Bishop Kemme’s statement pn the Supreme Court’s decision

The Catholic Church consistently and clearly teaches that marriage can only exist between one man and one woman.
In spite of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the state’s authority to prohibit marriage between persons of the same sex, the Catholic Church will continue to proclaim its teaching, while at the same time always respecting the dignity of persons who experience same sex attraction.
The welfare of children, who deserve both a mother and a father and the foundation of a stable society, demand and call for the dignity of marriage between one man and one woman who by God’s design and the natural order complement each other.
+ The Most Rev. Carl A. Kemme
Bishop of the Diocese of Wichita

Paperwork for Kapaun beatification bound for Rome

Bishop Kemme will present statement to the Vatican in November
The Diocese of Wichita is closer to possibly being able to refer to its native son, Father Emil Kapaun, as Blessed Father Kapaun.
Dr. Andrea Ambrosi, the postulator for the cause of canonization for Father Emil Kapaun, visited the Chancery in Wichita Friday, June 19, to review the progress the diocese has made on the alleged miracles related to Fr. Kapaun’s cause and to give an update on what else the diocese needs to do.
Fr. John Hotze, who is overseeing the work for the Diocese of Wichita, met with Ambrosi, a Roman canon lawyer and an expert in the field of canonization, as did Bishop Carl A. Kemme. Ambrosi was assisted by Nina Bartulica, who translated for Ambrosi.
After visiting with Bishop Kemme and Father Hotze, Bartulica said information about two alleged miracles is being reviewed. “We expect that these will be closed soon and ready to be sent to Rome for further examination by the Congregation of the Causes of Saints.”
She said she and Ambrosi discussed the progress of the positio with Bishop Kemme and Father Hotze.
“That is what we are doing in Rome now. Since we are completing the positio now, this is the most active time that we are working on this cause in Rome.”
Although the work on the cause continues in Wichita, Father Hotze said, Bishop Kemme is scheduled in early November to present the “positio” to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints. A positio, short for positio super virtutibus, or statement on heroic virtues, is a collection of documents used in the process by which a person is declared venerable.
Bishop Kemme will present 45 copies of the positio which will be compiled and written by Ambrosi. Those in the Vatican involved in the process will review the positio and in due time – perhaps after requesting for more information from the Diocese of Wichita – make a recommendation to the pope for beatification.
Although the diocese has been working on the cause for years, Father Hotze urges the faithful to be patient.
“I know people are antsy,” he said. “But this is typical. The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has hundreds of cases from throughout the world. It may seem to be taking a long time, but in terms of the church and the way things have to be done, it’s pretty much on schedule.”
Father Kapaun is a priest of the Diocese of Wichita who, as a chaplain in the U.S. Army, was taken prisoner during the Korean War. He died in a prisoner of war camp in North Korea in 1951.

Catholic family conference Aug. 7-9

Concert tickets for Friday evening available separately
The 2015 Midwest Catholic Family Conference will be held August 7-9 at Century II Convention Center in Wichita.
The annual conference is entering its 16th year because it has something that sets it apart from other conferences according to Kevin Regan, director of the event.
“We are a family conference. That is, we have children programs starting at three years old, middle and high school programs, young adult programs, two concurrent adult talks going on. It covers all aspects of the family, from a single person to a grandparent. Anything you gain from this conference is not only for yourself but for your friends, family, and community.”
As in previous events, the conference features talks from a variety of speakers and provides an opportunity for daily Mass, confession, rosaries, and Eucharistic adoration.
Regan wanted to highlight a special event at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening, Aug. 7, when singer Matt Maher will perform. Maher is a well-known Christian artist who has been a part of events such as World Youth Day. He will also sing at the 2015 World Meeting of Families in September in Washington D.C.
Attendance to this concert is covered by registration for the conference, but individual tickets will be sold online for those who are not registered for $15 before July 31, or for $20 at the door.
“Walk-ins are welcome! It’s a great opportunity for anyone looking for something to do on Friday,” Regan said.
The Matt Maher concert is sponsored by Catholic Charities. Several other diocesan entities are sponsoring parts of the conference.
The Office of Marriage and Family Life is sponsoring Simcha Fisher, blogger and author of The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning.
Dr. Pia De Solenni, a theologian, ethicist, and cultural analyst, and Dr. Elvira Parravicini, who works with infants who have been diagnosed with life-limiting conditions, are both sponsored by the Respect Life and Social Justice Office.
The Young Adult Program is sponsored by the Office of Faith Formation and the Persons with Disabilities Program is sponsored by the Ministry with Persons with Disabilities.

