Diocesan news, January 20, 2017

Bishop Kemme announces priest appointments
Bishop Carl A. Kemme has announced the retirement of one diocesan priest and the reassignment of several others.
Fr. Chrysostom Ah Maung - Retired
Fr. Jeremy Huser - Pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Columbus, St. Joseph Parish in Baxter Springs, St. Patrick Parish in Galena, and St. Bridget Parish in Scammon
Fr. Jeffrey Fasching – Administrator of Sacred Heart, Halstead
Fr. Maximilian Biltz - Assistant Archivist at the Chancery
Fr. Edmond Kline - On loan to serve as chaplain at St. Francis Health System in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month.
Jan. 20: School Pastoral visit to St. Anne, Wichita
Jan. 21-22: Parish Pastoral visit to Sacred Heart in Fredonia, St. John in Hamilton, St. Teresa of Avila in Madison
Jan. 22: Mass and dinner at St. Isidore Catholic Student Center at Kansas State University in Manhattan
Jan. 23: Topeka Rally for Life Mass and procession to the Capitol steps
Jan. 24-25: Kansas Catholic Conference of Bishops in Topeka
Jan. 25-27: March for Life in Washington, D.C.
Jan. 29: Vietnamese New Year Mass at 2:30 p.m. at Church of the Magdalen, Wichita
Feb. 1: Diocesan board appreciation dinner
Feb. 2: Pastor Day Mass at Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School, Wichita; Prospective Seminarian Dinner (Hutchinson college men)
Feb. 3-5: Kansas Catholic College Students Convention at Drury Plaza Broadview Hotel, Wichita
Feb. 4: Totus Tuus Mass and banquet at 4:30 p.m. at Holy Name Winfield
Feb. 5: KCCSC Mass at Drury Broadview Hotel
Feb. 6-8: National Catholic Bioethics Workshop
Feb. 9: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s in Colwich
Feb. 11: Consecrated Religious Mass and luncheon at Cathedral
Feb. 11-12: Parish pastoral visit and Confirmation Mass at Holy Name, Winfield; and St. Mary, Oxford

Bishop to participate in pro-life rallies in Topeka and in Washington, D.C.
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will be on the road and in the air in the next several days lending spiritual support to the faithful participating in prayerful pro-life pilgrimages to raise awareness about the 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.
He’ll be in Topeka Monday, Jan. 23, for Mass and a rally in Topeka. A bus will leave that day at 8:30 a.m. from Wichita. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. in the Topeka Performing Arts Center. A rally will follow in front of the Capitol steps.
Bishop Kemme will fly to meet nearly 600 pilgrims who will ride buses from the Diocese of Wichita to Washington, D.C., for activities associated with the National March for Life, Friday, Jan. 27. A rally for all pilgrims will be held at noon. The march is at 1 p.m. with testimonies outside the U.S. Supreme Court scheduled for 3 p.m.
The buses of pilgrims, teenagers from parishes across the diocese, Bishop Carroll, Kapaun Mt. Carmel, Trinity Catholic High Schools, along with chaperones, will leave after a 6:30 p.m. Mass Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Church of the Magdalen in Wichita. It will take about 24 hours to get to Washington, D.C. Please pray for the safety of all those traveling to Washington D.C.
Before Friday’s national March, which will be televised live on the Eternal Word Television Network, the pilgrims will participate in Mass at the National Basilica, tour the city, participate in a rally at the National Mall, and have their own adoration and rally.

Church musician workshop Jan. 28
David Pickering and Elisa Bickers will lead “January Jubilee,” a one-day workshop for church musicians from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the First Presbyterian Church in Wichita.
A recital will follow at four o’clock.
Pickering is an assistant professor at Kansas State University. Bickers is associate director of music at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kansas.
To register or for more information, visit www.agowichita.org or contact Christopher Shaw at (316) 217-3396.
The event is sponsored by the American Guild of Organists.

A Better Choice mini-march set for Jan. 22
A Better Choice, a Wichita pro-life ministry, is sponsoring a Mini-March Boot Camp beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22.
Participants are asked to meet in front of the Planned Parenthood office at 2226 E. Central. After hearing speakers, prayer, and reflection, the group will process to the ABC office at 3007 E. Central for continued prayerful reflection, a tour, and hot cocoa.
Donations such as baby formula, newborn outfits, receiving blankets, and first-class stamps will be welcomed.

Evangelization training workshop scheduled March 30
The diocesan Office of Faith Formation is hosting basic evangelization training facilitated by St. Paul Street Evangelization Thursday, March 30, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
The training will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The cost is $20 per person or $40 per parish and includes a catered lunch.
To register visit TinyURL.com/spse-kansas. The deadline is March 23.

Seminarian talks about schooling
Will Stuever talks about the seminary in a brief video on the Vocations page of the diocesan website.
Stuever, a member of St. Joseph Parish in Andale, says he discovered that the seminary is a place where everyday men can be formed into the best versions of themselves.
The video is available at CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/vocations.

