Bishop Kemme leading pilgrimage to OKC Sunday

Because of the large crowds anticipated for a prayerful response to a satanic ceremony in Oklahoma City Sunday, buses originally scheduled to leave at 11:30 a.m. Sunday from Wichita, will instead leave at 10 a.m.
Five buses - nearly 300 people - from the Diocese of Wichita will join the faithful of Oklahoma City in an on-site response to a satanic black mass in Oklahoma City’s Civic Center. Pilgrims will participate in an adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and in a Eucharistic procession.
Bonnie Toombs, director of the diocesan Respect Life and Social Justice Office, is coordinating the pilgrimage for the diocese.
“I am truly uplifted – but not surprised – by the response of the people of our diocese,” she said. “It is a reflection of their love of the Eucharist and their desire to take action against this evil.”
Toombs expressed hope that those who cannot attend the prayerful protest in Oklahoma City will join the pilgrims spiritually through prayer. “The Eucharist moves us and inspires us to respond,” she said.
Bus pilgrims will need to take a sack lunch, she said, adding that the event does not include a Sunday Mass.
There were a few seats available earlier this week. For information, call the Diocesan Respect Life Social Justice Office at (316) 269-3935.

Scott and Kimberly Hahn visit diocese for four presentations

Scott and Kimberly Hahn, who are only behind Pope Francis in their popularity among Catholic speakers in the United States, made presentations at Church of the Magdalen Saturday, Sept. 6.
More than 800 listened to the former evangelical Christians talk about their conversions and about evangelization, the Eucharist, and the saints.
The event was a fund-raiser for the annual Midwest Catholic Family Conference, which is held the first weekend of August.
“We’ve been trying to get them in (to Wichita) for years,” said Kevin Regan, director of the conference. “I’m glad we were able to bring in two top-quality speakers and we turned this around in 30 to 45 days after the conference.”
The Hahns gave two talks each. In his first talk, Scott, speaking from the lectern in the church, recommended evangelizing non-Catholics not through theological debate, but through friendship and an example of joy of Catholicism.
“We can also acknowledge and be honest with ourselves and say that we often find ourselves without joy,” he said. “Pope Francis recently reminded us that the fact that we find ourselves without joy… is that we need to be converted.”
Scott said “the most distinctive truth of the Catholic faith that I discovered is that conversion is ongoing, it is lifelong, and guess what, it never gets easy.”
He said part of the ongoing conversion is: “What did Jesus say? If anyone would be my follower must take up his…?”
After those attending unanimously replied “Cross!” Scott said, “Bible!” which resulted in chuckles throughout the church. He also joked that Jesus didn’t say, “pick up your rosary beads, but your cross.”
Doing so will never be easy, Scott said, “And yet it’s going to become a source of joy…and grace for us. But more than just pleasure, it really is that profound sense that we can enjoy life when we know where it’s taking us – all the way home to heaven.”
Regan said he and those involved were blessed by Magdalen parishioners and the support of all those attending. “The merchandise flew off the shelves and the input was wonderful,” he said.
The event was sponsored by Jerry and Teri Cornejo and the Cornejo Alma Foundation, and Catholic Charities, a ministry of the Diocese of Wichita.

National Life Chain set for Oct. 5

Pro-lifers will join ranks Sunday, Oct. 5, across the United States for the annual National Life Chain.
Most of the cities in the Diocese of Wichita will host a Life Chain, which is designed to be a peaceful and prayerful public witness of praying for the United States and for an end to abortion. It is a statement of solidarity by the Christian community that abortion kills children and the church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception.
Anyone of any faith is welcome to participate by standing at designated areas in the various cities and holding one of the approved pro-life signs.
For more information, visit
Below is a list of cities in the diocese scheduled to participate with times, locations, and contact information.

