Big Catholic names part of Catholic conference Aug. 4-6

The first weekend in August offers an opportunity for growing in personal spirituality as well as connecting with other Catholics from around the Midwest. The 18th Annual Midwest Catholic Family Conference will be held Aug. 4-6 at Century II in downtown Wichita.
Conference director Kevin Reagan said, “I invite everyone to take the opportunity to check the schedule and come for a day if you can’t make the whole weekend. There is something of interest for everyone.”
Adult program topics cover a wide range from cultivating a daily prayer life, pro-life issues, forming a faith-filled family, and exorcisms.
“This year we really have a top-notch group of speakers. We have Raymond Arroyo, Steve Ray, Fr. Dennis McManus, Monica Miller, just to name a few,” said Regan.
“We are excited to have Scott Hahn attending for the very first time. We had him out for a fundraiser a few years back, but this is the first time he is speaking at the actual conference. He will be speaking both on Friday evening and on Saturday.”
The conference offers programs for all ages, three years old and up, he said. “We are a family conference because of the programs for all grades and stages of life.”
Grade specific programs start Saturday, but Friday has a lot to offer the whole family too.
“Friday evening has a neat program,” Regan said. “Jim Cruise the ‘Spoon Man’ will be there as the more kid-related speaker, then PJ Anderson will perform musical worship, followed by a talk by Scott Hahn.”
A social event for young adults will follow Hahn’s talk Friday night.
Regan says the weekend is an amazing occasion to socialize with other Catholics and join together in daily Mass, Eucharistic procession, adoration and more. There will also be a large selection of Catholic vendors present at the conference.

Still time for early registration
Earlybird registration for the 18th Annual Midwest Catholic Family Conference Aug. 4-6 is open online until July 28. Tickets can also be bought onsite during the conference. More information about the speakers and program schedules can be found at www.CatholicFamilyConference.org.

Free admission for those who volunteer for the Children’s Program
Those who volunteer for the Children’s Program at the Midwest Catholic Family Conference Aug. 4-6 will be able to attend the event free of charge.
In addition, volunteers receive a free lunch, free admission for their family, and a choice of a conference T-shirt or an mp3 recording of the talks.
Adults who volunteer Saturday and Sunday with the Children’s Program will receive a free pizza lunch for their spouse and children.
Teen volunteers are eligible to receive service hours.
Those interested may contact Kristi Bird at 785-443-1431 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Summer Catechetical Summit in Wichita Aug. 19, Parsons Aug. 20

In between his jobs as acting dean and head of the department of theology at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, his work as one of the founders of and teachers at the Augustine Institute in Denver, and his in-depth course about the Catechism of the Catholic Church for interested catechists, Dr. Sean Innerst is squeezing in a visit to the Diocese of Wichita Aug. 19-20 for the diocesan Summer Catechetical Summit.
Innerst will be one of the presenters at the Summit in Wichita and Parsons Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19-20. Jose Gonzalez, senior director of Professional Development for the Sophia Institute, will make a presentation in Spanish both days.
Innerst said the theme of the summit – the Beatitudes – is a topic of interest to him because he published a book in 2010 “From Blessing to Blessing: The Catechism as a Journey of Faith,” that relates to the Beatitudes.
“The whole idea of the divine blessing and the way which that is expressed in the Beatitudes is sort of a central theme for almost everything I teach,” he said. “The whole idea of our reception of and entry into the divine blessing is really the whole pattern of the Christian life.”
Although he will talk about more than the Beatitudes, Innerst said, they will be focus of his presentations. He will also touch upon the Beatitudes as a larger paradigm of Christian faith and life and how they represent a portrait for the whole of Christian life.
Innerst will also talk about the way in which the Beatitudes make a blessed person, and how the “Catechism of the Catholic Church describes the Beatitudes as a portrait of Christ and the way in which they would enable us to imitate him to return to the likeness of God that we have lost through sin and which he makes possible for us to regain.”
He said those blessings “describes the whole paradigm of Christian faith and life and in fact the movement of the whole cosmos.”
Gonzalez said last week that he would be focusing on the practical side.
“I will be conducting a practical session with catechists,” he said. “Sophia Institute has lessons they have produced and tested. I will supply material they can use to more effectively engage their students in teaching their faith.”

