15 retreat?
Immaculèe Ilibagiza will bring her message of faith and forgiveness to a retreat at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Wichita from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 14, and continuing the next day from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The cost is $57 for one person, or $76 to register with a guest. Priests and religious may register at no cost.
Register online at, call Blessed Sacrament Parish at 682-4557, or mail names and a check made out to Immaculee Ilibagiza to Blessed Sacrament Parish, 124 N. Roosevelt, Wichita KS 67208.

Pope Francis Build 2017 begins Aug. 12; needs financial aid and groups

The Pope Francis Build is one way to fulfill the corporal work of mercy to shelter the “homeless.”
The Diocese of Wichita partners with Habitat for Humanity Wichita to help a deserving family buy a home at a minimal cost, said Bonnie Toombs.
“It’s the fulfillment of the American dream – the fulfillment of a dream that for many of the new homeowners would otherwise be unattainable,” she said.
The dream becomes possible through the stewardship of labor by the volunteers, and the stewardship of treasure by the donors, she added.
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 Catholic Church.
Volunteers are needed when the hammers start swinging on Aug. 17. Work days for this year’s build will be Thursdays and Fridays from Aug. 17 to Oct. 20.
“We are reaching out to you today to see if you can help either with a donation towards the cost of the build or if you would like to help work on the build,” Toombs said.
One of those who’s dream was fulfilled was Michelle Johnson.
If you see her smiling, it could be that she has just pulled into her driveway.
“I smile every time I pull into the driveway,” she said. “Sometimes I smile so much my kids say she’s just looking at our house.”
Johnson is happy because she now owns her home through the Pope Francis Build. In a telephone interview last week, she said she also smiles because she no longer has a landlord.
“It’s the best feeling ever to have a home,” she said. “It’s the best feeling in the world.”
She is also happy that her children have their own bedrooms and that the house is in a safe neighborhood.
Her participation in the program was truly life-changing, she said, adding that she can never repay all those who helped for what they have done for her and her family.

Want to help shelter the ‘homeless’?
Individuals, families, parishes, work groups and any other interested party may sign up to work the Pope Francis Build 2017. In addition to financial assistance, volunteer groups are still needed for the build.
To volunteer, contact the Respect Life and Social Justice Office at 316-269-3935 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
To donate, visit, or send a check with “Pope Francis Build” in the memo to the Office of Development, 424 N. Broadway, Wichita KS 67202.

Stay Connected needs about 250 more graduate names to reach goal of 750

The diocesan Stay Connected program needs the help of the faithful to attain its goal by June 30 of signing up 750 graduating high school seniors through Newman Connection. The program is only 25 percent away from its goal.
The faithful of the Diocese of Wichita can help the program reach 750 names by participating in the Stay Connected Program at their parish or contacting the Office of Faith Formation.
College life is a critical part of the journey of life-long faith formation. For many, it is the first time they have the opportunity to make decisions about their faith, and take greater responsibility for their faith formation.
Stay Connected partners with Newman Connection to identify Catholic high school graduates moving on to college, and share that information with the campus ministries of those colleges and universities. It consists of three steps:
• Names of incoming college freshmen are submitted either through the Catholic Diocese of Wichita Stay Connected cards, Newman Connection cards, or directly to the Newman Connection website. The goal is to have all names uploaded to the site by June 30.
• Authorized campus ministry leaders from schools throughout the United States are able to access the names of the incoming freshmen for their institution.
• If contact information is available for the new students, campus ministers then extend invitations to the incoming freshmen to welcome them to the Catholic faith community on campus.
Without a supportive faith community, many young people fail to grow in their faith, and some abandon their faith during their college years. Every parishioner plays a role in the faith development of younger parishioners – either directly or indirectly. Assisting with the Stay Connected program is one way to demonstrate care for young people.
In addition to the thriving campus ministries at Newman University, Pittsburg State University, and Wichita State University, the Catholic Diocese of Wichita has developed campus ministry opportunities for students attending community colleges and non-Catholic colleges within the diocese. It is helpful for these growing faith communities to be able to identify and welcome new students.

