Cardinal Rodriguez: evangelize to the ‘peripheries’

By Christopher M. Riggs
Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga said he accepted Father Jose Machado’s invitation to visit the Diocese of Wichita for two reasons: because of the growing Spanish-speaking community in the diocese, and because he loves aviation.
“And since this is the home of Beechcraft and other planes, I said I needed to go,” he said in an interview after a Mass Saturday, July 12, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Wichita, where Fr. Machado is pastor.
Cardinal Rodriguez, archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and president of Caritas Internationalis, the church’s global relief agency, was impressed with the local community. “I am very happy to see how the faith of these people is – you can touch it, you can see it – it’s very nice.”
The cardinal, who flew in from Washington, D.C., where he was one of the speakers at the 2014 National Migration Conference July 7-10, arrived Friday, July 11, at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport to cheers from a crowd of more than 100 people who waved flags, held up signs, and sang songs of welcome. The rest of the weekend was spent at a Spanish-language rally at Hartman Arena in Wichita, and visits to St. Jude Parish for a youth retreat in English, and a Mass in English at Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
Cardinal Rodriguez said he is saddened by the massive migration of youth from Honduras and other Central American countries, because the best part of the nation, the children and young men are leaving. “It’s like having a wound – like having a hemorrhage – and a person cannot survive with a permanent hemorrhage.”
The situation is complicated because most of the migrating children have parents who are already in the United States, he said.
“They were left in the care of the grandmother, usually, and when they grow and the grandmother is old, she cannot control them anymore,” he said. “When they go to the streets there is always the danger of the gangs who are recruiting them, who are threatening them, who want them to do bad things. They have no protection…and so the only solution is to migrate – even with all the dangers, with all the suffering, with all the problems.”
Cardinal Rodriguez, who also serves as one of Pope Francis’ key advisers as head of his Council of Cardinals, said the Central American youth are told that the United States is not a paradise and that they are going to pass through many difficulties, but they answer that whatever difficulties they will encounter, it is still better than what they have.
The church is doing what it can to help the young immigrants, the cardinal added.
“We are receiving especially those who are deported (from the U.S.) because they are sent back with nothing, to find their relatives and to find their towns of origin. And, of course, we do not have money for that,” he said. “We are doing what we can but it’s a very complicated problem.”
Cardinal Rodriguez also talked about the impact the first pope from the Americas is having on the church, and how he began weeping when Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, said he was taking the name of Francis. “He explained immediately why: ‘Because I want a poor church for the poor.’ We were expecting maybe Benedict XVII or maybe John Paul III, but nobody could imagine Francis.”
He said he could not have imagined what the pope would do when he went to the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica. “That square was packed with people cheering and everything and he said, ‘Please, a moment of silence. Because before I will bless you I need your blessing and I need your prayer.’”
Cardinal Rodriguez said he recalls what a Protestant friend wrote to him from Germany, when the friend congratulated him for the encyclicals of Pope Francis. “I answered that he hasn’t written any encyclicals yet. ‘Yes,’ he said, ‘he started with the encyclicals of gestures.’ And this is what he (Pope Francis) has been doing since the very beginning.”
The cardinal said he wanted to encourage the church of the Diocese of Wichita.
“You have a young bishop and a very good one, a very active one. And it’s good you have good pastors,” he said.
“Try to go to the peripheries. The peripheries are the people who have never heard about Christ and who need evangelization. So, don’t be closed in in your rectories, in your (churches), try to go to the peripheries with a missionary heart.”

