March pilgrims were ‘blessed’ with a storm

By Gemma Rajewski
What may have been the winter storm of the decade for the East Coast resulted in a blizzard of blessings for pilgrims from the Diocese of Wichita.
Snowzilla, Snowmageddon, Winter Storm Jonas, the Blizzard of 2016 – it was known by many names – stranded over 600 youth and adults from the Diocese of Wichita who had traveled to Washington, D.C., for the annual March for Life Jan. 22. Students and chaperones from throughout the diocese arrived on nine buses, in addition to four buses from Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Wichita. Nine Newman University students and three staff flew in to be a part of the contingent from the diocese.
Their plans to return home, though, were altered by the act of God. The storm may have wreaked havoc, but it also resulted in blessings from above for the pilgrims who had ridden buses for more than 24 hours to get to the event, activities which for the most part took place in fine winter weather.
The pilgrims worshipped at Mass Thursday, Jan. 21, in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and went sight-seeing before a short rally at the hotel that evening. On the day of the march the diocesan pilgrims participated in a morning rally and Mass at the Verizon Center before the early afternoon 43rd Annual March for Life.
The snow started to fall, however, toward the end of the march on Friday, Jan. 22. And did it fall.
As a result of the near-record 24-inch snowfall, the pilgrims who were supposed to depart Saturday, Jan. 23, were marooned until Monday, Jan. 25. But, pilgrims, chaperones, and organizers soon realized that instead of a 48-hour claustrophobic disaster, their prayers and prayers of family and friends back in Kansas were resulting in unexpected blessings.
Instead of problems, arguments, and hostility, the youth embraced the time in the hotel and participated in impromptu activities with joy. The March for Life pilgrimage became an improvised, massive Catholic youth conference where they were able to socialize and share their faith and commitment to life with one another. Usually students are grouped by school or town of origin and stay in those groups as they travel and explore Washington, D.C. However, the extra time in the hotel allowed students to form unexpected bonds.
One student said that because of those extra days, he was able to meet students from many different schools throughout the diocese and he was very thankful for those relationships. He said it was that camaraderie that made the event a truly memorable March for Life.
The March for Life, which usually receives light news coverage, was publicized this year because of the blizzard and the subsequent stranding of so many pilgrims from all over the United States.
This was the sixth March for Life I have attended, and I saw many more cameras and reporters this year. Because of the weather, people paid attention. The news of the March reached places outside of the United States such as Brazil and Bermuda – unheard of exposure for the march.
Bonnie Toombs, director of the diocesan Office of Respect Life and Social Justice, said she was proud of the pilgrims from the diocese who were witnesses that human life matters from conception to natural death and was happy with the news coverage prompted by the storm.
She was most happy, though, with a statement made to the parents by the hotel’s General Manager Trish Drews, who said: “My team and I have all said how they (the youth) have changed our lives. These are amazing young adults who never complained; always used their manners and had joy in their hearts. Whatever you’re doing to raise such fine young adults, keep doing it as they represent you so very well – kudos to you!”
Rachel Rogers, one of the chaperones on the trip, praised Toombs, Father Dan Duling, and the others who provided such caring leadership and who were responsible for the safety of the youth.
“The emotions I saw from our priests and leaders were raw and amazingly beautiful,” she said in a note. “I could see first hand how much stress they endured and how much hard work it requires to run the March for Life for our diocese. The blizzard may have kept us from leaving, but it did not keep us from experiencing many life lessons and the graces our God wanted to pour out among us.”
Rogers, a member of St. Michael Parish in Mulvane, said the trip was one of the most joyful and grace-filled experiences in her life, adding that she hopes the entire diocese understands how incredibly blessed the diocese is.
“The storm was called Jonas, meaning a gift from God, and this past week was truly a gift that I, though unworthy as I am, will always cherish in my heart,” Rogers said.
The Newman University students and staff flew to the march, but because of canceled flights, accepted a generous offer to ride back to Wichita on the diocesan buses.
Rajewski is advertising coordinator for the Catholic Advance.