Year of Rooster Mass, celebration Jan. 29 at Church of the Magdalen
The Vietnamese community of the Diocese of Wichita invites the faithful to join them for the celebration for the year of the Red Fire Rooster, a strutting peacock of the Vietnamese New Year – Tết Mass.
Bishop Carl Kemme and attending diocesan priests will concelebrate Mass at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Church of Magdalen, 12626 E. 21st Street N. in Wichita.
Children will receive lucky money immediately following Mass. There will be a cultural program consisting of great food, a Lion Dance, cultural songs, dances, and door prizes.
Invitation in Vietnamese
Trân trọng thông báo,
Nhân dịp đầu năm, để cảm tạ Thiên Chúa cùng cầu xin Ngài chúc lành cho mọi người chúng ta trong Năm Mới, các anh chị em nguyên Hội Đồng Mục Vụ Công Giáo Việt Nam Địa Phận Wichita sẽ tổ chức Thánh Lễ Đầu Năm 2017, năm Đinh Dậu vào lúc 2 giờ 30 (2:30) chiều Chúa Nhật ngày 29, tháng 1, năm 2017 tại Thánh Đường Magdalen.
Địa chỉ số 12626 East đường 21 North Thành Phố Wichita, Kansas
Thánh Lễ đầu năm sẽ do Đức Cha Carl Kemme và các Linh Mục, Việt-Mỹ đồng tế. Ngay sau Thánh Lễ sẽ có phần “lì xì” cho các em nhỏ.
Ý Nguyện Đầu Năm:
Cầu cho việc phong thánh Đức Hồng Y Nguyễn Văn Thuận và Cha Kapaun.
Cầu bằng an cho tổ quốc và Giáo Hội Việt Nam.
Cầu xin cho người Việt Nam luôn biết yêu thươngvà gìn giữ văn hóa cổ truyền.
Cầu xin bằng an cho Địa phận và các gia đìn, nhất là những người già yếu trong bịnh viện, trong dưỡng lão.
Sau đó, chúng tôi có tổ chức một bữa tiệc, văn nghệ mừng xuân cùng múa lân và xổ số lấy hên đầu năm.
Trân trọng kính mời toàn thể quý ông bà và anh chị em đến tham dự Thánh Lễ Đầu Năm và thưởng thức một chương trình văn nghệ đầy sắc thái mừng Xuân 2017.
Trân trọng kính mời,
Linh Mục Bejamin Nhật Nguyễn
Đại Diện các anh chị em nguyên Hội Đồng Mục Vụ Công Giáo Việt Nam Địa Phận Wichita.

Quilters needed to make raffle quilt
The Office of Marriage and Family Life is offering scholarships for young married couples and single parents who want to take classes on topics such as marriage, parenting, natural family planning, and divorce healing.
The diocesan office would also like to set up a fund to provide child care during the classes for parents with small children who need our help but can’t afford childcare for a long series of classes.
Catholic quilters interested in making a raffle quilt to generate funds to provide for scholarships and childcare are invited to a meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, to make our first quilt at the St. Joseph Pastoral Center, 437 N. Topeka in Wichita.
Quilters are asked to bring their ideas and patterns for a raffle quilt. Those interested are asked to contact Sharon Witzell at 316-685-5240 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Three diocesan priests to be part of April 27 dinner train excursion
Father Paul Oborny, Father Ivan Eck, and Father Dwight Birket, three retired priests of the Diocese of Wichita, will be part of a Kansas Belle Dinner Train day trip Thursday, April 27, sponsored by the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life.
The restored dinner train with its four dining cars is part of a nostalgic trip back to the 1940s. In addition to exploring the train, participants will enjoy the scenery of a 22-mile, round-trip train ride, and a three-course lunch while listening to music of the era.
Participants will leave via bus at 8 a.m. from Village Tours and Travel, located at 8620 W. 21st N. in Wichita, and are scheduled to be back in Wichita by 5:30 p.m.
The all-inclusive cost is $115. To make a reservation, call Village Tours at 316-721-4455.

Pre-Valentine’s talk about love Feb. 7
The “Four Levels of Love and Happiness” will be presented Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Aero Planes Brewing, 117 N. Handley, in Wichita.
Sharon Witzell, program coordinator for the diocesan Senior Adult Ministries, will make the presentation in preparation for Valentine’s Day. The doors open at 7 p.m. the presentation begins at 7:30 p.m.
Adults over the age of 21 are invited.
“Whether you’re a millennial, baby boomer and beyond, or somewhere in between, married, dating, engaged or single you’ll be delighted in this presentation,” she said.

Via Christi launches $50 million renovation of St. Joseph campus
WICHITA – A $50 million renovation of Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph is planned.
Renovation plans for the Project Renewal initiative include:
• Converting the hospital’s medical-surgical units to private patient rooms – complementing the large, private labor, and delivery rooms and renovation that has already taken place throughout St. Joseph’s 4th-floor NewLife Center;
• Expanding and improving on-call space for family medicine, surgery and psychiatry residents doing rotations at the hospital;
• And consolidating Via Christi’s inpatient behavioral health services in dedicated, state-of-the-art space on the hospital’s 6th and 7th floors and centralizing its outpatient services, now delivered primarily at St. Joseph and the aging Via Christi Behavioral Health Center on Orme Street, in medical office space adjacent to the hospital.