Bishop Kemme’s calendar

Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month.
July 18, Seminarian Summer Formation in the evening
July 20, at the pastor’s invitation, taking weekend masses and confessions at Holy Savior in Wichita
July 24, Visit to Camp Totus Tuus
July 25, Fourth Friday Rally at the U.S. Courthouse, noon; Seminarian Summer Formation in the evening
July 26, Closing Mass for Catechizing Kansas
July 27, Installation Mass and altar blessing at St. Peter, Schulte
Aug. 8, Dedication and blessing of St. Catherine of Sienna School
Aug. 9-10, At the pastor’s invitation, taking weekend masses and confessions at St. Joseph, McPherson and St. Bridget Lindsborg
Aug. 12-14, Good Leaders Good Shepherd
Aug. 17, At the pastor’s invitation, taking weekend masses and confessions at St. Paul Parish, Newman Center, WSU
Aug. 19, Legatus Anniversary Mass and Dinner

Diocesan news, July 18, 2014

Parish bookkeepers association formed June 24
The Wichita Diocese Bookkeepers Association was formed Tuesday, June 24, at Church of the Magdalen in Wichita.
Twenty-three parishes were represented at the inaugural meeting. Those involved in the association expect it to expand quickly.
After consulting with pastors, Bryan Coulter, director of diocesan Office of Finance and Administration, established the association to foster increased communication, networking, and discussions on best practices in parish bookkeeping.
In addition to Coulter, attending were members of the Diocese of Wichita’s Business Managers Association and three members of the Chancery’s accounting department: Cary Morrison, Wes Etheredge, and Cherl Henderson.
The next meeting will be held in September at St. John Nepomucene Parish in Pilsen. For more information about membership, call Fred Knoblauch at (316) 616-0716.

Fr. Vacca leading trip to see the Shroud
Father Daniel Vacca, pastor of St. Jude Parish in Wichita, will lead a tour to view the Shroud of Turin from May 25 to June 2, 2015.
In addition to what is believed to be the burial shroud of Christ, the tour will include the Turin Cathedral, and the passion play of Sordevolo, which is performed every five years. Also on the tour is the Sacred Mountain of Oropa and Lake Maggiore.
Airfare from Wichita to and from Milan is included in the $3,699 package. For more information call St. Jude’s office at (316) 838-1963 or call Vacations for Catholics at (888) 878-8187 or email pamadair@vacationsfor

Bags to riches set for July 23 at the Cathedral
The annual benefit for the St. Anthony Family Shelter and Harbor House will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, in Good Shepherd Hall at 430 N. Broadway in Wichita.
Tickets are $40 and maybe purchased by visiting

Jessica Bird new director of Newman University’s Western Kansas Center
WICHITA – Jessica Bird has been named director of Newman University’s Western Kansas Center in Dodge City on July 1.
“We are very pleased to welcome Jessica to Newman,” said Newman President Noreen M. Carrocci. “Her experience as an educator and school administrator serving students with diverse learning abilities and backgrounds is most impressive, and will be great assets to the staff and faculty of the Western Kansas Center. Her experience and leadership is also sure to help the many students across western Kansas who benefit from the educational programs offered in the region by Newman University.”
“I look forward to this new and exciting endeavor with Newman University,” Bird said. “It is rewarding to have the opportunity to help meet the educational needs of people throughout the area. I will strive to build relationships across western Kansas, and devote all my energy to making Newman the premier source of higher education in the region.”
Bird earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in educational administration from Fort Hays State University. She also earned a reading specialist degree from Emporia State University and has taken a number of continuing professional development courses.

Spiritual Life Center news, July 18, 2014

SLC to roll out new marriage enrichment program Aug. 15
WICHITA – The Spiritual Life Center is initiating monthly evenings for marriage formation and fun. The premier Cana Night, “Turning the Ordinary into Wine,” will take place at the retreat center from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15.
Date nights at the Spiritual Life Center have been overwhelmingly popular, according to Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke, director of the Spiritual Life Center, which he says indicates a need for couples to have a place to regularly have a date.
The evenings will include appetizers, wine, and socializing along with a short conference on a marriage-related topic.
“The plan is to center these evenings on the topics that many couples hear about during their Engaged Encounter, but that they will receive much differently now that they’ve been married for a while,” Fr. Van Haverbeke said.
The evenings are an hour shorter than the “Date Night” programs and cost less. The center also plans to offer childcare, if attendees request it in advance of the program.
Want a nice date with your spouse?
The next Cana Night begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. The cost is $20 per couple. Register online at or by calling (316) 744-0167.