Life chains scheduled in cities throughout Diocese of Wichita

• ANTHONY - Hwy. 14 at Main St., 2 to 3 p.m.; Fr. Michael Peltzer (888) 896-1886
• ARGONIA - Hwy. 160 north of town across from church, 2 to 3 p.m.; Fr. Michael Peltzer (888) 896-1886
• ARKANSAS CITY - Summit St. at Kansas Ave, 2 to 3 p.m.; Tim Durham (620) 441-1082
• AUGUSTA- 7th St. (Hwy. 54) between Cliff Dr. and Lulu St., 2 to 3:30 p.m.; Kathi Martinez (316) 734-8050
• CANEY - Hwy. 75 (Second St) at McGee St., 2 to 3 p.m.; Beverly Lynn (620) 879-2728
• CHANUTE - 14th St. at S Santa Fe, 1 to 2 p.m.; Herman Colvin (620) 431-0393
• CLONMEL - K-42 Hwy. at 71St. St. S, 2 to 3:30 p.m.; Joe Watt
• COFFEYVILLE - Patterson Blvd. (US 169) at 11th St. (US 166), 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Brian Sherwood (620) 251-4578
• CONWAY SPRINGS - 5th St. (K-49) at Spring St., 2 to 3 p.m.; Kate Neises (620) 584-2233
• DERBY - K-15 at Madison Ave, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Chuck & Rosemary Pawloski (316) 258-3439
• EL DORADO / BUTLER COUNTY - W Central at Main St., 1 to 3 p.m.; signs east of Court House; Mary Martha Good (316) 321-5283
• EUREKA - River Rd. at Main St., 1 to 2 p.m.; Dolores Ball (620) 583-5495
• FORT SCOTT - South Hwy. 69, 1:30 to 3 p.m.; meet at parking lot of First Southern Baptist Church; Dara Leaming (620) 223-1806
• GODDARD - 199th St. W (Goddard Rd.) at Hwy. 54-400 (Kellogg), 2 to 3:30 p.m.; Carolyn Stuhlsatz (316) 531-2227
• HARPER - Hwy. 160 at Central, 2 to 3 p.m.; Loretta Kerschen (620) 896-7353
• HAYSVILLE - Seneca St. at Grand Ave, 2 to 3 p.m.; Jennifer McCoy (316) 871-0672
• HUTCHINSON - 17th St. at Lorrine, 2 to 3 p.m.; Betty Rajewski (620) 728-0292
• INDEPENDENCE - 10th St. at Main St., 2 to 3 p.m.; Teresa Strecker (620) 331-6546
• IOLA - Madison at Jefferson, 3 to 4 p.m., meet at Parish Center at 2:30 p.m.; Carol Meeker (620) 365-6561
• KINGMAN / St. PATRICK - WeSt. D Ave (Hwy. 54) at Sugar St., 2 to 3 p.m.; Stan Goetz (620) 532-3690
• LINDSBORG - Cole St. at Saline St., 2 to 3 p.m.; Joyce Tolle (785) 254-7355
• MARION / HILLSBORO - Nighthawk Road at Hwy. 56, 2 to 3 p.m.; Denice Bina (620) 382-8442
• MARYSVILLE - 10th St. (Hwy. 77) at Center St. (Hwy. 36), 2 to 3 p.m.; Ruth Wetter (785) 562-2600
• McPHERSON - Kansas Ave at Main St., 2 to 4 p.m.; Marcie Cottrell (620) 480-1106
• MULVANE - K-15 at Rock Rd. / Second St., 2 to 3 p.m.; Frank Mistretta (316) 304-2372
• NEODESHA - 9th St. at Main St., 1 to 2:30 p.m.; Julie Wittum (620) 305-8002
• NEWTON / HARVEY COUNTY - Main St. at 9th St., 2 to 3 p.m.; Gordon & Terry Wiebe (316) 799-2866 OR Kermit & Jinny Iserhardt (316) 283-1119
• PARSONS - Main St. at 16th St. (US Hwy. 59), 2 to 3:30 p.m.; Sonja Schibi 307-760-2580
• PITTSBURG - Broadway St. at 8th St., 3 to 4 p.m.; Nicole Goetz (316) 616-5513
• SCHULTE - K-42 at Mac
Arthur Rd., 2 to 3:30 p.m.; Dale Thome (316) 794-8120