Bishop: ‘Pieta’ could be a source of solace to those who are grieving loss

Standing next to a shrouded statue, Bishop Carl A. Kemme told those sitting in the gathering space of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception that he had been blessed many times to have been able to visit the Vatican to see Michelangelo’s Pieta.
“But there are many who are unable to do so. How wonderful it is to see an exact replica,” he said after Vespers to a group of potential donors Friday, Jan. 15. “To have this here in our beautiful cathedral so that all people – Catholic, non-Catholic, believers, nonbelievers, rich, poor – can come and see this masterpiece.”
Bishop Kemme said he could imagine that mothers who have lost their babies might be drawn to the image of the Blessed Mother holding the body of her son, Jesus. “She understands what it’s like to lose your child. That’s really powerful for me and we know there are many mothers who have experienced that tragedy.”
He added that Bishop Emeritus Eugene J. Gerber was excited about the project and wholeheartedly supported it.
Father Matt McGinness suggested the idea, Bishop Kemme said.
“Once in a while, my neighbor, Father Matt McGinness, calls me and says, ‘Want to come over for dinner?’ He asks his housekeeper and cook, Connie, to cook – and it’s always a good meal. In the midst of our conversation, he gave me a folder and introduced me to the possibility of bringing a very, very, wonderful replica of a masterpiece of art to our diocese.”
After pondering and discussing the possibility, Bishop Kemme asked Mike Wescott, diocesan director of Development and Planned Giving, to assist.
“It got us to this night where we want to show you what we hope will be a permanent piece here in our cathedral,” he said.
Bishop Kemme then confessed to those gathered that when he first arrived on the beautiful Cathedral campus that “the first thing I remember expressing in my own heart was my gratitude that all this (renovation) was done before I arrived here!”
He gave thanks because he had already spent three years in “endless meetings” working on the renovation of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield, Ill.
“And so when this was done upon my arrival I was so grateful,” he said smiling broadly, adding: “But, I think I have found something that will make our beautiful cathedral even more beautiful…the Pieta.”
The statue has a sense of compassion and tenderness, he said.
“More than affection – a deep, deep love. And I believe that’s what this work of art evokes from those who gaze upon it. Like any masterpiece, you see it differently each time you come into its presence. I believe that this also captures that same mysterious dynamic quality.
“And so, we have the possibility of gazing upon this in our own local church. And I’m very, very excited to do that,” Bishop Kemme said.

Want to help keep the Pieta here?
The total cost of the Pieta reproduction is $300,000. Those who wish to help purchase the statue may call Ann at (316) 440-1717 or visit

Padres win 28th Basketball Classic 53-50 over Knights

The Padres, the priests of the Diocese, defeated Knights of Columbus Council 4118’s Blue Knights 53-50 at the 28th Annual Basketball Classic for Vocations Sunday, Jan. 31, at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Wichita. The series now stands at 16 wins for the Padres and 12 for the Knights.
The Padres were aided significantly by Fr. Daniel Schmitz, a visiting priest from the Diocese of Kansas City who led all scorers with 20 points. The Padres were further bolstered by two seminarians Thomas Skinner scored 9 points and Alan Winter scored 1.
Rounding out the Padres’ scoring were Fr. Devin Burns with 5, Frs. Sherman Orr and Curtis Hecker with 4, Fr. Michael Linnebur with 3, Frs. Ned Blick, Daryl Befort and Jarrod Lies with 2 each, and Fr. Ben Green with 1. Others playing were Fr. David Voss and Fr. Andy Walsh.
The Blue Knights were led in scoring by Adam Zimmerman with 18 points, followed by Long Pham with 6, Ryan Wasinger, Chuck Dowell and Dennis Munk with 5 each, Bryant Nold with 4, Mike Frost with 3, Curtis Lubbers with 2, and Seth Rundle and Dave Damm with 1 each. Also playing for the Knights was Kevin Damm.
The evening began, as in previous years, with a presentation of Colors by members of the Columbia Assembly of the Fourth Degree and the national anthem by the Bishop Carroll Pep Band. Bishop Carroll Cheerleaders were also on hand to support the teams. A raffle was held for a basketball autographed by the Padres.
Business sponsors included Catholic Family Federal Credit Union, Eck & Eck, Damm Music Center, Damm Pharmacies, Leon Keiter-Attorney at Law, Prichard Animal Hospital, Boyce Soward CPA, and Apex Excavating. Over $50,000 has been raised in the 28 years of the classic to support the religious vocations programs of the Knights of Columbus.