Divine Mercy Retreat Aug. 22-24 at the Spiritual Life Center
A weekend retreat about the Divine Mercy message will be held Aug. 22-24 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Father Chris M. Alar will lead the retreat. He is a priest of the Marian of the Immaculate Conception, a religious community entrusted with spreading the message and devotion of Divine Mercy.
Topics to be discussed include: The message and Devotion of Divine Mercy, hints on how to pray better; the importance of the sacraments and the Mass in the Divine Mercy Message; How Does Suffering Enter into the Message; and What We Need to do to Receive the Gift of Eternal Life.
The purpose of the retreat is not adult education, but to carve out space and time for those attending to be with the Lord Jesus and to experience his healing and mercy. Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, confession, and quiet time as well as time to be with others will be offered during the weekend.
Sister Faustina, to whom Jesus appeared, wrote in her diary, “The two rays denote Blood and Water. The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls. These two rays issued forth from the very depths of My tender mercy when My agonized Heart was opened by a lance on the cross. …Happy is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him.”
Want to attend?
For reservations to the Divine Mercy Retreat Aug. 22-24, please call the center at (316) 744-0167 or online at

Parish Leadership Institute, Saturday, July 26, at the Spiritual Life Center
By Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke

Looking through the parish directory I saw Sue’s picture. “Perfect,” I thought. Needing a young mother’s view point on our pastoral council, I thought Sue would be perfect. But when I asked her, her response was, “Who me? I’m not a leader!”
Being a wife, mother of three children, plus a nurse, I would say she was more than a leader. She was a general! After more conversation, Sue finally agreed to serve and did a wonderful job.
Often parishioners are asked to serve on pastoral councils, finance councils, stewardship councils or other leadership positions in the parish, but do not feel adequate. If you feel this way, then perhaps the Diocese of Wichita can help.
On Saturday, July 26, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. the diocese is providing a Parish Leadership Institute for parish leaders. Topics will include best practice ideas, understanding of collaboration, consensus building, the role of a council, how to conduct a meeting, conflict resolution, team building, and history of the Diocese, how to increase volunteers, and more.
Within the day there will be specific tracks: A parish ministry track for pastoral council members and other ministry councils; a parish finance track for parish finance councils and financial officers for groups such as the Altar Society, Men’s club, etc.; and a stewardship track for stewardship council members and volunteer coordinators; and finally a track on parish planning.
Sue made a huge difference on our council. She saw things differently. Her experiences were different. And she was able to reach a group of parishioners I would never be able to reach. Being a good leader or shepherd as a priest is empowering my parishioners to lead.
Father Ken Van Haverbeke is director of the diocesan Stewardship Office and of the Spiritual Life Center.
Want to attend the institute?
The cost of the Parish Leadership Institute will be $20 per person, but no parish will be turned down because of lack of funds.
Be sure to contact your pastor and ask to participate. Register online at or by calling (316) 744-0167.