Bishop Kemme’s calendar

Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month.
Sept. 8-19: Meetings in Rome
Sept. 21: Pilgrimage to Oklahoma City to protest prayerfully the satanic ritual
Sept. 23: Red Mass at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Sept. 25: Presbyteral Council
Sept. 26: 4th Annual Heart to Harvest Dinner and Auction benefitting the Newman Center at Wichita State University
Sept. 27-28: Parish pastoral visit to Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Wichita
Sept. 30: Prospective Seminarian Evening at bishop’s residence
Oct. 2: Pastor Day Mass at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School
Oct. 2-3: Jesus Caritas; Kansas Catholic Conference of Bishops
Oct. 5: St. Anthony in Wichita Annual Parish Mass and picnic
Oct. 9: Noon Mass for traveling icon at Cathedral; Prospective Seminarian Evening at the bishop’s residence
Oct. 11: Serra Club Region IX Convention speaker and Mass celebrant
Oct. 14-16: Good Leaders Good Shepherd
Oct. 18: Private Mass Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa
Oct. 18-19: Parish pastoral visit to Mother of God Parish in Oswego
Oct. 19: Diocesan anniversary Mass at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa making stop in Wichita Oct. 9-10

Black Madonna will visit Wichita as part of tour away from Poland
The icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, also known as the Black Madonna, will make a stop in the Diocese of Wichita Oct. 9-10 as part of its ocean to ocean pilgrimage away from its home in Poland. The icon will initially visit the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at Broadway and Central in Wichita.
“I wanted the diocese to be part of this tour of the icon in defense of life because the sanctity and dignity of life is challenged on many levels,” said Bonnie Toombs, director of the diocesan Office of Respect Life and Social Justice. “The icon has several miracles attributed to her, so perhaps we can end abortion within our diocese with her grace. The icon visit will allow us the opportunity to be public witness through prayer.
“The promotion of the culture of life demands formation, education, and witness,” she said. “John Paul II taught us that the world has become a battlefield between the culture of life and that of death. A battle demands armor and preparation. The Crusade for Life necessarily requires formative effort - as we need to deepen our knowledge of the dignity of life at its every stage. I believe much grace can flow through the diocese and beyond with this visit.”
The icon, which is about 48 by 32 inches, will arrive on Thursday, Oct. 9, just before the noon Mass at the Cathedral. Bishop Carl A. Kemme will celebrate the Mass with the icon near the altar. Following Mass, there will be veneration and prayer before the icon until 2:45 p.m.
At 3 p.m., the icon will be taken to A Better Choice, a Catholic crisis pregnancy resource center, until 5 p.m. A Better Choice is located at 3007 E. Central in Wichita. All are invited to come and witness and pray outside if weather is permitting, asking for a great respect for human life, said Toombs.  
Following its visit to A Better Choice, the icon will move to a location in front of the Women’s Clinic at 5:15 p.m., where attendees will pray for a conversion of hearts and an end of abortion. From there, the icon will return to the Cathedral for a 7 p.m. Mass with Fr. Peter West, who travels with the icon. Veneration and prayer will follow the Mass until midnight.
The icon will be present for the 8 a.m. Mass on Friday, Oct. 10, and will leave the Wichita area following the Mass.

Want to learn more about the icon?
For more information about Our Lady of Czestochowa’s ocean to ocean pilgrimage, visit Czestochowa is pronounced ches-ta-hova.

Bishop backs rosary ‘novena’ asking for intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Special national 54-day rosary begins Sept. 29 and ends on Nov. 21
Bishop Carl A. Kemme is asking the faithful of the Diocese of Wichita to participate in the National 54 Day Rosary Novena that begins Sept. 29, the Feast of the Archangels, and ends on Nov. 21, the Feast of the Presentation of Mary.
The Rosary Evangelization Apostolate is sponsoring the event which consists of 54 days of rosaries: 27 rosaries of petition followed by 27 rosaries of thanksgiving.
Dick and Terry Boldin, directors of the apostolate, said in a letter sent to all heads of dioceses across the United States, that “they are asking for the faithful across American to turn to Our Lady to intercede in a powerful, yet motherly manner while we pray with her during this novena for the special intentions.”
“The novena will offer a message of hope amidst the spiritual crisis in our culture and nation,” they said. “We are in need of Our Lady to bring the people to encounter Jesus Christ, who is the solution.”
The apostolate is also promoting the rosary through bumper stickers which show a rosary atop a U.S. flag with the words “Help America Pray the Rosary.”
Information about the rosary novena and information how to request free bumper stickers are available at, or by emailing

