Bishop announces priest changes

Bishop Carl A. Kemme has announced new priest assignments. Most are effective June 21, with a few exceptions.
Two priests from India are included in this list. Fathers Sekhar Potnuru and Babu Pinninti, Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales, join the diocese with permission from their religious superior. (See separate story.)
The announcement includes the retirement of Fr. Chrysostom Ah Maung, the return of Fr. Joseph Tatro from studies, and the release of Fr. Michael Klag to the Diocese of Dodge City for five years.
Please pray for them and all of our priests.

Father David Lies V.G. – concluding his service as Pastor of St. Michael in Mulvane remaining Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia with residence at the Priest Retirement Center effective June 21, 2016.

Father John Hotze – concluding his service as Judicial Vicar and Chaplain at McConnell Air Force Base, appointed Pastor of St. Michael in Mulvane, remaining as Promoter of the Father Emil Kapaun Cause for Beatification and Canonization and Judge of the Marriage Tribunal, effective June 21, 2016.

Father Brian Nelson – appointed Judicial Vicar and remaining as Pastor of St. Mark, Colwich, effective, June 21, 2016.

Father Michael Klag, released for service to the Diocese of Dodge City for a period of five years, effective June 21, 2016.

Father Kenneth Schuckman – appointed Pastor of Holy Name in Winfield and St. Mary in Oxford, Chaplain of Winfield Correctional Center, remaining as Chaplain of Downtown Serra Club, effective June 21, 2016.

Father Andrew Heiman – appointed Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Colwich and Moderator of Engaged Encounter for the Diocese of Wichita, effective, June 21, 2016.

Father Marco De Loera – appointed Pastor of St. Andrew Parish in Independence and St. Francis Xavier in Cherryvale, effective June 21, 2016.

Father Chrysostom Ah Maung, granted retired priest status, effective January 1, 2017, remaining in his current assignment until then.

Father Jeremy Huser – appointed Pastor of St. Rose Parish, Columbus, St. Joseph Parish, Baxter Springs, St. Patrick Parish, Galena and St. Bridget Parish, Scammon, effective January 1, 2017, and until then Priest in Residence at St. Anne Parish, Wichita, effective June 21, 2016.

Father Benjamin Green - appointed Chaplain, Via Christi St. Francis, effective June 21, 2016.

Father Samuel Brand – appointed Chaplain, Bishop Carroll Catholic High School and Assistant Diocesan Master of Ceremonies, with residence at St. Francis Parish, Wichita, effective June 21, 2016.

Father Patrick Kotrba – appointed Parochial Vicar Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Vocation Ministry Team, effective June 21, 2016.

Father Thomas Hoisington – appointed Priest in Residence in service to the Pastor of St. Anthony, Garden Plain and St. Mary in Aleppo, remaining as Chaplain to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters of Wichita, effective June 21, 2016.

Father Bernard Gorges, concluding his appointment as Pastor of St. John in Clonmel, remaining as Pastor of St. Peter in Schulte, effective, June 21, 2016.

Father John Lanzrath – appointed Pastor of St. John in Clonmel, remaining as Vicar for Priests, effective June 21, 2016.

Father Floyd McKinney – returning from service to the Diocese of Dodge City, appointed Pastor of St. Michael in Girard and St. Joseph in Arma with part time service to Hispanic Ministry in Pittsburg, effective, June 21, 2016.

Father Joseph Tatro – returning from doctoral studies, appointed to Catholic Charities of Wichita counseling department and Chaplain of McConnell Air Force Base, with residence at the Priest’s Retirement Center, effective August 15, 2016.

Father Daniel Duling, concluding his service as Associate Vocation Director, appointed Parochial Vicar of St. Francis Parish, Wichita remaining as Diocesan Master of Ceremonies and on “as needed basis” Priest Assistant to the Bishop, effective June 21, 2016.

Father Michael Maybrier, concluding his service as Pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, Little River, remaining as pastor of St. Teresa, Hutchinson, effective June 21, 2016.

Father Roger Lumbre, appointed Pastor of Holy Trinity parish, Little River, remaining as Pastor of Holy Cross parish, Hutchinson, effective June 21, 2016.

