Catholic Charities played part in the decrease in Wichita area homelessness

There was a small decrease in overall homelessness in Sedgwick County this year, but a large drop in persons without shelter, according to the Wichita-Sedgwick County Point-In-Time Homeless Count conducted Jan. 31.
The results of the count showed a two-person decrease in overall homelessness – from 575 in 2017 to 573 in 2018. Of those 573 persons, 58 were not sheltered – a significant drop in persons who were without shelter when compared with 111 persons in 2017. None of the persons who were unsheltered were under 18 years old.
Wendy Glick, executive director of Catholic Charities in Wichita, said her agency and the Center of Hope are key players in addressing homelessness.
Center of Hope is a homelessness prevention program sponsored by the Sisters Adorers of the Blood of Christ.
“The reduction certainly validated what we’ve been feeling – and we started feeling it 18 months to two years ago,” she said. “It was part of what played into our decision to end the transitional housing program at the Mount.”
Mount St. Mary’s in Wichita is one of seven communities of the Congregation of St. Joseph.
The number of homeless in the Wichita area who were seeking or who needed a longer amount of time to find permanent housing had been decreasing, Glick said.
One reason is that instead of providing case management while the homeless are in a long-term shelter in order to find permanent housing, they are now first placed in permanent housing and then given case management and necessary services.
“The success rate for that model is much higher than spending time in an emergency shelter,” she said, adding that there are still those who need an emergency shelter such as Charities’ Harbor House and St. Anthony Family Shelter.
Wichita’s community services have been coordinating for a long time to reduce homelessness and to serve the homeless population, Glick said. “I think we should celebrate this reduction because it shows that our hard work haspaid off.”
The Point-In-Time Homeless Count is an undertaking of Wichita-Sedgwick County Continuum of Care, a coalition of community organizations and homeless advocates. On Feb. 1 volunteers went on the streets and in the shelters to survey individuals and families who were staying on the streets or in homeless shelters overnight on Jan. 31. United Way of the Plains provided coordination for the count.

This year’s stewardship conference had ‘enthusiasm’

By Jackie Arnold
The energy and enthusiasm of the attendees for the message of this year’s Stewardship Conference, “I Will Follow Him,” was striking.
The event held, April 21 at Church of the Magdalen in Wichita, began with Mass celebrated by Bishop Carl A. Kemme and ended with the opportunity to experience Christ’s love in Eucharistic adoration sponsored by Wichita Adore Ministries.
Keynote speaker Curtis Martin likened fruitful stewardship to the need to first kindle the flame by bringing others to encounter the living person of Christ. We cannot assume that others already have their faith kindled. When faith is kindled, the fire can be built up with generous giving of time, talent, and treasure.
He challenged the Diocese of Wichita to kindle – to fan into flame– to build up the incredible gifts we have been given for the good of the whole church.
Father Jarrod Lies, a priest of the Diocese of Wichita, also spoke and acknowledged that we are in a moment of rescuing the spirit of stewardship in our diocese. As a second generation steward, I can attest to the truth of this message.
We are in a time where the heart of stewardship, that encounter with the person of Christ from which our response flows, needs to be reinvigorated. Choosing to be a disciple brings about creative stewardship, but it all starts with that personal encounter with Christ in which a person chooses to say “yes” to Christ and then chooses that “yes” over and over again.
Disciples hear Jesus saying, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,” (Mt. 28:19) and know that Jesus is sending them personally to fulfill this mission in their parishes, families, friendships, workplaces, neighborhoods, and in the world. They will come to see that this isn’t the job just of priests and religious, but that by Baptism and Confirmation the laity are called to have an active role in disciple and steward-making.
The panel discussion gave concrete examples of how this can happen in relationships and on a parish level.
I came away from this conference reinvigorated by the message and the witness of the good stewards in our diocese. Pope Francis has spoken many times about the need to become a church that is mission-focused. I see great signs of hope for this in the Diocese of Wichita.
Arnold is a member of St. Patrick Parish in Kingman.

Priest assignment changes: temptations

The View from the Rectory Window
By Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke
Third in a series of four
It was all very different. I did not intend to create a change, and all I did was place my chalice on the right side of the altar. I found out later, the former pastor, and by former, I mean as of 24 hours ago, he placed the chalice on the left side of the altar.
“He’s changing everything.” I heard the sacristan murmur. He was trying to please me, and I was trying to please him. We were getting in each other’s way. Later we would laugh about those first awkward weeks, but in the midst of them, it was challenging for both of us.
Not only was the church setting different for me, but where I lived was different. In my priesthood, I have lived in residential homes, in churches, and on the second floor of the parish offices.
Living over the parish offices can prove tricky, knowing your bed and bathroom is situated over the waiting area where parishioners gather for appointments or parish business. The Lazy Boy recliner makes a definite thump when opened for one’s afternoon siesta.
A change in a priest’s assignment alters life for both parish and priest. The predictable routine, such as the thump of a recliner of one pastor, might become a routine of “always at the school in the afternoon” for another pastor. Ordinary expectations are changed, and it’s difficult.
When these changes occur, it can cause a loss of heart, even an inclination to discouragement for both parishioner and priest. For a priest, the temptation to discouragement can be the leaving behind one’s accomplishments in one parish and having to start all over again in another. For a parishioner, the discouragement might be in having finally been comfortable going to confession with one priest, now only to find a new priest behind the screen.
Another temptation experienced by priest and parishioner alike, is that of hanging onto the past. As the Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist lined up in my new parish, I thought, “That’s silly. Why are they doing it this way? At Saint B’s, I finally had them doing it right!” Later I realize the wisdom of the lineup, but it was very different from what I was used to.
Many times in the first months I would hear, “Father D did it this way, but you can do whatever you want.” What they really were saying is, “That’s silly. Why are you doing it this way?”
I would also often hear, “You have really big shoes to fill.” I guess they didn’t realize the former pastor didn’t leave me his shoes and that I brought along my own; although my shoes looked out of place in the former pastor’s closet, about as out of place as I felt in the former pastor’s home, office, and position.
It’s hard for a pastor not to compare the new parish to his old one; and equally as hard for parishioners not to compare the new pastor with the former one.
All of this can lead to a subtle anger….another temptation. Sometimes this frustrated anger can be compounded by a sense of injustice in the assignment process. “The bishop doesn’t understand us.” Or “The diocese just keeps making changes for the sake of change. We’re just a training ground for pastors!”
I’ve worked with a number of bishops, and I’ve never found one who didn’t agonize over moving his priests. It is a difficult process, but one that requires trust in the church and in the Holy Spirit working through the church.
When I finally was settled in my new surroundings, got through all the newness, I was still disorientated and missing my former parish, but I knew the Lord had good things in store for me. My feelings were all over the place, until I remembered my ordination day.
On the day of my ordination, I knelt before my bishop, who in my case was a son of a farmer. Kneeling before him, I held out my hands folded in prayer. He enveloped my youthful hands with his strong farmer hands and asked, “Do you promise respect and obedience to me and my successors” and I responded, “I do.” This was followed by him saying, “May God who has begun the good work in you, bring it to fulfillment.”
This was the time of fulfillment. To go where I was sent, to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to shepherd His people. Grief still present, but heart set firm on the resolution that no temptation would prevent me from loving and leading the flock entrusted to me by my bishop.
Whether the chalice was placed on the right side or the left made no difference. I was their shepherd, and they were my flock, even if but for a brief time in the history of the church. To welcome a change of assignment, to welcome a new parish or a new priest, one must have trust that this is the time of fulfillment, and that God who has begun the good work in us, will bring it to fulfillment.

