St. Joe, Andale, youth confirmed Thursday, April 16

Seventy-two young men and women were confirmed by Bishop Carl A. Kemme Thursday, April 16, at St. Joseph Church in Andale. (Courtesy photo)

Seventy-three young men and women were confirmed by Bishop Carl A. Kemme Thursday, April 16, at St. Joseph Church in Andale. (Courtesy photo)

By Dawn Martin
The foreboding rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of the Andale youth in the freshmen through junior classes who, along with their families and friends, celebrated receiving the sacrament of Confirmation, Thursday evening, April 16, in St. Joseph Church.
The service began with Andale’s priest, Father Ben Nguyen, recommending the youth to the bishop for confirmation. The youth attended classes, retreats and extra Masses, performed community service, read scripture, and completed paperwork to prepare. The soon to be graduating high school seniors served the Mass. As each confirmand went forward to receive the seal of the sacrament with their sponsor, the bishop greeted them by their chosen saint name. The bishop’s inspiring homily displayed the solemnity the occasion merited, while interjecting moments of humor, such as when he told those gathered that we are now a family, but not the kind where the confirmandi could call him and ask to borrow his car, but rather a spiritual family.
Afterward the multitudes moved to the parish hall for a reception. At the reception, a long line formed as families took advantage of the opportunity to have their picture taken with Bishop Kemme. The bishop posed cheerfully and patiently for every individual, group, and class photo.
Many people sacrificed their time for this event. The high school catechism teachers who prepared this year’s classes for their big day were Dorothy Seiler, Tom Reichenberger, Grant Lane and Jim McFadden. Renwick coaches, out of respect for the church, let students out of practice early Thursday. A host of volunteers prepared and served the lemonade, tea and cookies at the reception then cleaned up afterward.
For most of the youth confirmed, this year’s preparation follows eight years of weekly religious instruction in the release program, headed by Mary Jo Hieger, and bimonthly Wednesday night high school CCD classes. At St. Joseph parish the opportunity for freshmen through junior high school students to be confirmed usually occurs every three years.
Decades of cooperation between Renwick School District and the church, in the predominately Catholic communities of this area, have enabled the youth the time needed to properly form their consciences in the Catholic faith.
Martin is a parishioner of St. Joseph Parish, Andale.

Catechumens and candidates received into the church

Parishes throughout the Diocese of Wichita welcomed 451 persons to full union in the church on Holy Saturday.
The following is a list of those who participated in a Rite of Election Feb. 22 at Church of the Magdalen in Wichita.
St. Vincent de Paul, Andover
Catechumens – Noah Cruse, Jonathan Garcia, Ashley Renee Gearhart, Derrik Ryann Gearhart, Nathan James Gearhart, Sierra Nicole Gearhart, Olivia Karagianis, Tre Karagianis, Nathan Soto
Candidates – Stephanie Gash, Michelle Koob, Tiffany Morales, Danté Rodd, Darin Rodd

Sacred Heart, Arkansas City
Catechumens – Josie Diaz, Erica Hyink, Michelle Marin, Angela Marin, Wil Peach, Mike Walker

St. Joseph, Arma
Catechumens – Jill Suzanne Ashbacher, Travis James Myrick, Taylor Ellen Myrick, Peyton John Phillip Kocur

St. James, Augusta
Catechumen – Chad John Douglas Barringer
Candidates – Alisha Ann Bodyk, Melissa Renae Berning

St. John, Clonmel
Candidates – Rylee Henderson, Lauren Oschner

Holy Name, Coffeyville
Catechumens – Tatum Berry, Trent McGown

Sacred Heart, Colwich
Candidate – Mark Meyer

St. Mary, Derby/Rose Hill
Catechumens – Robert Bravo, Nadine Knodel, Becky Mason Byer, Kyler Steadman, Tracy Uhlenkamp, John Waller
Candidates – Misha Barry, Brenna Blackketter, Darin Allen, Charles Patrick Clark, Todd Frederick Hough, Nathan Louis Johnson, Jessica E. Ohman, Mario Gene Torralbo, Misty Lea Torralbo

Sacred Heart, Fredonia
Candidates – Stephanie Huser

St. Michael, Girard
Catechumens – Jessica Lynn Little, Brad David Vinardi

Holy Spirit, Goddard
Catechumens – Ryan Farrell, Jennifer Littich, Todd Lane Williams
Candidates – Stanley Reeder

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Halstead
Catechumen – Melanie Rose Little
Candidates – Gary Church, Juliana Drouhard, Charlotte Harrington, Cory Harrington, Henry Harrington, Holly Harrington, Hudson Harrington, Brad Nightingale

St. Cecilia, Haysville
Catechumens – Jay Dorsey, Jody Marie Green, Hayden Michael Green, Haylee Michelle Green, Andy Andres Hinojos, Kyle Holford
Candidate – Justin Smith

Holy Cross, Hutchinson
Catechumens – Jaden Hartshorn, Jasmin Hartshorn, Amanda Kreutzer, Barry Rantin, Jill Schneider, Ron Touzel
Candidates – John Bredemeier, Cris Corey, Mary Crum , Judy Diehl, John Huggard, Jackie Manning, Missy Moodie, Darren Nelson, Sharon Rantin, Jake Rothwell, Kelsea Stueve, Travis Wolfe