Diocesan news, June 16, 2017

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month.
June 16: Holy Family Camp Mass
June 18: Corpus Christi at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Wichita
June 20: Dedication and Blessing at St. Joseph in Yates Center
June 22: Presbyteral Council
June 24: Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Final Vow Mass
Parish Pastoral visit St. Margaret Mary in Wichita
June 27: Harvest House Anniversary Mass at the Cathedral
June 29: Mass at Totus Tuus Girls Camp
June 30-July 4: Convocation of Catholic Leaders - The Joy of the Gospel in Orlando
Bishop Kemme has limited meetings and public appearances during the month of July.

Volunteer MCFC choir, orchestra to begin rehearsals on June 29
A volunteer choir and orchestra for the 18th annual Midwest Catholic Family Conference Aug. 4-6 at Century II in Wichita will begin rehearsing soon.
The choir will sing for the 11 a.m. Masses on Saturday and Sunday. Those available for only one of the Masses are welcome to participate for that Mass only. Choir rehearsals will be held at Church of the Magdalen from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays starting June 29.
The final rehearsal for both the choir and the orchestra will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, at Century II. Other than Aug. 3, all rehearsal dates are tentative.
The orchestra will accompany the choir for the Sunday Mass only. The instrumentation includes violin, viola, cello, string bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, and timpani.
Orchestra members who also sing are encouraged to sing in the choir for the Mass on Saturday. The orchestra will have two rehearsals prior to the Aug. 3 final rehearsal, to be determined later.
To volunteer or to get more information, contact Mike Lawless at 316-683-0123, 641-5730, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

D. of I. World Day of Prayer June 29
The St. Augustine Circle Daughters of Isabella of Wichita will host a World Day of Prayer event Thursday, June 29, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
It will begin with a rosary at 11 a.m. Followed by a Mass. Lunch, which is $10, begins at noon.
Reservations are needed by June 22. To do so, contact Helen at 316-734-9259.

Harvest House Mass and luncheon with Bishop Kemme June 27
The diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life invites all adults over age 50 to a celebration Mass and luncheon with Bishop Carl A. Kemme at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, June 27, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 430 N. Broadway in Wichita.
The event is to show appreciation to all “seasoned servants,” the senior adults in our diocese, who are still serving our church and community in many capacities. All senior adult ministry groups who are meeting in parishes will be recognized. The 28th anniversary of Harvest House will also be celebrated.
A catered luncheon will begin immediately following the Mass. Door prizes will be given away.
For reservations, send $10 per person with your name, address, and phone number by June 16 to the Office of Marriage and Family Life 437 N. Topeka Wichita, Kansas 67202. Checks should be made payable to: Catholic Diocese of Wichita.

Knights hosting blood drive Friday, July 7
Knights of Columbus Council 4118 is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, July 7.
The drive will be in the main room at the Knights hall at 3202 W. 13th in Wichita.
To schedule an appointment visit and search sponsor code “WichitaKofC” or call 1-800-RedCross.

Catholic seniors invited to Bible study
Catholic adults are invited to a video-based Catholic Bible study for seniors on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at Reflection Ridge, 2300 N. Tyler Road in Wichita. For more information, call 316-721-0500.

Parish news, June 16, 2017

St. Paul’s at WSU offering summer speaker series
The St. Paul Catholic Student Center at Wichita State University is hosting a Summer Theology Speaker Series this summer open to all college students.
The event begins at 6 p.m. with dinner. The meal is followed by a talk and then fellowship, such as sand volleyball.
The series continues through July 31. The center is located at 1810 N. Roosevelt St.

St. Pat’s parishioner celebrating her 90th birthday
Shirley (Mason) Froome, a member of St. Patrick Parish in Wichita is celebrating her 90th birthday on June 18. She will celebrate with Mass and dinner with her family.
Mrs. Foome has eight children, 18 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren – with two more on the way. Her family says she is a thoughtful and caring mother, grandma, and great-grandma. Cards may be sent to 1709 N. Sedgwick, Wichita KS 67203.

Camino vet to speak about journey June 21
The author of “Alone on the Camino,” Linda Roy Cross, will make a free presentation Wednesday, June 21, about her 500-mile pilgrimage on the ancient Camino de Santiago. She will speak after the 6:30 p.m. Mass in the lower level of Holy Cross Church in Hutchinson.
Cross will talk about her solo pilgrimage on the Camino, also known as the Way of St. James, walked by many as a form of spiritual growth. It is popular with hiking and cycling enthusiasts and ends at Santiago de Compostela, the shrine of St. James the Great.
The event is open to those interested in walking the Camino or those who want to experience it vicariously.
Copies of her book are available at Sarah's Catholic Bookstore, 304 N. Main in Hutchinson.