The real truth about family planning

By Becky Knapp
In June of 1987, Pope John Paul II gave a prophetic address to participants in a study meeting on responsible procreation. The address, never translated or published in English until recently, speaks to concerns today about family planning. Saint John Paul II’s words shed light on the importance of the medical community to themselves understand and live the beauty of the teachings of the church.
“Your commitment is inscribed in the mission of the church and participates in it, owing to a pastoral concern which is among the most urgent and important. It is about ensuring that spouses live their marriage in a holy manner. You offer to help them on their journey towards holiness, for the full realization of their conjugal vocation,” he wrote.
Saint John Paul II said one of the main anxieties spouses face is the “difficulty of realizing the ethical value of responsible procreation in their conjugal life.” There is no contradiction between divine law concerning the transmission of human life and true conjugal love, he said, adding that “choosing one and rejecting the other, is not morally correct and only generates confusion in the conscience of the spouses.” The grace of Christ gives spouses the capacity to fulfill the truth about their conjugal love.
One of the difficulties, perhaps the most serious, is that some Christians question the truth about the church’s teaching, he said. “In this regard, a serious responsibility emerges: those who place themselves in open contrast with the law of God, authentically taught by the Church, guide spouses on a wrong path,” Saint John Paul II wrote. “What the church teaches about contraception is not a matter of free discussion among theologians. Teaching the contrary is tantamount to inducing the moral conscience of the spouses into error.”
The second difficulty is that many think Christian teaching, although true, is nonetheless unfeasible, at least in some circumstances, he said. “As the tradition of the church has constantly taught, God does not command the impossible but every commandment also entails a gift of grace which helps human freedom to fulfill it. Yet constant prayer, frequent recourse to the sacraments and the exercise of conjugal chastity are needed.”
The pope told those attending the meeting that their commitment must not be limited to teaching only a method for controlling human fertility and that the culture is beginning to feel the need for truth and right reason. “Always be ready to say, without ambiguity, the truth about the good and evil regarding man and the family,” he said.
“In educating in responsible procreation, know how to encourage spouses to follow the moral principles inherent in the natural law and in a healthy Christian conscience. Teach them to seek and to love the will of God. Encourage them to respect and to fulfill the sublime vocation to spousal love and the gift of life.”

Dr. Hilgers to speak at HV dinner June 24
Thomas W. Hilgers, M.D., is one of the world’s leading proponents of implementing Humanae Vitae through FertilityCare and NaProTechnology, will speak at the St. Gianna Dinner Sunday, June 24, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
The dinner, sponsored by the Diocese of Wichita, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the encyclical Humanae Vitae. The talk and dinner will be after a 3:30 p.m. Mass celebrated by Bishop Carl A. Kemme.
To register, visit

National and world news, May 18, 2018

Kansas Legislature approves Adoption Protection Act
TOPEKA – The Kansas House of Representatives and Senate on Friday, May 4, approved the Adoption Protection Act. Gov. Jeff Colyer has promised to sign the bill into law when it reaches his desk.
This legislation will protect religiously motivated adoption providers like Catholic Charities from attack by hostile government agencies and political activists, which has unfortunately happened in other states. Faith based adoption providers in Kansas will now be protected in their work serving the common good.
Catholic Charities does not have an adoption service in the Diocese of Wichita, however.

The pope’s intention
Here is Pope Francis’ prayer intention for this month:
The Mission of the Laity: That the lay faithful may fulfil their specific mission, by responding with creativity to the challenges that face the world today.

Avance Católico, Viernes, 18 de Mayo 2018

Las Hermanas Misioneras Guadalupanas del Espíritu Santo María Teresa Pacheco, Aida Sansor, Magdalena Carrillo y Reyna Reséndiz se despiden de Wichita el 15 de junio.