Spiritual Life Center news, September 19, 2014

Twelve Step Journey begins anew at the SLC Thursday
‘Adult Children’ from dysfunctional families encouraged to attend recovery program
A nationally-recognized program designed to help heal and renew adults who grew up in emotionally repressive or dysfunctional families —sometimes known as “adult children”— is being offered starting Sept. 25 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The Twelve Steps—A Spiritual Journey, is a seven-month program where participants meet for two hours a week with a team of trained facilitators. The goal of this Christ-centered, Scripture-based program is to restore the fruits of the Holy Spirit in one’s life, including joy, peace, gentleness, goodness and faith.
Pamela Cason, John Mertes, Rachel Hughey, and Steve Batt will facilitate the program.
“The Twelve Steps has been widely praised for its effectiveness and is based on the lessons of Scripture while emphasizing self-understanding and the unchanging love that God has for each of us,” Cason says.
Program facilitator John Mertes says the first three sessions typically involve participants getting to know the process and each other. The program is closed to new members after the first three meetings. ”Everything we discuss is held in the strictest confidence,” says Mertes. “As time goes on, a unique bond of trust develops in the group.”
The Twelve Steps is open to anyone who has experienced an incident or situation during his or her formative years resulting in emotional wounds that are not yet healed. This could include growing up in a household where there was physical or emotional abuse, alcoholism, drug abuse, or some other dysfunction.
People who have gone through the program say that while it is sometimes painful to confront unresolved issues, the result is a rekindling of hope that things can and will get better in life and in the relationships they have today with other people.
There is also a growth and trust in their relationship with God. One foundation of the program is the sharing of personal stories, but also the knowledge that all information is held confidential within the confines of those participating.
The opening Twelve Step session is set for Thursday, Sept. 25, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Spiritual Life Center, 7100 E. 45th St. N., in Wichita. A total of 30 evening sessions will be offered over seven months. Morning sessions will also be offered from 10 a.m to noon beginning Wednesday, Oct. 1. For more information, call the center at (316) 744-0167. There is no cost for the program, but a freewill offering is taken and a helpful workbook sells for $20.

Grief ministry series begins Sept. 23 at the SLC, Wichita
The St. John the Evangelist Grief Ministry, for those who have lost a close family member or friend and have found that few understand the deep hurt they feel, will begin Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita.
The sponsors of the group understand what participants are experiencing and want to offer comfort and encouragement.
Each grief ministry session includes a video seminar and group discussion. A Griefshare workbook assists participants with note taking, journaling, and grief study. The videos feature experts on grief recovery, dramatic reenactments about living with grief, and real-life stories of people who have experienced similar losses.
During the small group discussion time, participants will be able to interact with others who have experienced a recent loss, learn about their experiences, and share their own.
A former participant said, “I got encouragement from this group. We cried, laughed and grew in our faith. Hope and joy was evident on everyone’s face in a picture we took at the end of class.”
Anyone who would like to start a grief ministry in their parish is also welcome to attend.
Carol Weigand will facilitate the grief ministry series. The cost is $35, which includes a Griefshare workbook. Sessions will be every Tuesday evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 23, and ending around Christmas.

Mini retreat on ‘Introduction to the Devout Life’ at the SLC
A mini retreat based on St. Francis de Sales’ “Introduction to the Devout Life” will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The retreat will highlight the reflections of St. Francis de Sales regarding what true devotion is and how to practice it in every-day life. Participants will receive insights into ways to implement the advice of St. Francis de Sales in the areas of prayer, work, family life, and recreation.
St. Francis de Sales, in his remarkable wisdom, inspires people to pursue a life of devotion by describing the characteristic features of the devout life and the fruits that such a life brings about. Furthermore, he challenges us to live our particular life of devotion, not someone else’s. Francis teaches about the danger of picking and choosing the ways we exercise devotion, rather than giving ourselves totally over to the devout life and exercising it the specific ways asked of us by God.
The cost of the day which includes lunch, Mass, and presentations, will be $20 per person. As always, no one will be turned away due to finances. For reservations go to or call (316) 744-0167.

