Sisters of St. Joseph news

Congregation of St. Joseph jubilarians celebrated at a Mass July 11 at All Saints Church, Wichita. Bishop Michael O. Jackels celebrated the Mass. Front row, from left, are Sister Louise Noemi Bernos, Sister Anne Claire Price, and Sister Bridget Donohue; second row, Sister Rita Marie Thissen, Sister Antoinette Yelek, Sister Beverly Lartigue, Sister Cecilia Bush, Sister Gracelyn Soignet, Sister Hildegarde Struble, and Sister Prudentia Nelson; back row, Sister Rose Anne Wolke, Sister Teresa Waner, Sister June Horning, Sister Mary Clare Doebel, and Sister Patricia Stanley. Brunch was served following Mass for the sisters, friends, and family. A reception was then held for the jubilarians at the Congregation of St. Joseph’s Wichita Center.

Forum on health care reform Sept. 17 at Mount St. Mary’s
A forum on health care reform will be hosted by the Sisters of the Congregation of St. Joseph from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in the auditorium at Mt. St. Mary, 3700 E. Lincoln, Wichita.
Speaking will be Kevin Conlin, CEO of Via Chrisiti Health System; Msgr. Robert Hemberger, vicar general of the Diocese of Wichita; Father Tom Welk of Harry Hynes Hospice; and Monica Flask of the Central Plains Regional Health Care Foundation.
There will be time for questions and answers after the speakers.

Dear Neighbors Shamrock Open Oct. 5 at Willowbend
WICHITA – The sixth annual Shamrock Open Charity Golf Tournament will be played Oct. 5 at Willowbend golf course.
The tournament is presented by EagleMed and benefits those served by Sisters of St. Joseph Dear Neighbor Ministries. The benefit was started by graduates of Cathedral High School who wanted to give back to the sisters who taught at the school for many years.
The $125 registration fee covers, lunch, greens fees, golf cart, driving range, and the signature Steak Awards Dinner. After Sept. 15, registration is $150. To register call Pat O’Donnell at (316) 689-4061.

Spiritual gerontology topic of presentation Sept. 26 at the Mount
The Magnificat Center, a retreat/conference center sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph, will host Richard Johnson, “Our Spiritual Journey” on Saturday, Sept. 26.
Johnston is an expert in the field of spiritual gerontology and mature faith formation.
He will make a presentation at the center, 3700 E. Lincoln, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The cost is $70 which includes lunch, refreshments and handouts.
To register call Nell Kaba at (316) 689-4081.

New board structure announced for two area not for profit corporations
WICHITA – The reconfiguration of the Congregation of St. Joseph in 2007 has brought about the need to realign the 35 sponsored ministries of the sisters around the country. In Wichita, Dear Neighbor Ministries and StepStone will now become part of the newly formed corporation called CSJ Ministries.
Sister Helene Lentz, the current Dear Neighbor board chair said in the past, the leadership team of the Wichita congregation served as the sole board members for our Dear Neighbor and StepStone ministry boards.
“At the present time we believe it is important to have local presence on these ministry boards so we are expanding board membership to include lay members,” she said. “This will also gift us with the wisdom and expertise of local business men and women who are concerned with serving the needs of the community.”
The newly appointed board includes: Sister Helene Lentz who will continue as Chair. Sister Mary Ellen Loch, CSJ; Sister Arlys McDonald, CSJ; Sister Barbara Smith, ASC, Sister Margaret Knoebler, ASC, all of whom served on the past board.
New board members are Clemens Ast, Dan Urenda, Brent Moerer, Leslie Jensby, and Dr. Scott Nygaard, Sister Joan Burger, and Sister Connie Beiriger.
The newly formed board began its term on July 8. It is responsible for both Sisters of St. Joseph Dear Neighbor Ministries and StepStone Inc. While the governance will be one board, they will remain separate 501 (c) 3 corporations of CSJ Ministries.
StepStone is jointly sponsored by the Congregation of St. Joseph and the Adorers of the Blood of Christ. In the new board structure the ASC Sisters will have two “ex-officio” positions on the board recognizing their cosponsorship of the StepStone Ministry since it began in 1996.