Father Sekhar Potnuru, Missionary of St. Francis de Sales, with the approval of his religious superior, appointed Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Pittsburg, effective June 21, 2016.

Father Babu Pinninti, Missionary of St. Francis de Sales with the approval of his religious superior, appointed Parochial Vicar of Holy Cross Parish, Hutchinson and Holy Trinity parish, Little River, effective June 21, 2016.

Lord’s Diner planned for Pittsburg

The Lord’s Diner, a ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, has secured a site in Pittsburg.
The Pittsburg location, at 408 N. Locust, will serve the hungry in the community and will follow a model of operation much like the Wichita Diner locations, providing a daily meal with dignity and respect and utilizing volunteers and community support to carry out the mission. The location in Pittsburg was chosen for its accessibility and location and for its existing structure which will meet the needs of the Lord’s Diner with minimal construction needed.
It is hoped the Pittsburg Lord’s Diner will be ready to serve guests by the end of the year.
The decision to secure a Diner in Pittsburg was driven by two indicators:­ the need, and the initial support by community members and stakeholders.
The population of Crawford County is about 39,290 and has a food insecurity rate of 17.1 percent, surpassing the state average of 14.5 percent. In addition, 27.6 percent of the population is below poverty level, with 40 percent of households earning less than $25,000 a year.
Food insecurity exists whenever the availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or the ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways is limited or uncertain.
Community support of The Lord’s Diner has been encouraging. Many community leaders from religious, health, mental health, and government organizations, as well as private industry leaders have committed their support of The Lord’s Diner.
“The mission of The Lord’s Diner is to serve hungry people,” said Jan Haberly, director of The Lord’s Diner. “After spending time studying the need in the area and embracing the enthusiasm of so many in the community eager to help their neighbors, the decision to move forward was made. We will put our trust in God and our confidence in the community that the mission of the Diner will benefit those who are hungry in Pittsburg.”

Diocese to get two priests from India

Two missionaries from India will begin serving in the Diocese of Wichita next month.
Bishop Carl A. Kemme approved a request from the provincial of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales for two priests to be assigned to the diocese, after consulting with his presbyterial council.
• Fr. Sekhar Potnuru, 37, ordained in 2006, has been appointed parochial vicar of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Pittsburg.
• Fr. Babu Pinninti, 46, who was ordained in 2001, has been appointed parochial vicar of Holy Cross Parish in Hutchinson and Holy Trinity Parish in Little River.
The two priests are currently completing the immigration visa documents that permit them to come and serve in the diocese.
Father John Lanzrath, diocesan vicar for priests, said discussions about the two missionary priests began last fall.
“The members of the presbyteral council thought this would be a positive step forward and so the process then began – and continues,” he said.
Bishop Kemme received the request to place the two priests because the community wants to assign more priests from India to the United States. Two of the Indian missionaries, also known as Fransalians, currently serve in the Diocese of Dodge City, and three serve in the Archdiocese of Kansas City.
“And so, regionally, to strengthen the community, the bishop was asked if he would welcome the service of two priests from the community to serve in the Diocese of Wichita,” Fr. Lanzrath said.
Bishop Kemme said he is happy on behalf of the diocesan family to welcome the two priests from the Missionary Society of St. Francis de Sales.
“One of motivating factors in this was the fact that our diocese has so few priests from religious congregations,” he said. “This congregation based in India has numerous priests who serve in many parts of the world.”
Bishop Kemme said welcoming them to the diocese “is a way for us to not only receive their priestly service, but also to assist them in their missionary work.”
He added, “I know that before long, these two priests and those who will come after them in succeeding years, will feel very much at home.”
Their provincial, Father Augustine Thamappel, said with the addition of Fathers Pinninti and Potnuru, the Fransalians will have 56 priests in 13 U.S. states.
Father Thamappel lives in Whitehouse, Texas, in the Diocese of Tyler, and also oversees the Wellspring Fransalian Center for Spirituality that he started.
Although he, too, is from India, he has been in the U.S. for 20 years and studied here for 10 years.