Knights vs. priest basketball game set for Feb. 12 at BCCHS
The 29th Annual Basketball Classic for Vocations between the Blue Knights of Knights of Columbus Council 4118 and the Padres, the priests of the Diocese of Wichita, is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 12, in the Bishop Carroll Catholic High School Gym.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the tip-off is scheduled for 7. The Padres lead the series 16 to 12.
Donations will be accepted at the door. Proceeds are used to support the council’s religious vocations programs and provide direct financial support to seminarians.

Pro-life candle light vigil, rosary Jan. 22
A candle light vigil will be held and a rosary will be prayed at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at the abortion clinic located at 5107 E. Kellogg in Wichita.
The faithful are invited to the event which is sponsored by the diocesan Respect Life And Social Justice Office to pray for the end to abortion.

Youth and school news, January 20, 2017

TEC retreat Feb. 18-20 at SLC
The diocesan Office of Faith Formation will sponsor a Teens Encounter Christ retreat the weekend of Feb. 18-20 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
TEC is for young adults and adolescents who are at least 16 years old and have finished their sophomore year of high school. TEC retreats are also for adults who work with this age group.
Participants will have the opportunity to grow in their relationship with Christ through talks, group discussion, individual reflection and prayer, and sharing in the sacraments. TEC is about faith, about having fun, and getting to know other youth and young adults from around the Wichita diocese.
The cost for a TEC retreat is $100, which includes seven meals, two nights lodging and all materials.
Register online or download an application at CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/faith-tec/tec. Applications may be mailed it to the Office of Faith formation at 424 N. Broadway, Wichita KS 67202.
For more information, call 316-269-3940 or email OFF@ CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org if you have any questions.
The deadline for applications is Jan. 18.

Voboril to be honored with national education award
Bob Voboril, superintendent of Catholic schools for the diocese of Wichita since 1993, has been named the winner of the 2017 Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award by the National Catholic Education Association. The award is given to Catholic school leaders who have articulated and executed a strong Catholic educational philosophy.
Voboril will be honored at the annual NCEA 2017 convention Tuesday, April, 18 in St. Louis, Missouri.
“This award belongs to the Diocese of Wichita, not to me,” Voboril said. “It belongs to Bishop Kemme who supports Catholic schools at every opportunity and to the pastors who ask their parishioners to sacrifice generously for our schools.
“It belongs to the principals, teachers, and staff who model discipleship day in and day out. It belongs to our families and students who embrace stewardship and pass it on to each generation. My role in this great enterprise is a very small one, but I am happy to accept this award on behalf of our extraordinary diocese.”
Bishop Kemme praised Voboril’s work. “I can attest to the profound Catholicity and academic excellence of our primary and secondary schools that is in large part due to the tireless service that Mr. Voboril has rendered.”
Matt Grieb, president of the Diocesan Catholic School Council said the stewardship model in the Catholic schools has led to diversity in the schools.
“Mr. Voboril has embraced this diversity, helping principals and pastors improve schools to better service students and their parents where there is low income or where English may be a second language,” he said.
The superintendent of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Salina, Dr. Nick Compagnone said, “Bob Voboril has changed the landscape and culture of Catholic schools through his support of stewardship, his passion for serving low-income families, and his advocacy for equal standing for Catholic school students in special education legislation.”

Christ’s Light in All Youth retreat March 25 at All Saints
The next Christ’s Light in All Youth retreat will be held Saturday, March 25, at All Saints parish in Wichita.
CLAY is a spiritual retreat specifically for freshmen and sophomores in high school, although adults who work with youth in this age group are also welcome. CLAY uses sharing, videos, hands-on activities, and creative forms of prayer to impact the spiritual lives of its candidates.
The retreat starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m. The cost is $30 and includes two meals and all supplies.
For further information call (316) 269-3940 or visit CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/faith-events-and-retreats/clay to download the CLAY application.

Catholic Charities news, January 20, 2017

Cynthia Colbert to speak in Wichita Jan. 31
Formerly with Wichita Catholic Charities; to speak about the poor
Cynthia Colbert, the former executive director of Catholic Charities in Wichita, will return to Wichita, Tuesday, Jan. 31, to talk about the preferential option for the poor and vulnerable.
Colbert, the CEO/president of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Her talk is part of the Living Catholic Social Teaching Series sponsored by the Respect Life Social Justice Office. Colbert will speak about the preferential option for the poor and vulnerable that includes all who are marginalized in society, including unborn children, persons with disabilities, the elderly and terminally ill, and victims of injustice and oppression.
Catholic tradition teaches that human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if human rights are protected and responsibilities are met. The church teaches that every person has a fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for human decency. Corresponding to these rights are duties and responsibilities – to one another, to our families, and to the larger society.
Colbert earned her bachelor’s degree from California State University in Sacramento and her master’s in social work from UC Berkeley.
She worked as a congressional aide to Rep. Pete Stark after graduate school and worked at United Way of Santa Clara, Calif., and Austin, Texas. She also served as a grants administrator for the City of Hayward and the City of Austin.
Colbert recently was named 2016’s Outstanding Woman in Business by the Leadera Consulting Group.

