Become saints, speaker tells youth

Chris Stefanick challenged the 540 youth and adults attending the Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference to be countercultural – he asked them to become saints.
Stefanick, a Catholic speaker and author based in Parker, Colo., said Blessed Pope Paul II told the people of Poland before the fall of Communism there: “You are not who they say you are, let me remind you of who you are.”
The pope then told the people of Poland: “We are asking you to become saints, to become holy, not just for your own sakes, but because you live in the middle of a generation that is forgetting God and forgetting who they are.”
God’s answer to the problems of the world is to send saints into the world, Stefanick said in an interview after his last talk of the weekend Sunday, March 23.
The conference was held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Wichita Airport.
“That’s what you have to give the world,” he said. “Live your faith, take it seriously. Not just for your own sake, but because the world desperately needs saints.”
Another speaker, Bishop-elect Carl A. Kemme, was a surprise visitor and was warmly welcomed before he celebrated the late morning Sunday Mass.
Bishop-elect Kemme, who will be ordained May 1 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita, said he was in town for meetings and to make plans for his ordination.
“I am very thrilled to be a part of this and eventually here, in a couple of weeks, to be the shepherd of this local church,” he said.
The Diocese of Wichita’s bishop-to-be told conference-goers that he is finding it difficult to keep a low profile. He said he began moving into the bishop’s residence, located near the Priests’ Retirement Center in Wichita, and – because there’s no food in the house – drove down to a nearby Mexican restaurant.
“I love Mexican food,” he said, adding that after he placed his order he sat down and began texting some friends.
“A guy came up to the table and said, ‘Aren’t you the bishop-elect of Wichita?’ I said, ‘You recognize me already! He said, ‘Yea, we’ve seen your interview on YouTube. And he had to introduce me to almost everybody in the restaurant!”
Bishop-elect Kemme said the man brought the owner, a member of Church of the Magdalen, over and introduced him to his children and grandchildren.
“So, what I was hoping to be a quiet uneventful evening, turned out to be a big deal,” he said.
Bishop-elect Kemme’s news conference announcing his appointment is available at
The Catholic Youth Ministry Award Winners were also announced at the convention.
Here is a list of the categories and the winners:

Outstanding Catholic Youth
Region I
Veronica Carlson, St. Francis, St. Paul; Cooper Puckett,
St. Michael, Girard
Region II
Hannah Carlgren, St. Mary, Newton; Clint Kroupa, Holy Family, Marion
Region III
Alex Kerschen, Holy Spirit, Goddard; Nathan Dold, Sacred Heart, Colwich
Region IV
Megan Goetz, St. Anne, Wichita; Paul Brungardt, St. Anne, Wichita
Region V
Rebecca Maus, St. John, Clonmel; John Oberley,St. John, Clonmel

Parish Recognition Awards
Region I
St. Francis, St. Paul
Region II
Holy Family, Marion County
St. Mary, Newton
Region III
Sacred Heart, Colwich; St. Anthony of Padua, Garden Plain; St. Joseph, Ost
Region IV
St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita
Region V
St. Mary, Derby; St. Anthony/St. Rose, Wellington
Regional Service Project Award
Region 3
John Paul II Service Project,
St. Joseph, Ost

Light Of Christ
Region I
Savannah Smith, St. Francis, St. Paul
Region II
Danae Bina, Holy Family, Marion; William Davis, St. Mary, Newton
Region III
Amy Bergkamp, St. Anthony, Garden Plain; Samuel Dold, Sacred Heart, Colwich
Region IV
Robbie Grabendike, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita
Region V
Katlyn Pauly, St. John, Clonmel; Adam Rausch, St. John, Clonmel
Youth Ministry Leader of the Year
Ann Carlin, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita; Rita Kerschen, Church of the Holy Spirit, Goddard
Mission Award
St. John, Clonmel
Good Shepherd Award
Fr. H Setter, All Saints, Wichita
1. St. Mary, Derby
2. St. Mark, Colwich
3. St. Anthony of Padua, Garden Plain
1. Church of the Magdalen, Wichita
2. St. Mary, Newton
3. St. Joseph, Ost