Interested in the summer summit?
The Summer Catechetical Summit, sponsored by the diocesan Office of Faith Formation, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Wichita. It will be repeated from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, at St. Patrick Parish in Parsons. The cost for either event is $20. Lunch will be served.
A keynote speaker, hands-on and interactive activities to help participants’ students learn about the church’s teaching about morality and the beatitudes are also included in the day. In addition, all registrants will receive a full color teacher’s guide with ready-to-use supplemental lessons.
To register, call the diocesan Office of Faith Formation 316-269-3940, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit www.CatholicDioceseofWichita.org/faith.

Young adult party has become an annual tradition

Softball game on Aug. 6 to benefit FIAT
Friends of then-unordained Father Clay Kimbro gathered in 2010 for an end-of-summer softball game and birthday party. That was the first event in what is becoming a tradition.
The party has grown to become the annual Chaplain Kapaun Classic, drawing over 300 young adults from throughout the Midwest. Organizers Deacon Garett Burns, Fr. Drew Hoffman, Fr. Clay Kimbro, and Kyle Martens are focusing on bringing together young Catholic adults for an afternoon of fun, community, and, of course, softball.
All young adults college age and older are invited to this year’s 8th Annual Chaplain Kapaun Classic on Sunday, Aug. 6. The event offers young adults an opportunity to build, strengthen, and make new friendships.
Over the past four years, the game has taken on a fundraising aspect as well, raising nearly $25,000 for organizations like Holy Family Camp, the IHM Sisters, and the St. Katherine Drexel Catholic School Fund. Last year’s game saw Bishop Carl Kemme deliver a strike for the ceremonial first pitch, and 350 young adults helped raise over $8,000 for A Better Choice.
This year’s game will support FIAT Ministries in their goal of assisting young women in discerning the Lord’s will in their lives.
The festivities will begin at 3 p.m. with a Holy Hour at Sacred Heart Church in Colwich. Softball will follow at 4:30 at the Colwich Ball Fields just northeast of 167th and 53rd.
T-shirts, food, and drinks are all provided and donations are accepted. For more information, contact Fr. Drew Hoffman (316) 263-6574 or Fr. Clay Kimbro (620) 231-2135.

Spiritual Life Center news, July 21, 2017

Series about Saint Thérèse’s Little Way begins July 27
Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke, director of the Spiritual Life Center, will lead a series entitled “St. Thérèse’s Little Way” on Thursdays, July 27, Aug. 3 and 10, at the Spiritual Life Center.
The series will explore this modern saint’s path to sanctity. Thérèse wrote about a manner of living that is accessible to everyone. The series explores eight different facets of her “little way.” Participants may attend one or all sessions.
Want to attend?
The program, offered on three consecutive Thursdays, begins July 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Registration cost is $20.
Visit www.SLCWichita.org or call (316) 744-0167 to register. Pre-registration is requested but walk-ins are welcome.

‘Fruit of Silence is Prayer’ retreat with Fr. Lanzrath returns to the SLC
For the first time in nearly five years, Father John Lanzrath will present a retreat weekend entitled “The Fruit of Silence is Prayer: Saint Teresa of Calcutta’s Way to Holiness.” During the special silent retreat, set for Aug. 18-20, the Spiritual Life Center will be enveloped in silence to allow God to speak – and allow participants to listen.
The inspiration for the retreat comes from Saint Mother Teresa herself, who spoke often of the need for silence and discernment in one’s life.
Father Lanzrath will give a series of short conferences, each less than 30 minutes in length, during the weekend. Retreatants will then be free to pray and reflect in silence upon the themes offered. Two short movies on the life and times of Mother Teresa will be shown, but these offerings will be optional.
Those who attend are asked to leave cell phones, iPods, and any other electronic devices at home. The silence of the retreat will end during the noon meal on Sunday that follows the Lord’s Day liturgy.
Registration for the retreat is now underway. A discounted early-bird rate is available through Monday, Aug. 7. More information and pre-registration is available by logging onto the center’s web site at www.slcwichita.org, and clicking on Calendar of Events.