‘History & Heretics Symposium’ Feb. 13

A History & Heretics Symposium will be held Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Liberty Theatre in Fort Scott.
Three nationally recognized Catholic speakers will participate in the day-long symposium:
• Christopher Check, president of Catholic Answers, the largest lay-run apologetics and evangelization organization in the English-speaking world.
• Dale Ahlqvist, president of the American Chesterton Society, a Chesterton scholar and host of EWTN’s “the Apostle of Common Sense.”
• Kevin O’Brien, founder and artistic director of The Theater of the Word, a Catholic theater company that tours the country evangelizing through drama
Daniel Kerr, the event organizer, and a member of St. Mary, Queen of Angels in Fort Scott, said the community is honored to host the event with the three prominent Catholic speakers “as we discuss a very serious topic in an atmosphere of Catholic conviviality.”
The theme, he added, “Concerns the tension between Christianity and Islam, both historically and theologically, and what an authentically Catholic response to Islam in our present day looks like. My hope is that through this event and by God’s grace, minds and hearts will be awakened and inflamed for Christ and his church.”
Father Robert McElwee of Frontenac, a retired priest of the diocese, said the event is being held “to help broaden and deepen the Catholic vision of the community in Southeast Kansas. We see it as part of the Holy Father’s mandate to evangelize and educate all people regarding the good news of Jesus Christ and His Church.”

Want to hear the speakers?
The event begins at 9 a.m. with registration and coffee. The presentations by the speakers will be made throughout the day, including a panel discussion about “The Catholic Response To Islam: Then & Now.” Lunch is included. A Mass is planned at 5:30 p.m. To register, or for more information, visit

Diocesan news, February 5, 2016

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month.
Feb. 6: Kansas Catholic College Student Convention, Prairie Star Ranch
Feb. 7: New Parish Hall Blessing, St. Martin of Tours, Caldwell
Feb. 8-9: Jesus Caritas
Feb. 9: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. for St. Anthony, Wellington, and St. Martin of Tours, Caldwell
Feb. 10: Ash Wednesday noon Mass at the Cathedral
Feb. 11: School pastoral visit to St. Joseph in McPherson
Feb. 13: Right of Election at the Cathedral at 1 p.m.
Feb. 13-14: Parish Pastoral visit with Confirmation Mass at St. Joseph in Wichita
Feb. 14: Rite of Election at the Cathedral at 2:30 p.m.
Feb. 17: Religious Freedom Rally in Topeka; Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. for Our Lady of Lourdes in Pittsburg
Feb. 18: School pastoral visit to St. Andrew in Independence; Southeast Kansas Regional Priest meeting; Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. for St. Patrick, Chanute and St. Joseph, Humboldt
Feb. 19: School pastoral visit to St. Patrick in Parsons
Feb. 20-21: Parish pastoral visit to St. Francis in St. Paul and St. Ambrose in Erie; Rite of Election at St. Francis in St. Paul at 2 p.m.
Feb. 22-24: Seminary visit to Mundelein
Feb. 24: Mass and dinner for Admission to Candidacy at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis
Feb. 25: Kenrick-Glennon Board of Trustee Meeting in St. Louis
Feb. 27: Mass and luncheon for consecrated religious
Feb. 28: Catholic Charities Cruise Night at Hyatt Regency Hotel
March 1: Regional Priests Meeting at Spiritual Life Center; Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection in Wichita
March 2: Retired Priests Regional Priest meeting at Priests’ Retirement Center
March 3: School pastoral visit at St. Patrick in Kingman: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Wichita
March 5-6: Parish Pastoral visit with confirmation at St. Mary in Moline, Sacred Heart in Caney, and St. Robert in Sedan

Annual BCCHS Super Bowl breakfast Feb. 7
The Bishop Carroll High School Parents’ Organization will serve its 19th annual Super Bowl Sunday Gourmet Pancake and German Sausage Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, in the school commons, located at 8101 W. Central in Wichita.
The all-you-can-eat breakfast is $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 2 to 12 years, or $22 for a family. Proceeds benefit student activities and the general needs of the school.