Misioneras Guadalupanas se despiden de Wichita
Hace 11 años el Padre José Machado tuvo la iniciativa de traer más comunidades de hermanas religiosas a Wichita para ayudar con la evangelización en la Parroquia del Perpetuo Socorro y luego con el impulso del Obispo Jackels (Hoy Obispo de Dubuque), este proyecto fue asignado a la oficina del Ministerio Hispano bajo el Moderador Padre John Brungardt (Hoy Obispo de Dodge City) y la directora Sra. Josefa Fernández de aquel entonces. Ellos viajaron a México para solicitar personalmente el servicio de las Hermanas Guadalupanas.
En el 2007, las Hermanas Alicia López, Reyna Reséndiz y Aida Sansor llegan a Wichita y comienzan una nueva comunidad en la Iglesia del Perpetuo Socorro y arrancan su trabajo de Evangelización. Además esta parroquia, las hermanas también misionaron en San Patricio, Sta. Margarita María, Sta. Ana, Catedral y en las parroquias de Hutchinson, Newton, Lyons y Ark City. También se dedicaron directamente a administrar y desarrollar el Instituto de Formación de la Fe patrocinado por la Oficina del Ministerio Hispano. Es importante mencionar que durante todos estos años otras misioneras fueron parte integral de esta misión como la Hna. Rosa Cruz, Hna. Isabel Escamilla y la Hna. Esther Ramirez.
A través de los años las hermanas se han dedicado a la Catequesis y formación de líderes en las parroquias, Cursillos de Cristiandad y Movimientos Apostólicos. La hermana Aida considera que la formación de líderes y la consolidación de las comunidades es lo que más se ha solidificado. “Las parroquias se encuentran más integradas y la comunidad hispana ya no es una comunidad aislada, creo que es un gran logro, comenta la Hna.
La Hermana Reyna agrega “La continuidad de la formación de los hispanos a través del Instituto de Formación ha hecho que los hispanos tomen más conciencia de su pertenencia a la Iglesia Católica.” Más de 20 personas han logrado el grado de Maestría en Catequesis y esto es una gran satisfacción para ellas. También lograron abrir nuevos cursos en el Instituto para expandir el contenido original que comenzaron la Sra. Josefa Fernández y las Hermanas Catequistas.
La Hermana Reyna está muy satisfecha con el liderazgo en las parroquias y comenta. “¡Me da mucha alegría y estoy muy agradecida con el Señor porque la catequesis es el pie derecho de la pastoral en las parroquias!,”
Algo muy especial que se lleva la Hermana Aida es la vivencia, noción y el conocimiento del Stewardship. “Es una riqueza profesional que donde quiera que vaya sé que hay un estilo de vida que debo practicarlo. Como también el calor humano y el hambre de la gente por ser evangelizados, las ganas inmensas de recibir la palabra de Dios, esto es una satisfacción muy grande, dice la hermana.
La Hermana Reyna le pide a la comunidad hispana que no desmayen, que perseveren y que continúen con esperanza y con una fe viva y firme, con el entusiasmo de conocer y aprender más del evangelio. Que vivan el Stewardship y aprendan más de su significado espiritual.
La Hermana Magdalena comentó que se lleva la riqueza de haber conocido el Stewardship, no como teoría, sino en la práctica ya que ella ha visto como los miembros de las parroquias poco a poco van tomando conciencia de lo que es la respuesta agradecida de un discípulo de Jesús. La Hna. Magdalena invita a todos a visitar la Parroquia San Patricio y a tomarse unos minutos para ver en las afueras del Convento que dio cobijo a las Hermanas Guadalupanas y la Cruz del Apostolado que queda como un regalo de Jesús a través de la fundadora de su comunidad, Concepción Cabrera de Armida.
Por último la Hna. María Teresa Pacheco compartió que su experiencia más bonita también ha sido el Stewardship y la gente linda con quien Dios le permitió compartir en Wichita y South Hutch. El ejemplo del P. Blick tan cercano y acogedor con los niños y jóvenes, indica la Hermana.
Ella invita a los parroquianos a vivir en plenitud su sacerdocio bautismal con las características Guadalupanas o pedagogía Guadalupana: siendo portadores de vida, saliendo al encuentro, acompañando al que sufre, siendo agentes de comunión y unidad, centrados en la Trinidad. Con un amor muy grande a la Virgen María la Madre de Jesús y madre nuestra, comenta la Hermana María Teresa.
El 15 de Junio partirán las Hermanas Guadalupanas a destinos diferentes, no obstante dejan una huella de servicio, trabajo constante, espiritualidad y sobre todo de mucha alegría en la entrega a los demás. Quedan por siempre en las oraciones de todos los que las conocieron y compartieron con ustedes. Que Dios las bendiga y las proteja.

Representantes diocesanos reunieron para un histórico Encuentro regional
Por Jake Samour

Han pasado más de 18 años desde el último Encuentro cuando el cuarto Encuentro Nacional de Católicos hispanos en los Estados Unidos tuvo lugar en Los Angeles, Calif. Desde entonces, la demografía y las necesidades de los Católicos Hispanos han cambiado drásticamente y por esta razón se ha convertido en una cuestión decisiva de reunir líderes de todo los Estados Unidos una vez más en un nuevo Encuentro nacional.
El V Encuentro es un proceso de cuatro años que trata de escuchar la voz de los Hispanos/Latinos(as) en la periferia y en el proceso invitar y llamar a formar nuevos líderes. La esperanza es salir a evangelizar y a medida que avancemos en el proceso de consulta. Ha sido convocada y se hizo una de las prioridades de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos.
En la última semana de Abril, cerca de 200 delegados de las 15 diócesis de los estados de Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa y Missouri se reunieron en el Savior Pastoral Centro en Kansas City, para participar en el Encuentro Regional.
En muchas maneras increíbles, el V Encuentro ya ha sido un éxito. Un total de 143 diócesis han celebrado sus encuentros diocesanos y los encuentros regionales todavía están llevando a cabo con mucha alegría y entusiasmo en todo el país. Los números hablan por sí mismos:
• La misión y el proceso de consulta ha llegado a más de 330.000 personas.
• Más de 45.000 dirigentes, tanto nuevos como experimentados, han participado en los encuentros regionales y diocesanos. Otros tres encuentros regionales tendrán lugar en mayo y tres más en junio.
• Más de 26.000 dirigentes han sido entrenados como discípulos misioneros
• Además, todas las diócesis del país han concluido su informe sobre el estado actual del ministerio hispano. Esto nunca se ha hecho tan completamente y profesionalmente.
A medida que nos acercamos al V Encuentro Nacional, se espera que más de 3.000 delegados y más de 100 obispos asistirán al evento programado del 20 al 23 de Septiembre, en Grapevine, Texas. Los representantes de la Santa Sede y de América Latina también estarán presente para este evento histórico. En suma, este esfuerzo está inspirando a una nueva generación de líderes y fomentando un espacio para desarrollar formas creativas de evangelizar y alcanzar a aquellos en la periferia de nuestras comunidades.

Futuros sacerdotes comparten sus inquietudes acerca de la comunidad hispana (continuación)
Otros cinco diáconos de la Diócesis de Wichita responden por correo electrónico preguntas de cómo se preparan para ministrar a la Comunidad Hispana de la diócesis.

Diácono Michael Brungardt

Diácono Miguel Brungardt
1. Mi preparación para trabajar con los compromisos hispanos comenzó antes de que yo hubiera ingresado al seminario. Recuerdo que cuando era un niño pequeño atraído por una amistad con una pareja y una familia joven en mi parroquia, el esposo era originario de España y la esposa de México.
Recuerdo que le decía rotundamente a mi mamá que tenían que asistir a una de mis fiestas de cumpleaños, que generalmente sólo eran una ocasión familiar. Esta preparación continuó desde mi primer día en el seminario, cuando mi primer compañero de habitación era de Juárez; él me enseñó más lenguaje popular y cultura hispana de lo que pensé que se podía hacer en un sólo semestre.
La participación en el Mariachi del Conception Seminary College, las celebraciones tradicionales hispanas y las amistades hizo posible ésta preparación. Al igual que los otros seminaristas de Wichita, participé en el programa de inmersión en español en Pittsburg. Si bien ésto ayudó definitivamente a mis pobres habilidades de lenguaje, también continuó profundizando mi apreciación y conocimiento de la cultura.
Las asignaciones en St. Anne en Wichita del Sur durante una pasantía pastoral de un semestre, así como también pasar mi verano de diácono en la Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción no hicieron más que profundizar mi formación al respecto. En este último año de formación y preparación antes de la ordenación, he pasado los domingos ministrando en la Parroquia Good Shepherd, en el vecindario Little Village de Chicago, o “La Villita”, como lo llamamos. Aquí, en una parroquia que es casi 100 por ciento hispana, mi preparación ha llegado a su punto máximo.
2. Siempre he enfrentado el desafío de sentir que no puedo servir a la comunidad hispana tan bien como debería. Aunque he recibido mucho apoyo sobre mis habilidades lingüísticas y conocimiento cultural, siempre me siento como si estuviera atrás. Supongo que es un desafío el ser paciente conmigo mismo y no tener miedo de pedir a otros que sean pacientes conmigo.
3. ¡Sé paciente con tus sacerdotes! Puedo decir por experiencia que no es la falta de un deseo de servir o el amor a la gente, sino solo la falta de habilidades. Sus sacerdotes, y otros tantos en nuestra Diócesis, tienen un gran deseo de servir a la comunidad hispana; denle esa oportunidad a través de su paciencia.