Our Lady of Guadalupe, South Hutchinson
Catechumen – Gary Felty
Candidates – Yolanda Alvidrez, Carrie Bitter, Luis Bermudez, Seidy Bermudez, Yoana Bermudez-Cordero, Kyle Burnette, Melissa Fernandez, Pam Hornbeck, Brittany Jaques, Angela Pina, Dorey Smith, Cid Vargas

St. Teresa, Hutchinson
Catechumens – Raven Bright, Karen Gideon, Mark Maness, Bob Obermite
Candidates – Justin Dunlap, Brandon George, Nancy Pina, MaLisa Porter, Paul Porter, Rita Wildin

St. Andrew, Independence
Candidate – Joshua Russell

St. Paul, Lyons
Catechumens – Angela Marie Ceron, Kristina Leann Silva, Kristen Renea Wenner

Holy Family Parish, Marion
Catechumen – Vincent Madron
Candidates –Todd Siebert, Ed Robinson

St. Joseph, McPherson
Catechumens – Brecken Walline, Wyatt Walline
Candidates – Dara Reese, Christopher Walline, Crystal Walline

St. Michael, Mulvane
Catechumens – Paul Henson, Chris Nelson
Candidates – Sandi Nutt, Tressa Roderick

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton
Catechumens – Jennifer Duran, Jennifer Komarek
Candidates – Lisa Vela, Linessa Tiland

St. Mary, Newton
Catechumen – Benjamin Abel
Candidates – James Cox, Christopher Farrar, Dave Henning, Steve Jantz, Dustin Miner, Signe Rogers, Shaylan Smith, Mark Willingham, Cristy Willingham, Dagan Willingham, Max Willingham

St. Patrick, Parsons
Catechumens – Eugene Berndt
Candidates – John Keene, Mary Margaret Keene, John Rexwinkle, Megan Rexwinkle, Jordan Stice

Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg
Catechumens – Misty Button, Kate Patterson, Shirine Peters, Elliott Reece Jr., Kimberly Stewart
Candidates – Charles A. Ault, Benjamin Brand, Kayla Engen, Lynzee Flores, Harry Humpheries, Jon W. Hunter, Paula M. Hunter, Colby Kromminga, Diane Martin, Christina Metzgar, John Moore, Rob Morris, Ali Orscheln, Rachelle Reece, Aubrey Sheer, Betsy Smith, Kelly Thomas, Stetson Warner

St. Mark, Colwich
Catechumens – Josh Adams, Christian Cinotto, Michael Edwards, Penny Harbert

St. Francis, St. Paul
Catechumens – Bailey Shaw

St. Peter, Schulte
Catechumen – Jaime Roberts
Candidates - Cole Jost, Arthur Wyss, Megan Zapata

St. Anthony/St. Rose, Wellington
Catechumen – Lance Bacon, Michael Clark, Amy Collins, Kirsten Patterson
Candidates – Dan Dvorak, Jeffrey Payne

All Saints, Wichita
Catechumens – Joseph Alcala, Kerri Baggett, Bill Goheen
Candidates – Nick Manning, Owen Strawn

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Wichita
Catechumens – Able Flores, Martha Kemp
Candidates – Brehana Ortiz, Brian Branine, Judith Branine, Carl Saft, Kenia Robledo

Christ the King, Wichita
Catechumens – Steven Cranmer, Eddie Dowell, David Dyer, Bradley Hudgens, Darlene Jordan, Gaila Valles, Manuel Valles, Sheyla Valles
Candidates – Tonja Dowell, Dayle Harris, Susan Sponsel, William Woods

Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Wichita
Catechumens – Michael Caffrey, Cynthia Chacard, Alicia Duran, Tim Payne
Candidates – Abby Bloxam, Julia Boone, Lauren Caffrey, Patrick Clough, Alicia Duran, Ashley Kariganis, Connie Musgrave, Kerry Swain, Melissa Zapien

Magdalen, Wichita
Catechumens – Matt Chaffin, Tia Fields, Camila Rangel, Regina Rangel, Abel Riddle, Aidan Riddle, Alex Schooler, Spenser Schooler, Chris Vickroy, Erin Williams
Candidates – Henry Allen, Erika Gordon, Ashley Gordon, Allison Gordon, Amy Hall, Brian Hober, Melissa Klein, Mariah Martinez, Marissa Martinez, Susannah McClure, Pablo Mercado, Sarah Morris, Lara Patterson, Mindy Price, Melanie Ralls, Samantha Sandidge, Anthony Torres, Brandan Torres, Isabella Torres, Maggie Vogeli

Resurrection, Wichita
Candidates – Ryan Ewy, Bobby Vaught, Diane Wright

Holy Savior, Wichita
Catechumens – Ashley Marce Buckner, Socorro Cañas, India Cohee, Amanda Le, Sidney Le, Susan Ngoc Le, Yen ThiBach Nguyen, Niamiah Williams, Briasia Williams

Newman University, Wichita
Catechumen – Quinn Bowman

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Wichita
Catechumen – Mario A. Coronel Villarreal
Candidates – Alonso Rodriguez, Enrique Navarrete Cortes, Gerardo Hernandez, Janeth P. Silva Martinez, Karla G. Lerma, Luz G. Dominguez, Martha Banuelos, Yaneth Mares Lerma