Sister Loretta Beckius to profess as a Servant of the Trinity Sunday, May 22, at the Cathedral

Sister Loretta Beckius will make her profession of vows as a Servant of the Trinity, a new religious community for the Diocese of Wichita, during the 8:30 a.m. Mass Sunday, May 22, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
Sister Loretta joined the School Sisters of Christ the King of Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1977. She taught in the Lincoln Catholic elementary schools for a number of years and then moved on to coordinate the liturgy and music at the Villa Regina Motherhouse, where she also taught courses on liturgy and religious life to sisters in formation.
After receiving the necessary permissions, Sister Loretta moved to Wichita in 2007 for a period of discernment regarding the Servants of the Trinity. In her time in Wichita, Sister Loretta has served the diocese in the offices of archives, stewardship and worship.
Sister Loretta said the Servants of the Trinity are dedicated to promoting the Sacred Liturgy through devotion to and imitation of the Most Holy Trinity, the paschal mystery of Christ our High Priest, and Mary, Handmaid of the Lord.
The faithful are invited to the profession. She has requested no gifts. However, those who would like to make a donation to help promote vocations or learn more about the Servants of the Trinity, may write her at 424 N. Broadway, Wichita, KS 67202. Checks may be made out to the “Catholic Diocese of Wichita.”

Midwest Catholic Family Conference Aug. 5-7

By Gemma Rajewski
The 17th Annual Midwest Catholic Family Conference will be held Aug. 5-7 at Century II in Wichita. This year’s speakers will make presentations on a diverse range of topics.
“Our speaker line up this year offers a real broad variety” said Kevin Regan, director. “We try to cover all that is related to life. It’s not just for the family. It’s for your grandmother, neighbor, or any person. It’s for individuals too.”
Regan explained the event is trying to cover many different topics such as life issues, positivity, mental illnesses, family issues, and more.
“There are a lot of mental illnesses, depression, and addictions that affect all families and walks of life,” Regan said. “Father Charles Sikorsky is going to speak about ‘A Catholic Approach to Treating Depression In The Family’ and ‘What Does Mental Health Have To Do With Our Faith?’”
Fr. Sikorsky is the president of the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Washington, D.C.
Another speaker Regan is excited to announce is writer, speaker, and Sirius XM radio host, Jennifer Fulwiler, whose visit is sponsored by the diocesan Marriage and Family Life Office. “She is a huge name and will be speaking this year on family issues,” he said.
Leo Severino, writer and producer has worked on the films Bella and Little Boy and will be speaking about “Hollywood and the Purpose of Life.”
Gianna Jessen, who survived an attempted abortion and has cerebral palsy, is scheduled to speak Saturday about life issues. Regan said she has a significant story and has spoken before Congress. Jessen, an antiabortion and disability rights activist, is being sponsored by the diocesan Respect Life and Social Justice Office.
The conference will offer programs for children ages 3 to 10, along with middle school and high school programs, Regan said.
“Also, we are really trying to grow the young adult program. This takes place Friday and Saturday evening around 9 or 9:30 p.m. at the Hyatt. This year musician Marie Miller will perform one night and Jennifer Fulwiler will take the other night.”

Want to plan ahead for the MCFC Aug. 5-7?
Registration for the Midwest Catholic Family Conference is open. To register, or for more information about the speakers and programs, visit