Bishop-elect Kemme makes unplanned visit

By Christopher M. Riggs
Bishop-elect Carl A. Kemme took some advice and made an unplanned visit to the Diocese of Wichita March 21-24.
“It’s been busy, but it’s been very, very productive and it gave me a chance to take a little bit of time to get a feel of the place, get out to the house, and settle a little bit into what it’s going to be like,” he said. “So, when I come in the next month, it will be like coming home.”
The soon-to-be 11th bishop of the Diocese of Wichita said the transition from the Diocese of Springfield, Ill., has been going well.
“It’s made life very busy these last six weeks and will continue to be, until probably the middle of summer, when things slow down a little bit. But, it’s been exciting to hear from a lot of people from far and wide, people I haven’t heard from in a long time.”
He added that he was happy to have met many of the diocese’s priests. “I’m just pleased with how things are handled here. I think the staff here at the Curia is working very well and I hope to just basically carry on the good work.”
Bishop-elect Kemme said he looks forward to be as helpful as he can to the priests of the diocese.
He said he would be as helpful as he could in “supporting their ministry, encouraging them to be a source of encouragement, and support them in any way I can to make their ministry more effective and satisfying.
“What I look forward to is helping the diocese move a little further along in the kingdom, bringing my particular gifts, whatever they are, my own spirituality, and mingling that with the spirituality here.”
The bishop-elect added that he looked forward to praying with the faithful of the Diocese of Wichita and preaching as its bishop.
He said the astonishment of his appointment is passing and that he is “resigned in a positive sense to embracing this as the path that God has chosen for me. And that’s bringing me a lot of peace.”
Bishop-elect Kemme said he will make a canonical (pre-ordination) retreat at the beginning of April to “unplug from a lot of detail work and really spiritually prepare myself for this major, major event in my life.”
He added that he wanted to take time with some key documents from Vatican II relating to the life and ministry of a bishop. “I really want to hone in, zero in, on what that means for me personally. That’s what I’m really looking forward to.”

Bishop-elect Kemme’s message for Lent
“Lent is a very powerful time for the church,” Bishop-elect Kemme said Monday, March 24. “Often times it’s looked upon somewhat negatively – like, ‘We have to fast. We have to sacrifice.’”
But, he said, Lent is also a time for personal spiritual growth, to help the faithful focus on what’s really important, their relationship with God.
Return to the basic message of Lent, the bishop-elect said: prayer, fasting, and alms.
“I want to encourage the people of the Diocese of Wichita to really use the next couple of weeks well in prayer and in reflection. Go to the Holy Week services, participate in Holy Thursday and Good Friday and the Easter vigil. And then the celebration of Easter Sunday, the joy of the resurrection will become even more alive and real for us.”

Plans being finalized for the May 1 ordination, installation

Three events are planned for the ordination and installation of Bishop-elect Carl A. Kemme.

The ordination and installation will be livestreamed at the diocesan website,, beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 1. It will also be broadcast live on EWTN and Vespers, or evening prayer, will be prayed the evening before, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30. A Mass, open to the public, is planned for 9 a.m. Friday, May 2. It will be the first Mass to be celebrated by Bishop-elect Kemme, after his ordination to the episcopate.

Monsignor Kemme, a priest of the Diocese of Springfield, Ill., was appointed Feb. 11 by Pope Francis to be the 11th bishop of the Diocese of Wichita. He succeeds Bishop Michael O. Jackels, who was appointed as archbishop of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa, last April.

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception was chosen as the location for both ceremonies to give gratitude for the great gift of the people in the diocese who made sacrificial gifts to the TOGETHER Vision to renovate the Cathedral campus. The site is a sign of the strength and unity of the local church.

There may be additional broadcast details, which will appear in the Catholic Advance. For weekly updates, sign up for the Advance’s electronic newsletter by emailing us.

Please keep Bishop-elect Kemme in your prayers!

Patrick Coffin keynote speaker at Saturday’s stewardship conference at St. Peter, Schulte

Catholic radio personality and apologist Patrick Coffin will talk about how to understand the Eucharist at the diocesan Stewardship Conference to be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at St. Peter Parish in Schulte.
The conference is for every Catholic who believes in the Eucharist and wants to learn how to better share the faith.
Coffin will discuss “How can I know it isn’t just a symbol?,” “How did Jesus answer the doubting Thomases of his day when they rejected this teaching?,” and, “What exactly is the teaching and how can I effectively share it with others?”
In another talk, “She Gave the Word Flesh,” Coffin will show how a living relationship with Mary enhances our relationship to her Divine Son, tackling the topic: “Why does the Church stress the role of Mary when the Bible seems to say so little about her?”
In addition to Patrick Coffin, Father John Lanzrath and Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke will speak at the conference.
Father Lanzrath, chancellor of the diocese, will talk about “Quenching Your Spiritual Hunger” at one of the breakout sessions. He will discuss how God designed the body to signal the brain when hungry, but that we often ignore the signals to feed our spiritual hunger.
Fr. Van Haverbeke, director of the diocesan Stewardship Office, will talk about how the stewardship way of life of hospitality, prayer, formation and service can be both easier and challenging in any family and will also present some practical and pastoral solutions of how we can live stewardship.
Other speakers:
• Superintendent of Catholic Schools Bob Voboril, who, in a very insightful presentation on the history of our diocese and its legacy of Stewardship, will discuss how the diocese became known in the United States as a stewardship diocese, and the challenges the diocese currently faces.