Interim director named for Catholic Charities’ Our Daily Bread Food Pantry

Long-time Catholic Charities volunteer Lázaro L. San Martín has been named interim director of the agency’s Our Daily Bread Food Pantry, located at 2825 S. Hillside in Wichita.
San Martín is a dedicated volunteer who has served at the pantry for six years. Known by his friends as Sam, his loyal stewardship and strong work ethic quickly earned him the role of right-hand man for pantry staff.
As a volunteer, and now as interim director, San Martín stocks shelves and helps clients shop at the building in south Wichita. He wears additional hats as well, including coordinating volunteer groups and tours, organizing annual food drives, and securing donations. He also serves on an ad hoc advisory committee for the pantry.
“Sam is friendly and outgoing, compassionate to those in need, and very cheerful, making pantry visitors feel comfortable,” said Kathy Hannemann, Catholic Charities volunteer coordinator. “He’s a true team player. He has a heart for the mission, and he gives back in so many ways.”
San Martín is quite the recruiter as well. His wife, Teresa, volunteers at the pantry every Wednesday; and his brother, Mark, volunteers there on Thursdays. Volunteering at Our Daily Bread Food Pantry has become a family affair.

Spiritual Life Center news, January 20, 2017

New SLC Theology Institute semester begins on Jan. 21
It isn’t too late to register for the upcoming semester of the Spiritual Life Center’s Theology Institute.
Students participate in four courses this spring, each presented in three parts on Jan. 31, Feb. 18, and April 1. They may begin the two-year program at any time, and are welcome to join for any individual semester, with no obligation to complete the full two-year program.
The 2017 spring semester will contain four courses: “Morality: The Beatitudes: A Reflection of Jesus Christ,” “Scripture: Introduction to the New Testament, Part 2,” “Prayer: The Three Conversions of the Spiritual Life,” and “Church History: The Modern Age - The Church from 1700 to today.”
Want to enroll?
Class sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on three Saturdays: Jan. 31, Feb. 18, and April 1. The $75 registration fee covers all three class sessions and lunch. Registration may be made by calling the center at 744-0167 or online at SLCWichita.org.

SLC series designed to help integrate blended families
Blending a stepfamily is a difficult task for any Catholic family – it involves combining two unique family histories, various personalities, traditions, relationships, and loyalties.
Later life couples who remarry with adult children often assume that because children are out of the home the family won’t have difficulty integrating. But they often find they have just as many adjustments and challenges to make as stepfamilies with younger children.
Learning the steps about how to merge two families dramatically increases the odds of marital success.
The diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life is offering an eight-week series at the Spiritual Life Center from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Jan. 25 through March 15, to help families integrate. Couples with stepchildren, or those contemplating marriage where stepchildren will be involved, are encouraged to attend.
The cost is $50 per couple or individual, which includes a book and participant guide. To register call 316-744-0167 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Babysitting will be provided but participants must call the Spiritual Life Center in advance to let them know how many children they will be bringing.

SLC series designed to help integrate blended families
Blending a stepfamily is a difficult task for any Catholic family – it involves combining two unique family histories, various personalities, traditions, relationships, and loyalties.
Later life couples who remarry with adult children often assume that because children are out of the home the family won’t have difficulty integrating. But they often find they have just as many adjustments and challenges to make as stepfamilies with younger children.
Learning the steps about how to merge two families dramatically increases the odds of marital success.
The diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life is offering an eight-week series at the Spiritual Life Center from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Jan. 25 through March 15, to help families integrate. Couples with stepchildren, or those contemplating marriage where stepchildren will be involved, are encouraged to attend.
The cost is $50 per couple or individual, which includes a book and participant guide. To register call 316-744-0167 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Babysitting will be provided but participants must call the Spiritual Life Center in advance to let them know how many children they will be bringing.

TEC retreat Feb. 18-20 at SLC
The diocesan Office of Faith Formation will sponsor a Teens Encounter Christ retreat the weekend of Feb. 18-20 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
TEC is for young adults and adolescents who are at least 16 years old and have finished their sophomore year of high school. TEC retreats are also for adults who work with this age group.
Participants will have the opportunity to grow in their relationship with Christ through talks, group discussion, individual reflection and prayer, and sharing in the sacraments. TEC is about faith, about having fun, and getting to know other youth and young adults from around the Wichita diocese.
The cost for a TEC retreat is $100, which includes seven meals, two nights lodging and all materials.
Register online or download an application at CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/faith-tec/tec. Applications may be mailed it to the Office of Faith formation at 424 N. Broadway, Wichita KS 67202.
For more information, call 316-269-3940 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.
The deadline for applications is Jan. 18.