Theology Institute begins anew in September
The second cohort of the Spiritual Life Center Theology Institute begins in the fall. The institute is an adult religious studies program, offered by the center as part of its mission to serve the Diocese of Wichita in the area of adult faith formation.
Adult Education Director Dusty Gates has made a few slight changes to the format as the second two-year institute begins. Each semester still includes three Saturday sessions, but new this fall, it is offering optional evening “special sessions.”
Each Saturday session consists of four, 75-minute classes from four different subject areas: Scripture, Morality, Prayer, and Church History. Each “special session” will be devoted to one subject area in particular, dealing with a topic that pertains to the main course content. The special sessions will be open to regular institute attendees as well as the public in general.
The center will welcome speakers Fr. Maximilan Biltz; Sr. Mary Ann Kirkland, IHM; Sr. Mary Agnes Wasinger, IHM; and Dick Landkamer as faculty for the Fall semester.
The Fall 2017 Institute begins on Saturday, Sept. 2 and continues on Oct. 21, and Dec. 9. The four special sessions are scheduled for Thursdays, Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 2, and Nov. 30. Each Saturday session will meet from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., with Mass and lunch included in the day. Special sessions meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Registration for the entire semester is $95, which includes the three main Saturday sessions, lunch, and registration for the four special sessions. The rate for the special sessions only will be available online.
Want to enroll?
To enroll, contact Dusty Gates at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 316-744-0167. Registration and specific class topics are available at www.slcwichita.org or by phone.

Seminar for parish leaders July 29 at the SLC
Pastors are often reluctant to ask parishioners to participate in parish leadership positions because they realize the busy lives parishioners lead. Parishioners, however, are reluctant to accept this act of stewardship as a leader in their parish because they do not feel well formed enough to accept.
The Spiritual Life Center in Wichita is offering an event Saturday, July 29, to address both reluctancies. The Parish Leadership Institute for formation for all parish leaders begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. It designed is to form parish leaders who participate in pastoral councils, finance councils, stewardship councils, parish and school staffs, and other parish organizations.
The event consists of general leadership sessions and specific council sessions. Speakers from around the diocese will cover topics such as the temptations of a leader, parish planning, effective leadership, working with your pastor, and more!
The cost is $20 per person, with an additional $30 suggested donation if staying overnight.Mass and lunch are included in the day.
To register visit their website at slcwichita.org, or call (316) 744-0167, or contact your pastor and say, “I really would like to go to this!”

Diocesan news, July 21, 2017

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month.
July
July 30: Candidacy Mass at 5 p.m. at the Cathedral
July 31-Aug. 4: Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention in St. Louis
August
Aug. 12: Pope Francis Build II Blessing and Block Party at 10 a.m. at Chancery
Aug. 12-13: Parish Pastoral visit to St. Maximilian Kolbe, McConnell AFB, Wichita
Aug. 15: Private Mass and Blessing of St. Joseph House of Formation
Aug. 16-17: Jesus Caritas in Salina
Aug. 19: Opening Mass and Commissioning Rite for Summer Catechetical Summit at 9 a.m. at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School
Aug. 20: Altar dedication and Mass at 11 a.m. St. Rose in Mt. Vernon; NPM Solemn Vespers and Blessing of Musicians at 5 p.m. at the Cathedral

Catechist formation course begins Aug. 26
St. James School in Augusta is hosting a diocesan Level II catechist formation course beginning Saturday, Aug. 26. The course will be presented from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1010 Belmont Ave.
Over a dozen additional formation classes will be offered through April 28.
The course has been approved by the diocesan Catholic School Office and Office of Faith Formation. Participants will receive credit hours towards a diocesan catechetical certification upon completion of the course.
The cost for the entire course is $400. To register or for more information, contact Frances Casey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 620-704-3023 after 4:30 p.m.

St. Jude looking for show vendors
WICHITA – The St. Jude Parent Teacher Organization is soliciting vendors for an arts and crafts show Saturday, Nov. 18.
Those interested in applying as a vendor may contact Alanna Garrett at 316-670-0075 or Jami Bailey at 316-308-1832.
The show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parish hall, 3030 N. Amidon.

Foster Grandparent receives lifetime achievement award
WICHITA – The Wichita Gospel Music Hall of Fame has honored Catholic Charities Foster Grandparent Albertine Jennings with its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.
She has served as minister of music for Grand Chapel AME Church of Wichita since 1965 and has played piano and organ for 53 years in addition to other musical pursuits.
Jennings has served as a Foster Grandparent for eight years, during which she has assisted youth at the YMCA Child Care Center, Southeast High School, and Head Start.
She is the mother of five and has 17 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.
“I am just a humble woman. I have enjoyed every minute of being part of the music community and the Foster Grandparent Program, “ she said.
By bringing together senior citizens and children who have special or exceptional needs, the Foster Grandparent Program at Catholic Charities allows retired individuals to engage in meaningful work benefiting all involved.