Haven’t signed up yet for the MCFC?
Visit to register for the weekend, to view a schedule, or to learn more about the other presenters or vendors for the weekend.

Summer Catechetical Summit Aug. 22-23 in Wichita and Indy

Registration for this year’s Summer Catechetical Summit, the former Catechetical Fair, is now open for English and Spanish speaking catechists and catechetical and youth ministry leaders in the Diocese of Wichita.
With the theme, “The Parish: A Family of Families,” the event will highlight the importance of seeing the church as God’s family. The theme was inspired by Pope Saint John Paul II, who said, “The parish remains the pre-eminent place for catechesis. It must rediscover its vocation, which is to be a fraternal and welcoming family home.”
The summits’ keynote speaker is John Bergsma, professor of Biblical Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville and author of the book “Bible Basics for Catholics.” He has a Ph.D. in scripture and is a popular teacher at Franciscan University, where he was twice voted faculty member of the year by students. Bergsma will give talks on the Bible and salvation history as the “family story” of Christians.
The summit will be offered in two locations, where lunch will be served for participants:
• Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Wichita, Saturday, Aug. 22, from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., with Mass at 8 a.m.
• Saint Andrew Parish Hall, Independence, on Sunday, Aug. 23, from noon to 4 p.m.
Those attending will have the opportunity to participate in several breakout sessions, including sessions on elementary faith formation, middle and high-school faith formation, family and intergenerational catechesis, and catechist spirituality. Tracks will be offered in Spanish.
A new feature this year is grade-level sharing sessions for catechists to share ideas and teaching strategies with others. There will also be sharing sessions for those involved with confirmation and First Holy Communion preparation.
Joshua Bitting, program coordinator in the Office of Faith Formation, encourages all catechists to attend this special time of renewal and formation.
“It is so important for all of us to take time to be refreshed and renewed for the work of sharing the faith. The more we allow ourselves to grow in our knowledge and love of the Lord Jesus, the more we will be able to share that with those we teach,” he said.

‘Echoing Christ’ catechist formation events scheduled for Wichita area, SEK

The Office of Faith Formation will offer a series of “Echoing Christ” catechist formation and certification events throughout the diocese beginning in the fall.
Echoing Christ is a one-day catechist formation event that provides catechists with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to hand on the faith. The Saturday event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes lunch and a time of Eucharistic Adoration.
The event is primarily intended for catechists teaching grades pre-kindergarten through high school, although it is open to all catechists. Each Echoing Christ event includes dynamic talks, opportunities for prayer and reflection, discussion and sharing with other catechists, and practical resources and ideas for teaching children and youth.
There are four levels:
• ECHO One is for new or beginning catechists or those who would like a good general overview.
• ECHO Two is for second year or above catechists and those who have attended ECHO One.
• ECHO Three is for third year or above catechists or those who have attended ECHO Two.
• ECHO Four is for fourth year catechists or those who have attended ECHO Three.
ECHO One will be offered Saturday, Sept. 19, at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Wichita. ECHO Two will be offered Saturday, Aug. 29, at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Andover and Saturday, Oct. 24, at St. Francis Parish in St. Paul. ECHO Three will be available Saturday, Jan. 23, at Saint Vincent de Paul and Saturday, Feb. 20, at St. Patrick Church in Parsons.

Want to be an ‘echo’ for Christ?
Online registration is now open for all of the above dates at the Office of Faith Formation website: Registration for each Echoing Christ event is $15. For more information, please contact Joshua Bitting at or (316) 269-3940.

Youth and school news, July 3, 2015

STA scout donates 150 backpacks for homeless
James Marshall donated 150 backpacks filled with supplies Tuesday, June 23, that were to be given to the homeless who visited The Lord’s Diner in Wichita.
Marshall, a member of Troop 520 at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Wichita, coordinated the donation of the backpacks and supplies for his Eagle Scout Service Project.
He said he was inspired by a video he saw online of a couple giving backpacks to the homeless. “I decided to do it on a larger scale,” he said.
In each backpack are baseball caps, T-shirts, a water bottle, a bandanna, socks, rain ponchos, sunscreen, sunglasses, an LED flashlight with batteries, miscellaneous personal care items, and a prayer card signed by volunteers who packed the bag.