Newman Unversity news, May 20, 2016

N.U. residence hall renamed for Newman University’s President Noreen Carrocci
WICHITA – Newman University’s New Hall has a new name. The student residence hall was renamed Carrocci Hall Thursday, May 12, in honor of current Newman President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D. The renaming came at the request of the late Bill Allen and his wife Pucci, who made a significant contribution to the university last year.
“I am humbled – and somewhat overwhelmed – by this very special honor,” Carrocci said. “The request from the Allens came as a total surprise to me, but I am pleased to honor their wishes, and so very grateful to the Allens for their support of Newman University, as well as of me personally.”
The Allens made a generous gift last year to Facing Forward - A Campaign for Newman University. The campaign is designed to create the Bishop Gerber Science Center and upgrade existing health sciences and nursing education facilities on the Newman campus.
The Allens were given the opportunity to designate a building or a portion of a building on campus and decided to honor Carrocci because of her commitment to Newman and the accomplishments she has made since coming to the university in 2007.
Bill and Pucci Allen moved to Wichita in the late 1950s and called the city home for 30 years while owning and operating Allen Electric Supply Co. They quickly came to love their community and were passionate about making a difference. Their enthusiasm for and support of higher education led them to contribute to Newman University because of the school’s service and commitment to the community.
“Bill appreciated that the science programs at Newman provide nurses and allied health professionals to the community,” said Newman Vice President for University Advancement J.V. Johnston. “It was important to Bill that the community be taken care of.”
The Newman Facing Forward campaign is designed to raise $30 million to renovate health sciences facilities in the existing Eck Hall, which houses the university’s nursing and allied health programs, build a new 51,400 square foot science building, grow the university’s endowment and provide for the Newman Fund, which supports student scholarships.
Carrocci is the 11th president of Newman University. She is the fourth female and the first lay woman to hold the office. She came to Newman from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., where she served as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.
Since coming to Wichita, Carrocci has been an advocate for private, Catholic higher education, and an active member of several civic and professional organizations and boards. She serves or has previously served on the Board of Directors for Via Christi Health, Wichita Rotary Charitable Fund, the Wichita Chamber of Commerce, Wichita Grand Opera, the Wichita Community Foundation, and the 4-Wichita KU School of Medicine. She is a member of the Kansas Independent Colleges Association and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities Board of Directors, and is active on numerous community committees.

Kemper Foundation awards $250,000 to N.U.’s Facing Forward campaign for renovated, new science facilities
WICHITA – The William T. Kemper Foundation – Commerce Bank, Trustee, of Kansas City, Mo., has awarded a $250,000 grant to Newman University in support of a fundraising campaign to upgrade existing health sciences and nursing education facilities and to build a new science education center on the Newman campus.
The campaign, called Facing Forward - A Campaign for Newman University, is designed to raise $30 million to renovate health sciences facilities in the existing Eck Hall, which houses the university’s nursing and allied health programs, build a new 51,400 square foot science building, and provide for the Annual Fund, which supports student scholarships and program costs, and the university’s endowment and planned gifts, which provide for the future sustainability of the university.
“We are extremely grateful to the Kemper Foundation for this substantial gift,” said Newman President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D. “This gift, coupled with the many generous gifts we have already received and will receive in the future, will bring benefits to Newman students, Wichita, and the state of Kansas for generations to come.”
“We are grateful that the generosity and planning of William T. Kemper, Jr. have made this grant possible through his foundation,” wrote Elizabeth Radtke, Kemper Foundation Office Director, Charitable Trusts and Foundations, in a letter announcing the award to Newman.
Newman Director of Grants Bill Meitl said the Kemper Foundation grant request was made with appreciation for the foundation’s commitment to service and education in the region, and the long-standing partnership between Commerce Bank and Newman University. Commerce Bank in Wichita and the Kemper Foundation have provided gifts to Newman University in the past totaling nearly $160,000.
These gifts have supported many successful programs and initiatives, including individual scholarships for students, general contributions to the Annual Fund, and the support of annual fundraising events. In addition, Commerce Bank serves Newman University as its primary bank for day-to-day transactions, Meitl said.
In requesting the grant, Newman officials noted that the project will benefit the region and state in several ways, including helping to meet the growing demand for highly qualified health care professionals, increasing opportunities for partnerships and collaboration between Newman University and other business, industry and health care institutions, and allowing regional medical centers the opportunity to fully staff critical health care positions. Newman officials also noted that, to date, more than 1,400 Newman graduates with degrees in one of the allied health disciplines, the sciences, or mathematics are living and working in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
The new and renovated facilities on the Newman campus will allow for up-to-date technology and equipment, more research areas and “smart” classrooms, and simulation labs, which are increasingly necessary to properly train clinical skills and to meet industry and accreditation standards.
The new science center will be named the Bishop Gerber Science Center in honor of the Most Rev. Eugene J. Gerber, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Wichita. Gerber has long been an advocate for Catholic higher education and a supporter of Newman University.
The cost of the new and renovated facilities is $24.5 million. The university has already raised more than $25 million toward the $30 million campaign total. Newman officials recently announced that it had received a $1 million “challenge” grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Okla. Newman will receive the $1 million from the Mabee Foundation if the remaining amount of about $3.2 million necessary for the building and renovation of facilities on the Newman campus is met by the deadline of Jan. 12, 2017.
Renovations to Eck Hall will commence in May. Newman plans to break ground for the Bishop Gerber Science Center on June 10, and have the building completed by August 2017 in time for the beginning of the fall semester.