Momnipotent series begins Jan. 26 at SLC
Many mothers resign themselves to the idea that success, happiness, and fulfillment are things they will need to find in spite of motherhood, not because of it. They feel success and happiness are not possible through the vocation of motherhood.
The Office of Marriage and Family Life is offering an eight-week experience for mothers who feel disillusioned, a series that brings together women of all experiences and walks of life. Participants will journey together through the concerns, challenges, joys, and unique experiences that all mothers share.
The series will be offered from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 26 to March 16, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. The cost is $50, which includes a book and participant guide. To register call 316-744-0167 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Mothers may bring babies and pre-school aged children to this series with them.

Young adult retreat Feb. 3-4 at the SLC
Young adults are invited to a special retreat designed just for them Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3 and 4, at the Spiritual Life Center.
“Living in the Spirit: A Retreat for Young Adults” targets single and married people in their 20s to mid-30s.
Some young adults have a hard time finding exactly where they fit in the church. The retreat will help them find their place. The overnight experience will bring together diocesan young adults for growth, transformation, prayer, learning, and fellowship.
Friday evening’s program includes a social hour featuring drinks and appetizers. The rest of the weekend centers on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and how participants can experience the Spirit in a real and personal way in their own lives.
In addition to conferences throughout the retreat, there will be time for group and individual prayer, solitude, rest, and Mass.
The cost is $40 for commuters, $65 for a single occupancy room, and $50 for a double occupancy room. The Friday evening social and breakfast and lunch on Saturday are included in the price. No one will be turned away due to finances. For reservations go to www.slcwichita.org or call (316) 744-0167.

Day Retreat on Suffering Saturday, Feb. 4, at the SLC
Philip St. Romain, D. Min., will talk about why there is suffering in the world and its meaning during a retreat from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4.
Romain, a Catholic author, spiritual director, and retreat leader, will talk about “God and the Problem of Suffering.” Retreatants will explore scripture and church teaching to reflect on why a good and powerful God can allow creatures to suffer. The day will involve studying the example of Christ and what he reveals to us about finding meaning during hardship.
The retreat day will include presentations, prayer time, and lunch. The cost for the day is $35. Check-in begins at 8:45 a.m. Participants will be dismissed by 3 p.m.
Reservations can be made on-line at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167. Bedrooms available for those wishing to stay overnight on Friday or Saturday.

First Docentium of 2017 set for Jan. 19
The Spiritual Life Center in Wichita will host its monthly Docentium Program on Catholicism and Culture on Thursday, Jan. 19.
Docentium takes place each third Thursday of the month at the SLC with an evening of food, friendship, and learning. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., dinner is served at 6:30. A new lecture is presented every month on a topic related to religion and culture.
The cost is $15 per person. Visit the Spiritual Life Center’s webpage at www.slcwichita.org or call (316) 744-0167 for more information or to register.

Newman University news, January 20, 2017

Newman U. meets $1 million Mabee Foundation ‘challenge’ grant for its new science center

WICHITA – The Facing Forward – A Campaign for Newman University designed to create a new science center, upgrade existing facilities and build the university’s endowment, has met the requirements of a $1 million matching grant from The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Okla. The $1 million grant, plus previous gifts, pushes Newman closer to the completion of the campaign.
“We are absolutely overjoyed to receive the Mabee Foundation grant and to reach this milestone in the campaign,” said Newman University President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D. “I can’t express my gratitude enough to the Foundation and to everyone who made it possible for us to receive this grant, as well as all those who have contributed so generously in previous years. With this gift, Newman can continue to build its reputation for the quality of our science, nursing and health sciences education programs, and the high quality of our graduates.”
Under the terms of the grant issued by the Mabee Foundation in January 2016, Newman would receive the $1 million if the remaining amount of about $3.2 million necessary for the building and renovation of facilities on the Newman campus were met by Jan. 12, 2017. That amount was raised by the university ahead of the deadline.
With the Mabee grant, the campaign has now raised $24,854,533 to renovate Eck Hall and complete the Bishop Gerber Science Center. The university has raised $32,345,411 for the overall Facing Forward campaign which, beyond the funds for buildings, includes raising money for student scholarships and the university’s endowment.
The upgrades to Eck Hall were completed in August 2016 in time for the beginning of the Fall 2016 semester. The renovated facilities now include up-to-date technology and equipment, and “smart” classrooms. The facilities also include ER and ICU simulation labs, which are increasingly necessary to properly train clinical skills and to meet industry and accreditation standards.
Construction of the science center began in June 2016 and is on schedule to be completed by August 2017 in time for the Fall 2017 semester.
Newman officials said the campaign will continue through the coming year.
“We will focus our efforts now on raising funds for scholarships for today’s students through the Newman Fund, and scholarships for future students through our endowment,” said Newman Vice President for University Advancement J.V. Johnston. “We have experienced phenomenal support throughout the campaign, thanks to the Mabee Foundation and the many gifts we’ve received from individuals, corporations and other foundations, and we are very grateful. We hope to have continued support from the community in the coming months.”
For more information or to contribute to Newman, visit www.newmanff.com, or contact Clark Schafer at 316-942-4291, ext. 2164, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Via Christi CEO Michael Mullins joins Newman University Board of Trustees
WICHITA – Michael L. Mullins has joined the Newman University’s Board of Trustees, effective Jan. 1.
Mullins is CEO and Kansas Ministry market leader for Via Christi Health, a member of Ascension. Mullins also serves as a senior vice president for Ascension Healthcare and has served in a variety of healthcare senior management positions over the past three decades.
“We are very pleased that Mike is joining the Newman Board,” said Newman President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D. “With his background in healthcare management, I’m sure he will provide an important perspective on our premed, nursing and allied health education programs, and valuable expertise in leadership and operations. And, as Catholic entities, the partnership we share with Via Christi Health is especially important to us.”
Before joining Via Christi in July 2016, Mullins served as system vice president and COO of St. Vincent-Indiana. St. Vincent, also a member of Ascension, is comprised of 20 hospitals, 15,500 employees and over 1,000 employed providers. Prior to his service with St. Vincent - Indiana, Mullins served as regional vice president of Quorum Health Resources, where he provided leadership and operations support for 12 hospitals and strategic business arrangements in Colorado.