St. Anne, Wichita
Catechumens – Whitney Lynn Bohrn, Kole Landwher-Brown, Riley Crisler, Miguel Feliciano, Irving Munoz, Jose Nunez, Diana Leyva-Sarmiento, Karina Leyva-Sarmiento, Nicole Leyva-Sarmiento, Elizabeth Botello-Sebastian, Yasmin Botello-Sebastian, Kenneth Clarence Walker
Candidates – Heather Leigh Jewell, Craig Paul Lund, Caroline Alexis Nichole Peabody, Dax Michael Peabody, Jaclyn Amanda Peabody

St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita
Catechumens – Ezra Ezell, Xander Fenogligo, Curt Frazell, Barb Kearn, Randy Laver, Christy Owen, Angela Stephen, Nicole Thompson
Candidates – Kelly Alderson, Bekah Ezell, John Ezell, Kevin Frye, Tawny Hajdu, Corinne Horsch, Melissa Labra, Austyn Montoya, Elizabeth Preisser, Clint Rathje, Derek Rundle, Kerry Schwarzenberger, Martha Snyder, Rachel Thimmesch, Kimberly Wasinger, Olivia Williams

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita
Catechumens – Matt Scriven, Cayla Smith, Chris Snyder, Amanda Stuchlik
Candidates – Maira Castillo, German Castillo, Andrea Doerger, Robert Faison, Brenda Gideon, Kerry Hayen, Austin Lenoir, Austin Peoples, Beverly Snyder

St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita
Catechumens – CJ Fouts, Destin Issacs, Raef Lehmann, Dominik Lehmann, Adam McDaniel, Sarah Payne, Margo Sarenfors, Tifani Turner, Erica Weishaar
Candidates – Kayla Aikins, Andrea Bell, Joshua Eller, Brittinia Ferris, David Firsching, Lauren Goebel, Kimberly McNeil, Dustyn Morgan, Gordon Shoup, Edward Thomas Sr., Pearlie Thomas

St. Joseph, Wichita
Catechumens – David Martinez, Sarah Stephenson
Candidates – Julee Meslin, Coleen Newfelt

St. Jude, Wichita
Candidates – Jeff Goering, Manuel Hernandez, Courtney Hoefer, Eric Hoefer, Barbara Linder, Martha Mwangi, Kyle Rowe, Janice Walton, Larry Walton

St. Margaret Mary, Wichita
Catechumens – Ilda Aguilar, Mariela Albor, Rosa Albor, Vanessa Albor, Melody Barrera, Anita Burtan, Socrates Flores, Leonard Giron, Nicole Giron, Yesenia Guillen, Axel Khamphaus, Angelina Ramirez, Eliza Ramierez, Ziray Ramierez, Jimena Rivera, Viola Rojo, Misty Shively, David Thomas

St. Patrick, Wichita
Candidates – Valerie Calderon, Jessica Gonzalez, Joshua Magdaleno, Yasmina Urbina

St. Paul, Newman Center, Wichita
Catechumens – Morgan Funston, Mellaine Kaiza, Guerrero Lopez, Jaden Prewitt, Clint Schulte
Candidates – Michelle Vicari, Austin Neufeld

St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita
Catechumens – Nicole Hadley, Michael Kinney, Ashlyne Powers
Candidates – Tyson Corley, Ryley Clem, Pamela Frazee, Lacey Kerbs, Courtney Krsnich, John Leavitt, Courtney Lipton, Ashli Miner, Stephanie Powers, Michael Ross, Steven Rothwell, Lily Schneider, Anthony Scimeca, Brett Wentzl, Anthony White

Holy Name, Winfield
Catechumen – Ashley Law
Candidate – Sarah Fischer

IHM Novitiate House of Formation under construction; ready around Thanksgiving

Many religious communities throughout the world are experiencing an increase in vocations. Young women are hearing the call to follow Jesus more closely, sacrificing the good things of this world for a life of consecration and service in the church.
In Kansas, the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary are a growing religious community whose motherhouse property is located near Colwich, and whose apostolate is teaching and forming the faithful in the Catholic faith and praying for the conversion of sinners and sanctification of priests.
Completion of the Novitiate House of Formation will be a benchmark for the Sisters. With the Novitiate House of Formation they will have completed four phases of their five-phase master plan. Phases one through three were the purchase of the 80-acre property near Colwich, the construction of a guest house for the sisters’ families who live out of state, and the building of their Fatima Shrine.
The next and final phase will be the construction of the motherhouse building itself. Though the novitiate house is actually part of the motherhouse, it was necessary to build it first to meet the immediate needs of the sisters. To be built in the near future, the motherhouse will bring the project to completion.
“The novitiate house will provide an excellent atmosphere and environment for the young women who know in their hearts that Jesus, the perfect bridegroom, is asking for their hearts. For those who remain uncertain of where their hearts lie it will provide the opportunity to come and experience religious life with the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Wichita,” said Sister Marie Bernadette Mertens, novice mistress of the IHM Sisters.
Mother Mary Magdalene, general superior of the IHM Sisters, said young women are often unsure if they have a vocation to religious life, and encourages every young woman seeking a vocation to “place your trust in the providence of God, in a spirit of childlike confidence, like Saint Therese of Lisieux. Love God. Trust God. God will lead you in the right direction. Pray that you are open to God’s Holy will.”