Three Rites of Election planned
Three Rites of Election for those seeking to enter the Catholic Church are scheduled in the next two weeks.
Two rites will be held in Wichita and one at St. Francis Parish in St. Paul.
The ceremonies will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
The rite in St. Paul will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21.
At the rite, the church formally ratifies the catechumens’ readiness for the sacraments of initiation, and the candidates’ readiness to be received into full communion in the church.

Birth mother retreat Feb. 26-28 at SLC
An After the Gift Retreat will be held Friday through Sunday, Feb. 26-28, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Birth mothers are invited to gather, share stories, laugh, cry, and make new friends at the retreat. After the Gift supports all birth mothers, no matter when they placed their child for adoption.
“Adoption can be a very isolating experience as many go through life without having other people understand the journey and the lifelong affects,” said Bonnie Toombs, director of the diocesan Office of Respect Life and Social Justice.
Losing a newborn is one thing, she said, but 10 years later, it’s a whole childhood a mother has missed. “Death, marriages, new births, search, and reunion all are frequent triggers and moms often need additional support, or just someone who understands.”
To register for the retreat call (316) 269-3935 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Fr. Kapaun’s sister-in-law dies on Jan. 22
Helen Kapaun, the sister-in-law of Father Emil Kapaun, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Catholic Care Center in Wichita. She was 86.
Mrs. Kapaun was the last surviving member of the family to have known Servant of God Fr. Emil Kapaun, whose cause for canonization is now before the Congregation for Saints in Rome.
Services were held Tuesday morning, Jan. 26, at St. Mark Church.

New time for bimonthly charismatic prayer group at NU
The Lord of Hosts Prayer Group, a charismatic prayer group has changed its meeting time. It now meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month in Sacred Heart Hall at Newman University in Wichita.
The group meets for prayer, praise, and instruction. The Feb. 18 meeting “God’s Love” will begin a six-session Life in the Spirit Seminar. All are welcome.

Multi-denominational Rally for Religious Freedom set for Feb. 17 at state capitol
A multi-denominational Rally for Religious Freedom will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, on the 2nd floor under the dome in the Kansas State Capitol Building.
The Kansas Catholic Conference and other organizations concerned about religious freedom are hosting the event.
Speakers include Ryan Anderson from the Heritage Foundation. Bishop Carl A. Kemme is scheduled to attend.
Those who are interested in traveling to the event on a bus should contact the Respect Life and Social Justice Office at (316) 269-3935 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
A bus will be chartered if there is enough interest.

Sr. Tarcisia to receive award this evening
Sister Tarcisia Roths will be honored this evening with the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Sweet Emergency Fund.
Sister Tarcisia, an Adorer of the Blood of Christ from Wichita, will receive the award at the 11th annual An Evening of Note at 6:30 p.m. at Abode Venue, 1330 E. Douglas in Wichita.
The award recognizes people who have made significant contributions within the community through their leadership, guidance, philanthropic, and selfless actions.
Dr. Donna Sweet, who is associated with the KU School of Medicine Wichita, established the award in 2005. Proceeds will benefit the Sweet Emergency Fund to assist HIV/AIDS patients with healthcare needs.

Youth and school news, February 5, 2016

Spiritual Life Center news, February 5, 2016

Birth mother retreat Feb. 26-28 at SLC
An After the Gift Retreat will be held Friday through Sunday, Feb. 26-28, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Birth mothers are invited to gather, share stories, laugh, cry, and make new friends at the retreat. After the Gift supports all birth mothers, no matter when they placed their child for adoption.
“Adoption can be a very isolating experience as many go through life without having other people understand the journey and the lifelong affects,” said Bonnie Toombs, director of the diocesan Office of Respect Life and Social Justice.
Losing a newborn is one thing, she said, but 10 years later, it’s a whole childhood a mother has missed. “Death, marriages, new births, search, and reunion all are frequent triggers and moms often need additional support, or just someone who understands.”
To register for the retreat call (316) 269-3935 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