Diácono Matt Davied

Diácono Matt Davied
1. Toda persona con la que me encuentre en mi sacerdocio será una persona creada a la imagen y semejanza de Dios, con dignidad y, por lo tanto, está llamada a la vida eterna con Dios en el cielo al final de su vida. Debido a esto, estoy llamado a caminar con cada persona en su camino al cielo, sin importar quiénes sean.
He trabajado en algunas asignaciones parroquiales diferentes y en otros apostolados en los que solía trabajar con hispanos. He disfrutado mucho estas oportunidades, porque he visto un sabor diferente de la devoción cristiana que no veo en la cultura anglosajona típica, y esto enriquece mi propia fe. Las quinceañeras, la Virgen de Guadalupe y las Posadas son ejemplos diferentes de devociones que he experimentado y que espero continuar en el futuro, si Dios quiere.
2. Cuando predico, no sólo predico homilías generales, sino a las personas particulares sentadas en los bancos. Cada persona y grupo de personas tiene desafíos particulares en cuanto a la fe, los vicios y las virtudes a los que tienden, y me gustaría hacer mis homilías aplicables al alcanzar estas particularidades. Esto puede ser difícil cuando se predica a un grupo, como los hispanos, que provienen de una visión del mundo diferente a la mía debido a sus experiencias en la vida.
3. Me gustaría alentar a todas las personas de la comunidad hispana, especialmente si sienten que no están siendo entendidas, a entregarse por completo a Cristo y su Iglesia. Él no nos escatima nada, al dar a su Hijo para que tengamos vida eterna, y por lo tanto las barreras del idioma y los malentendidos (que a veces son inevitables) no son razón para retener algo de él. Él te bendecirá en maneras que no esperas a cambio. ¡He experimentado esto en mi propia vida!

Diácono Isaac Coulter

Diácono Isaac Coulter
1. Los últimos ocho años he dado mi vida para estudiar y orar en preparación para entregar mi vida a la gente de la Diócesis de Wichita como el sacerdote de Jesús.
2. Mi ego, el diablo y el olvido rápido: todo esto desafiará mi capacidad de recordar que Jesús está verdaderamente con nosotros.
3. Jesús está vivo. Él se nos ha dado a cada uno de nosotros, y a nuestra comunidad como un todo, Su Espíritu, para que podamos con confianza decirles a nuestros vecinos la buena nueva de la resurrección y la promesa del amor infinito del Padre.

Diácono Nic Jurgensmeyer

Diácono Nic Jurgensmeyer
1. Aunque mi español es pobre, amo a la gente y a la cultura. Una de las maneras en que he tratado de compensar mi falta de español es que la gente sepa cuánto me preocupo por ellos y cuanto deseo ayudarlos de cualquier manera que se pueda.
2. Mi conocimiento del idioma español es pobre. Con eso, el mayor desafío será la comunicación con la comunidad hispana.
3. Su amor por nuestra Santísima Madre ha sido inspirador para muchos, incluyéndome a mí. Espero brindarles un tiempo de servicio alegre a ellos y a la Iglesia.

Diácono Todd Shepherd

Diácono Todd Shepherd
Mi esperanza es de servir a la comunidad de hispano hablantes durante mi vida como un sacerdote. Por esto, he estudiado español por siete años. Cuando tengo la oportunidad a hablar en español con mis compañeros de clase en el seminario o con mis compañeros hispanos, siempre lo hago, porque es la mejor manera de practicar.

Dos reciben certificados de naturalización — Eloy Moreno y Rosalinda Mijares han recibido exitosamente sus certificados de naturalización y se convierten en nuevos ciudadanos americanos. El Señor Rangel y la Sra. Rosalinda tomaron clases de ciudadanía en el Centro Pastoral Hispano.

Líder de Caridades Católicas USA: el Evangelio es acompañar a migrantes
PORTLAND, Oregon (CNS) -- La directora de Caridades Católicas USA dice que está triste porque muchos católicos se han “acostumbrado” al resentimiento nacional hacia a los migrantes.
La hermana dominica Donna Markham, presidenta y principal oficial ejecutiva de la agencia, dijo ante una audiencia, durante una charla sobre la doctrina social católica el 4 de mayo, que algunos católicos han esquivado las lecciones de Jesús, quien dijo: “Lo que no hiciste por uno de estos más pequeños no lo hiciste por mí”.
El arzobispo Alexander K. Sample de Portland reforzó el punto de la hermana Markham, y dijo que recibe cartas de personas enojadas después de hablar abiertamente a favor de los inmigrantes.
“Vivimos en una era que trata los migrantes como si fuesen una enfermedad”, él dijo llamando “despreciable” que el país le diera la espalda a los refugiados y migrantes que huyen de la violencia y la pobreza. “Estas son personas reales con vidas reales”.
Aunque Caridades Católicas ayuda a unos 600,000 refugiados y migrantes en general en toda la nación, oficiales de la agencia piensan que el número de refugiados aceptados en el país continuará bajando.
Caridades Católicas de la Arquidiócesis de Portland ha visto el número de personas a las que se les ha aceptado en programas de refugio reducirse en años recientes. Desde el comienzo del año fiscal el 1 de octubre, la agencia ha reasentado a 105 personas. Durante el año fiscal 2016, 600 personas fueron reasentadas, mientras que 400 fueron reasentadas en 2017.
La hermana Markham admitió que a veces las circunstancias llevan a los defensores de los inmigrantes a sentirse “terriblemente desalentados”.
“Pero el Evangelio nos llama a cuidar a los más vulnerables. No estamos deteniéndonos ahora”, ella dijo.
Mientras tanto, el papa Francisco y los obispos de Estados Unidos han hecho declaraciones fuertes en apoyo a la dignidad de los migrantes. “Ellos han respondido a la xenofobia con compasión, misericordia y bienvenida”, dijo la hermana Markham.