Newman University All-Alumni Reunion planned for June 10-12
Newman University is sounding the call to alumni from every institution and era to join in the All-Alumni Reunion June 10 through 12 on the campus.
All alumni, beginning with students who graduated from St. John’s or Sacred Heart Academy, to alums of Sacred Heart Junior College and Sacred Heart College, to graduates of Kansas Newman College and Newman University are invited.
As part of the All-Alumni Reunion, Newman University will recognize and salute graduating class years in increments of 10, namely, the classes of 1966 (50 years), 1976 (40 years), 1986 (30 years), 1996 (20 years) and 2006 (10 years). Additionally, the class of 1991 will be honored for its 25th year.
The Sacred Heart College class of 1966 will receive special recognition as members of the Golden Heart Club for the 50th anniversary of its graduation. Class of 1966 graduate Vicki Vestring Weldon said she cannot believe that she completed her college studies 50 years ago.
The weekend will have something for everyone – young and old, families, former faculty and staff, and guests. One of the special events is the Friday, June 10, ground-breaking ceremony for the new Bishop Gerber Science Center, led by the Most. Rev. Carl Kemme, bishop of the Diocese of Wichita. This will occur at 4:30 p.m. at the site of the new building and will be followed by a barbecue dinner on Founders Plaza.
Want to go to the NU all-alum reunion?
Registration is needed by June 1. To register, visit, or email the Alumni Relations office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request an electronic reunion brochure.

Spiritual Life Center news, May 20, 2016

Centering prayer founder to give retreat at SLC on June 25
Fr. William Meninger, a Trappist monk and noted retreat master, will lead a retreat entitled “The Loving Search for God” Saturday, June 25, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Fr. Meninger gave a popular retreat about forgiveness in Wichita last year.
During the retreat this year, Fr. Meninger will explore the book “The Cloud of Unknowing” and guide participants in the ways of contemplative prayer. The retreat will be an excellent guide for any Christian longing for a deeper prayer life. The program includes spiritual reflections, prayer time, Mass, and lunch.
The cost for the day is $75 which includes lunch. It begins at 8 a.m. and participants will be dismissed by 4:30 p.m.
Reservations can be made online at or by calling (316) 744-0167. There are bedrooms available for anyone wishing to stay overnight on Friday or Saturday.

Food, fellowship, and prayer planned for Father’s Day retreat
WICHITA – Men are invited to a special retreat on the Friday and Saturday of Father’s Day Weekend at the Spiritual Life Center.
At 6 p.m. Friday, June 17, men will enjoy dinner, beer, fellowship, and prayer lead by Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke. On Saturday, Fr. Van Haverbeke will lead participants through a day retreat entitled “Praying with Your Personality.” The day will focus on how to have a prayer life best suited to each person’s particular personality traits. Mass and lunch are included.
This mini-retreat makes a wonderful Father’s Day gift. The cost is $20 for Friday, $40 for Saturday, or a discounted rate of $50 to attend both. The overnight rate is $75. As always, no one will be turned away due to finances. For reservations go to or call (316) 744-0167.

"How to pray a holy hour" talks at SLC
Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke will give presentations about “How to Pray a Holy Hour” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24 and May 31, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The cost is $10.
Register by visiting the Spiritual Life Center’s webpage at or by calling (316) 744-0167.