‘Quo Vadis?’ subject of Docentium program Feb. 18 at the SLC
Kale Kroupa will be the presenter for the Spiritual Life Center’s monthly Docentium program Thursday, Feb. 18.
Speaking about “What I discovered outside the wall of Rome,” Kroupa will focus on the Quo Vadis legend and explore some of the specific historical circumstances which came into play in the growth of the early church, specifically Roman technological innovations, which, according to Kroupa, were used by God in fascinating ways.
The mission of Docentium is to form and equip disciples of Christ with sound teaching, faithful to tradition; to build camaraderie in shared belief and shared interest, in the context of a shared meal; and to inspire more courageous witness in our families, parishes, workplaces, and communities.
The events, held on the third Thursday of the month are an evening of food, friendship, and learning. Doors open at 6 p.m., food is served at 6:30. The cost of $15 includes dinner and refreshments.
Register by calling the center at (316) 744-0167 or visit

Scriptural study of Holy Week starts Feb. 23 at the SLC
A scriptural study will help answer many questions that come up during Holy Week.
What was Jesus trying to do when he cleansed the Temple? Why did Jesus enter Jerusalem riding on a donkey, after giving such strange instructions to his disciples? When and why did the Last Supper actually happen? What did Jesus want us to learn from his seven last words? What did the apostles who witnessed the Resurrection believe about the second coming and what should we know about it?
A three-part Lenten Study of “Holy Week,” will help answer those questions.
Dusty Gates will present the program beginning Feb. 23. Sessions will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays.
The registration fee is $30, and pre-registration may be made at or by calling the center at (316) 744-0167.

Diocese receives a ‘Pieta’ for the Cathedral

Exact replica of Michelangelo’s work is a wonderful example of mercy in this special year
A pilgrimage to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception will be greatly enhanced if the Diocese of Wichita is able to purchase a replica of Michelangelo’s Pieta.
The diocese has been offered one of 100 exact reproductions of the statue that hundreds of thousands travel annually to Rome to see in the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican. The offer is being made by ArteDivine, the licensee of the Vatican Observatory Foundation, which has duplicated the original using cast Carrara marble.
In a videotaped interview, Bishop Carl A. Kemme calls Michelangelo’s Pieta one of the world’s most renowned works of art.
He said the word “pieta” is translated into English as piety or pity. “But I think really the work of art means feeling…a deep feeling when you see Mary holding her son Jesus in her arms after his death – after his cruel crucifixion. Her love and her compassion for Jesus, that’s what it evokes.”
The statue has a strong relationship with the Year of Mercy. “It’s a work in which we see mercy itself,” Bishop Kemme said.
“We call Mary the mother of mercy – and she holds Jesus. Every mother loves to hold her children. Even when they get older – and especially when they’re suffering or when they have died. And so this evokes the spiritual meaning of Mary. She loves us, her children, as she loved Jesus.”
Jesus, the merciful one, gave his life for the salvation of the world, Bishop Kemme said. “Mary receives that in the beautiful expression of her holding that sacrifice. And so in this Year of Mercy, we are focusing – in a very extraordinary way – on the mercy of Jesus and how that’s communicated through the church through Mary and the saints and through our prayer life.”
He said he hopes the diocese is able to procure one of the statues so that those not fortunate enough to be able to travel to Rome will be able to see an exact duplicate from cast Carrara marble.
“I saw one of these in Philadelphia in September,” he said. “It’s striking, it’s very striking.”
Bishop Kemme said some will have good and appropriate questions about whether it’s appropriate to put the amount of resources necessary to purchase the work of art.
“But I see this as a way of serving everybody – the poor and rich alike,” he said, adding that the same question could have been asked about the renovation of the Cathedral.
“But now the Cathedral is open and people can come in and worship and pray and have spiritual consolation,” he said. “The same is true with this. To see a replica of the original Pieta will just be a great blessing and good for all of us to be able to have it for many, many years – hundreds of years to come.”
The statue would be one of the highlights for pilgrims visiting the Cathedral, Bishop Kemme said. “It’s not just seeing a work of art, it evokes our spiritual life and devotion from our hearts.”
Answering a question regarding how he would explain the Pieta to a group of fifth graders, Bishop Kemme said mothers never tire of holding their children – especially when they’re sick or suffering.
“Mary was unable to hold Jesus while he hung on the cross,” he said. “She was prevented from coming to help him.”
After his death, Jesus’ body would have been taken to her.
“We can understand that from our human perspective, from our human experience,” Bishop Kemme said. “That’s what mothers do and they do it out of the depth of love in their hearts. That’s what Mary shows us in this beautiful masterpiece.”
The reaction from local artists and art lovers about the statue was positive.
Bob Workman, director of the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University, said the replica promises to inspire devotion and impress all who view it.
Patricia McDonnell concurred. “Viewers of the full-scale replica of Michelangelo’s 15th-century Pieta will find it impressive,” the director of the Wichita Art Museum said. “Christian and Catholic viewers should find it inspiring, a moving devotional touchstone.
“Having traveled extensively in Italy I have seen most of the impressive artworks of the Italian Renaissance. As an artist, art instructor, gallery director and art enthusiast I can’t emphasize enough how wonderful it is for the Catholic Dioceses of Wichita to bring a replica of Michelangelo’s Pieta to the Wichita community.”
Mary Werner, an associate professor of art at Newman University in Wichita said (Michelangelo’s) Pieta is undeniably the most outstanding work of Christian art.
“It is filled with passion, emotion, and spirituality and continues to move viewers today to get a glimpse of the agony and death of Christ and the sorrow of Mary. Beyond its sacred meaning it is also the most impressive display of the talent of Michelangelo.”
Shelly Prichard, president and CEO of the Wichita Community Foundation, said the Pieta is her “absolute favorite piece of art.”
She was in Rome a few years ago and saw the Pieta, she said, but added that because of the crowds and because of the distance between a barrier and the statue, it’s not easily viewed.
Nonetheless, she said, “seeing the image of Mary and Jesus touched me in a more meaningful way than anything else I did.”
“I work a couple of blocks from the Cathedral. I know where all my lunchtime walks will be taking me.”

