Newman U. student collects clothing for needy

Jessica Martin with her vanload of gloves.

WICHITA – Newman University senior Jessica Martin recently organized a competition among four elementary schools with a seemingly lofty goal of collecting 500 pairs of new gloves and mittens for children in need in the Wichita area.

By the time the competition ended, however, people were donating not just gloves and mittens but also hats, scarves and coats, and Martin had met her goal not once, not twice, but more than ?ve times over, by netting 2,719 items that will be distributed this Christmas through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.

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Bishop announces clergy leadership program

By Bishop Jackels
I am pleased to announce that starting December 2, 2008, the group of 42 priests listed below will begin a two-year program called Good Leaders, Good Shepherds. The program is designed to help priests to be better leaders after the example of Jesus the Good Shepherd.
Let me say up front that I am excited and gratified by the efforts of our priests to pastor the people in parishes and institutions. They have pastoral hearts and have a holy desire to be better pastors. Everyone can always improve.

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Cloistered Carmelites pray for priests, you

Msgr. James Conley, now Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Denver, celebrates a Mass in the chapel of the Clearwater Carmelite convent. The nuns will soon welcome two more candidates.By Rev. Mthr. M. Margaret of Jesus, CsJP
Yes! God has blessed the Diocese of Wichita in a very profound way. Through the joint efforts of the Most Rev. Eugene J. Gerber, the Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, and many of the faithful who prayed for years that we be so blessed, the Order of Carmelites Discalced nuns, of Gallup, N.M., arrived in the diocese Jan. 24, 2001.
Why did Bishops Gerber, Olmsted, and the faithful want our diocese to have a Cloistered Carmelite Community of nuns?
Many are familiar with St. Teresa of Jesus of Avila, St. Therese of the Child Jesus of Lisieux, France, and many other Carmelite Saints who followed God’s call to live the life of a hermit. To do this in a communal setting, enclosed or cloistered monasteries were established by St. Teresa of Jesus, in which the nuns could live a life according to the Rule of St. Albert, Patriarch of the Church of Jerusalem, given between 1206-1214. The rule had been greatly relaxed by the 16th century and St. Teresa of Avila was God’s chosen one to bring the strictness of the rule back into use.

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Around the diocese

Marcia Helten helped to obtain the grants for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium. Father John Brungardt blessed it.Good Shepherd Atrium blessed
A blessing and an open house for the new Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium was held the weekend of Sept. 20-21 at Christ the King Parish, Wichita.
Father John Brungardt blessed the room.
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of children. It is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in an “atrium,” a room prepared for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials that they use.

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‘Church’ has special meaning for Chetopa faithful

By Pam Overman
This year’s theme for the recent Catechetical Sunday: The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church has a special meaning for the parishioners of extreme southeast Kansas.
By focusing on the Word of God and the meaning of Catholicism, two parishes became one over the summer in what was a difficult and emotional experience for many. Sacred Heart Parish in Chetopa was home to a family of faithful servants of God. However, due to extreme structural problems with the church building, they were forced to close the doors abruptly – never to worship in their "home" parish again.

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African American Council workshop at WSU’s Newman Center open to all

A workshop Oct. 10-12, sponsored by the diocesan African American Catholic Council, is open to all the faithful of the Diocese of Wichita.
Jack Thaw, president of the council, said he hopes all Catholics will consider attending the event. He adds that he is especially inviting former members of the parish and those who might have fallen away from the faith.

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Catholic school enrollment numbers at 10,832

Hispanic Catholic student numbers up to highest in diocesan history
By Christopher M. Riggs
Enrollment in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Wichita is at its highest figure since 1967. The Catholic School Office announced last week that enrollment at the 39 Catholic schools is at 10,832 students, up 26 from last year’s figure of 10,806.
Superintendent Bob Voboril said in the last 30 years enrollment in diocesan Catholic schools has increased by 46 percent during a time frame when overall Catholic school enrollment in the United States has declined by more than 30 percent.

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