Calendario Hispano
Planificación Familiar Natural en Español: Para más información e inscripción en cualquiera de las siguientes clases favor de comunicarse con Marisa Hernández en la Oficina del Ministerio Hispano al 316-269-3919.
• Domingo 20 de Mayo, 2 p.m., Catedral, Salón Pio X.
• Miércoles 23 de Mayo, 8 p.m. Perpetuo Socorro, Ctro. Parroquial.
• Lunes 4 de Junio, 7 p.m. San Patricio, Salón Madre Teresa.
Cursillo de Cristiandad - Escuela de Dirigentes – Wichita: primer y tercer viernes del mes, 7 p.m. en el salón Madre Teresa de la Iglesia de San Patricio. Coordinadora: Patricia Benavides, tlf. 316-210-0004.
• Arkansas City: Tercer domingo de cada mes, después de la Misa de 11 a.m. en el Salón Parroquial de la Iglesia Sagrado Corazón. Coordinadores: Isabel Rodriguez y Lauro Lopez, 620-660-5180 y 316-559-3776.
• Hutchinson: segundo viernes de cada mes, 7 p.m. en el Salon Parroquial de la Iglesia Ntra. Sra. de Guadalupe. Coordinadores: Norma Urueta y Patty Benavides, 620-474-5238 y 316-210-0004
Cursillo de Cristiandad - Ultreyas – Wichita: último viernes del mes, 7 p.m. en la cafetería de la Escuela de San Patricio. Coordinadores: Efren y Laura Martinez asistidos por Laura Martinez. Arkansas City: tercer domingo del mes 1 p.m. Salón Parroquial de la Iglesia Sagrado Corazón. Coordinadora: Isabel Rodriguez. Hutchinson: cuarto domingo del mes, 1:30 p.m. en el Gimnasio de la Iglesia Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. Coordinadora: Norma Hurueta (620)474-5238.
Taller “A Nuestro Alcance,” Centro Pastoral Hispano, 10 de marzo, 9 de junio y 6 de octubre. Para más información e inscripción, favor comunicarse con Jake Samour al (316) 202-0645.
Seminario de Preparación Matrimonial, Centro Pastoral Hispano, 5 de mayo, 11 de agosto y 1ro de Diciembre. Para más información e inscripción, favor comunicarse con Jake Samour al (316) 202-0645.

Intención del Santo Padre para Mayo
La Misión de los Laicos: para que estos fieles “cumplan su misión específica poniendo su creatividad al servicio de los desafíos del mundo actual.”

Voboril’s legacy: Quality of school leadership

Superintendent of Schools Bob Voboril stands in front of a wall honoring men and women who have served Catholic education in the Diocese of Wichita. Voboril will soon retire after 25 years of service to diocesan Catholic education. (Advance photo)

Superintendent of Catholic schools says his job was the best part of his professional life
By Christopher M. Riggs
Superintendent Bob Voboril was thinking about the next quarter century of Catholic education while commenting about his legacy after 25 years at the helm of the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Wichita.
“What I see as my legacy will be the quality of the leadership in our schools,” he said. “I couldn’t be more proud of our principals and their faith and their commitment and their sacrifices.”
Voboril said he was happy to share the pride he has in the Catholic schools of the diocese and his “tiny role” in it. “I feel like I got on the nose of a rocket and was able to be a part of some great success and maybe helped articulate it a little bit. But I will be grateful to my dying day for every opportunity I’ve had here.”
Voboril said his 25 years serving the diocese have not only been a blessing but have been the best part of his professional life.
“When I came here, I already had an unusual array of experiences,” he said. “I had already been an elementary or high school principal for 18 years. I chaired a diocesan task force on reorganizing Catholic education. I had opened and closed schools, built buildings and tore them down and remodeled them.”
In addition, he was already a national speaker about Catholic education and wrote a newspaper column.
“So I came with a lot of educational background, but I had to grow up personally and as a Catholic, because I was part of that generation that separated professional life from personal life.”
That changed, he said, with his exposure to and growth in understanding stewardship as a way of life. “I’ve grown so much personally and in my relationships and in my ability to be respectful to people in their relationships.”
The past 25 years have also greatly benefited his family, Voboril said.
“It’s a blessing. It enabled me to give my six children the best Catholic education possible in this country. In many other places we may not have been able to afford Catholic schools. All six of my kids graduated from Catholic colleges. The five that are married, married Catholic college graduates and they’re in love with their faith.”
His wife, Pam, says they are lucky, he said. “Our kids are making us holy. Our kids are so much further along in their faith and they’re bringing us with them.”
The reputation of the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Wichita is now well-known across the United States and overseas, Voboril said.
Bishop Emeritus Eugene J. Gerber deserves much more credit for Catholic schools in the diocese than he is given, he said.
“But it was really Bishop Gerber who developed the philosophy and the theology of stewardship and was responsible for the American bishops’ pastoral letter on stewardship with Archbishop (Thomas J.) Murphy. He was the one who took the guts of our operation here as a diocese and showed how to make it consistent with stewardship in every aspect,” he said. “The longer I’m here, the more I admire Bishop Gerber and what he did.”
Voboril played down his role, explaining that he was given a national audience to articulate stewardship and so his name was attached to it.
“Stewardship is fundamental to everything we do in this diocese and particularly the schools,” he said. “In some ways the schools were a cause of the diocese moving to stewardship and, of course, in the 30 years since, they’ve been the beneficiary of it.”
Voboril said parishes gradually adopted a stewardship way of life. “The parishes have accepted Catholic education as their mission. That’s had a profound impact on the schools primarily.”
If the faithful of the diocese had not adopted stewardship, he said, instead of 10,500 students enrolled in diocesan Catholic schools, only 5,000 or 6,000 students would be enrolled. “We would have a lot fewer schools and the schools would be very different.”
The adoption of a stewardship way of life by the parishes in the diocese affected the schools, Voboril said, in that the student learns that education does not begin with a relationship between the teacher and a student but a relationship between God and the student.
“And you don’t develop [talents] so that you get a better job, or make more money, or become popular or to get awards. You develop your talents because you owe it to God to be the best you can be.”
Voboril said his contribution to Catholic education in the diocese is helping parents and educators understand that “God has a plan for each individual and the purpose of school is to help that individual discover what God wants for them.”
That evolution of understanding has impacted the number of seminarians now studying for the diocese.
When he arrived in Wichita, Voboril said the diocese had about 15 seminarians and few of them were Catholic school graduates. Today the diocese has 46 seminarians, most of whom are Catholic school graduates.
The future health of Catholic education here depends on how the faithful of the diocese continue to grow in their stewardship way of life, he said.
“There’s a real challenge for this diocese and it’s starting to hit us in the face. Catholic schools require tremendous sacrifices and if each generation is not willing to sacrifice, you’ll lose,” he said. “We saw that in the ’60s and early ’70s, when people blinked and Catholic schools closed.
“We see it around the country. Every Monday I get a newsletter that tells me how many schools are closing at the end of the school year. I think we’re going to see something on the order of a 150 across the country. I’ve been fortunate. I haven’t had to close a single school in the City of Wichita in my 25 years and we have more inner city schools than we ever had.”
One of the challenges has resulted because of the change in demographics, resulting in a low-income corridor in central Wichita.
“We have to act now for the future,” Voboril said. “And so, yes, the Hispanic community cannot fully fund Catholic education by themselves right now, but if we don’t provide a Catholic education for them today, then instead of 120,000 Catholics (in the diocese), in 25 years you will have 75,000 Catholics here.”
If the people of the diocese and its leaders are not willing to sacrifice for Catholic schools, he said, the diocese will have fewer vocations, fewer people attending Mass, and contributions will decline.
“We’ve seen it all over the country, wherever people close their schools, there’s a decline in the church,” he said.
Family involvement in the school is the reason the parish benefits, Voboril said.
The perfect example is St. Joseph School in Ost, he said, where a parish of 125 families is operating a Catholic school with 180 kids.
“It’s a miracle. It’s a miracle because those people believe in the importance of Catholic education, not only for themselves – half their kids come from other parishes,” Voboril said. “There’s a power to that little school. To me that’s the biggest challenge we face is that…we are willing to make the sacrifices for the next generation of Catholics who will lead the church.”
Part of his legacy will be the idea that a moral purpose comes before the academic purpose of Catholic schools, he said.
“If you don’t teach a person what’s right and wrong, it doesn’t matter what else you learn because you won’t know how to use it. There’s been a profound shift in our schools to a Catholic culture that permeates everything they do and you see it in the lives of the people who work there.”
That shift is evident, he said, in that he has hired 168 principals the past 25 years. And out of those 168, there have been only four divorces among them.
“That’s a remarkable percentage and it tells you something about the quality of the people who lead these schools” Voboril said. “I get tickled when people say Catholic schools are so Catholic in this diocese, and I say to them, we have 38 schools and there are 38 lay people running them and we’re down to a dozen sisters teaching in our schools. So when you say we’re Catholic, you’re saying that our lay people who work in our Catholic schools are remarkable for transmitting the Catholic faith to what we do.”
The enrollment in diocesan Catholic high schools has increased 1,000 students over the last quarter century from 1,500 to 2,500, Voboril said.
“And we’re turning out tremendous young people,” he said. “We’ve gone from being really good prep institutions to being the best Catholic high schools in the United States and people all over the country study what these four schools are doing.”
Another shift is one of subsidiarity, he said. Instead of the Catholic school office running the academic programs for all the schools in the diocese, more responsibility was given to the parishes.
“So, the power…is in the parishes. But, we’re unified as one diocese with a common mission. That, I think, is powerful. And it’s also unique in the United States. We’re the only diocese in the country that funds its Catholic high schools directly from the diocese via the parishes.”
The mission is always to form these kids in the faith, he said. “We like to say every Catholic school is Catholic, but in our diocese, we’re Catholic first.”
Other changes over the 25 years, he said, include improved teacher salaries, upgrade in retirement plans and health insurance, and the incorporation of students with learning disabilities.
Teaching has also evolved, he said.
“We no longer say I teach a class of 25. We say I teach 25 individual children, each with their own gifts and needs and plans. That’s a big change.”
Voboril said he’ll always be associated with the Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic School Fund that he founded because “we now have 1,200 children in the schools who go home and don’t speak English at night.”
The fund proves between $1.5 and $2 million a year to parishes that educate high concentration of low income children. “That’s a profound shift in our diocese and it’s making all of us better. We’re so proud that we’re able to help each other.”
That’s phenomenal, Voboril said. “We’ve gone from about 8,800 to about 10,500 students at a time when the rest of the country has lost about 40 percent of its enrollment. That’s not my doing, that’s a credit to the bishops, the parishes, parents, and parishioners of the diocese.”