Speaker to discuss blessed John Henry Newman
Two sessions, Oct. 7, 14, at the SLC, Wichita
Stephanie A. Mann, a member of the Diocese of Wichita’s Speaker’s Bureau, will address two of the greatest themes of Blessed John Henry Newman’s pastoral care in a two part series from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 7 and 14 at the Spiritual Life Center.
When Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI beatified Newman on Sept. 10, 2010, in Birmingham, England, he paid tribute to Newman’s intellectual legacy, but also emphasized his pastoral concern and care for the poor.
“Newman received many letters from Anglicans or members of other churches in England, asking for advice about becoming a Catholic,” Mann said. “He counseled them on how to deal with family and friends opposed to their joining the Catholic Church; he answered questions about doctrine, history, and devotion – Newman helped many, using his own experience as a convert.”
Blessed John Henry Newman also helped Catholics facing concerns in 19th century England after the doctrine of papal infallibility was defined at the First Vatican Council. English politicians proclaimed that Catholics could not be good citizens if they obeyed the pope.
The series about Blessed John Henry Newman will be offered at the Spiritual Life Center on Tuesdays, Oct. 7 and 14. The cost for the series is $20. Register at or by calling (316) 744-0167.

Retreat about the rosary Oct. 7 at SLC
Janet Moore will lead a day-long retreat entitled “Our Weapon Against Evil: Entering into the Power and Mystery of the Rosary” from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7.
Moore will talk about the miraculous power of the rosary, the wisdom of scripture, the church and its saints, and how the rosary helps the faithful as they strive to enter more deeply into its mystery and grace.
The retreat will include Mass, lunch, conferences, reflections, and silent and communal prayer.
Participants are asked to bring a Bible, a journal, and a rosary. To register, call (316) 744-0167 or visit The cost is $20.
Moore is a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Wichita, and holds a master’s degree in theology from Newman University.

Retreat on Thomas Merton Oct. 10-12
Father Ken Van Haverbeke will lead a preached retreat the weekend of Oct. 10-12 at the Spiritual Life Center on the life and teachings of Thomas Merton.
“A Retreat in Nature with Thomas Merton,” a donation-based retreat, is part of the continued effort of the Spiritual Life Center to make retreats affordable to everyone.
The retreat will focus on the themes of detachment, the desire for God’s will, and a personal relationship. There will be time for Mass, quiet prayer, confession, and fellowship. The weekend also provides an opportunity to explore the grounds of the Spiritual Life Center.
The only required cost for the retreat is $29.75, which covers the cost of all meals. An offering of $40 per night is suggested, but any donation will be accepted. Reservations can be made on line at or by calling (316) 744-0167.

Newman University news, September 19, 2014

Newman University Party on the Plaza – Oktoberfest Sept. 20
WICHITA – Newman University will host a Party on the Plaza – Oktoberfest from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, on Founders Plaza.
The Party on the Plaza has been held each year since 2010 and has rapidly grown in popularity to become the top fundraising event for Newman – generating about $125,000 annually for student scholarships.
Reservations are required. Tickets are $100 per person, $65 of which is tax-deductible. Tables of eight are also available. To reserve tickets or for more information, visit or contact Pam Polley at, or (316) 942-4291, ext. 2163

Newman University to host first ‘Preview Day’ for high school students Sept. 27
WICHITA - Newman University will host its first Preview Day of the Fall 2014 semester starting at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 27, on the Newman campus. The second Preview Day will be on Nov. 1.
Preview Day is an opportunity for interested high school students to learn about Newman University. Students will hear from admissions counselors, professors, and current students about what life is like on the Newman campus. The event also features a tour of campus, including the residence halls, and a free lunch.
Students who have registered can ask questions via text prior to the event to the student ambassador panel, which will be answered the day of the visit.
To register, go to and click “Register” at the bottom right of the page.

Hesburgh Lecture Oct. 8 at Newman U.
Edward Hums, professor of accountancy at Notre Dame, will present the 2014 Hesburgh Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center at Newman University.
His topic will be “Giving a ‘Last Lecture.’”
The free lecture is sponsored by the university and the Notre Dame Club.

Youth and school news, September 19, 2014

CLAY retreat scheduled for Oct. 18
The next Christ’s Light in All Youth retreat will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, at All Saints Parish in Wichita.
CLAY is a spiritual retreat specifically for high school freshmen and sophomores. Adults who work with youth in this age group are also welcome. CLAY uses video, hands-on activities, and creative forms of prayer to impact the spiritual lives of participants.
The retreat starts on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m. The cost is $30 and includes two meals and all supplies.
For an application or further information, contact the Office of Faith Formation at (316) 269-3940. To download the CLAY application, visit The priority deadline for applications is Oct. 3.