Newman University News, April 17, 2015

Newman hosting adoration on April 26
The faithful are invited to an outdoor adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at Newman University Sunday, April 26, following the 7 p.m. Mass. It will be held at Mary’s Grotto, outside and to the north of St. John’s Chapel, which is located in the Administration Building in the middle of campus.
Several priests will also hear confessions throughout the evening. Music will be provided by Wichita Adore, a group of college students from around the state who provide their services for adoration events.
“Newman University has teamed with Wichita Adore Ministries in the past and the resulting event was fantastic,” said Fr. John Fogliasso, Newman’s chaplain. “The powerful experience of praising and worshiping our Eucharistic Lord is only amplified by the incredible outdoor setting.”
Newman hosted an outdoor adoration last September attended by nearly 150. Fr. Fogliasso hopes to welcome many adorers this time as well.
“The students at Newman are excited to share our beautiful campus and invite anyone to attend this outdoor holy hour,” he said.

Newman students learn that stitching together binds them
By Jessica Sponsel

Members of Newman University’s Jets for Life club met for eight hours over nine days in a campus building to cut, iron, sew, pin, and tie pieces of fabric into quilts.
Some quilts have patterns of coordinating colors, while others have recognizable holiday themes such as Halloween and Christmas. Several quilt tops were donated, but much of the work was performed by the students.
Their efforts will be given away as prizes at the club’s third annual quilt bingo at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Newman University’s Dugan-Gorges Conference Center. All proceeds will go to A Better Choice, a pro-life crisis pregnancy center.
Now that the work is nearly finished, Jets for Life President Courtney Holbrook said she was not sure there would be a quilting bingo this year because the student who had spearheaded the previous efforts graduated last May.
“I remember in October, I was wondering if we were even going to have it this year,” she said.
Holbrook said she, her roommate, and the club’s vice president pooled their knowledge to get the project going.
“Between the three of us we have one competent quilter! We’ve been learning a lot as we go along.”
Holbrook said help has come from many different places. Sr. Rita Schwarz, a member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, gave the students advice and help. The Sewing Center, located at 2407 W. 13th St., donated six children-sized quilt tops and some pieces that were extended or incorporated into other quilts by the club.
“We couldn’t have done it without them,” she said.
Holbrook said that students have dedicated a lot of time to making quilts for the bingo.
“I wouldn’t classify making quilts as a very young, college-aged activity, but they are coming out on early Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, to work on these quilts,” she said. “We’re really service-based on this campus.”
Jets for Life Vice President Cody Larkin said one of the best parts of the process have been seeing students work together as a team.
“It’s a way to bring the community and the school together for a common purpose to support the pro-life cause and have fun while doing it,” he said.
Some quilts are not finished as of last week, but the club has two more quilting days scheduled to finish them before the bingo.
“It’s really been a God thing. He’s provided for us so much,” she said.
Sponsel is a senior at Newman and a member of St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Schulte.
Quilt bingo set for April 26
The quilt bingo for life will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Newman University’s Dugan-Gorges Conference Center. About 20 quilts will be given away as prizes. The suggested donation for bingo cards is $5 each. Food, including chili, grilled cheese, and baked goods will be available for purchase at the event.

High school seniors receive Cardinal Newman Scholarships worth $1.1 million
WICHITA – Newman University has announced ten recipients for Fall 2015 Cardinal Newman Scholarships. The scholarship is Newman’s highest valued award, providing full tuition and fees for four years to each student. The combined estimated value of the ten scholarships is $1.1 million.
Four of the recipients are from Wichita Catholic high schools:
• Nicole Beck is the daughter of Tom and Laura Beck of Wichita. She attends Bishop Carroll Catholic High School and was a member of the girls cross country team for three years. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and school yearbook staff, and has been involved with the St. Gianna’s Health Academy.
• Annie Dang is the daughter of An Dang and Quyen Tran of Wichita and a student at Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School. Dang was a member of the KMC tennis team for four years. She is vice president of the school’s music club and is involved with the theater program. Dang volunteers at Wesley Medical Center.
• John Vincent DeGraffenreid is the son of Ronald and Mary DeGraffenreid of Wichita and a student at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School. DeGraffenreid has volunteered more than 250 hours at Via Christi Hospital - St. Theresa. He is vice president of the Via Christi Youth Volunteer Student Council and is a member of the National Honor Society.
• Anna Dinh is the daughter of Billy Dinh of Wichita. Dinh, a student at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, is a two-time president of St Patrick Parish youth group. She is a member of the Via Christi Teen Youth Volunteer Student Council.