Want to contribute to the Pieta effort?
Those who wish to donate to help purchase the statue may visit

Next 24-hour adoration and confession period at Cathedral begins on Feb. 4

Over 150 confessions were heard and over 300 of the faithful were present during the first 24-hour Year of Mercy period of adoration and confession at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
Father Dan Duling said the premier event, held from New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Day, went well. “I was impressed with attendance of the first one bringing in the new year. I really feel our diocese as a whole is embracing this Year of Mercy.”
Fr. Duling, the bishop’s assistant, said he was amazed by the number of pilgrims who have come to the Cathedral to walk through the Doors of Mercy, in addition to the different activities in parishes and schools.
“God truly is working through our hearts to show us mercy,” he said. “I just hope we in turn are being that same example of mercy that God shows us we show to those in our lives as well.”
Bishop Carl A. Kemme urged the faithful to observe the profound moment of grace called for by Pope Francis.
“The Doors of Mercy are wide open because God’s heart to each of us is wide open,” he said. “Let us not be afraid to enter and to experience the conversion God wishes to bring about in each of us through the gift of his tender and loving mercy.”

Want to participate in the next Year of Mercy event?
The next 24 hours of confession and adoration will be held after the noon Mass on Thursday, Feb. 4, through the noon Mass on Friday, Feb. 5. Security is provided during the latter evening and early morning hours.

Sommelier ‘smack-down’ to benefit clinic

Participants will judge wine and food parings for Guadalupe Clinic
No one will be lacing up boxing gloves, but the Sommelier Smack-Down to benefit Guadalupe Clinic is likely to be a vintage battle!
The Sommelier Smack-Down & Master’s Experience will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at Chester’s Chophouse & Wine Bar, located at 1550 N. Webb Road in Wichita. Proceeds from the event benefit the Guadalupe Clinic, a donation-based health care ministry of the Diocese of Wichita.
The event is limited to 150 wine lovers. The Sommelier Smack-Down includes five delicious small plates and ten wine pairings. The Master’s Experience, which is nearly sold out, is limited to the first 50 persons and includes two more small plates and rare wines.
Attendees will judge how well the sommeliers do in pairing their wines to Bobby Lane’s culinary creations. The menu includes items from land, sea and air.
The cost for the Smack-Down is $250 per person of which $200 is tax-deductible. The cost for the Master’s Experience Is $350 per person of which $275 is tax-deductible.

Want to enjoy or learn about good wine?
Want to experience great wine and food and benefit Guadalupe Clinic too? For reservations to sample the seven food stations and 14 wines, contact Jodi Guillemette at (316) 264-8974 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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