Diocesan news, September 19, 2014

Fr. Kapaun play presented at museum in Czechoslovakia
A stage play entitled “Father Emil Kapaun’s ‘Kolache’ of Sainthood” was presented Sept. 14 at the Pearl Harbor Military Museum in Loucka, Czechoslovakia.
The stage reading was performed by an actress, Masa Malkova, an actor, Ondrej Kavan, and were accompanied by Radomir Svec, pianist, singer, and actor.
Kolache is a Czech sweet bread, and is apparently a play on words.
Father Kapaun’s parents both had Czech backgrounds.

Serra Club hosts seminarian send-off
HUTCHINSON – The Reno County Serra Club hosted its second annual Seminarian Send-off Sunday, Aug. 10, with local seminarians Andrew “Herbie” Labenz, Andy Beugelsdijk, Chris Rumback, and Deacon P.J. Voegeli along with about 100 of their friends and family.
The “Dunk a Deacon” activity was a hit with many of those attending, buying tickets for a chance to dunk Deacon Voegeli, Herbie, and Andy. Others attending were able to stay cool while enjoying snow cones and watermelon.
The evening was topped off with music from pianist Derrick Raya, and guitarist and vocalists Josh Hermes, Tom Maillioux, and Cordell Goering. On Dec. 30, the Reno County Serra Club will host a Seminarians vs. Trinity Catholic Alumni basketball game as a fundraiser for the Reno County seminarians.

Adoration hour after Trinity football game Friday, Sept. 19
“Score for the Lord,” a Eucharistic adoration hour, will be held in the Trinity Catholic High School football field end-zone this evening, about 20 to 30 minutes after the Trinity-Inman football game .
The adoration hour is in reparation for the Oklahoma City black mass scheduled for Sept. 21. People of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. Attendees are asked to bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating, if desired. Snacks and social time for the youth will take place after the adoration.

Quilt raffle to benefit Carmelite building
The Friends of the Carmelite Nuns are hosting their fifth annual quilt raffle to help with construction costs of a Discalced Carmelite Monastery chapel located at 7445 N. Woodlawn, Wichita.
The suggested donation is $5 for seven tickets. The grand prize is a blue and white flower basket quilt. First through sixth prizes total in value of more than $1,000.
The tickets and pictures of the quilt are available at Holy Trinity Catholic Books and Gifts, Catholic Art and Gifts, and Sacred Heart Gifts. Donations accepted, but no donation or purchase necessary.
The drawing will be held after Christmas. The winner is subject to all applicable local, state, and federal taxes. Any group or organization who would like to promote the raffle may contact Mary DeGraffenreid at (316) 721-2312.

Annual Shamrock Open for CSJ ministry Oct. 6 at Willowbend
The 11th Annual Shamrock Open will be played Monday, Oct. 6, at Willowbend Golf Club in Wichita.
The event is limited to 144 golfers. Register online at or send an email to
All proceeds go to benefit Sisters of St. Joseph Dear Neighbor Ministries and their programs to serve the poor abused and neglected. Since 2001, Dear Neighbor Ministries has provided direct assistance for rent, utility and transportation assistance for the people of the Hilltop neighborhood.
Other services include a food pantry open five days a week, representative payee services for those on social security disability, and free tax filing for low income people. A large community garden also provides people a place to grow their own food and share their bounty with others.
Dear Neighbor Ministries also provides case management and outreach to those in need in an effort to help them move beyond a state of crisis to gain new skills and resources to help them become self sufficient.

Catholic Care Center program wins award
WICHITA – The Ministry in Action Program at the Catholic Care Center will receive the 2014 “Excellence in Social Accountability” award for its three-part program that focuses on education, support, and outreaches in its community.
The award will be presented by LeadingAge Kansas on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan, Kan.
“Across the State of Kansas, aging service organizations are helping to strengthen and support their broader community,” said Debra Zehr, CEO and president of LeadingAge Kansas. “The leadership at Catholic Care Center takes their role of social accountability very seriously and is encouraging the Wichita community to create a greater sense of purpose and belonging in the community!”

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