1-Speakers Bureau

If you are interested in bringing in a speaker from the Speakers Bureau please follow this link.

The Diocesan Speakers Bureau is a group of faithful men and women that pastors and parish staff can call upon to assist in the spreading of the Gospel and the building up of the Church. These men and women live locally and have been blessed with gifts to share the faith and have varying qualifications and degrees. There are currently over 30 gifted speakers who are eager to give presentations at parishes throughout the Diocese of Wichita. Topics range from Scripture to Morality, Prayer to the Sacraments, Chastity to Catechetics, Church History to Youth Ministry and more. A stipend of $50 per hour plus mileage is recommended for each speaker. For more information contact the Office of Faith Formation at (316) 269-3940 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mr. Emilio Aita Mrs. Jane Alexander Mrs. Jackie Arnold, M.A.
Mrs. Marcelline Arnold Mr. Jacob Belton Mr. Gil Bergkamp
Mrs. Gayle Beuke Mr. James J. Bitting Jr., M.A. Mr. Joshua Bitting, M.A.
Mrs. Lori Doerneman Miss Christine Edmonds Ms. Tara Elpers
Mrs. Wendy Glick Mrs. Erin Graver Mrs. Marcia Helten
Ms. Veronica Hill Mr. & Mrs. Holthusen Sr. Maria Jacinta, IHM
Miss Abby Johnsen Mrs. Maury Kerschen Sr. Mary Ann Kirkland, IHM
Mrs. Sarah K. Kisling Mr. Dick Landkamer Mr. James Lewis III, M.Th.
Mrs. Stephanie Mann Mrs. Amy Martin Dr. John McCormick
Mrs. Janet Moore M. A. Mr. Alan Oberley Mr. Dan Oblinger
Mrs. Christine Ostroski Dr. Joshua Papsdorf Mrs. Kree Pena
Mr. & Mrs. Christopher M. Riggs Mr. Chris Roth Mr. Jake Samour
Mrs. Bonnie Toombs Dr. Matt Umbarger Rev. Ken Van Haverbeke
Mrs. Elisabeth Vogel    

Aita, Emilio

Mr. Emilio Aita

Emilio AitaMr. Emilio Aita

Possible Talks (descriptions below): Apologetics, Theology of the Body, True Manhood, General Catechesis, Lives of the Saints

A sample of Emilio’s topics:

  • Scripture
  • Catechesis
  • Apologetics
  • Saints
  • Theology of the Body

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Alexander, Jane

Mrs. Jane Alexander

Sample Talks (descriptions below): Confirmation, Confession, Family Life, Why is Mass so Boring, Lectio Divina

A sample of Jane’s topics:

  • Sacraments
  • Catechetics

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Arnold, Jackie

Jackie ArnoldJackie Arnold, M.A.

Sample  Talks (descriptions below): Religion and Culture: the impact of Catholicism on History, The Social Encyclicals, Stranger than Fiction: A look at Catholic Authors, Dating, Courtship and the Theology of the Body

A sample of Jackie’s topics:

  • Sacraments
  • Morality
  • Spiritual Theology
  • Church History
  • Mariology
  • Ecclesiology
  • Christology
  • Patristics
  • Church Documents
  • Catholic Authors

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Arnold, Marcelline

Mrs. Marcelline Arnold

Mrs. Marcelline Arnold

Possible Talks (descriptions below): Be Good and Listen to Your Angel;  Guardian Angels: God's Gift;  The Rosary;  Prayer Workshop

A sample of Marcelline’s topics:

  • Creed
  • Sacraments
  • Liturgy
  • Prayer
  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Angels

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Belton, Jacob

Mr. Jacob Belton

Possible Talks (descriptions below): Marriage in Church and Society; Vatican II: the rest of the story; Theology of the Body for Adults; Death and Dying: a Catholic perspective; Breathing with Both Lungs: The Catholic Eastern Churches

A sample of Mr. Belton’s topics:

  • Sacraments
  • Liturgy
  • Morality
  • Spiritual Theology
  • Prayer
  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Church History
  • Ecclesiology
  • Church Documents
  • Ministry to the Sick and Home Bound

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Bergkamp, Gil

Gil BergkampGil Bergkamp

Possible Talks (descriptions below): Involving Youth in Ministry, Energizing the Youth in their Faith, Sharing the Faith with Youth

A sample of Gil’s topics:

  • Morality
  • Prayer
  • Catechetics
  • Youth Ministry

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Beuke, Gayle

Mrs. Gayle Beuke

Sample Talks (descriptions below):

A sample of Mrs. Beuke’s topics:

  • Spiritual Theology
  • Mariology
  • Catechetics
  • Catholic Authors

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Bitting Jr., James

James BittingJames J. Bitting Jr. M.A.