Pro-Life workshop Aug. 19 at Cathedral
Those interested in learning how to start a conversation with a pro-choice advocate and keep it productive are invited to Justice For All’s workshop at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
The event will be held from 8:45 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 19, in Good Shepherd Hall.
Make reservations at www.jfaweb.org/register or call (316) 683-6426. Visit JFA’s website for more information: www.jfaweb.org.

Protection of youth information online
The Diocese of Wichita is committed to protecting children and young people. For information about how the diocese is working to create a safe environment for children and young people, or to report sexual abuse of minors by a church employee, go to www.cdowk.org, pull down the Resources link and click on “Protection of Youth.”
La Diócesis de Wichita está comprometida a proteger a niños y jóvenes. Para obtener información sobre cómo la diócesis está trabajando para crear un ambiente seguro para los niños y jóvenes, o para reportar un abuso sexual de menores por un empleado de la iglesia, puede ir a www.cdowk.org, vaya al botón de Recursos (Resources) y presione “Protección de la Juventud” (Protection of Youth).
Địa phận Wichita cam kết bảo vệ an toàn cho trẻ em và tuổi trẻ. Muốn biết chi tiết thế nào để tạo bầu không khí an toàn cho tuổi trẻ, hoặc cách thức khiếu nại về trường hợp nhân viên hoạt động cho Địa phận đã lạm dụng tình dục với trẻ em và tuổi trẻ, xin xem hoặc gửi qua internet theo địa chỉ www.cdowk.org, tìm xuống bảng liên kết và nhấn vào mục “Protection of the Youth”.

Code of Ethical Standards are online
The Diocese of Wichita is continuously working to maintain and improve safe environment education for children and adults involved in parish and diocesan activities.
As part of that effort, the diocese has a Code of Ethical Standards for Church Personnel available at its website at cdowk.org. To find it, hover over “Links & Resources” and click on “Protection of Youth.”
The code discusses the general principals of the ethical standards and highlights the standards that should be maintained in professional relationships. It discusses topics such as conflicts of interest, harassment, sexual conduct, conduct with minors, and confidentiality, among others.
Every employee and volunteer of the diocese receives a copy of the Code at the beginning of their working relationship with the diocese. Employees and volunteers all read it and sign off regarding their intention to comply with these high standards before beginning their duties with the diocese.

Struggling with pornography?
Those who are struggling with pornography and need spiritual help may contact a priest of the Diocese of Wichita for help.
To do so, send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . “Our Lord always provides a means to overcome sin!,” the priest says.

Struggling with same sex attractions?
Have you had these feelings for so long…keeping them hidden, afraid to speak out? Where do you go now?
The Diocese of Wichita offers spiritual support and fellowship for men and women with same sex attractions who are striving to live chaste lives.
Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the Office of Marriage and Family Life at (316) 685-5240.

Summer Catechetical Summit in Wichita Aug. 19, Parsons Aug. 20

In between his jobs as acting dean and head of the department of theology at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, his work as one of the founders of and teachers at the Augustine Institute in Denver, and his in-depth course about the Catechism of the Catholic Church for interested catechists, Dr. Sean Innerst is squeezing in a visit to the Diocese of Wichita Aug. 19-20 for the diocesan Summer Catechetical Summit.
Innerst will be one of the presenters at the Summit in Wichita and Parsons Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19-20. Jose Gonzalez, senior director of Professional Development for the Sophia Institute, will make a presentation in Spanish both days.
Innerst said the theme of the summit – the Beatitudes – is a topic of interest to him because he published a book in 2010 “From Blessing to Blessing: The Catechism as a Journey of Faith,” that relates to the Beatitudes.
“The whole idea of the divine blessing and the way which that is expressed in the Beatitudes is sort of a central theme for almost everything I teach,” he said. “The whole idea of our reception of and entry into the divine blessing is really the whole pattern of the Christian life.”
Although he will talk about more than the Beatitudes, Innerst said, they will be focus of his presentations. He will also touch upon the Beatitudes as a larger paradigm of Christian faith and life and how they represent a portrait for the whole of Christian life.
Innerst will also talk about the way in which the Beatitudes make a blessed person, and how the “Catechism of the Catholic Church describes the Beatitudes as a portrait of Christ and the way in which they would enable us to imitate him to return to the likeness of God that we have lost through sin and which he makes possible for us to regain.”
He said those blessings “describes the whole paradigm of Christian faith and life and in fact the movement of the whole cosmos.”
Gonzalez said last week that he would be focusing on the practical side.
“I will be conducting a practical session with catechists,” he said. “Sophia Institute has lessons they have produced and tested. I will supply material they can use to more effectively engage their students in teaching their faith.”