Endowment honors Bob Voboril
The Voboril Endowment for Teacher Support has been established to provide bonuses to teachers in schools with a high percentage of low-income families.
The endowment has been created under the umbrella of the St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School Fund to award bonuses to those who teach in schools where more than 60 percent of the students qualify for a free or reduced lunch.
Those wishing to make a gift in honor of Bob Voboril may mail a check to Catholic Diocese of Wichita, Voboril Endowment for Teacher support, 424 N. Broadway, Wichita, KS 67202.
For more information, call Ann Maley at 316-269-3917 or email

A video of the full, 26-minute interview with Bob Voboril is available here.

Janet Eaton will succeed Voboril
Janet Eaton, a former teacher and principal at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School in Wichita, has been named superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, effective July 6.
She succeeds Bob Voboril who is retiring after 25 years as superintendent for the diocese.
Eaton is leaving the Catholic school system of the Archdiocese of St. Louis where she has served as a principal of St. Dominic High School in O’Fallon, Missouri, since 2011. From 1999 to 2011 she was principal at Immaculate Conception School in Dardenne Prairie, Missouri.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Newman University in 1986, a master’s degree in Building Administration from Wichita State University in 1994, and an educational specialist degree in District Level Administrative Leadership from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2016.
Eaton taught at SEAS from 1986 to 1992 and was principal there from 1992 to 1999.
She and her husband, Kevin, have three children, Ryan, Molly, and Cooper.

SCS and St. Katharine Drexel fund opening school doors

Estrella Delgado is a student at St. Margaret Mary Catholic School in Wichita, one of the schools that benefits from SCS and the St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School Fund. (Advance file photo)

Support for Catholic Schools received a lot of support last year from wallets and purses.
Over $2 million was donated in 2017 to Support for Catholic Schools, a scholarship granting organization incorporated by the Diocese of Wichita.
Mike Wescott, director of Development and Planned Giving for the diocese, said he was extremely happy about the results after SCS’s first year.
Because of the generosity of those who contributed, 66 students were able to get a Catholic school education when they otherwise might not have been able to do so, he said.
“These families struggle financially and we’re giving them a Catholic education,” Wescott said. “And our schools are benefiting hugely, hugely.”
A total of $2.1 million went to diocesan Catholic schools as a result of the Support for Catholic Schools along with funds from the St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School Fund and a third, smaller, program.
The SCS board will have awarded $300,000 in scholarships for this school year. The amount could increase to $600,000 next school year and $900,000 the year after.
“So, the number of students increases every year,” Wescott said. “A lot of that has to do with the way the state set this up. The eligible students have to be entering kindergarten or transferring into the school for the first time and come from what the state calls a Priority One or Focus One school, which is a school that has not met the state educational performance benchmarks.”
The future of the program can be modified by the Kansas legislature, but Wescott said he is hopeful the program won’t be changed in the next two years.
To be eligible for SCS financial assistance, schools must have students who qualify as an at-risk pupil. At-risk pupils are defined as those eligible for free lunch under the National School Lunch Act and live in a specifically defined public school attendance area. Additionally, the students would need to be starting in the Catholic school as a kindergartener or would have transferred into an eligible Catholic school from a specifically defined public school attendance area. About half of the attendance areas are in Wichita, but there are also eligible areas in Hutchinson, Pittsburg, and Fort Scott.
Details about SCS
The Kansas Legislature has allocated $10 million per year for tax credits to individuals or corporations that contribute to scholarship granting organizations, known as SGOs. Donors to an SGO will receive a 70 percent tax credit toward their state income tax bill. For example, a contribution of $5,000, would reduce the donor’s state taxes by $3,500. And then at the federal level, an income tax deduction can be taken according to the donor’s tax bracket.
The Diocese of Wichita’s scholarship granting organization is named Support for Catholic Schools, Inc. SCS was granted tax exempt status in 2016. The corporation is governed by a board of directors with Michael Wescott, director of the diocesan office of Development and Planned Giving, serving as its chief advisor.