Midwest Catholic Family Conference set for Aug. 1-3

By Don McClane Jr.
In 1999, Frank and Barbara Kelly, with the approval of Wichita Bishop Eugene J. Gerber, launched the first Midwest Catholic Family Conference to offer a message of hope and salvation in an uncertain world.
Fifteen years later, the 2014 Midwest Catholic Family Conference will be held the first weekend in August at Century II Convention Center in Wichita. This year’s theme is “Rich in Mercy.”
The event features talks from a variety of noteworthy speakers and programs. There also will be daily Mass, as well as confession, rosaries and Eucharistic adoration. In addition, there will be activities for young adults, high school and middle school students, and children from age three and up.
An outdoor Eucharistic procession will be conducted on Saturday evening at 8 p.m. All children who have made their First Communion are invited to join. Girls should bring their First Communion dress; there will be cassocks for the boys. Please contact the organizers at if your child will be participating.
Speakers for this year’s weekend include:
• Dr. Michael Barber, author of several books and host of “Reasons for Faith Live” on EWTN.
• Terry Barber, founder of St. Joseph Communications, Inc., and host of “Reasons for Faith Live” on EWTN.
• Fr. Michael Gaitley, a member of the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, retreat master, director of the Association of Marian Helpers, and author of Consoling the Heart of Jesus: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat Inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
• Chad Judice, author and father of a special-needs child.
• Matthew Leonard, executive director of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology.
• Barbara McGuigan, founder of Voice of Virtue International.
• Dr. Gregory and Lisa Popcak, leaders of Pastoral Solutions Institute and hosts of EWTN shows “For Better … FOREVER” and “God Help Me!”
• Jesse Romero, a former deputy sheriff who uses his “straight talk” Christ-centered approach to help others understand the teaching of the Church.
• Tim Staples, convert and director of Apologetics and Evangelization at Catholic Answers.
Entertainers include l’Angelus, who play a blend of Cajun fiddle tunes, swamp-pop and New Orleans-inspired R&B, and Cat Chat Productions, a Canadian family who use songs, stories and humor to make the Faith come alive.
Other participants include Br. Leopold d’Yve, a member of the Community of St. John who will lead the children’s program Eucharist Adoration; Ed Vizenor, a motivational speaker and producer of the Pope’s Tweets app (; and Franciscan Brother of Peace Conrad Richardson, and Benedictine Sr. Mary Clare, who will assist with the middle school program.
Fr. Benjamin Sawyer, chaplain at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, will lead the outdoor Eucharistic procession Saturday. Fr. John Lanzrath, chancellor of the Diocese of Wichita, will moderate the speakers’ panel.
The events begin with registration at 4 p.m. Friday, August 1, and conclude with Mass at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 3.
The organizers request “respectful dress” of those attending.
McClane is production manager for the Catholic Advance.

Want to attend?
This year’s Midwest Catholic Family Conference will be Aug. 1-3 at Century II in Wichita. To register online, go to, call (316) 618-9787 or email

Bishop Kemme planning to make two-year, diocesan-wide visitation

Bishop Carl A. Kemme will be on the road – for the next two years.
The Diocese of Wichita’s new bishop sent a letter last month to the priests of the diocese to let them know he was beginning to make plans to visit every parish in the diocese, beginning in the fall.
“It’s really, I think, mostly for my benefit,” he said in an interview from his office in the Chancery, “to learn as much about this diocese as I can.”
Bishop Kemme said he would like to spend time with the faithful of the parishes so that they can get to know him and he can get to know them.
“And I hope with 90 parishes I am able to manage to get all of them – almost all of them, if not all of them – in a two-year period,” he said.
While at a parish or parish “cluster,” Bishop Kemme said he would plan to meet with the pastor, preach at all the Masses, meet parish and school leaders, and “interact with the people as much as possible as one can do in a weekend.”
He will make plans for the visitations with his secretary, Tracy Winslow, and with Father Daniel Duling, who has been assisting Bishop Kemme since his ordination May 1.
Bishop Kemme has already been to many parishes for confirmation Masses, he said, and has informed pastors that he would be happy to administer confirmation during his visit, if that fits the parish’s catechetical schedule. “If not, then I would come again during weeknights as bishops tend to do all the time in the spring.”
It’s a lot of time on the road, but Bishop Kemme said he was looking forward to the visits.
“It’s going to be a simple format,” he said, “just sharing some food, but, then, I’d also like them to speak to me about what are the blessings of the parish, what’s really working there, and what are the challenges.”
Bishop Kemme said the visitations will help him understand where the Catholic Church is in the Diocese of Wichita so that he can set some priorities for moving forward.
“I won’t be asking for money,” he said with a chuckle. “The visits are just principally to observe and learn and spend time with the folks.”
Follow the diocese on Twitter @WichitaDiocese.