Interested in the summer summit?
The Summer Catechetical Summit, sponsored by the diocesan Office of Faith Formation, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Wichita. It will be repeated from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, at St. Patrick Parish in Parsons. The cost for either event is $20. Lunch will be served.
A keynote speaker, hands-on and interactive activities to help participants’ students learn about the church’s teaching about morality and the beatitudes are also included in the day. In addition, all registrants will receive a full color teacher’s guide with ready-to-use supplemental lessons.
To register, call the diocesan Office of Faith Formation 316-269-3940, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit www.CatholicDioceseofWichita.org/faith.

Guadalupe Clinic receives two grants

Kansas Health Foundation and Spirit donate
The Guadalupe Clinic, a diocesan health ministry with three locations in Wichita, recently received nearly $32,500 from two organizations.
The Kansas Health Foundation awarded $24,933 to the clinic to fund the “Providing Access to Health Care for Low-Income, Uninsured and Homeless Adults” Project. The Impact Grant will enable Guadalupe Clinic to hire a medical volunteer coordinator who will focus on increasing the number of volunteer medical providers to serve patients at the clinic.
“As Guadalupe Clinic patient numbers continue to increase, so must our volunteer medical providers,” said David Gear, executive director of Guadalupe Clinic. “Since our founding 32 years ago, the clinic has operated under the premise that medical professionals would live out their call to stewardship through volunteering their time and expertise.”
In addition, the Spirit AeroSystems Employees Good Neighbor Fund gave the clinic a $7,500 grant to support the “Counseling Those in Need” project. The funds will be used for patient counseling services.
“This grant will mean more of our patients will have integrated health care available with no cost barriers,” Gear said.
The Kansas Health Foundation is a philanthropy dedicated to improving the health of all Kansans. The Spirit Good Neighbor Fund is an employee-run nonprofit organization funded through voluntary employee payroll deductions. Spirit is headquartered in Wichita and employs about 15,000 people worldwide designing and building complex aerostructures for the world’s most recognizable airplanes.
Founded in 1985, the Guadalupe Clinic provides access to health care for the uninsured and medically underserved in Sedgwick County. Services are provided for a requested $5 donation, however no one is turned away due to an inability to pay. Patients receive a doctor’s care, lab tests, X-rays, and medications.
Guadalupe Clinic provides services at three Wichita locations and through multiple outreach programs across the city. The three clinics are located at 940 S. St. Francis, 2825 S. Hillside, and 445 N. Market.

Spiritual Life Center news, July 7, 2017

Banquet July 11 at the SLC features Greek master iconographer
Theodore Papadopoulos, a master iconographer from Larissa, Greece, will lead a special banquet dinner and presentation Tuesday, July 11, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Papadopoulos is in Kansas for a week-long workshop about iconography, which is now filled. The SLC is offering a special evening Papadopoulos on Tuesday, July 11, that open to the public, with advance registration.
At the dinner, Papadopoulos will discuss the history of iconography and how the spiritual art form came to be. Participants will enjoy wine, socializing, and a banquet dinner in addition to his one-of-a-kind presentation. The evening begins with a social at 6 p.m.
To register, call (316) 744-0167 or visit www.SLCWichita.org. The evening cost is $25 per person.

Camino pilgrims to gather July 22
A day retreat for Camino de Santiago pilgrims will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Walking the Camino is an intense experience – physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
The retreat will be an opportunity for those who have walked or cycled the Camino to reflect on the nature of those fruits and to share their thoughts with fellow pilgrims. It will also be a chance to relive the experience by sharing memories and reflecting on how the pilgrimage has influenced their relationship with God and their understanding of themselves.
Although the event is mainly geared towards those who have already made the pilgrimage as an opportunity to delve into the spirituality of the experience in a fun, social setting, anyone who feels they might benefit from participating in the event would be welcome.
To register, call (316) 744-0167 or visit www.SLCwichita.org. The cost is $10 and includes lunch.