Knights fireworks tent opens on June 27
Knights of Columbus from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and Church of the Holy Spirit will operate their annual fireworks tent on the northwest corner of 183rd and West Kellogg in Goddard before the Fourth of July holiday.
The tent will open at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 27, daily, until 10 p.m. through July 4. During peak hours nine registers will be open to keep lines to a minimum.
Last year, volunteers donated over 1,900 hours over a 10-day period to setup the tent, operate it, and tear down.
It is the council’s largest fundraising event. All profits are distributed to causes such as A Better Choice, Birthline, Gerard House, Kansas Coalition for Life, our seminarians, Union Rescue Mission, The Lord’s Diner, St. Anthony Family Shelter, Guadalupe Clinic, Casting Nets Ministries, Interfaith Ministries, Totus Tuus, scholarships, Care Packages for the Troops, Kansas Honor Flight and Boy Scouts of America.
The tent will accept all discounts and coupons offered by Wholesale Fireworks.

Fr. Spexarth leading trip to Colorado
Father Dan Spexarth is leading a bus trip to explore Colorado from Sept. 5-11.
Stops include Denver, Grand Junction, Cañon City, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo.
The cost is $1,329 per person double or $1,639 single. Thirteen meals are included. For details and reservations call 316-721-4455 or 800-333-0312.

Spiritual Life Center news, June 16, 2017

Silent retreat in the spirit of the Carthusians July 20-23 at SLC
The faithful of the Diocese of Wichita are invited next month to experience God as they might never have before – in three days of silence, solitude in community, and prayer.
The Spiritual Life Center is offering a silent retreat entitled “The Carthusian Experience,” designed to be a time of deep renewal for participants. It begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20, and ends Sunday, July 23, with Mass followed by lunch – a meal where conversation will finally be allowed!
Participants will follow the manner of life of the Carthusians, an order founded by Saint Bruno in 1084 and is currently composed of about 450 monks and nuns who live a solitary life at the heart of the church.
On the extended weekend retreat, participants will consecrate their days entirely to prayer and to seeking God in the secret of their hearts. They will also intercede for the church and for the salvation of the whole world. The time in retreat will balance between silence and solitude found in one’s room or in chapel, prayer in common and in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and common celebration of the Mass in a more contemplative manner.
It will not be a preached or conference retreat, but a silent retreat allowing space for God to speak to us individually. Individual spiritual direction, as well as opportunity for the Sacrament of Confession, the Mass, and Eucharistic Adoration, will be provided.
Registration is limited. Early registration is encouraged. More information and pre-registration is available by logging onto the center’s web site at, and clicking on Calendar of Events. More information and registration is also available by calling the center at (316) 744-0167.

Seminar for Parish Leaders July 29 at the SLC
Pastors are often reluctant to ask parishioners to participate in parish leadership positions because they realize how busy they are. Parishioners, however, are reluctant to accept this act of stewardship as a leader in their parish because they do not feel well formed.
To address both of those concerns, a Parish Leadership Institute for formation for all parish leaders will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. Mass and lunch are included in the day.
The event will help form parish leaders for their stewardship in pastoral councils, finance councils, stewardship councils, parish and school staffs, and other parish organizations.
The institute consists of general leadership sessions and specific council sessions. Speakers from around the diocese will cover topics such as the temptations of a leader, parish planning, effective leadership, working with your pastor, and more.
The cost is $20 per person – with an additional $30 suggested donation if staying overnight).
To register visit, call (316) 744-0167, or contact your pastor and say, “I really would like to go to this!”

Special banquet in July features Greek iconographer Theodore Papadopoulos
Theodore Papadopoulos a master iconographer from Larissa, Greece, will lead a week-long iconography workshop this summer at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Because the workshop attendance is limited, the center will offer a special evening presentation and banquet dinner on Tuesday, July 11, open to the public, with advance registration.
At the dinner, Papadopoulos will discuss the history of iconography and how the spiritual art form came to be. Participants will enjoy wine, socializing, and a banquet dinner in addition to his one-of-a-kind presentation. The evening begins with a social at 6 p.m.
To register, call (316) 744-0167 or visit The evening cost is $25 per person.