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month.
July 8, Theology On Tap
July 10, Mass and visit to correctional facility
July 11, Seminarian Summer Formation in the evening
July 12, Mass with Cardinal Mardiaga from Hondurus at Hartman Arena for Congresso
July 12-13, At the pastor’s invitation, taking weekend masses and confessions at St. Rose of Lima in Council Grove and St. Anthony of Padua in Strong City
July 13, POPs (Parents of Priests) gathering
July 14, Altar dedication Mass at Priest Retirement Center; Altar dedication Mass at St. Margaret Mary
July 16-17, Institute of Priestly Formation in Omaha, Neb.
July 18, Seminarian Summer Formation in the evening
July 19-20, At the pastor’s invitation, taking weekend masses and confessions at Holy Savior in Wichita
July 24, Visit to Camp Totus Tuus
July 25, 4th Friday Rally at the U.S. Courthouse, noon; Seminarian Summer Formation in the evening
July 26, Closing Mass for Catechizing Kansas

Wichita Saints, diocesan Special Olympics program for young athletes, begins July 23

The Wichita Saints Special Olympics Young Athletes, a program for children with intellectual disabilities between the ages of 2 and 7, will begin July 23.
The Holy Family Special Needs Foundation and the Ministry with Persons with Disabilities is sponsoring the program. The ministry also sponsors the Wichita Saints, a Special Olympics team for athletes aged 8 years of age and older.
Young Athletes is a sports play program designed to introduce children with disabilities to the world of sports prior to Special Olympics eligibility, which begins at age 8.
The program is designed to engage children in developmentally appropriate activities to foster physical, cognitive and social development, welcome family members to Special Olympics, and raise awareness through inclusive peer participation, demonstration and other events.
Parents receive a kit of materials and an activity guide in order to work on the skills at home.
The Foundation and the Ministry will add a Catholic identity to the program. Families and their children will gather for group activities led by volunteers. The evening will begin and end with prayer. Families will have an opportunity to build community while their children are engaged. Faith formation activities for the children and attendance at Mass as a group will be offered.

Volunteers needed
The Young Athletes Program needs 8 to 10 volunteers to help man an activity station each night of the program.
The program begins Wednesday, July 23 and will meet every other Wednesday until Thanksgiving – 10 sessions. You do not have to commit to all 10 sessions.
Volunteers will report at 6:30 p.m. for instructions and will be dismissed at 8:00 p.m. Please contact or call (316) 269-3900 ext. 143.

Diocesan news, July 4, 2014

Guadalupe Clinic nets $50,000 from ball game
Bishop Carl A. Kemme tossed the ceremonial first pitch at the 26th Guadalupe Clinic annual baseball fundraiser Sunday June 22 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita. Bishop Kemme joined Dr. James Loeffler, the event’s chairman, and the clinic’s chairman of the board Richard Kerschen, to receive a ceremonial check for $50,000.
“The generosity of individuals is inspiring,” Dr. Loeffler said. “When they hear about the mission of the clinic and the difference it makes in so many lives, they line up to help.”
The event is in its 26th year. Although the Wichita Wingnuts attempted to come from behind, they lost 13-10 to the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks.
This year’s fundraiser sponsors were Cessna Employees Credit Union, Donovan Auto and Truck Center, House of Schwan, Intrust Bank, Dr. and Mrs. James Loeffler, and the Via Christi Foundation.

Bishop appoints priests to temporary posts
Bishop Carl A. Kemme has appointed Fathers John Lanzrath and Michael Simone to temporary positions in the diocesan Curia in the wake of Monsignor Robert Hemberger’s retirement June 11.
“I have decided to delay appointing a vicar general/moderator of the curia for a long-term assignment until sometime in 2015, allowing me more time to reflect on the position and the person I will choose to fill it,” Bishop Kemme wrote in a June 26 letter to the priests of the Diocese of Wichita and the Curia. “Until then I have set in place a provisional leadership team which will assist me in the daily operation of the diocese.”
In addition to his duties as chancellor of the diocese, Fr. Lanzrath will serve on a provisional team as vicar general. His duties will include chairing the bishop’s council, serving as diocesan liaison to Via Christi Health System, and supervising the Office of Communications and the Catholic Advance.
Father Mike Simone, in addition to his duties as vocations director and vice chancellor, has agreed to serve on the provisional team as moderator of the Curia. Father Simone will take on the additional duties as liaison to Newman University and as chairman of the board of the Catholic Care Center.
As a result of their appointments, which were effective July 1, Fathers Lanzrath and Simone will be voting members of the Presbyteral Council and the College of Consultors.
“I will be personally involved in the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities as well as supervisor to the non-clergy members of the Bishop’s Council,” Bishop Kemme wrote.