NU’s Steckline Gallery hosting ‘Lightfast’ prints by Sarah Sanford
WICHITA – The Newman University Steckline Gallery will present “Lightfast” by Sarah Sanford as the fifth show of its 2016-2017 season.
The exhibition of prints, which begins with a Final Friday reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, will be on display through Feb. 17. Both the reception and admission to the gallery are free and open to the public.
An “Art for Lunch” presentation by the artists will be held Tuesday, Jan. 31 from noon to 1 p.m. in the gallery. A light lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

‘Santas’ visit two diocesan ministries

Anonymous donors leave $100 bills and gold coins to help the poor
Anonymous donors gave nearly $7,000 to two diocesan ministries in Wichita before Christmas.
On Tuesday evening, Dec. 20, a man walked into The Lord’s Diner at 2825 S. Hillside in Wichita and handed Diner employee Darlene Engles ten envelopes. He asked her to give them to ten families patronizing the Diner. In each envelope was a $100 bill.
Engles said she was honored to be able to fulfill the wishes of the anonymous Santa.
Another Santa appeared Friday, Dec. 23, at The Lord’s Diner at Broadway and Central to hand out envelopes containing $10 bills to every guest.
Three one-ounce gold coins were donated Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 21, to The Lord’s Diner at Broadway and Central in Wichita.
Shelly Prichard, president and CEO of the Wichita Community Foundation, made the presentation. She visited the Guadalupe Clinic earlier in the day to present two coins to the diocesan health care ministry.
The Lord’s Diner, a diocesan food ministry, received three coins this year, the most ever received by any organization. According to Prichard, each of the three coins represents a mobile food truck operated by The Lord’s Diner.
The first set of gold coins was distributed by the foundation in 2005 to five organizations. All gifts have one request tied to them – the coins are to be used to generate additional funds for the organization. In the past the coins have been auctioned to meet the donor’s desire.

Diocesan news, January 6, 2017

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month.
Jan. 6-8: Quo Vadis, Spiritual Life Center
Jan. 11: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. for Sacred Heart, Fredonia, and St. Ignatius, Neodesha
Jan. 12: School pastoral visit to Christ the King, Wichita; Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at All Saints, Wichita
Jan. 13: School pastoral visit to St. Joseph, Wichita
Jan. 14-15: Parish pastoral visit to St. Anthony in Wellington
Jan. 17: Prospective Seminarian Dinner
Jan. 18: Liturgy week Mass at Spiritual Life Center
Jan. 19: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at Church of the Magdalen, Wichita
Jan. 20: School Pastoral visit to St. Anne, Wichita
Jan. 21-22: Parish Pastoral visit to Sacred Heart in Eureka
, St. John in Hamilton, St. Teresa of Avila in Madison
Jan. 22: Mass and dinner at St. Isidore Catholic Student Center at Kansas State University in Manhattan
Jan. 23: Topeka Rally for Life Mass and procession to the Capitol steps
Jan. 24-25: Kansas Catholic Conference of Bishops in Topeka
Jan. 25-27: March for Life in Washington, D.C.
Jan. 29: Vietnamese New Year Mass at 2:30 p.m. at Church of the Magdalen, Wichita
Feb. 1: Pastor Day Mass at Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School, Wichita
Feb. 2: School pastoral visit to Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Wichita; Prospective Seminarian Dinner
Feb. 3-5:: Kansas Catholic College Students Convention at Drury Plaza Broadview Hotel, Wichita
Feb. 4: Totus Tuus Mass and banquet at 4:30 p.m. at Holy Name Winfield

Church musician workshop Jan. 28
David Pickering and Elisa Bickers will lead “January Jubilee,” a one-day workshop for church musicians from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the First Presbyterian Church in Wichita.
A recital will follow at four o’clock.
Pickering is an assistant professor at Kansas State University. Bickers is associate director of music at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kansas.
To register or for more information, visit www.agowichita.org or contact Christopher Shaw at (316) 217-3396.
The event is sponsored by the American Guild of Organists.