Interested in giving to Catholic schools through SCS?
For more information or to make a tax deductible contribution to Support for Catholic Schools, contact Mike Wescott at 316-269-3917, at, or by mail at Office of Development, 424 N. Broadway, Wichita, KS 67202.

Vallarie Eades retires from ABC

Valerie Alexander, former volunteer for A Better Choice, succeeds her
Knowing who the boss is at A Better Choice is easy, you just have to remember one name.

Vallarie Eades

Valerie Alexander recently succeeded Vallarie Eades, who served as executive director of the crisis pregnancy center for 14 years.
In an email interview, Eades said she will remember her time at the crisis pregnancy center, located at 3007 E. Central in Wichita, because of the lives they saved and the lives they changed.
“Not long ago a young mother came back to A Better Choice to tell us it took her seven years, but she now has a college degree and is taking care of her family and going to church,” Eades wrote. “She shared pictures of herself with her children and wrote, ‘Thank you for showing me I could do it.’”
The pro-life effort has matured since the early protests against abortion clinics, she said, adding that they have been replaced by compassion for the woman seeking an abortion and education about choices and assistance available to her.
Medical advances have made it easier to persuade mothers to make a choice for life, Eades said.
“Scientific evidence of the baby’s development in the womb is now clearly seen through ultrasound,” she said. “Increasingly, state laws regarding abortion are based on medical regulations for abortion clinics as the truth about abortion providers and their practices are being exposed.”
The pro-life efforts of the last few decades, she said, are evident in the number of youth and young adults taking part in pro-life activities such as the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., that draws hundreds of thousands from across the country.
Over the years, Eades said, she has learned that every woman needs a place where she feels safe to talk about her thoughts and fears, a place where she can ask questions and hear positive, life-affirming answers.
“We are here to show her someone cares, understands her fears and can help her find the hope she is looking for with her baby,” she said. “We can share with her that life begins at conception, not the moment of birth, that abstinence is empowering for single women, that no one should accept a life of abuse, and that adoption is a courageous choice over abortion.”
Eades said she told the new executive director to look for the face of Jesus in everyone, as Mother Teresa said. “And if you are true to the mission of the ministry, God will provide all the needs necessary to sustain it through dedicated volunteers, financial, and material gifts.”
She said her retirement plans will evolve, but for now she is spending more time with her family, including a new great-granddaughter and planning a trip to Italy with her husband, Bill.
New executive director first volunteered at ABC

Valerie Alexander

Alexander said her first association with ABC was in 2007 when she began volunteering as a peer counselor, became a part-time employee in 2009 and worked as the volunteer coordinator until she went on maternity leave in 2016.
“After two wonderful years at home with my children, I am honored to return to A Better Choice as the executive director,” she said. “Our unique mission and the needs of our clients drew me back. In each of my roles at A Better Choice, I have been able to prioritize directly serving women who seek help.”
In her new role, Alexander said, her job is to carry out ABC’s vision to resurrect a culture of life in our society.
“Very simply put, I hope to wrap our clients in love to enable them to extend that love to their unborn children by choosing life! I will collaborate with our donors and volunteers to ensure that women in our community have a compassionate place to discuss pregnancy issues and find accurate information.”
Alexander added that ABC, located at 3007 E. Central, is busy preparing to expand into the building next door, a move that will allow them to increase their sonogram services.

Diocesan news, May 4, 2018

Carmelite makes profession April 8 — Sister Maria Philomela of the Blessed Sacrament professes her vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience before Bishop Carl A. Kemme Saturday, April 8, at the Discalced Carmelite Monastery of Divine Mercy and Our Lady of Guadalupe, located at 7445 N. Woodlawn, in Valley Center. Sister Maria, Analia Bandiera, is the daughter of Martin and the late Teresa Bandiera of La Consulta, Mendoza, Argentina. Bishop Kemme was the principal celebrant at the Mass. Sister Maria received visitors immediately afterward. A lunch was served to the faithful attending. (Photo courtesy Wayne Mikols)

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next several weeks.
May 4-5: Knights of Columbus State Convention in Overland Park
May 5: Confirmation Mass at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral
May 6: Confirmation Mass at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral
May 8: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena in Wichita
May 10: Senior Adult Appreciation Mass and Luncheon at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral
May 11: Pastor/Principal Appreciation Mass and Luncheon; Newman Baccalaureate Mass at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral
May 12: Holy Family Home Educators Catholic Group Mass and graduation; Confirmation Mass at 2 p.m. at St. Patrick in Kingman
May 13: Trinity Catholic High School graduation at 2 p.m. in Hutchinson
May 16: St. Mary Colgan graduation at 7 p.m. in Pittsburg
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 Magdalen
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

Motorcycle pilgrimage to Pilsen on June 16
A motorcycle pilgrimage to Pilsen, Kansas, the hometown and location of a museum about Servant of God Father Emil J. Kapaun, will take place on June, Saturday, 16.
The ride begins at 7:30 a.m. and will leave from Walt’s All American Bar, located just east of I-235 at 5534 W. Central in Wichita. The event ends at noon.
The cost is a $10 donation and includes lunch and a tour of the museum. The event is limited to the first 60 registrants.
To register call Scott Carter at 316-440-1735 or email
The cause for the canonization of Father Kapaun, who died a heroic death, in a North Korean prisoner-of-war camp is now being considered by the Vatican’s Congregation for Saints.

Fighting for Your Marriage series begins June 7
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.

Chaplain Kapaun High class reunion planned for June
The Chaplain Kapaun Memorial High School class of 1958 is hosting a class reunion June 2-3.
For more information, contact Gary Smith at or 316-806-9736.