Honduran cardinal in Wichita next week for rally in Spanish at Hartman Arena
Will celebrate Mass in English Saturday at OLPH
Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, will be in Wichita for an evangelization rally at Hartman Arena in Wichita July 12-13.
The event, which will be in Spanish, will open with a Mass at 10 a.m., with Cardinal Maradiaga and Bishop Carl A. Kemme concelebrating.
Cardinal Maradiaga, who is fluent in English and several other languages, will participate in a bilingual youth retreat from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 11, at St. Jude Parish in Wichita. The cost for the retreat is $10.
He will celebrate a Mass in English at 4 p.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church at 2351 N Market in Wichita.
For details and costs related to the rally at Hartman Arena or for tickets, call the parish at (316) 838-8373 or visit
In 2005, Cardinal Maradiaga was mentioned as a possible successor to Pope Benedict XVI. He is the first cardinal from Honduras. On April 13, 2013 he was appointed to coordinate a group of cardinals established by Pope Francis to advise him and to study a plan for revising the Apostolic Constitution on the Roman Curia.

Salina men’s conference Aug. 9 at Mary, Queen of Angels
The third annual Salina Diocese Catholic Men’s Conference will be Saturday, Aug. 9, at St. Mary, Queen of Angels Parish in Salina. The conference is open to all men including high school and college age.
Speakers include Matt Fradd, an Australian Catholic apologist and speaker, who will talk about “The Man Talk” and “Porn: Seven Myths Exposed.”
Deacon Ralph Poyo, founder of New Evangelization Ministries in Steubenville, Ohio, will speak about two topics: “Waging the War of Holiness to Men: Predators to Protectors” and “Authentic Disciples of Jesus Christ.”
The early registration cost, which includes lunch, is $35 for adult men and $15 for high school and college students. Fathers bringing their sons receive a $5 discount. The cost increases $5 after July 28.
The conference begins with registration at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Bishop Edward Weisenburger will then celebrate Mass. To register, go to
Confession and Eucharistic adoration will be available during the event.

Totus Tuus for children with special needs July 28-31 at SLC
A special session of Totus Tuus will be offered this summer for children between the ages of 6 and 13 with moderate to severe disabilities.
Current Totus Tuus team members will be trained for the special session which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, July 28, through Thursday, July 31, at the Spiritual Life Center.
To enroll, go to, click on “Offices and Ministries,” and then on “Totus Tuus”; call the Office of the Ministry with Persons with Disabilities at (316) 269-3900; or email
Follow the Office of Faith Formation on Twitter @OFFC DOWK.

Two win gift cards as part of Stay Connected
Theresa Doan a member of Church of the Magdalen and her youth minister, Christopher Roth, won $100 Target gift cards as part of a drawing among those who submitted names of graduating high school seniors as part of the diocesan Office of Faith Formation’s Stay Connected Campaign.
Names received as of May 31 were a part of the drawing. Stay Connected cards and information are still being accepted by the Office of Faith Formation throughout the summer. To submit names, visit and click on “College & Young Adults.”