SLC’s Summer Symposium July 13-15
The Spiritual Life Center will host a three-day conference July 13-15 for adult faith formation, prayer, celebration, and intellectual exchange. The theme for this year’s conference is “Conversion and Conscience: Freedom, Will, and Truth in the Human Quest for Meaning.”
Utilizing Christological, philosophical, and historical perspectives, the symposium will provide insights into ways our forebears have pursued authentic human liberty by focusing on the transcendent, even in the midst of persecution.
Conferences this year include: “The Darkness of This Age: Pessimism, Liberal Arts, and the New Evangelization,” “Faith, Reason, and the Linguistic Animal,” “St. Maximus on the Will,” “Blessed John Henry Newman: Conscience and Conversion,” and more.
The symposium begins with a keynote banquet on the evening of Thursday, July 13, and continues all day Friday and Saturday with a schedule consisting of morning prayer, Holy Mass, and lectures in four pillar content areas.
Want to attend the summer symposium?
The Summer Symposium begins Thursday, July 13, with a banquet at 6:30 p.m. followed by the keynote lecture. The symposium continues Friday and Saturday from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Various registration options are available, depending on which parts of the symposium a participant attends. The commuter rate is $115, and the overnight rate is $200. Adjusted rates are available for those who can attend only for part of the symposium.
Registration may be made by calling the Spiritual Life Center at 316-744-0167, or by visiting

Youth and school news, June 16, 2017

Diocesan Catholic high schools graduate 560

The four Catholic high schools of the Diocese of Wichita graduated 560 students in ceremonies last month in Pittsburg, Hutchinson, and Wichita.

St. Mary’s Colgan Catholic High School, Pittsburg
St. Mary’s Colgan Catholic High School in Pittsburg graduated 35 seniors May 17 at a ceremony in Our Lady of Lourdes.
Austin Lindsey was named valedictorian. He is the son of Dennis and Jacquie Lindsey of Our Lady of Lourdes parish, Pittsburg.
Dominic Piccini was named salutatorian. He is the son of Randy and Wendi Piccini of Our Lady of Lourdes parish.
Both Lindsey and Piccini received the Msgr. Barth Award. Piccini also received the Bishop’s Crest Award, and Bethany Elder received the Maloney Award.

Trinity Catholic High School, Hutchinson
Trinity Catholic High School in Hutchinson graduated 42 seniors May 18 at a ceremony in the school gymnasium.
Emily Simon, Sean Clennan, Tylor Shepherd and Callie Schliech were named valedictorians. Simon is the daughter of John and Janet Simon of St. Joseph, Ost parish; Sean Clennan is the son of Brian and Courtney Clennan of Holy Cross, Hutchinson; Tylor Shepherd is the son of Todd and Tina Shepherd of Holy Cross parish; and, Callie Schleich is the daughter of Tony and Kim Schleich of Holy Cross parish.
Nolan Hughes and Claire Ryan were named salutatorians. Hughes is the son of Keith and Renae Hughes, and Ryan is the daughter of Bradley and Rachel Ryan. All are of Holy Cross parish.
Simon and Hughes spoke at the baccalaureate Mass. Simon and Shepherd received the Msgr. Barth Award. Haydnn Neufeld received the Bishop’s Crest Award, and Clennan received the Maloney Award.

Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School, Wichita
Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School in Wichita graduated 216 seniors May 18 at a ceremony at Church of the Magdalen. Fr. Dan Lorimer was the speaker.
Thomas Mondry was named valedictorian. He is son of Gary and Ann Mondry of St. Thomas Aquinas parish.
Nicholas Onofrio was named salutatorian. He is the son of Matt and Krista Onofrio of St. Thomas Aquinas parish.
Mondry, Onofrio, Emma Coulter, Nellie Elliott, Daniel Lienhard, John Malone and Nicholas Samsel received the Msgr. Barth Award. Tasia Roberts received the Bishop’s Crest Award, and Samsel received the Maloney Award.

Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Wichita
Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Wichita graduated 267 seniors May 18 at a ceremony at the Bishop Carroll Activities Center. Vanessa Harshberger was the speaker.
Emily Bette was named valedictorian. She is daughter of Linda Bette and the late Thomas Bette of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton parish.
Jeffrey Birch and Sydney Dahlgren were named salutatorians. Birch is the son of Matthew and Kelly Birch, and Sydney Dahlgren is the daughter of Jeff and Lisa Dahlgren. All are of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton parish.
Birch, Christiana Hauge, Nathan Lies and Joseph Mick received the Msgr. Barth Award. Sebastian Orth received the Bishop’s Crest Award, and Bette received the Maloney Award.