Spiritual Life Center News, April 17, 2015

Catholic Assembly for Business program begins April 29 at SLC
A new program, the Catholic Assembly for Business, debuts later this month at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
“The Spiritual Life Center offers many classes and retreats and people always tell me they’re great ideas,” Assistant Program Director Dusty Gates said, “but I’m getting a different sense about this one.”
When Gates talks with people about the new Catholic Assembly for Business, he is receiving immediate and positive responses. “People say, ‘Yes,’ I’m interested and want to be a part of it,” he said.
The program is a good fit for one of the of the missions of the center: develop programs for Adult Education, Spiritual Formation, and Lay Leadership.
The Catholic Assembly’s vision is to generate a spirit of faithfulness, service and virtue in the business world by forming individuals and infusing Catholic principles into the local professional culture. The goal is to bring people together who share faith and have a genuine concern for one another.
“It’s about Catholics working together. We’ll spend time learning and enriching our faith,” Gates explained, “But there will also be time for networking opportunities.”
Individuals who are in need of employment will get a chance to share, along with those who are looking to hire new employees. Gates envisions members sharing business ideas and getting feedback about ideas. He expects to have time for testimonials, where members can talk about their experience and interactions with others they’ve met in the group.
The idea for the assembly arose out of conversations Gates had with St. Thomas Aquinas parishioner Blake Wells. He reached out to Wells for several informal brainstorming sessions focused on finding better ways the Spiritual Life Center could serve the diocese and fulfill its mission. Wells believed there was a need for local businessmen and businesswomen, who share the faith, coming together to serve the unique social and vocational needs of Catholic professionals.
Later both men traveled to Kansas City to attend a breakfast meeting of the Heart of America Catholic Business Network which help them put into focus a vision and how they might start something similar in Wichita.
“I think the assembly will provide a way for Catholic business professionals to connect with one another,” Wells said, “We’re all in the same boat together – brothers and sisters trying live out their faith with unique challenges of being in the business world.”
Gates added: “With this new type of forum, I believe it’ll attract people who have never been engaged with the Center or other Catholic programs. We meet people where they’re at, integrating work and faith. It can fill the needs we all have to grow in our faith and has potential to address the material needs of our families.”
Dates for the quarterly business breakfast events are April 29, July 29, Oct. 28 and Jan. 27.
The group will hold its first quarterly breakfast event from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, at the Spiritual Life Center, 7100 E. 45th N. Monsignor Stuart Swetland will speak about “The Theology of Work.”
For more information about the Catholic Assembly for Business and to make a reservation for the event, contact Gates at (316) 744-0167 or register online at

Annual Womens’ Retreat Weekend at the Spiritual Life Center set for May 8 and 9
Two programs coming to the Spiritual Life Center in early May will focus on women.
On Friday, May 8, the center will host its annual “Ladies Evening Out.” Women are invited to attend this evening of wine, appetizers, discussion, and prayer. Christina Weber will host a conference during which participants will have time for socializing and sharing.
Attendees will have the opportunity to stay past the scheduled conference time to enjoy some quiet prayer on their own. They may even choose to reserve a bedroom overnight and make a retreat out of this program. The evening begins at 7 p.m. and concludes around 9 p.m. The cost is $10.
On Saturday, May 9, Weber will present the center’s annual Mothers Retreat.
This year’s day of prayer will be on “A Catholic Woman’s Guide to Healthy Relationships.” The retreat will include uplifting conferences, daily Mass, opportunities for discussion with other moms, and a special Mothers’ Day luncheon.
Check-in for the morning will begin at 8:30 a.m. The day will conclude by 3 p.m. The rate for this day is $40 and includes a copy of the book “The Catholic Women’s Guide to Healthy Relationships: 12 Supernatural Keys to Make Good Relationships Better and Improve Difficult Ones.”
Want to participate?
Register for either event by visiting the Spiritual Life Center’s webpage at or by calling (316) 744-0167. Those who wish to make the two events a retreat and need to reserve a bedroom are urged to call.

Msgr. Swetland to make two presentations at the SLC
The names “Pope Francis” and the “New Evangelization” have at least two things in common: people talk a lot about them, and most people don’t really know who or what they are.
Msgr. Stuart Swetland, will give a lecture at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita entitled “Pope Francis and the New Evangelization,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in which he will help those attending understand more about the true nature of each.
Msgr. Swetland is president of Donnelly College and host of EWTN’s “Catholicism on Campus” and Relevant Radio’s “Go Ask Your Father.”
According to Msgr. Swetland, Pope Francis’ focus is on a “theology of encounter,” which is an important aspect of the “New Evangelization” called for by Pope John Paul II, a call which was resounded by Benedict XVI.
While many tend to see the theology and pastoral directives of Pope Francis as distinctly different from those of Benedict, Msgr. Swetland will explain how Francis is truly a pope of continuity, though he puts forth his emphasis on joy, mercy, and reaching out to the margins in a unique way.
The event is free, and open to the public.
Msgr. Swetland will make another presentation at 8 a.m. the next day entitled “The Theology of Work.” Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. A $10 donation is requested for the event.

Monthly Mass with Children at the Spiritual Life Center Wednesday, April 29
Caregivers and their small children are invited to the monthly “KidsPrayToo!: Mass with Children” at the the Spiritual Life Center on April 29.
The Mass begins at 11:15 a.m. On this particular Wednesday, Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke will speak especially to the littlest among us. The program gives parents and caregivers an opportunity to teach their children without worrying about disturbing other Mass goers around them.
The KidsPrayToo!: Mass for Children was well attended in March. All families are invited to pack a lunch to enjoy in our dining room or courtyard afterwards. No registration necessary.