Stewardship conference is Saturday
The biannual diocesan Stewardship Conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at St. Peter Parish in Schulte. All are invited. For more information visit

Fr. Kline to speak about Sept. 8-18 Marian pilgrimage at luncheon April 26

Father Edmond Kline will talk about a planned Marian pilgrimage at a luncheon at noon Saturday, April 26, in the Pius X Room, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
Father Kline, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Halstead, is leading a Marian pilgrimage to Paris, Lourdes, and Fatima Sept. 8-18.
He will talk about the sites and how the pilgrimage is an opportunity for participants to learn about and grow in their faith. In addition, he said, the trip will help the pilgrims “come to a greater knowledge of Mary’s motherly love” and understand the universality of the church.
The 11-day trip leaves from Wichita. The first two days are in Paris where pilgrims will participate in a tour of Paris that includes the customary sites, such as the Eiffel Tower, along with a stop at the Notre Dame Cathedral and the beautiful Sacre-Coeur Basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, where Perpetual Adoration has continued uninterrupted since 1885.
Lourdes is on the itinerary for days four, five, and six. Mass will be celebrated in the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal, pilgrims will join the candlelight procession for the Blessed Mother, visit the Apparition Grotto, and will have an opportunity to bathe in the baths.
After a partial travel day, pilgrims will participate on day seven in Mass at the majestic gothic-style cathedral in Burgos, Spain, where Spanish kings and queens are buried.
Days eight and nine are spent in Fatima where pilgrims will take walking tours of area where the three young shepherd children involved in the Fatima miracle lived, along with the site of Our Lady’s appearance, their tombs, and the basilica. A candlelight and Blessed Sacrament procession are also part of the stop.
On day 10, pilgrims will visit Santarem, where a Eucharistic miracle is housed in the Church of St. Stephen. After a bus ride to Lisbon, the itinerary includes a city tour including St. Anthony’s Basilica. Pilgrims will leave for Wichita from Lisbon’s airport.
The package includes airfare, accommodations, buses and trains, most meals, all admissions, and an English speaking tour escort.

Want to learn more at the luncheon?
WHEN: Noon, Saturday, April 26
WHERE: Pius X Room, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Wichita
TO REGISTER: Email, or call (316) 269-3965.
DETAILS: Pizza will be served. Although representatives of the travel agency will not be able to attend, brochures will be available.
Those interested in a brochure may email the Catholic Advance at
More is available by calling Susan at (908) 237-9262, by visiting, or by emailing

Wichita Saints first meet April 26

The Wichita Saints, a local Special Olympics team, has been formed under the sponsorship of the Holy Family Special Needs Foundation and the diocesan Ministry with Persons with Disabilities.
The Saints’ first competition will be a regional track and field event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Maize High School track.
Although participation is open to anyone eight and older, the team will have a Catholic identity in that athletes and volunteers will be invited to pray before practices, attend Mass before events, and participate in faith formation activities.
Christine Ostroski, whose son is a member of the team, said the Special Olympics gives her son a chance to be part of an athletic community that runs deeper than the sports themselves.
“My son loves basketball, so playing on a Special Olympics team has been a real delight for him. He likes meeting other kids, going to practice, and learning new skills,” she said.
He can’t wait for practice to start, she said. “The only thing I’d like to add to the experience for my son is the dimension of faith. Typically, developing young people gather for sporting events through Catholic schools and church groups. They pray before competition and interact with peers in faith. Our special needs kids should have that same opportunity!”
In addition to the new team, a Special Olympics Young Athletes program is also being formed. The Young Athletes program is a home-based program for children between the ages of 3 and 7 who have developmental disabilities.
As part of the program, parents are provided a kit at no charge to help improve their child’s motor skills.

Want to help the Saints?
For more information, to sign up an athlete, or to be a team volunteer, contact the office of the Ministry with Persons with Disabilities at (316) 269-3900 or by email at More information about Special Olympics and Young Athletes can be found on-line at To volunteer to help with the Track and Field event on April 26 at Maize High School, please contact Mitch Guthrie at, or by calling the Special Olympics office at (316) 263-1181.