Sample Talks (descriptions below): The Story of Salvation History as the Context for all Catechesis, The Road to Emmaus as the Model for Catechesis, Christ as the Center of All Catechesis, The Ecclesial Method of Catechesis, Relationship between Evangelization and Catechesis

A sample of James’ topics:

  • Creed
  • Sacraments
  • Liturgy
  • Morality
  • Spiritual Theology
  • Prayer
  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Church History
  • Catechetics
  • Youth Ministry
  • Mariology
  • Ecclesiology
  • Christology
  • Eschatology
  • Hagiography
  • Patristics
  • Apologetics
  • Church Documents

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Bitting, Joshua

Mr. Joshua Bitting

Mr. Joshua Bitting M.A.

Possible Talks (descriptions below):  The Documents of Vatican II, How Catholics Read the Bible, Christ the Center of Catechesis, Prayer in the Christian Life, Life in Christ: An Overview of the Catechism, Grace and the Virtues, The Apostolate of the Laity, Evangelization, Welcoming Home Inactive Catholics, The Holy Spirit: Lord and Lifegiver, Liturgy and Sacraments, The Church as Mystery, RCIA, Lesson Planning Tips and Tricks, Christian Moral Principles

A sample of Joshua’s topics:

  • Christology
  • Ecclesiology
  • The Last Things
  • The Holy Spirit
  • The Holy Trinity
  • Morality
  • Catholic Social Teaching
  • Prayer and Spirituality
  • Creed
  • Catechetics
  • Sacred Scripture
  • Divine Revelation: Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition
  • Liturgy
  • Mariology
  • Church Documents

 

  • Sacraments
  • Patristics
  • Church History
  • The Laity
  • Universal Call to Holiness
  • The Documents of Vatican II
  • The Christian Family

 

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Doerneman, Lori

 Lori Doerneman Mrs. Lori Doerneman

Possible Talks (descriptions below): How to Effectively Talk to Your Pre-teen about Porn; Addiction Prevention: How to Porn-Proof Your Child's Brain with an Internal Filter

A sample of Lori’s topics:

  • Prevention of Porn Addiction

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Edmonds, Christine

Christine EdmondsChristine Edmonds

Sample Talks (descriptions below): Growing Young in the Kingdom of God, Social Media and Ministry, Finding and Keeping Volunteers, Engaging Today's Youth, Using Your God-Given Talents

A sample of Christine's topics:

  • Liturgy
  • Prayer
  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Catechetics
  • Youth Ministry
  • Christology

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Elpers, Tara

Ms. Tara Elpers

Ms. Tara Elpers

Possible Talks (descriptions below): Forming Intentional Disciples; The New Evangelization; How to Evangelize; Forming the Habit of Daily Prayer; Catholic Womanhood

A sample of Tara’s topics:

  • Sacraments
  • Morality
  • Prayer
  • Youth Ministry
  • New Evangelization
  • Discipleship
  • Womanhood

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Glick, Wendy

Wendy GlickMrs. Wendy Glick

Sample Talks (descriptions below): Faith and Learning; Service Learning; Them and Us; Judging the Poor through Middle and Upper Class Values

A sample of Wendy’s topics:

  • Social Justice
  • Serving the Poor

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Graver, Erin

Mrs. Erin Graver

Possible Talks (descriptions below): Misison of Women; Introduction to the Gospel of Mark; Introduction to the Gospel of Luke; God's Plan for the Family: How to be a Domestic Church; In the Beginning: Created for Gift

A sample of       Erin’s topics:

  • Christology
  • Ecclesiology
  • Morality
  • Catholic Authors
  • Creed
  • Apologetics
  • Church Documents
  • Sacred Scripture
  • Creed
  • The Christian Family

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Helten, Marcia

Mrs. Marcia Helten

Mrs.  Marcia  Helten

Possible Talks (descriptions below): Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

A sample of Marcia’s topics:

  • Cathechesis of the Good Shepherd

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