Parish news, May 4, 2018

Tea (proceeds) for two — Mary Santiago, a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Altar Society, donated $1,000, part of the proceeds of a high tea, to George Dinkel, director of the Center of Hope in Wichita. The money was raised by a Ladies of Grace Tea hosted by the Altar Society and attended by over 100 women from across the diocese. A check was also given to the Cathedral’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul. A table decorating competition was also part of the event. (Courtesy photo)

Parsons native Br. Leistikow marks his 60th jubilee with the Marianists
Brother Earl Leistikow, a native of Parsons is celebrating his 60th jubilee this year.
He first professed his vows as a Marianist on Sept. 8, 1958, in Galesville, Wisconsin.
Brother Leistikow served as a teacher in high schools in Missouri and Toronto, Canada. He was editor at the North American Center for Marianist Studies in Dayton, Ohio; and was the archivist for the order’s archives in San Antonio. He is currently the assistant archivist for the National Archives, Marianist Province of the United States in San Antonio.
Brother Leistikow was born on Oct. 24, 1938, in Parsons, where he attended St. Mary Catholic School and St. Patrick High School.
He attended Benedictine College, in Atchison, Kansas, and St. Mary’s University, in San Antonio, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English in 1961. He attended the University of Notre Dame where he earned a master’s in foreign language in 1974.
“My life as a religious has been filled with good times and difficult times, both in the classroom and in personal life,” he said in a news release.
“I am grateful for the many brothers and priests who influenced me. I am most grateful for the time God has given me to serve as a teacher and to serve the province of St. Louis and now the Province of the U.S., and the society. I remember the joy with which the Te Deum was sung at our first profession and continue to say, ‘You are God, we praise you!’”

Wellington Knights donate to food bank
Knights of Columbus Council 2227 of St. Anthony-St. Rose Parish in Wellington donated over a half of a ton of food last month to the Wellington Food Bank.
The 1,180 pounds of food was the result of the Knights first 40 Cans for Lent food drive.

SFA scouts to celebrate their 55th anniversary
St. Francis of Assisi’s Boy Scout Troop 762 will celebrate 55 years of scouting at the Wichita parish.
Scouts, Eagle Scouts, and Scoutmasters are invited along with family and friends to attend the Court of Honor at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6, in Stewardship Hall in honor of all involved in scouting at the parish.

A sweet donation — Knight of Columbus Gerard Landwehr accepts a donation from Sophia and Ava Nichols, and their mother, Kendra, after a Mass Sunday, April 22, at St. Mary Church in Derby. Knights solicited donations that weekend to benefit A Better Choice, a Wichita crisis pregnancy center. (Photo courtesy Davi Stuhlsatz)