Diocesan news, May 20, 2016

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month.
May 20: Kansas Catholic Conference of Bishops in Topeka
May 21: Trinity Catholic High School graduation, 10 a.m. in Hutchinson; Confirmation Mass at 5 p.m. at St. James in Augusta
May 22: Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School graduation at 2 p.m. at Hartman Arena: Bishop Carroll Catholic High School graduation at 5 p.m. at Hartman Arena
May 23: 65th Anniversary Mass of Fr. Kapaun’s death at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral
May 24-26: Ordination Retreat; special times to be with the ordinandi during their week-long retreat
May 26: Evening with seminarians at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral
May 27: Diaconate ordination at 7 p.m. at Church of the Magdalen, Wichita
May 28: Ordination to the priesthood at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral
June 1: Pastoral visit leader and staff meeting at 6:30 p.m. at St. Patrick in Wichita
June 2: Mass to kick off Fr. Kapaun walk at 7 a.m. at Church of the Magdalen; Private Mass and lunch at the ASC Motherhouse
June 3: Evening with Seminarians in Southeast Kansas at 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes in Pittsburg
June 4: IHM Feast of the Immaculate Heart Mass followed by picnic lunch at 11 a.m. at Motherhouse
June 4-5: Parish Pastoral visit to St. Mary in Newton
June 6: Serra Steak Fry at the Knight of Columbus Hall, Wichita
June 7: Visit to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Vacation Bible School
June 8: Private Mass and lunch at the ASC Motherhouse
June 9: Presbyteral Council; Close of the Year of Fr. Kapaun
June 10: Newman University ground-breaking
June 11: Parish Pastoral visit to St. Patrick in Chanute and St. Joseph in Humboldt
June 13-16: USCCB Spring Assembly
June 17: Mass for Holy Family Camp
June 18: Sisters of St. Joseph Jubilee Mass and luncheon
June 18-19: Parish Pastoral visit to Sacred Heart in Fredonia and St. Ignatius in Neodesha
June 21: Camp Totus Tuus

Danville parishioners family of the year
The William J. “Bill” and Lorraine Muckenthaler family was named the Knights of Columbus Kansas Family of the Year at the Knight’s state convention April 28-May 1 at St. Mary’s Parish in Derby.
Bill and his wife, Lorraine, are members of Immaculate Conception Church of St. Joan of Arc Parish in Danville. Bill is a member of St. Joan of Arc Knights of Columbus Council #3828 of Danville, who after retiring in 1996 after 40 years in education, serves as a lector, a greeter and a handyman; while Lorraine plays the organ and serves as choir director for Immaculate Conception Church in Danville. Bill and Lorraine, whose stewardship includes many years of church council, K. of C., and Altar Society activities, live in Argonia.
Bill is also a member of the Father Stanley Rother Fourth Degree Assembly in Clonmel/Schulte. He and Lorraine have three children: Lori Drouhard, Julie Canfield, and Kevin. They have 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Fr. Kapaun Memorial Mass May 23; more activities planned during June
The 65th anniversary of Father Emil Kapaun’s death in a North Korean prisoner of war camp on May 23, 1951, will be marked with a Mass at 7 p.m. Monday, May 23, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Fr. Kapaun was a priest of the Diocese of Wichita whose cause for canonization is now under consideration by the Vatican.
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will celebrate the Mass to pray for his cause.
Father Kapaun’s funeral was celebrated by Bishop Mark K. Carroll in 1953 at the Cathedral in Wichita, two years after Father Kapaun’s death in North Korea. Father Kapaun’s fellow prisoners confirmed his death after the war.
“This anniversary is one of the reasons why Bishop Kemme declared a Year of Fr. Kapaun in the diocese,” said Scott Carter, coordinator for the Father Kapaun Guild.
“Cardinal Amato of the Congregation of Saints told us that our duty is to continue to tell Father Kapaun’s story and to pray for his canonization, so please attend and join in our prayers!”
Here are other events planned as the Year of Fr. Kapaun ends:
• June 2-5 - Chaplain Kapaun walking pilgrimage from Church of the Magdalen to St. John Nepomucene Church in Pilsen, commemorating Fr. Kapaun’s forced march to Prison Camp No. 5.
• June 5 - Father Kapaun Day, 3 p.m. Mass at St. John Nepomucene, Pilsen. For bus from Wichita, call Ann at 316-269-3917.
• June 9 - 76th Anniversary of Fr. Kapaun’s ordination, 6 p.m. closing Mass for the Year of Father Kapaun; 7:15 p.m. dinner and program; St. John’s Chapel, Newman U., Wichita, the site of Fr. Kapaun’s ordination.