Derby students win national competition
DERBY – Two St. Mary’s Catholic School students placed in a national letter writing competition for students in second through fifth grades.
Thomas Klosterman took first place among all second graders. Abby Butler took third place among all third graders.
The competition is sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman History Organization which hosts the national “Dear George Washington” contest. The contest promotes good citizenship and helps students learn and think critically about what was going on in the United States when it was founded.
The students received $100 and $50 respectively. All participants received a certificate and book. The school received a History Education box.
Another student, Kadi Stithem, represented St. Mary’s and Kansas in the National History Day National competition in Washington, D.C., in June with her exhibit on Dr. Irene Pepperberg, who studied African Grey Parrots to prove animal intelligence. Kadi placed 13th in a field of over 100 of the top competitors in the country.

Volleyball clinic for girls set for July 9-10
A free volleyball clinic for girls entering the sixth grade will be held at St. Joseph Parish, 139 Millwood, in Wichita.
The clinic will teach basic volleyball skills Thursday, July 9, and Friday, July 10, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. For more information, call Tony at (316) 304-1652.

St. Patrick School principal, students in Kingman part of TV game show
A spotlight will shine once again on St. Patrick Catholic School in Kingman. This time the fourth, fifth and sixth grade classes will be the stars.
Principal Bob Lyall was contacted by the show to participate as a “satellite” school for the FOX network’s “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” game show hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy.
A film crew arrived Jan. 22 to tape Lyall, school representative Hayley Hughes, and the rest of the students. But, the only questions they had to answer were about St. Patrick School.
The students are a part of the July 7 airing of the game show because one of the contestants in the studio made it to the $10,000 level. St. Patrick School will win $10,000 if the contestant answers correctly. If not, the school wins $1,000. The broadcast was originally scheduled for June 30 but that date has been preempted.
Lyall said he believes St. Patrick’s was chosen to be a part of the game show because of the school’s National Blue Ribbon Award and his Terrell H. Bell Award, both from the U.S. Department of Education.
No photos were allowed to be taken during the taping.
Will St. Patrick School win $10,000?
The game show “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” in which St. Patrick’s School in Kingman is featured will air at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, on FOX, which broadcasts in the Wichita area on channel 24, and on channel 4 on Cox Communications cable.

Diocesan news, July 3, 2015

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month.
July: Limited meetings and public appearances
July 5: New Rector Installation Mass at Cathedral in Wichita
July 19: New Pastor Installation Mass at Church of the Magdalen in Wichita
July 23: Camp Totus Tuus, Lyons
July 25: New Pastor Installation Mass at St. Anthony in Wichita
July 26: New Pastor Installation Mass at St. Michael in Girard

Salina Diocese Catholic Men’s Conference Aug. 8
The fourth annual Salina Diocesan Men’s Conference will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at St. Mary, Queen of Angels Parish in Russell. The conference is open to all men including high school juniors and seniors.
Tom Peterson from “Catholics Come Home” will speak about “Our World Needs Catholic Heroes” and “Confession Ignites the New Evangelization.”
Peter Herbeck from Revival Ministries and EWTN’s Crossing The Goal will speak about Freedom Found In Jesus Christ” and “Men on a Mission.”
The conference costs $35 for men and $15 for students, before the July 28 deadline. Afterward the cost is $40 and $20. All food is included. To register, visit

St. Joseph nurses reunion Aug. 15
The St. Joseph Nursing Alumni will have a reunion Saturday, Aug. 15, in the McNamara Education Center at Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph in Wichita.
Additional information is available after 5 p.m. by calling (316) 648-4338.

Plaque honoring Fr. Kapaun to be dedicated July 11
A bronze plaque honoring Father Emil Kapaun will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 11, at VFW Post 6958, located at 420 W. Santa Fe in Marion.
The public and veterans are invited to attend.
After the dedication, those attending will be invited to discuss a proposed campaign for a county-wide memorial for Father Kapaun and all the other veterans of the county to be erected at the Marion County Lake.
Father Kapaun was a priest of the Diocese of Wichita who died in 1951 in a North Korean prisoner of war camp. His cause for canonization is currently under investigation by the Vatican.