Special Day of Reflection on the Bible scheduled for April 25
A day retreat entitled “The Word Made Flesh: A Day Retreat on the Bible” will be presented Saturday, April 25, at the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita.
The retreat will introduce participants to the beauty of reading Sacred Scripture with the mind and heart of the church, illuminated by the church’s great saints and doctors.
Participants will come to see more deeply how the New Testament is hidden in the Old and the Old Testament is revealed in the New.
Joshua Bitting of the Office of Faith Formation will present.
Want to attend? The day of reflection takes place Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration cost is $20 and includes lunch. Register at or call (316) 744-0167.

Marriage enrichment retreat April 24-25 at the SLC in Wichita
Married couples are invited to join other couples for a mini-retreat next weekend on Marriage Enrichment at the Spiritual Life Center.
On Friday evening, April 24, through Saturday afternoon, the center will host a retreat designed to help couples reflect on and renew the important components of their marriage.
Couples will enjoy a regular “Date Night” including social hour and dinner on Friday evening along with conferences and prayer. Saturday’s schedule includes daily Mass, more conferences, dialogue, and quiet time. The retreat ends just after lunch on Saturday. Couples may stay overnight or commute.
The cost is $60 per couple with donations accepted for overnight room rates. Or couples may attend Friday evening only for $30 per couple.
Reservations can be made on line at or by calling (316) 744-0167.

Fr. Hotze to present annulment workshop April 23 at the SLC
Fr. John Hotze will present a program about the annulment process from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Fr. Hotze, judicial vicar for the Diocese of Wichita, will also 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 for the presentation. Reservations may be made at or by calling (316) 744-0167.

Youth and school News, April 17, 2015

St. Mary School, Newton, wins ‘new’ playground
St. Mary Catholic School in Newton last week was awarded a $15,000 Let’s Play Community Construction Grant by the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and the national non-profit KaBOOM! which will be used to improve and replace the school’s playground.
The school had a “Design Day” Friday, April 10, to get students involved in the project. Classes from upper grades paired with their “buddies” from younger grades to depict their ideal playground in drawings. After sharing their creations, the $15,000 KaBoom Grant to build a new playground was announced.
The grant money will be combined with other money the school has raised to improve its over 80-year-old playground equipment and to update safety and ADA standards for play. Neighborhood children and families will be welcome to enjoy the new playground.
“We feel blessed and humbled to have been chosen for this nationwide grant,” said Philip Stutey, St. Mary School’s principal. “Our students, families, and faculty will use this gift to its fullest and in turn pass it on to benefit the rest of the Newton community.”
The grant is part of Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr. Pepper Snapple Group to get kids and families active nationwide. Unstructured, child-directed play has proven to help kids develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually.

Diocesan News, April 17, 2015

Bishop Kemme to celebrate special Mass May 1 on first anniversary
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will celebrate a special, public Mass at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 1, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
He is celebrating the Mass in honor of and thanksgiving for the first anniversary of his episcopal ordination. The faithful are invited to attend.

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month.
April 18-19: Parish Pastoral visit to Sacred Heart in Arkansas City
April 19: Confirmation Mass at 5 p.m. at Holy Spirit in Goddard
April 22: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at St. Peter in Schulte
April 23: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at Church of the Magdalen in Wichita
April 24: Guadalupe Clinic Winefest
April 25: Confirmation Mass at 1 p.m. at St. Mark in Colwich
April 25-26: Parish Pastoral visit to St. Mark in Colwich
April 26: Confirmation Mass at 4 p.m. at St. Anne in Wichita
April 28: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc in Harper
April 29: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart in Colwich
April 30: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. for all three Hutchinson parishes at Holy Cross in Hutchinson
May 1: Episcopal Anniversary Mass at Cathedral at 10:30 a.m. Open to the public
May 1-3: 114th Kansas Knights of Columbus State Convention in Topeka
May 3: ACTS presentation at Cathedral
May 5: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Wichita
May 6: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. for Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Mary, both Newton parishes at the Cathedral in Wichita
May 7: Pastor Appreciation Mass and luncheon; Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary in Wichita
May 9-10: Parish Pastoral visit to Holy Family Parish in Marion
May 11: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita
May 12: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at St. Catherine of Sienna in Wichita
May 13: St. Mary Colgan Catholic High School Graduation in Pittsburg
May 14: Baccalaureate Mass for Kapaun seniors at Magdalen; Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Wichita
May 15: Newman University Baccalaureate Mass at the Cathedral
May 16: Home school graduation at Sacred Heart in Colwich; Trinity Catholic High School Graduation in Hutchinson
May 17: Bishop Carroll Catholic High School Graduation at Bishop Carroll; Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School Graduation at Century II

Center of Hope Benefit Dinner April 19
WICHITA – The annual dinner and auction to benefit Center of Hope, a homelessness prevention program now in its 32nd year of service to the Wichita area, will be held Sunday, April 19, at the Dugan Library & Conference Center on the Newman University campus.
The theme is “Home Is Where The Heart Is” and begins at 5 p.m. with a private VIP champagne reception for sponsors purchasing a table of eight and their guests. A wine and beer reception for other guests will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the dinner and program starting at 6:30.
“Space is limited and we urge those interested in attending to make reservations early,” said George Dinkel, executive director. Reservations may be made by calling (316) 267-3999 or mailing a check to Center of Hope, 400 N. Emporia, Wichita KS 67202. A table of 8 is $700 and individual tickets are $75. A copy of the dinner invitation can be downloaded from
The auction items appeal to a wide range of interests including something for the golf enthusiast, a hunting expedition, special woman’s package, a White House tour, and much more.
To top off the evening, 50 keys will be available of which only one will unlock a treasure chest containing a mystery prize valued in excess of $1,000.
Center of Hope is sponsored by the Sisters Adorers of the Blood of Christ. Emergency financial assistance is provided to clients – most often for rent and utility bill payments. Counseling, referrals, and case management services are also provided.