Missionary family in Wichita for visit, talks before they return to Costa Rica
The Baileys, a missionary family from Wichita, will be speaking at three locations in Wichita and one in Spearville, Kansas, while visiting the United States. They are currently assigned to their mission in Costa Rica.
Here is their schedule while in Kansas:
• Saturday, May 21, St. Jude Parish Hall, Wichita; potluck at 5:30 p.m., talk at 6:30
• Sunday, May 22, St. John Parish Hall, Spearville, Kansas; potluck at 5:30 p.m., talk at 6:30
• Tuesday, May 24, the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita; potluck at 6 p.m., talk at 7
• Wednesday, June 8, St. Patrick’s Cafeteria, Wichita; potluck at 5:30 p.m., talk at 6:30
The Baileys joined the Family Missions Company in 2013. The family most recently has been in Costa Rica where they spent the last year starting a new post for the Family Missions. After training, they were initially assigned to the Philippines in 2014, where they spent five months.

Guadalupe Clinic annual baseball game June 19 at Lawrence-Dumont
The 28th Annual Family Day in the Park will be held at 1:05 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita.
Tickets are $5 each. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Guadalupe Clinic, a health ministry of the Diocese of Wichita.
“This is our 28th annual event,” said Jodi Guillemette, director of Development. “I can’t think of a better way to spend Father’s Day than to take dad to a baseball game, eat hotdogs and popcorn all the while helping to provide health care for those in need in our community. It is a win, win all the way around.”
For tickets contact Stacey Simmons at (316) 264-8974 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Youth and school news, May 20, 2016

TEC retreat June 25-27 in Hutch
The diocesan Office of Faith Formation is sponsoring a TEC retreat the weekend of June 25-27 at Trinity Catholic High School in Hutchinson.
TEC is designed for older adolescents and young adults who are at least 16 years of age and have finished their sophomore year of high school. TEC retreats are also for adults who work with this age group.
The cost is $100, which includes seven meals, two nights lodging, and all materials. Register online at, or download an application and mail it to the Office of Faith formation at 424 N. Broadway, Wichita KS 67202. For additional information, contact the Office of Faith Formation at (316) 269-3940 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
TEC involves older adolescents and young adults encountering Christ in a way many have never before experienced. 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.

Replica of Michelangelo’s Pieta to stay

The replica of the Pieta in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is going to stay in the mother church of the diocese.
Mike Wescott, director of the diocesan Development and Planned Giving office, said the reproduction of Michelangelo’s masterpiece is now fully funded and will be permanently housed in the Cathedral.
“It has already been a setting of great devotion and prayer,” he said, “as many have come to sit, pray, and reflect in front of the image of our Mother Mary as she holds her son Jesus in her arms.”
He thanked everyone who contributed to the effort. “This sculpture has already – in the short three months since it was delivered here – been a beautiful addition to the cathedral’s gathering space and will be, for many years to come, an inspiration for others.”
The work is one of 100 exact reproductions of the statue that hundreds of thousands travel annually to Rome to see in the Basilica of St. Peter at the Vatican. The statue was duplicated from a mold of the original using cast Carrara marble.
It is a fitting addition to the Cathedral in this Year of Mercy, Bishop Carl A. Kemme, said a few weeks ago.
“It’s a work in which we see mercy itself,” he 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.”
The original Pieta took Michelangelo almost two years to sculpt. It is the only work he ever signed. He did so, according to an Italian historian, because credit for the statue was given to another sculptor by someone visiting the statue. Michelangelo’s signature appears on Mary’s sash, which loosely translated says: Michael Buonarroti, Florentine, made this.
Although many pietas have been sculpted or painted, Michelangelo’s is special because he sculpted the Blessed Virgin as a young woman.

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