SLC’s July 20 Docentium features Dr. Joshua Papsdorf
Dr. Joshua Papsdorf will present the monthly Docentium on Catholicism and Culture Thursday, June 20, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. The program includes dinner and a presentation.
Papsdorf, an associate professor of theology at Newman University in Wichita, will talk about Catholic identity in education. Recent years have produced countless stories of Catholic institutions compromising their stated religious values for secular reasons. How is a Catholic school to remain faithful to the church and pursue Catholic ideals while at the same time serving the general population and remaining part of the secular academic community? These questions and more will be discussed.
Docentium takes place each third Thursday of the month at the Spiritual Life Center with an evening of food, friendship, and learning. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., dinner is served at 6:30, and every month a new lecture will be given on some topic related to religion and culture. The cost is $15 per person. More information can be found on the SLC website.
Visit the Spiritual Life Center’s web page www.slcwichita.org to register or call (316) 744-0167. Advance registration appreciated.

Still time to register for the Summer Symposium
The Spiritual Life Center will host a three-day Summer Symposium for adult faith formation, prayer, celebration, and intellectual exchange July 13-15. The theme for this year’s conference is “Conversion and Conscience: Freedom, Will, and Truth in the Human Quest for Meaning.”
Featuring speakers from throughout Kansas, the symposium will provide insights into ways our forebears have pursued authentic human liberty by focusing on the transcendent, even in the midst of persecution.
Conferences this year include: “The Darkness of This Age: Pessimism, Liberal Arts, and the New Evangelization,” “Faith, Reason, and the Linguistic Animal,” “St. Maximus on the Will,” “Blessed John Henry Newman: Conscience and Conversion,” and more.
The symposium begins with a keynote banquet on the evening of Thursday, July 13, and continues all day Friday and Saturday with a schedule consisting of morning prayer, Mass, and lectures in four pillar content areas.
Want to attend the summer symposium?
The Summer Symposium begins Thursday, July 13, with a banquet at 6:30 p.m. followed by the keynote lecture. The symposium continues Friday and Saturday from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Various registration options are available, depending on which parts of the symposium a participant attends. The commuter rate is $115, and the overnight rate is $200. Adjusted rates are available for those who can attend only for part of the symposium.
Registration may be made by calling the Spiritual Life Center at 316-744-0167, or by visiting SLCwichita.org.

‘Fruit of Silence is Prayer’ retreat with Fr. Lanzrath returns to the SLC
For the first time in nearly five years, Father John Lanzrath will present the retreat weekend entitled “The Fruit of Silence is Prayer: Saint Teresa of Calcutta’s Way to Holiness.”
During this special silent retreat Aug. 18-20, the Spiritual Life Center will be enveloped in silence to allow God to speak – and allow participants to listen.
One inspiration for the retreat comes from Saint Mother Teresa herself, who spoke often of the need for silence and discernment in one’s life. Father Lanzrath will give a series of short conferences, each less than 30 minutes in length. Retreatants will then be free to pray and reflect in silence upon the themes offered. Two short movies on the life and times of Mother Teresa will be shown, but these offerings will be optional.
“If you have never been on a silent retreat, I encourage you to consider coming,” Father Lanzrath said.
“The reactions about a silent retreat from different people vary greatly. What nearly everyone discovers is how much noise and clutter there is in our daily lives. While the silence of the weekend cannot last, it does inspire us to find short periods of silence in which we can better ‘tune in’ what our Lord has to say once the weekend concludes.”
Those who come are asked to leave cell phones, iPods, and any other electronic devices at home. The silence of the retreat will end during the noon meal on Sunday that follows the Lord’s Day liturgy.
Registration for the retreat is underway. A discounted earlybird rate is available through Monday, Aug. 7. More information and pre-registration is available by logging onto the center’s web site at www.slcwichita.org, and clicking on Calendar of Events.

‘Little Way’ series begins on July 27
A series “In St. Thérèse’s Little Way,” will be offered from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday July 27, Aug. 3, and Aug. 10, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The cost is $20. To register, www.SLCWichita.org or call (316) 744-0167. Pre-registration is requested but walk-ins are welcome.