All invited to A.C.T.S. Eucharistic evening at cathedral Sunday, May 3
The faithful are invited to gather Sunday, May 3, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita for an evening to honor our Lord in the Eucharist. They will join together in Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving, and Supplication before the Blessed Sacrament.
The ACTS will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Those attending are asked to bring a canned item to donate.
The event will open with exposition, followed by talks on the four types of prayer and will be followed by song and silent prayer. An opportunity for confession will also be available.
Speakers for the evening are Bishop Carl Kemme, Father Sam Brand of Church of the Magdalen, Father Jerome Spexarth of St Patrick Church, Wichita, and Father Hung Quoc Pham of St. Anthony Church, Wichita.
The evening will conclude with benediction and a procession of canned goods to be donated to a local food pantry. For additional information, contact Bonnie Toombs at (316) 269-3935 or Sister Loretta at (316) 269-3900.

NFP teachers sought by ministry
The diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life is recruiting volunteers to teach Natural Family Planning in the Diocese of Wichita.
Becky Knapp, program coordinator for Natural Family Planning, said NFP teaches fertility education methods designed to instruct how to achieve and avoid pregnancies by understanding the natural signs of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle.
“NFP is a unique family planning method because it starts by accepting human fertility,” she said. “Typically, science seeks to control births by manipulating fertility. NFP methods do nothing to disturb fertility. NFP works with the established fertility of men and women, and goes further by relying on the couple’s behavior.”
Natural family planning is approved by the church as a way to space births, Knapp said, because NFP respects God’s design for married love.
For couples facing challenges in achieving pregnancy, she said, NFP assists the physician in identifying the underlying causes of infertility which allows for a treatment plan to be developed which works cooperatively with the woman’s cycle.
The effectiveness of NFP methods relies on the competency of the teacher, how well the couple learns the information, and the couple’s motivation to follow specific guidelines. “When a couple is well taught and they follow the guidelines, modern methods of NFP are 99 percent effective for couples postponing pregnancy and 98 percent for couples trying to conceive,” she said.
Want to teach NFP?
Various training programs are currently available. To learn more, contact Becky Knapp at the Office of Marriage and Family Life, (316) 685-5240, or
Trained NFP teachers assist couples in understanding the gift of fertility and provide a unique ministry that illuminates the true dignity of the human person and the language of the body.

Chrism Mass photos online
A slideshow of photos of the March 31 Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception are available online at

Holy Week photos online
A slideshow of photos of the Good Friday and Easter Vigil at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception are available online at

Annual Life Run May 2
The 2nd Annual Life Run will be held Saturday, May 2, at the Sedgwick County Park.
A 5K chip-timed run will begin at 9:30 a.m., and a 1.5 mile fun run/walk begins at 10 a.m. Family-friendly activities available throughout the event.
Proceeds will benefit A Better Choice Crisis Pregnancy Center in Wichita. To register, visit For more information, call (316) 269-3935.

Knights hosting golf tourney May 2
WICHITA – St. Margaret Mary Parish’s Knights of Columbus Council 3677 will sponsor its 7th Annual Golf Tournament Saturday, May 2, at Pine Bay Golf Course. 
The cost is $75 per golfer or $300 a team. Tee off time is 8:30 a.m. followed by a barbecue lunch at 1 o’clock featuring awards, team prizes, door prizes, and a live and silent auction. 
For more information, contact Al Molina at (316) 461-2199 or email

Marian Movement of Priests Cenacle May 3
The Marian Movement of Priests area-wide Cenacle Mass will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1321 N. Stratford Lane in Wichita, Saturday, May 3.  
A rosary will be prayed at 7:40 a.m. followed by the Mass at 8 a.m. Our Lady of Fatima Devotions will follow the Mass and a light breakfast will be served in the Assembly Room.