Young liturgical musicians honored
Twelve young liturgical musicians received awards from the Wichita chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians April 22 for their service.
Receiving Certificates of Excellence at a chapter election meeting at St. Jude Parish in Wichita were Emma Bezdek, Maria Collins, Teresa Collins, Marissa Martinez, Carson Mceachem, Georgi Wilhelm, and Raphael Wilhelm, all of Church of the Magdalen; A. J. Hibbs, Sara Maschino, Anna Poelma, and Brady Volkmann, all of St. Jude Parish; and Neva Sanders of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish.
The association will celebrate the third anniversary of the founding of the chapter by participating in a Corpus Christi procession at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita. A potluck will follow in the Pius X Room.

Senior adult Mass, luncheon with the bishop May 10
Senior adults of the Diocese of Wichita are invited to a Mass and luncheon with Bishop Carl A. Kemme at 10 a.m. Thursday May 10, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, located at Broadway and Central in Wichita.
The Mass is in appreciation of how older adults in the diocese have generously given of their time, talent, and treasure to build our churches and schools and to make our diocese what it is today.
A catered lunch with homemade pie and all the fixings will be served after Mass. Door prizes will be given away.
Register before May 3rd by sending $5 to the Office of Marriage and Family Life, 437 N. Topeka, Wichita, KS 67202. Make checks payable to Catholic Diocese of Wichita.

Bike camp for disabled children set for July
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 in Wichita by the Independent Living Resources Center.
To register for the camp or for more information, visit, call Cindi at 316-942-6300, ext. 222, or email her at

Christian unity focus of Florovsky Week July 10-14 at NU, St. George’s
Newman University’s Gerber Institute and the Eighth Day Institute will sponsor Florovsky Week: Returning to the Sources for Christian Unity July 10-14 in Wichita.
The event, according to the Eighth Day Institute, is a week of prayer, papers, lectures, workshops, and a banquet, “promoting a return to the sources for Christian unity.” The week will be held at Newman University and at St. George Orthodox Christian Cathedral in Wichita.
Florovsky Week is named after Father George Florovsky (1893-1979), an influential Orthodox priest who believed modern Christianity benefits from intellectual debates about the patristic tradition of the early, undivided church, as opposed to thoughts arising from the Reformation.
Want to learn more?
For more information or to register, visit
A call for papers
A call for papers has been issued for the event. For details, visit the website.

CSJs elect new leadership team April 7
Sisters of the Congregation of St. Joseph elected a new leadership team that will take office in August and serve until 2023.
The election took place on Saturday, April 7, at the conclusion of the community’s week-long Chapter meeting in Chicago.
Elected were Sisters Kathy Brazda, Sallie Latkovich, Marie Hogan, Jaqueline Goodin, and Pat Warbritton. None of the newly-elected are from Wichita.
In addition to the election, over 500 sisters, lay associates and other partners in mission both in attendance and participating via live streaming from their home centers around the country.

Janet Eaton will succeed Voboril
Janet Eaton, a former teacher and principal at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School in Wichita, has been named superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, effective July 6.
She succeeds Bob Voboril who is retiring after 25 years as superintendent for the diocese.
Eaton is leaving the Catholic school system of the Archdiocese of St. Louis where she has served as a principal of St. Dominic High School in O’Fallon, Missouri, since 2011. From 1999 to 2011 she was principal at Immaculate Conception School in Dardenne Prairie, Missouri.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Newman University in 1986, a master’s degree in Building Administration from Wichita State University in 1994, and an educational specialist degree in District Level Administrative Leadership from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2016.
Eaton taught at SEAS from 1986 to 1992 and was principal there from 1992 to 1999.
She and her husband, Kevin, have three children, Ryan, Molly, and Cooper.

Chaplain Kapaun High class reunion planned for June
The Chaplain Kapaun Memorial High School class of 1958 is hosting a class reunion June 2-3.
For more information, contact Gary Smith at or 316-806-9736.

Host families sought for foreign exchange students for next year
Host families are being sought for high school exchange students for the 2018-2019 academic year.
The students will arrive in mid-August and will attend local high schools. The students speak English, are covered by medical insurance, and have spending money for their personal expenses.
Approved families can view online student applications and select the student that best matches their own family. For more information, call Wilma Fast at 316-681-1236.

Planning for a person with special needs presentation May 22
A presentation about financial and estate planning for a person with special needs will be presented from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, in the Assembly Room of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish. It is located at 1321 Stratford Lane in Wichita.
Financial advisor Sean DiGiovanni and Travis Pearson, the Planned Giving coordinator for the Diocese of Wichita and a lawyer, will speak.
Reservations are requested. To do so call Sean at 316-266-5074.

Several ‘last chance’ Masses now available
There are now several late Sunday Masses in Wichita, including two in Spanish, for those who hit the snooze button one too many times:
5 p.m.: Holy Savior
5:15 p.m.: Blessed Sacrament
6 p.m.: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton; St. Anne, en español
6:30 p.m.: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, en español
7 p.m.: St. Paul, WSU; St. Patrick, en español
9 p.m.: St. Paul, WSU

Struggling with pornography?
Those who are struggling with pornography and need spiritual help may contact a priest of the Diocese of Wichita for help.
To do so, send an e-mail to “Our Lord always provides a means to overcome sin!,” the priest says.

Founder of FOCUS speaks at conference — Curtis Martin was one of the speakers at the diocesan Stewardship Conference Saturday, April 21, at Church of the Magdalen in Wichita. Martin is the founder and CEO of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. Father Jarrod Lies, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, was another speaker. About 360 attended the event. (Photo courtesy Randi Marino)
Bishop Kemme honored — Bishop Carl A. Kemme was honored with a cake Tuesday, May 1, on the fourth anniversary of his episcopal ordination. The corner of the cake listed some of his accomplishments, which includes 183 confirmation Masses, 18 ordinations to the priesthood, 28 ordinations to the diaconate, and 90 parish pastoral visits. (Advance photo)
New rooms at the Mount — Sr. Judith Ann Shimek, a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph, was happy to move into her new room in Marian Hall, one of 24 rooms in the new, reconstructed skilled care facility. It and Joseph Hall, a two-story building for assisted care, are now open and sisters are moving in. Joseph Hall has 10 apartments on both levels. If the sisters have no need in the future for the rooms or the apartments, they will be made available to associates, friends and family who have been placed on a waiting list. (Courtesy photo)
Premier class graduates — The first Live Like the Saints class ended Tuesday, April 24, at the Chancery in Wichita. The curriculum focused on human sexuality and chastity, with an emphasis on St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. Instructors were Beth Orth, Christine Ostroski, and Myra Jacobs. Another class will be offered early next year. (Courtesy photo)