Quilters needed to make raffle quilt
The Office of Marriage and Family Life is offering scholarships for young married couples and single parents who want to take classes on topics such as marriage, parenting, natural family planning, and divorce healing.
The diocesan office would also like to set up a fund to provide child care during the classes for parents with small children who need our help but can’t afford childcare for a long series of classes.
Catholic quilters interested in make a raffle quilt to generate funds to provide for scholarships and childcare are invited to a meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, to make our first quilt at the St. Joseph Pastoral Center, 437 N. Topeka in Wichita.
Quilters are asked to bring their ideas and patterns for a raffle quilt. Those interested are asked to contact Sharon Witzell at 316-685-5240 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sarah’s Hope Foundation dinner March 4 at St. Jude
The 16th Anniversary Dinner and Silent Auction to benefit the Sarah’s Hope Foundation will be held Saturday, March 4, in St. Jude Parish Hall, 3030 N. Amidon in Wichita.
Vicki Tiahrt will be the featured speaker. Guests of honor will be Bishop Carl A. Kemme, Father Jim Mainzer, and Todd Tiahrt.
Doors open at 6 p.m. A catered meal will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $20 per person. For reservations call 316-209-5029.

Catholic seniors invited to monthly service at Reflection Ridge in Wichita
Catholic adults are invited to a monthly first Friday service at Reflection Ridge, 2300 N. Tyler Road in Wichita.
The service begins at 10:15 a.m. in the theater. A priest from nearby St. Catherine of Siena leads a rosary, conducts Anointing of the Sick, and distributes Holy Communion.
A video-based Catholic Bible study for seniors will also be offered on the second and fourth Fridays of the month.
For more information, contact Lois at 316-721-0500 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Youth and school news, January 6, 2017

Pro-life poster winners
The winners of the annual diocesan Respect Life and Social Justice Office pro-life poster contest have been announced.
Sixth through eighth graders were invited to submit their work with the theme “Moved by Mercy.”
Here are the winning artists:
Sixth grade: first place, Avery Garretson of St. Peter, Schulte; second place, Sarah Ostrom of St. Peter, Schulte.
Seventh grade: first place, Grace Schuster of St. Francis of Assisi; second place, Hannah Kitzmann of Garden Plain
Eighth grade: first place, Jade Pham of Christ the King; second place, Maria Robben of St. Peter, Schulte

Newman U. hosting Hispanic scholars
Hispanic high school students interested in earning two free hours of college credit while learning more about science are urged to apply for the 2017 Newman University Hispanic Scholars Program.
The NHSP is a semester-long, hands-on investigative science program designed to encourage Hispanic students to explore their interests and investigate the possibility of a career in the science, technology, engineering or mathematics, or STEM, fields.
The program will run from Jan. 25 to May 10, with classes meeting once a week on the Newman campus each Wednesday from 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. Classes will include instruction from Newman professors, laboratory or field experiments, visits from professionals in the STEM fields and social activities. Newman will waive tuition costs of $1,662 and award two hours of college credit upon successful completion of the program.
Interested in the program?
Interested students may apply online at go.newmanu.edu/nhsp. All application materials must be submitted by Jan. 9.
For more information visit go.newmanu.edu/nhsp, call 316-942-4291, ext. 2115, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Spiritual Life Center news, January 6, 2017

New SLC Theology Institute semester begins on Jan. 21
It isn’t too late to register for the upcoming semester of the Spiritual Life Center’s Theology Institute.
Students participate in four courses this spring, each presented in three parts on Jan. 31, Feb. 18, and April 1. They may begin the two-year program at any time, and are welcome to join for any individual semester, with no obligation to complete the full two-year program.
The 2017 spring semester will contain four courses: “Morality: The Beatitudes: A Reflection of Jesus Christ,” “Scripture: Introduction to the New Testament, Part 2,” “Prayer: The Three Conversions of the Spiritual Life,” and “Church History: The Modern Age - The Church from 1700 to today.”
Want to enroll?
Class sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on three Saturdays: Jan. 31, Feb. 18, and April 1. The $75 registration fee covers all three class sessions and lunch. Registration may be made by calling the center at 744-0167 or online at SLCWichita.org.

SLC will host Lectio Divina retreat weekend of Jan. 13
The Spiritual Life Center will host “Encountering the Word of God: An Introduction to Lectio Divina Retreat” Friday through Sunday, Jan. 13-15. Participants will learn the ancient way of praying which will allow them to “have eyes that see, and ears that hear.” (Mt. 13:16)
Lectio Divina is a way of praying with the Word of God used for more than 1,500 years by Benedictine monks throughout the world. Based on four movements, those who pray in this way read, reflect, reverence and rest with God’s word. Different than studying the Bible, Lectio Divina teaches users how to deepen our relationship with God through personal encounters with His Word. It allows the “Word to become flesh.” (John 1:4)
The retreat will be based upon four conferences outlying the four different movements of the prayer method. A retreat is an experience, not adult education; therefore there will be time on the retreat to encounter the Lord through Lectio Divina, plus time for Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, confession, as well as a restful place and wonderful meals.
Want to attend? Registration deadline is noon on Jan. 12. All registrations include a $50 non-refundable deposit. Reservations can be made on line at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167. Scholarships are available at the SLC web site.