Respite training April 12 at the Cathedral’s Pius X Room

Recommended for parish outreach ministry
Training for those who wish to volunteer their time to provide respite care will be held Saturday, April 12, in the Pius X Room on the campus of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Wichita.
Tama Dutton said many people will be a family caregiver at some point, either briefly or for extended periods.
Dutton, the program coordinator for Senior Adult Ministries in the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life, recommended the training for anyone thinking of starting a parish outreach ministry to families caring for a loved one who is aging, disabled, or chronically ill.
The eight-hour Respite Education and Support Tools, R.E.S.T., training will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Cathedral.
The training for parish respite volunteers will be presented by Tom Racunas and Gina Ervay. To learn more about the R.E.S.T. program visit You can also preview an introductory video on YouTube at
Ervay is executive director of Respite Outreach Care for Kansans. Racunas is director of the diocesan Ministry with Persons with Disabilities.
Dutton said studies show that volunteers have a greater sense of well-being, which leads to less stress and depression and some physical benefits. Researchers at Duke University found that people who perform volunteer work after a heart attack reduce the depression that so often follows. They also found that two hours a week provided the maximum benefit. 
The research indicated that volunteering offsets the loss of purpose of life that can magnify functional limitations, Dutton said.
The training is sponsored by the Office of Marriage and Family Life, the Ministry with Persons with Disabilities, and the Kansas Life Span Respite Coalition.

Want to learn more?
The course and the take home materials will be provided at no cost. There will be a $7 per person charge for a catered lunch, or those who wish, may bring a sack lunch. Seating is limited and registration is required by April 7. Register at or call the Office of Marriage and Family Life at (316) 685-5240.

Spiritual Life Center news, April 4, 2014

Father James DiLuzio to lead Palm Sunday weekend retreat April 11-13
Fr. James Diluzio, of the Making Holy Choices group, will lead a Palm Sunday weekend retreat Friday through Sunday, April 11-13, at the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita.
This year’s retreat is based on St. Ignatius of Loyola’s teachings and prayer styles. Fr. Diluzio, a Paulist priest, will help participants learn how to prayerfully discern the will of God throughout their lives – big and small decisions.
Retreatants will leave with a better understanding of how to listen to God’s voice and how to interpret what God is saying. Fr. Diluzio also has a passion for teaching the Gospel of Luke and will incorporate Luke into his talks.
As in previous years, the retreat will culminate on Palm Sunday morning with the reading of the Passion at Mass. There will be time on the weekend for personal prayer, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, five conferences, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The cost of the weekend is $165 for single occupancy or $138 per person for double occupancy. Early Bird Registration: $145 for single occupancy; $120 per person for double occupancy. To receive Early Bird Rate, you must be registered and paid in full by Monday, March 31.
Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 11. The first conference is at 7 p.m. The retreat concludes at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 13.
The registration deadline is noon Monday, April 7. All registrations include a $50 non-refundable deposit. Register on line at or call the Spiritual Life Center at (316) 744-0167.

Annulment workshop April 8 at SLC
A program about annulments in the Catholic Church will be presented from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita.
Msgr. Robert Hemberger, administrator of the Diocese of Wichita, and Anne Hughes, both of whom have worked with the diocesan Marriage Tribunal office for many years, will present the program.
The workshop will explain the annulment process, talk about who needs an annulment and why, look at some of the common myths and fears, and address costs and length of time associated with annulments.
There is no charge. Reservations can be made on-line at or by calling (316) 744-0167.

Newman University news, April 4, 2014

Newman University to host Father Bryan Massingale for April 7 Bishop Gerber Lecture
Fr. Massingale, PhD., will discuss race, reconciliation, and the faith
WICHITA – Fr. Bryan Massingale will explore how to overcome legacies of suspicion, mistrust, fear, animosity, and even hatred, to reach true reconciliation at the 2014 Bishop Gerber Distinguished Lecture, sponsored by the Gerber Institute for Catholic Studies at Newman University. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, April 7, in Performance Hall inside the De Mattias Fine Arts Center.
Fr. Massingale’s lecture is entitled “Race and Reconciliation: The Contribution of and Challenge to Catholic Faith.” The event is free and open to the public.
Fr. Massingale is a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. He completed his formal education in Rome at the Pontifical Institute for Moral Theology, earning a doctorate of moral theology, summa cum laude. He is now professor of theology at Marquette University as well as a professor in the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana.
Fr. Massingale’s research focuses on stigmatized populations and the effects of religious faith as both a cause of social injustice and as a resource for social transformation. In the lecture, Fr. Massingale will propose an understanding of racial reconciliation and the dynamics it requires, as well as consider the obstacles that the reconciliation and the role of faith bring.
“This lecture will help the audience reflect on the resources within the Catholic tradition that can help foster racial reconciliation, as well as why those resources have not always been put into practice,” said Jamey Findling, director of the Gerber Institute and associate professor of philosophy at Newman. “Fr. Massingale is a compelling speaker with a unique ability to offer a perspective that is at once critical and uplifting.”
Fr. Massingale has written more than 70 articles, book chapters, and book reviews. His most recent work is a book entitled, Racial Justice and the Catholic Church, published by Orbis Books in March 2010. This work received a First Place Book Award from the Catholic Press Association of the U.S. and Canada.
For more information, visit the Gerber Institute web site at, email Findling at, or call 316-942-4291, ext. 2798.