Bishop focuses on his priests at Chrism Mass

Bishop Carl A. Kemme focused on the priests of the diocese and their relationship with him and the faithful of the Diocese of Wichita in his Chrism Mass homily Tuesday in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
“Christ ordained us through the hands of the bishop, not so we could have a reasonably and relatively comfortable life, which most of us enjoy, not because Christ saw in us any real measure of qualification, which most of us lack, not because he could not have extended himself down through the ages by some other means, but because in his mysterious wisdom, he has called to himself a community within the community of believers, a fraternity, like those first disciples sent out to preach, to teach, and to sanctify in his name.”
Bishop Kemme said priests have dedicated their lives in service to God and the church and were consecrated for the sanctification of God’s people, “by leading them in prayer and worship, by teaching them the truths of the faith that set them free from slavery to sin, by reconciling them to God, by uniting them in the bonds of marriage, by sustaining them in times of sickness and death, and by walking with them on the pathway that leads to heaven.”
After asking the priests attending the Mass to remember how they felt on their ordination day, Bishop Kemme thanked them and especially gave thanks for the five priests who this year are celebrating the jubilees of their ordination – Fathers Colin Boor, Sean O’Shea, Patrick Mannion, James Spexarth, and Patrick York – and for all priests, past, present, and those to be ordained.
“We could not have imagined the great company we would be keeping or how these men and the many who would come after them and will come after us would enrich the church,” he said.
Bishop Kemme closed his homily by saying he was unable to fully thank the priests for what they do in the diocese, for their kindness since his arrival about a year ago, and for their prayers.
“I can only offer you my deep desire to help you become a more faithful, a more ardent and zealous priest,” he said. “Helping you to become such will also help me become what I hope and desire to be more than anything else, a kindly, good and wise bishop.”

What is the Chrism Mass?
The bishop, joined by the priests of the diocese, gathered Tuesday at the Cathedral to celebrate the Chrism Mass, a Mass that manifests the unity of the priests with their bishop. During the Mass, celebrated in dioceses across the world, the bishop blesses three oils – the oil of catechumens, the oil of the infirm, and holy chrism – which are used in the administration of the sacraments throughout the diocese until the next Chrism Mass.

Want to hear the Holy Week homilies?
Audio of the Holy Week homilies, including the Chrism Mass, are available at The podcasts links are in the right column.

Jubilarians honored at Chrism Mass

Five priests of the Diocese of Wichita were honored at the Chrism Mass Tuesday, March 31, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
Honored for 65 years of priesthood were Fathers Colin Boor and Sean O’Shea. Fathers J. Patrick Mannion and James Spexarth were honored for 60 years. Father Patrick York was honored for 25 years. (A photo of Fr. Spexarth was not available.)

Fr. Colin Boor
Father Boor, 89, a native of Odin, Kan., studied for the priesthood at Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., and was ordained on May 31, 1950, in Mater Dolorosa Chapel at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. He then served for 12 years as a pastor at four parishes,
Father Boor volunteered in 1964 for the mission in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, where he served a total of eight years during two assignments to the South American post. Although he retired in 1999 after serving at various parishes in the Diocese of Wichita, he served afterward as temporary or parochial administrator at four parishes in the dioceses of Wichita and Dodge City.

Fr. Sean O’Shea
Father John J. “Sean” O’Shea, 90, one of several Irish priests who served the diocese, is also being honored on the 65th jubilee of his priesthood.
Born in County Cork Ireland, he received his seminary training at Saint Patrick College in Carlow, Ireland, where he was ordained in 1950. He served throughout the Diocese of Wichita, and before retiring in 1999, served as pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, for 14 years.

Fr. J. Patrick Mannion
Father J. Patrick Mannion, 85, has served the diocese for 60 years. Born in El Dorado, he studied for the priesthood at Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., and was ordained in 1955 in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita. In addition to serving at various posts throughout the diocese, Father Mannion studied for and received a licentiate in canon law from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. After receiving his degree, he served for many years in the diocesan tribunal office.

Fr. James J. Spexarth
Father James J. Spexarth, 86, has also served the diocese for six decades. He was born in Colwich, Kan., and studied for the priesthood at St. Meinrad Seminary in St. Meinrad, Ind. He was ordained in 1955 at Sacred Heart Church in Colwich. Soon after his appointment, he studied canon law at Catholic University. After his studies, he served as vice chancellor and later as secretary to Bishop Mark K. Carroll, in addition to assignments as pastor throughout the diocese.

Fr. Patrick G. York
Father Patrick G. York, 53, a native of Wichita, was ordained in 1990 at the Cathedral after studying at Mount St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md. He has served as an associate and as a pastor at various parishes in the diocese, most recently at the Church of the Magdalen in Wichita, where he has served since 2004.

Bishop Kemme records video for USCCB effort

Bishop Carl A. Kemme is joining other U.S. bishops in an effort to promote child protection this month, National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is providing video reflections for the daily readings in an effort to share how the church is working to prevent child sexual abuse.
“We try to do something different every year,” said the Rev. Mr. Bernard Nojadera, executive director of the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection for the USCCB. “When we were able to ask bishops to do this, we were very pleased they were not only willing, but they were excited to be able to do that because these videos reach quite a lot of people on a daily basis.”
Deacon Nojadera said this year they asked bishops from the Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People to offer a reflection of the readings of the day, recording a short reflection and infusing their message with the issue of child protection.
The Committee for the Protection of Children is one of the few committees in the USCCB with a bishop from each of the 15 regions in the U.S. Five of them recorded messages in April.
“They work to implement the charter for the protection of children and young people and discuss matters in which the church can grow in health and holiness in regards to this issue,” he said. “This has defiantly changed the way the Church operates, especially in regards to working with minors.”
Bishop Edward Burns, the chair of the committee and the bishop of Juneau, recorded the first reflection, for April 1. The other four bishops recorded their messages for the Mondays of April.

Want to see Bishop Kemme’s video?
Bishop Kemme’s reflection was recorded for the readings of April 27. To view it, visit and select the 2015-04-27 reflection.

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