Part two of Epic Church History series begins Jan. 11 at the SLC
The Spiritual Life Center staff will facilitate an Ascension Press DVD series beginning Wednesday, Jan. 11, that takes participants through the people, places, and events that make up the history of the Catholic Church.
“Epic Church History” is a 20-part series that the center is breaking up into three semesters. The January session is the second semester, but it is open to new attendees.
The series will help participants see the glory of the church founded by Christ and come to an understanding of how each of us fit in that story. The winter series covers crusades and schisms in the church.
The dates for the seven-week session are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 11, 18, 25, and Feb. 1, 8, 15, and 22. Registration includes enrollment in the Epic Church History online classroom, where participants have internet access to all of the video sessions. If you attended the first session, there is no charge for session two.
The registration cost is $45 per person which includes all materials and admission to all Epic classes occurring through July of 2017.
Register for the series by visiting the Spiritual Life Center’s web page at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167.

First Docentium of 2017 set for Jan. 19
The Spiritual Life Center in Wichita will host its monthly Docentium Program on Catholicism and Culture on Thursday, Jan. 19. The program includes dinner and a presentation.
Docentium takes place each third Thursday of the month at the SLC with an evening of food, friendship, and learning. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., dinner is served at 6:30. A new lecture is presented every month on a topic related to religion and culture.
The cost is $15 per person. Yearly membership to Docentium programs are available.
Visit the Spiritual Life Center’s webpage at www.slcwichita.org or call (316) 744-0167 for more information or to register. Advance registration encouraged.

Momnipotent series begins Jan. 26 at SLC
Many mothers resign themselves to the idea that success, happiness, and fulfillment are things they will need to find in spite of motherhood, not because of it. They feel success and happiness are not possible through the vocation of motherhood.
The Office of Marriage and Family Life is offering an eight-week experience for mothers who feel disillusioned, a series that brings together women of all experiences and walks of life. Participants will journey together through the concerns, challenges, joys, and unique experiences that all mothers share.
The series will be offered from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 26 to March 16, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. The cost is $50, which includes a book and participant guide. To register call 316-744-0167 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Mothers may bring babies and pre-school aged children to this series with them.

Grief ministry series begins Jan. 12 at the Spiritual Life Center
The St. John the Evangelist Grief Ministry is a special group of people who understand the depth of pain others who have lost a loved one are experiencing.
The ministry is offering a 12-week Thursday evening series from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 12 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The cost is $35, which includes a Griefshare workbook. There is no charge for those who have attended a Griefshare series at the SLC in the past. Carol Weigand will facilitate the series. Anyone who would like to start a grief ministry in their parish as well as those who are grieving the loss of a loved one are welcome to attend.
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 top experts on grief recovery, dramatic reenactments about living with grief and real-life stories of people who have experienced losses like yours.
During the small group discussion time, participants will have the opportunity to interact with others who have experienced a recent loss, learn about their experiences and share their own.
A former participant in the group 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.”
Reservations can be made on line at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167.

Marriage series to be offered at SLC
A “Fighting for Your Marriage” series of presentations begins Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the Spiritual Life Center.
The series will be offered on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 10, 17, 24, and 31.
The cost for the class is $130. To register call 316-744-0167 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Finding Happiness in Marriage series
The marriage enrichment six-week series Finding Happiness in Marriage will use the program “Beloved.” The sessions will help couples discover the deepest spiritual, emotional, and practical realities of what their marriage can and should be.
The sessions will be presented at 7 p.m. on these Mondays: March 6, 13, 20, 27, and April 3, 10.
Jake Samour, director of the Marriage and Family Life Office, will facilitate with other married couples who will enrich the discussion.
The cost is $30 per couple for all six sessions. For more information or to register go to the program calendar in the Spiritual Life Center at www.CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/slc.

Christmas Mass to be livestreamed on radio and TV

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception has announced its Christmas Mass schedule.
A vigil Mass will be celebrated in English at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, and in Spanish at 7 p.m.
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will celebrate the Christmas Eve Mass at 9 p.m. It will be live streamed at CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org and broadcast live on 107.9 FM KWLS. The Mass will be broadcast at 11:05 p.m. Christmas Eve on KWCH channel 12 in Wichita, and will be rebroadcast at 9 a.m. Sunday on KSCW channel 5 in Wichita.
On Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral in English at 8:30 and 10 a.m. The Spanish Mass will be at 12:30 p.m.
“It would not be possible for us to utilize various technology to bring Bishop Carl A. Kemme to the faithful on Christmas Eve without the support of our many sponsors,” said Amy Pavlacka, director of Communications for the Diocese of Wichita.
“Their stewardship is essential in our being able to share bishop’s message on one of the holiest occasions in the liturgical year.”

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