Carthusian retreat begins on July 20
The faithful of the Diocese of Wichita are invited to experience God as they might never have before – in three days of silence, solitude in community, and prayer.
A silent retreat entitled “The Carthusian Experience,” designed to be a time of deep renewal for participants, is being offered by the Spiritual Life Center. It begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20, and ends on Sunday, July 23, with Mass followed by lunch – a meal where conversation will be allowed!
Participants will follow the manner of life of the Carthusians, an order founded by Saint Bruno in 1084 and currently composed of about 450 monks and nuns who live a solitary life at the heart of the church.
Participants will consecrate their days entirely to prayer and to seeking God in the secret of their hearts. They will also intercede for the church and for the salvation of the whole world. The time in retreat will balance between silence and solitude found in one’s room or in chapel, prayer in common and in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and common celebration of the Mass in a more contemplative manner.
Registration is limited and early registration is encouraged. More information and pre-registration is available by logging onto the center’s web site at www.slcwichita.org, and clicking on Calendar of Events. More information and registration is also available by calling the center at (316) 744-0167.

Youth and school news, July 7, 2017

Holy Savior Academy hosting summer learning event July 13
Holy Savior Catholic Academy and Ubuntu Village School will celebrate the importance of summer learning at an arts, literacy, and safety event in Wichita Thursday, July 13. The event marks National Summer Learning Day 2017 and will be one of hundreds across the nation aimed at keeping kids learning, healthy and safe this summer.
The learning day will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Holy Savior Catholic Academy, 4640 E 15th St. N., in Wichita.
The two schools are partnering with the National Summer Learning Association to highlight the importance of summer learning opportunities with local partners StoryTime Village, The Wichita Griots, performance artist Angeline Edmondson, and The Wichita Fire Department.
Dr. Delia Shropshire, principal of Holy Savior Catholic Academy and a board member of Ubuntu Village School, the school has been dedicated to supporting student achievement throughout the summer.

Tylor Shepherd valedictorian at Trinity in Hutch
The photo of Tylor Shepherd, one of the valedictorians from Trinity Catholic High School in Hutchinson, was left out of a graduation story June 16.
Tylor, the daughter of Todd and Tina Shepherd, is a member of Holy Cross Parish, and graduated on May 18.
She also received a Msgr. Arthur Barth Scholar Award.

Diocesan news, July 7, 2017

Late seminarian receives Carnegie Medal for heroism
A Wichita seminarian has been posthumously awarded the Carnegie Medal for heroism for attempting to rescue a friend from drowning.
Brian G. Bergkamp, a student at Conception College Seminary in Missouri, was kayaking with Kristin L. Eck and others on the rain-swollen Arkansas River July 9, 2016. Eck went over a dam and was caught in the turbulent water at its base, her kayak overturning. Bergkamp followed her over the dam. Rather than proceed to calmer water, he stopped paddling and handed her a life jacket. Although she subsequently lost the jacket, she was able to escape the turbulence and float downstream to safety.
Bergkamp himself was separated from his kayak and drowned. His body was recovered downstream several days later.
The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission named Bergkamp one of 19 individuals receiving the Carnegie Medal for outstanding civilian heroism. According to the fund’s website, “The medal is awarded throughout the United States and Canada to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.” Recipients are announced quarterly. Since the fund’s establishment in 1904 by Andrew Carnegie, 9,953 people have been recognized. Bergkamp is the 107th Kansan.
Brian was the son of Ned and Teresa Bergkamp of Cheney. He attended Benedictine College for a year before entering the seminary.
“Brian tried to live each day to the fullest and do the best with what was given him,” said his mother in a story in The Wichita Eagle. “He offered up every day for God, and if that meant giving up his life, he did that, too.”

Seminarian talks about the priesthood
Seminarian Matthew Glazier talks about his seminary experience in a brief video now available at the diocesan Vocations Office page: CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/Vocations. He is a member of St. Teresa Parish, Madison.