Sr. Kathleen Marie Carr marks 50th jubilee of first vows
Sister Kathleen Marie Carr, a Sister of Charity, will celebrate 50 years in religious life this summer.
Sister Kathleen taught history, religion, social studies, and theology at Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School in Wichita. Later she ministered in Iowa and Oregon.
Sister Kathleen Marie Carr was born in Seattle and entered the BVM congregation on July 31, 1965. She professed first vows on Feb. 2, 1968, and final vows on Feb. 2, 1974.
She is among eight golden jubilarians who will gather in the Mount Carmel Motherhouse Chapel in Dubuque, Iowa, on Aug. 2, 2015, for a liturgy of thanksgiving.
To send a congratulatory message to a sister on her jubilee, visit

Calendar to pray for priests or seminarians available at website
Those who wish to pray for the priests of the Diocese of Wichita may visit the Vocations page of
At the lower right of the page is a small calendar with the name of a priest or a seminarian for which the visitor can pray. The window also contains a Google calendar link to place the calendar on a personal Google calendar, and a link to subscribe or download the calendar.

Charismatic group to meet bimonthly at NU
The Lord of Hosts Prayer Group, a charismatic prayer group, meets the first and third Thursdays of the month from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in St. John’s Chapel, Sacred Heart Hall, at Newman University, Wichita.
It is sponsored by the Wichita Diocesan Charismatic Renewal. Fr. Jim Weldon is the moderator.

Catholic Charities news, July 3, 2015

Workshops to help domestic violence victims July 14, 16
Catholic Charities is offering a free Within My Reach relationship education workshop for survivors of domestic violence Tuesday, July 14, and Thursday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in room 207 of the St. Joseph Pastoral Center, 437 N. Topeka St. in Wichita.
The workshop will help domestic violence survivors learn communication tools and how to work on having healthier relationships. Some of the topics discussed are Communication Danger Signs, The Seven Principles of Smart Love, A Look at Past and Present Relationships and What is a Good Relationship.
Participants meet in small groups but they can also take advantage of one-on-one guidance and community referrals from a family support specialist, if needed.
Classes will be facilitated by trained domestic violence and sexual assault advocates. Food will be provided, but child care and transportation are not provided. For more information or to register, call Keri McGregor at (316) 264-8344 ext. 3113.

George Sevick joins Cana Counseling
George Sevick has joined the counseling team at Cana Counseling at Catholic Charities, a ministry of the Diocese of Wichita.
Sevick, a parishioner of St. Mary Parish in Derby, is a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist with over eight years of experience. He has a background in treating anxiety, depression, grief and loss, marital and relationship discord, attention deficit disorders, developmental disorders including autism spectrum disorders, men’s issues, and issues with sexuality.
He has significant experience with special needs children and child behavioral problems, as well as assisting parents in developing different skills for working with their children.
Sevick is available for appointments July 6. Counseling is available under commercial insurance plans, Medicaid, and private pay using a sliding fee scale.

Spiritual Life Center news, July 3, 2015

‘Dinner with St. Bonaventure’ set for July 15 at the Spiritual Life Center
Fr. Jim Weldon will give a presentation Wednesday, July 15, about St. Bonaventure as a part of the Spiritual Life Center’s “Dinner with the Doctors” banquet series.
At “Dinner with the Doctors,” participants will enjoy a delicious meal and pleasant conversation in the Main Assembly Room, surrounded by the center’s collection of icons depicting the doctors of the church. A doctor of the church is a canonized saint who has had the honor of being named doctor by a pope or ecumenical council for the extraordinary contribution of his teaching to the living doctrine of the church.
After the meal, participants will hear a presentation about one of the doctors of the church, in commemoration of his official feast day. Those attending will learn about the lives and teachings of the doctors of the church, and honor them by celebrating their lives one of the most traditional ways; in the context of a shared meal.
Want to learn more about Bonaventure? Dinner with the Doctors will be held at the Spiritual Life Center Wednesday, July 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $15 per person.