About the awards
The Bishop David M. Maloney Award is given for outstanding academic achievement and the Bishop’s Crest Award recognizes the graduate who has exemplified excellence in development of the full human potential.

Barth, McNeill winners announced
The Catholic School Office has announced the recipients of the 2017 Msgr. Barth Scholar Award and the Msgr. Leon McNeill Scholar award.
Msgr. Arthur Barth Scholar Award
The following students are 2017 Msgr. Arthur Barth Scholar Award recipients:
Tylor Shepherd and Emily Simon of Trinity Catholic High School, Hutchinson.
Austin Lindsey and Dominic Piccini of St. Mary’s Colgan Catholic High School, Pittsburg.
Jeffrey Birch, Christina Hauge, Nathan Lies and Joseph Mick of Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Wichita.
Emma Coulter, Nellie A. Elliott, DJ Lienhard, John N. Malone, Thomas P. Mondry, Nicholas A. Onofrio, and Nicholas S. Samsel of Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School, Wichita.

Msgr. Leon McNeill Scholar Award
The following students are 2017 Msgr. Leon McNeill Scholar Award recipients:
Delaney Arensdorf, Hayley Hughes, Gianna Leland, Sydney Rohlman and Payton Walters, St. Patrick Catholic School, Kingman; Kaitlin Crossland, Mary Grace Goetting and Jeff Schremmer, St. Mary’s Junior High, Pittsburg; Clayton McCandless, All Saints Catholic School; Mary Gipson and Makala Meyer, Blessed Sacrament Catholic School; Cynthia Hoang and Jade Pham, Christ the King Catholic School; Megan Boeding, Erik Enriquez and Reuben Scheck, Resurrection Catholic School; Florence Barles, Joseph Poggi and Erin Walden, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School; Anna Sorochty, St. Jude Catholic School; John Bergman, St. Margaret Mary Catholic School; Veronica Slattery, St. Patrick Catholic School; Hope Voegeli, St. Peter Catholic School; and William Bann, Joe Bijoy, Steven Janssen, and Abraham Pankratz of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School, Wichita.

About the Msgr. Barth Awards
The Msgr. Arthur Barth High School Scholar Award recognizes high school seniors who have all A’s, with the possible exception of one B+ in an honors class. These students have taken at least eight hours of honors courses, scored Exemplary on their two most recent Diocesan Religion assessments, have a minimum ACT score of 30 (or an SAT score of 1340), and an exemplary discipline record. In addition, they are active in parish stewardship, have the recommendation of their Pastor and the chaplain of their high school, been involved in at least two school activities, and demonstrated effective leadership in at least one organization.

About the Msgr. McNeill Awards
The Msgr. Leon McNeill Eighth Grade Scholar Award recognizes eighth grade students who are A students, ranked 4 (Exemplary) on the most recent Diocesan Religion assessment and the most recent State Mathematics and Reading assessments, have an exemplary conduct record, and received a rating of at least 15 on the Grade School Recommendation. These students have been approved by their Pastor as being active parish members.

BCCHS teacher wins $1,000 for her class
Aubrey Logsdon, English teacher at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Wichita, was awarded $1,000 from the Big 12 Conference and the College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers program.
Denzel Goolsby, a 2015 BCCHS grad and one of the Big 12 student-athletes featured in the “Champions for Life” campaign nominated her. He is currently playing football for Kansas State University.
“Ms. Logsdon went above and beyond in getting to know her students and caring about them on a more personal level,” Goolsby said in his testimonial about her. “She helped to bring the best out of everyone and showed her students through her own actions what love, hard work, and sacrifice look like.”
The award was to be used for equipment, supplies, or materials for her classroom.

Daughter of Isabella award scholarship
Hannah Myers of Mission, Kansas, received this year’s annual Daughters of Isabella scholarship.
Hannah is the daughter of Currie and Bernadette Myers and a recent graduate of Bishop Miege High School, in Kansas City. She will attend Benedictine College in Atchison where she plans to major in education or psychology.
She was sponsored by her grandmother, Loretta Hofer, of St. Luke’s Circle 239 of St. Paul, Kansas.

Totus Tuus teams
This year’s parish and camp Totus Tuus teams have been announced. The parish teams will visit various parishes this summer. The camp is held through August in Lyons.

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