Sojourn helps young adults build community and relationships with Jesus A Sojourn weekend can help single, young adults sort out and put all of the challenges of life in perspective, according to the co-directors of the next retreat. Jim DeBroeck and Jessica Schinstock will co-direct the next Sojourn Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, June 8-10, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. A Sojourn is designed to deepen one’s relationship with Christ, DeBroeck says in the interview. “It provides an opportunity for single, young adults to come to the Spiritual Life Center and take a break from life, pray, partake of the sacraments, and form some community with other single, young adults.”
Schinstock, who made her first Sojourn about 10 years ago, has been on the team for the last several Sojourns. “The weekend for me is a time to get away,” she said, “to put away everything that distracts me at home and deepen my relationship with Christ, grow with friends, listen to other people’s testimonies, talk to the Lord, and talk to my friends about things I’m struggling to overcome in my spiritual journey.” DeBroeck said any single adult between 18-39, Catholic or non-Catholic, is invited to attend. Divorced and widowed young singles are also invited. Those planning to attend will be asked for a $25 nonrefundable deposit to be sent with the registration form. A letter of confirmation and a list of what to bring will be mailed to the registrant prior to the weekend. The remaining $50 is due upon arrival for the weekend. An invitation to single adults To watch a video of Jim and Jessica talk about a Sojourn weekend, go to youtube.com/dioceseofwichita. Want to attend? For additional details and to download an application, go to cdowk.org and click on the Ministries & Offices tab and click on the Youth & Young Adult ministry link. The Sojourn link is listed under Find it Here.
BCCHS’s newspaper honored by state press association The Flyer, Bishop Carroll Catholic High School’s newspaper, has again received the highest honor possible from the Kansas Scholastic Press Association. It was named an All-Kansas newspaper for the third consecutive year. An All-Kansas newspaper is described as “a quality newspaper that would compete well at any level.” An out-of-state judge gave the paper top ratings in each area that is critiqued: coverage, writing, design, visuals and leadership. “For the most part, the staff covers all kinds of events, people and attitudes in a bright, fun-filled, colorful manner,” the judge said. “It is readily apparent to the reader that this newspaper leads rather than follows.” The Flyer editors are seniors Alyssa Beck, Hannah Keating and Jared Ohm. Abby Mies served as photo editor. Kollen Long advises the newspaper.
Teens Encounter Christ Weekend June 9-11 at Trinity in Hutchinson The diocesan Office of Faith Formation will sponsor a Teens Encounter Christ retreat the weekend of June 9-11 at Trinity High School in Hutchinson. Specifically designed for juniors and seniors in high school and college age, TEC retreats are also open to adults who work with youth in this age group. Students who will be juniors in the fall of 2012 are also eligible to attend a summer TEC. The weekend involves teens encountering Christ in a way that many have never before experienced. Those attending will have an opportunity to grow in their relationship with Christ through talks, group discussion, individual reflection and prayer, and sharing in the sacraments. TEC is also about having fun and getting to know other youth and adults from all around the Wichita diocese.
Want to encounter Christ? The cost for the TEC is $75, and includes seven meals, two nights lodging, and all materials. For an application or for questions, call the Office of Faith Formation at (316) 269-3940 or email
. You may download an application at http://catholicdioceseofwichita.org/youth/tec and mail it to the Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministries at 424 N. Broadway, Wichita KS 67202. The priority deadline for applications is May 11.