Youth and school news, July 4, 2014

TEC Retreat July 19-21 in St. Paul
The diocesan Office of Faith Formation will sponsor a Teens Encounter Christ retreat the weekend of July 19-21 at St. Francis Parish in St. Paul.
TEC is specifically designed for young adults and older adolescents who are at least 16 years of age and have finished their sophomore year of high school. TEC retreats are also open to adults who work with this age group.
TEC involves older adolescents and young adults encountering Christ in a way that many have never experienced before. A TEC retreat offers participants an opportunity to grow in your relationship with Christ through talks, group discussion, individual reflection and prayer, and sharing in the sacraments.
Teens Encounter Christ is about faith and about having fun and getting to know other youth and young adults from all around the diocese.
The cost for a TEC retreat is $75, which includes seven meals, two nights lodging and all materials.
Please call the Office of Faith Formation at 316-269-3940 or email OFF@CatholicDiocese for an application or if you have any questions.
You can also go online to download an application at www.CatholicDioceseOfWichita. org/faith-tec/tec and mail it to the Office of Faith formation at 424 N. Broadway, Wichita KS 67202. The priority deadline for applications is June 19.

Celtic Dash 5K run and walk July 26
Trinity Catholic High School in Hutchinson will host the 2014 Celtic Dash 5K run and walk on July 26, beginning at 8 a.m. T-shirt pickup and late registration will begin at 7 a.m. Awards will be given after the conclusion of the race.
Registration for the race is $30 before July 11 and $35 on race day. T-shirts are guaranteed to all who register at least two weeks before the run/walk. For more information, visit or email

Spiritual Life Center news, July 4, 2014

‘Summa’ series in July at the SLC
St. Thomas Aquinas is perhaps the most relied upon and respected theologian in church history.
Many have heard about his “Summa Theologica,” a comprehensive treatise bringing together the main points of his life’s work.
The series is designed to present participants with “bite-sized” chunks of this massive work, giving you the opportunity to learn the main points of the Angelic Doctor’s treatise in terms you can understand.
This series will be presented by Bo Bonner, the director of Faith Formation for the St. Paul Newman Center and an adjunct professor of philosophy at Newman University.
“St. Thomas Aquinas was instrumental in my conversion – he is my confirmation saint after all,” said Bonner, “and his ability to retain such clarity all while diving deeply into difficult matters of truth immeasurably serves philosophy and theology alike.
“My goal in the class is simple: to stress the implicit clarity of the Summa, even when – in the context of our day and age – it seems so confusing to encounter. Thus, instead of trying to summarize the Summa – a dangerous and difficult activity, indeed – I want to introduce the Summa on its own terms, in order to make real the possibility that lay people may consult it profitably on its own – not as scholars, but as those who would be apprentices who would turn to such a Master of our Faith.”
Want some Summa?
The evening presentations about St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays July 9, 16, and 23 at the Spiritual Life Center. Although it is free, a donation of $5 per session is being requested. Space is limited so please pre-register online at or by calling the SLC at (316) 744-0167. Follow the SLC on Twitter @SLCwichita.

Philip St. Romain to lead retreat July 19 at the SLC
Catholic author Philip St. Romain will lead a mini-retreat on the topic of “The False Self and the True Self in the Spiritual Life” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 19.
The term, “false self,” has been used in recent years by many spiritual writers to describe the beliefs and attitudes we all develop as a reaction to growing up in a world of conditional love.
St. Romain says it is a mask we wear, often without even knowing that we do so, and its roots stretch deep into the unconscious.
“Sustained by a variety of attachments and addictions, the false self system is our primary obstacle to experiencing God and becoming the person we were created to be,” he said. “Like the wheat that grows with the weeds in Jesus’ parable, the expression of our true self is often distorted by our false self conditioning.”
St. Romain says the workshop will, in light-hearted manner, unmask the false self system by examining its attributes and characteristics. “The more we see it for what it is, the less we become identified with its operations, enabling us to realize more deeply the mysterious true self that we already are,” he says.
As part of this workshop, those attending will review the meaning of terms like God, soul, spirit, self, ego, and others that are often used in a variety of ways. The retreat will be based on his newly-published book, “God and I: Exploring the Connections Between God, Self and Ego.”
St. Romain, M.S., D. Min., is the author of 20 books on theology, prayer and Christian spirituality. He works with the staff at Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend.

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