Totus Tuus for special needs July 31-Aug. 3
Totus Tuus for children with special needs, a modified Totus Tuus program, will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, July 31, through Thursday, Aug. 3, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Children with special needs ages 6 through 13 are invited. The cost is $50 per child. Lunch is provided, unless a special diet is required.
Participants will engage in lessons that are hands on and interactive, and will participate in Mass and the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. The teaching team is made up of Totus Tuus team members who have taught throughout the summer. Team members participate in special training that includes instructional and classroom management techniques, and how to use visual schedules.
To enroll, call 316-269-3940 or go to www.CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/Faith. For more information, call Myra Jacobs at 269-3900, or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Seven Sisters of St. Joseph mark jubilees
The Most Rev. Bishop Carl A. Kemme celebrated a Mass Saturday, June 10, for 10 sister jubilarians and attended a dinner in their honor afterward.
The Sisters of the Congregation of St. Joseph celebrated jubilees of between 50 and 86 years.
Sister Viola Heichelbech, who is 102, celebrated 86 years of service to the “Dear Neighbor.” Dear Neighbor is a concept that the founder Jean Pierre Medaille of the Sisters of St. Joseph used to designate all of the children of God.
Sister Bertina Korphage celebrated 75 years. Two others, Sister Rose Helen Burger and Sister Denise Sevart, celebrated 70 years. Unfortunately, Sister Denise passed away shortly after the celebration.
Four Sisters, Sisters Diane Leary, Anne Dolores LaPlante, Marie Veronica Janousek and Romona Seidl celebrated 60 years, and two Sisters, Sister Christina Takahashi of Japan and Sister Clara Hayashi celebrated 50 years.

Father Spexarth leading trip to Colorado Sept. 5-11
Father Dan Spexarth is leading a bus trip to explore Colorado from Sept. 5-11.
Stops include Denver, Grand Junction, Cañon City, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo.
The cost is $1,329 per person double or $1,639 single. Thirteen meals are included.
For details and reservations call 316-721-4455 or 800-333-0312.

State D. of I. planning their 2018 conference
State offices of the Kansas Daughters of Isabella met Saturday, June 24, to begin planning their 2018 spiritual conference, “Armor of God.”
State Chaplain Father Henry Baxa, who is retired and residing at Belleville, guided the women through the process of choosing a theme, the topics to be covered, and amount of time to allow for each topic.
Helen Wales of Wichita is among the officers involved.

Bishop Kemme to lead trip to South America
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will lead a trip to South America Jan. 29-Feb. 8, 2018.
The trip, “a walk in the footsteps of Pope Francis,” will include stops in Lima and Machu Picchu, Peru; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
“We were so thrilled when Bishop Kemme agreed to lead this trip as a benefit for Guadalupe Clinic,” said Jodi Guillemette, director of Development for Guadalupe Clinic.
“We will see the shrines of South America, walk in the footsteps of Pope Francis, and have the opportunity to have Mass every day with the bishop..”
The cost is $3,850 per person, of which $250 is a tax-deductible donation to the Guadalupe Clinic.
For a reservation or more information, call (508) 340-9370 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Pro-life ministry offers ‘pill kills’ DVD
Physicians prescribe the pill to many young women to regulate monthly cycles, lessen cramping, or to control acne.
But the life and health threatening side effects from taking the pill are not worth it, according to the West Sedgwick County Chapter of Right to Life of Kansas.
The chapter is offering a free DVD, “The Pill Kills Symposium,” that explains the problems associated with the pill.
For free copy of the DVD, send an email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and address, or call Carolyn at 316-531-2227. For more information or to watch the DVD online, visit ThePillKills.org and click on “2012 National Symposium” box on the left of the home page.

Several ‘last chance’ Masses now available
There are now several late Sunday Masses in Wichita, including two in Spanish, for those who hit the snooze button one too many times:
5 p.m.: Holy Savior
5:15 p.m.: Blessed Sacrament
6 p.m.: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton; St. Anne, en español
6:30 p.m.: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, en español
7 p.m.: St. Paul, WSU
9 p.m.: St. Paul, WSU
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish is offering the 6 p.m. Sunday Mass through the summer. It may continue depending on attendance.

Struggling with same sex attractions?
Have you had these feelings for so long…keeping them hidden, afraid to speak out? Where do you go now?
The Diocese of Wichita offers spiritual support and fellowship for men and women with same sex attractions who are striving to live chaste lives.
Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the Office of Marriage and Family Life at (316) 685-5240.

First Saturday Aug. 5
Saturday, Aug. 5, is the first Saturday of August.
Our Lady of Fatima made a promise regarding those who make a First Five Saturdays Devotion: “I promise to assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation” all those who, in order to make reparation to me, on the First Saturday of five successive months, go to confession, receive Holy Communion, say five decades of the rosary, and keep me company for a quarter of an hour, meditating on the 15 mysteries of the rosary.
The other conditions that must be fulfilled are confession, Holy Communion, a rosary, and a 15-minute meditation. Those making the devotion are allowed eight days to fulfill Our Lady’s requests.
Details are available at TheMostHolyRosary.com or Rosary-Center.org.

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