Newman Theatre Department to present MultiPLAYcity one-acts on April 10-12
WICHITA – The Newman University Theatre Department will present “MultiPLAYcity” a festival of student-directed one-act plays April 10 – April 12 in the Jabara Flexible Theatre, located inside of the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman campus.
Tickets to the plays are purchased as a pass that allows the bearer into any and all of the plays. Tickets are $10 for general admission; $8 for faculty, staff, seniors and military; $5 for non-Newman students, and free to Newman students with ID.
Six Newman students are directing the one-act performances.
“As an actor, there are a lot of things in the process you take for granted,” sophomore Justin Ralph said. “But as the director, you act as the ship’s captain. You’re responsible if it sinks or if it sails. I have nothing but a new respect for every director I’ve ever worked for. I hope people come see the one acts since all the student-directors involved have worked very hard putting together a production, which is no simple task.”

Charismatic group to meet bimonthly at NU
The Lord of Hosts Prayer Group, a charismatic prayer group, will meet from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of May
The group meets for prayer, praise, and instruction in the Heritage Room of Sacred Heart Hall at Newman University, Wichita.
It is sponsored by the Wichita Diocesan Charismatic Renewal. Fr. Jim Weldon is the moderator.

Youth and school news, April 4, 2014

Four students win Life Run poster contest
The winners of the Respect Life and Social Justice Office’s Life Run poster contest have been named. The contest was open to Catholic middle school students and was a way to promote the upcoming Life Run 5K and 1.5 mile fun run Saturday, May 3, at the Sedgwick County Park.
The only rule for the contest was that students had to incorporate the word “Life” in their poster. Art teachers were asked to select their school’s top three winners.
Over the past few weeks, posters and entry forms were collected at the Respect Life and Social Justice Office from six different schools. Schools submitting entries included Blessed Sacrament, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Patrick, St. Margaret Mary, and St. Thomas Aquinas, all of Wichita, and St. Patrick, Kingman. The Life Run committee chose four winners.
The winning artists were Julie Gipson, a Blessed Sacrament 4th grader; Lilly Taylor, a St. Francis of Assisi 4th grader; Addison Devine, a St. Thomas Aquinas 5th grader; and Maria Leland, a St. Patrick, Kingman, 3rd grader.
Winners will receive 2 free entries to the Life Run on May 3, advertisement on the Respect Life and Social Justice Office Facebook page. Their posters appear with this article at
Early bird pricing is available until Friday, April 18. All registrants will receive a Life Run T-shirt. Awards will be given to the top winner in each of the 10 age categories for the 5K, and medals will be given to all children that participate in the 1.5 mile fun run.
The event will feature family-friendly vendors and activities for all ages including Kasey the Clown, face painting, food and a fire engine.
All proceeds benefit A Better Choice Crisis Pregnancy Center in Wichita and the After the Gift retreat.
Early registration for the Life Run is $25 for the 5K and $20 for the 1.5 mile run. Register online at by selecting “Life Run” and “Register Here.”
Those who wish may register in person at the Chancery at 424 N. Broadway, Wichita.

Engineering curriculum offered at seven Wichita Catholic middle, grade schools
Five elementary/middle schools and two high schools in the Diocese of Wichita participate in Project Lead the Way, a program that provides a K-12 curriculum focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math.
The program is designed to help prepare students to be the next generation of problem solvers, critical thinkers, and innovators for the global economy. It is also designed to inspire and engage students to experience real world math and science while developing their higher level thinking skills.
Students are given hands-on opportunities to solve problems, create models, experiment, and use engineering skills that otherwise would not be available to them. Parents and students in PLTW not only learn about the different aspects of engineering, they also see how engineering is currently, and will continue to be, relevant to their lives and future careers. 
Tina Reintjes, a parent from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School, said she was excited that her son has the opportunity to participate.
Showcase set for April 30 at St. Joseph
Student Project Lead the Way projects will be showcased at a special fair from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 30 at St. Joseph Catholic School, 138 S. Millwood. The public is invited to see what the next generation of math and science engineers have to offer.

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