Thursday, 31 May 2012 13:11
Holy Savior Academy to receive Inter-Faith Ministries’ annual Humanitarian Award
WICHITA – Holy Savior Catholic Academy was named on May 23 as one of five recipients of Inter-Faith Ministries’ Humanitarian Awards.
Holy Savior received the Spirit of Faith Award, which “recognizes faith-based organizations and groups whose actions exemplify IFM’s vision for people of faith to cross lines of faith and culture to help people in need, to relieve misery and promote justice,” according to Inter-Faith Minstries.
The award will be presented to Holy Savior during the 60th Humanitarian Awards Dinner, which will be held Aug. 16 at the Beech Activity Center, 9710 E. Central.
During a news conference to announce the award recipients, Holy Savior was recognized for its mission to provide a Catholic education to both children from Holy Savior Parish and to children of other faith traditions.
Holy Savior Academy strives “for a first class facility located in the heart of the inner city that provides a quality, value-based and culturally sensitive education,” Jill Docking, chair of the awards dinner, said during the news conference at Inter-Faith Ministries, 829 N. Market. “HSCA works to give students, who may not otherwise be able, the opportunity to attend a private faith-based school.”
Of the students who attend Holy Savior, about 80 percent are of faith traditions other than Catholic, about 85 percent are African-American, and more than 70 percent qualify for free or reduced-cost lunches.
“This award is one of the highest honors an institution like Holy Savior Catholic Academy could ever receive because the Spirit of Faith Award embodies who we are as church and school,” said Delia Shropshire, principal of Holy Savior Academy.
“We are called to serve and live out the mission of Jesus Christ through a tiny vehicle called Holy Savior Catholic Academy. As one looks back over salvation history, it is God’s way to use the tiniest of vessels to accomplish his greatest works. We are ever so humbled to be of service for his glory and that Inter-Faith Ministries selected us for this great honor.”
Other Humanitarian Award recipients are: Wichita Cargill Cares Council, Golden Rule Award; Jack Focht and Gloria Farha Flentje, Leadership through Faith Award; Dr. Tamim Qaum, Light of Faith Award; and David and Lynn Gilkey, Peace by Piece Award.
The Humanitarian Awards Dinner will begin with a reception at 6 p.m., and the dinner at 7 p.m. with the program following. For tickets, contact Inter-Faith Ministries at (316) 264-9303.
Pro Sanctity Fun and Faith Camp July 6-8 in Viola
St. John Parish will host “God’s Amazing Race,” a Pro Sanctity Fun and Faith Camp, the weekend of July 6-8. The parish is located 25 miles southwest of Wichita on Kansas 42. The address is 18630 W 71st St. S. in Viola.
The junior and senior high school night will be held on Friday, July 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. The camp for kindergartners through 7th grade will be Saturday, July 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Student counselors 8th grade and older and adult helpers are needed for the K through 7 camp. Sunday, July 8, is Family Day beginning at 10:30 a.m. with Mass followed by a potluck brunch and programs for the whole family.
Pro Sanctity is a worldwide movement rooted in Catholic traditions and dedicated to the universal call to holiness in everyday life.
Registration ends June 25. Names and ages of children are needed for registration. To do so call Angie Bielefeld at (620) 584-4361 or email her at
. There is no cost to participate but a freewill offering will be collected.
Basketball camp set for June at SFA
Greg Goertz, a teacher at St. Francis of Assisi School, Wichita, and former college basketball player is hosting a basketball camp for Catholic school students.
The camps for grades K-4 and 5-8 will be held June 5-8 for boys, and June 11-14 for girls. The cost is $50 for the younger group, and $65 for the older, with discounts for additional family members.
For more information or to register, contact Goertz at (316) 260-9736 or at
SFA Boy Scouts to host 50th anniversary June 23-24 at the parish
WICHITA – Boy Scout Troop 762 at St. Francis of Assisi Parish will celebrate 50 years of scouting this summer.
Current and former scouts and scouters are invited to any or all of the activities June 23 and 24. Activities will be followed by a catered dinner Saturday night in Stewardship Hall after the 6:30 Mass.
To register or to get more information call (316) 285-9217, “like us” on Face Book at www.facebook/boyscout troop 762, or email
Steven to coach BC girls basketball
Taylor Steven has been named head girl’s basketball coach at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School.
She is a 2004 graduate of Bishop Carroll and was a member of the 2004 state championship team.
Steven was the starting point guard at Wichita State University from 2004 to 2008. After graduating from Wichita State, she was an assistant women's basketball coach at Colorado State University.
Steven will also be the media specialist at BCCHS.
Sojourn retreat for youth adults next week at the Spiritual Life Center
A Sojourn retreat for single adults 18 to 39 is scheduled for June 8-10 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Sojourn is for single adults, including those who are divorced or widowed. The weekend offers participants an opportunity to deepen their relationship with Christ through prayer, the sacraments, fellowship, and talks addressing the challenges faced by Catholic young adults today.
David Walker, program director with the diocesan Office of Faith Formation, said, “Sojourn offers a chance to relax and unplug from the outside world as you spend time alone and in community.”
The total cost for the weekend is $75. The fee includes five meals, two nights lodging, and all materials. For an application contact the Office of Faith Formation at (316) 269-3940, email OFF@dorg, download an application at http://catholicdioceseofwichita.org/young-adult/sojourn.