St. Benedict retreat next weekend
The Spiritual Life Center announces a new overnight retreat format that will begin next weekend. “A Retreat with Saint Benedict,” will be held Friday, July 10, through Saturday, July 11, with Fr. Ken VanHaverbeke.
The new retreats are designed around a particular saint and his or her teachings.
Participants will learn more about St. Benedict, the father of western monasticism. Topics will include balancing work and prayer, intentional living, and praying with the psalms.
The retreat begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday and concludes at 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, but all are welcome to stay through Sunday for private prayer and reflection.
Cost for these new mini retreats are $40. Register for the program by visiting the Spiritual Life Center’s webpage at or by calling (316) 744-0167.

Grief ministry series offered again beginning Tuesday, July 7, at the SLC
The St. John the Evangelist Grief Ministry, a group for people grieving the loss of someone close, will host a series starting next week.
Sessions will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning, July 7. Carol Weigand will facilitate the series. Anyone who would like to start a grief ministry in their parish as well as those who are grieving the loss of a loved one are welcome to attend.
The cost for this series is $35, which includes a Griefshare workbook. Participants are not required to attend all sessions, but to come to as many as are needed. Once they have a workbook, they may attend grief groups sessions at the SLC indefinitely at no additional cost.
Each grief ministry session includes a video seminar and group discussion. A Griefshare workbook assists participants with note taking, journaling and grief study. The videos feature top experts on grief recovery, dramatic reenactments about living with grief and real-life stories of people who have experienced losses like yours.
During the small group discussion time, those attending have the opportunity to interact with others who have experienced a recent loss, learn about their experiences and share your own.
A former participant in the group said, “I got encouragement from this group. We cried, laughed and grew in our faith. Hope and joy was evident on everyone’s face in a picture we took at the end of class.”

Serenity Prayer Retreat July 17-19
The Spiritual Life Center will host a Serenity Prayer Retreat July 17-19, led by Phillip St. Romain.
The “Serenity Prayer,” by Reinhold Neibuhr, is a favorite of many who find in its famous first three lines a discerning approach to life. Most people do not know that the prayer continues, expressing guidance for daily living, trust in divine providence, and hope in a loving God. The retreat will use the entire prayer as a basis for teaching and reflection about how to live more fully by entrusting our lives to God’s care.
St. Romain is the author of “Reflecting on the Serenity Prayer,” (Liguori Publications, 1997), and currently works with the Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend.
The cost of the weekend is $165 for single occupancy; $138 per person for double occupancy. Early Bird Registration by July 6, is $145 for single occupancy; $120 per person for double occupancy. The commuter cost is $100. All registrations includes a $50 non-refundable deposit.
Register by visiting or calling the Spiritual Life Center at (316) 744-0167.
Check-in is Friday, July 17, begins at 6:30 p.m., with the first conference at 7:30 p.m. The retreat concludes at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 19.

Newman U. receives $250K gift from Star Lumber

Foundation for NU’s science and health programs
WICHITA – Newman University has received a $250,000 gift from The Goebel Family Star Lumber Charitable Foundation to support the university’s science and health care profession educational programs.
“The Goebel family and Star Lumber have a long history of support for Newman University, and this latest generous gift will have major impact for our students,” said Newman President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D.
“Star Lumber is such a great community-minded company that we feel very blessed they continue to show such amazing support for Newman and our mission,” Vice President for University Advancement J.V. Johnston said, “We look forward to continuing our partnership for years to come.”
The $250,000 gift is part of the foundation’s ongoing commitment to Wichita and its outstanding educational institutions.
The Goebel Family Star Lumber Charitable Foundation operates with the philosophy of giving back to its community by using 8 percent of pre-tax operating profits from Star Lumber & Supply to serve its community.
Newman University and the Goebel family’s foundation have enjoyed a strong partnership – one that has thrived and grown throughout the years.
The affiliation goes back more than a half century. The first major gift was to help build Ryan Library, which was completed in 1971 on the campus of what was then Sacred Heart College. Since 2001, the foundation has provided annual scholarships and student support. Star Lumber and Supply Inc. was also inducted into the Newman Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 for its longstanding support of Newman University athletics.
“For over 75 years, the Goebel family has been active in the Wichita area and is committed to higher education and the benefit it has on the community,” said Foundation Board Member Bob Goebel. “We are honored to support Newman University’s health sciences with this gift and cherish the close ties we have with this wonderful institution.”
Want to see video, hear comments?
To see video highlights of the check presentation and comments by Goebel and Newman Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies and Professor of Chemistry David Shubert,visit

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