Congregation of St. Joseph jubilarians mark 1,430 years

The Congregation of St. Joseph, Wichita Center, honored 22 members of the Congregation during a jubilee celebration Saturday, June 18, at Mt. St. Mary’s Convent in Wichita.
The jubilarians:
80 years – Sister Sedonia Isenbart
75 years – Sisters Paula Marie Metz, Julita Paulie, and Charlotte Zelenak
70 years – Sisters Jane Aucoin, Veronice Born, Patricia Brandner, Jean Louise Diskin, Elizabeth Ann Engels, Virginita Hearing, Patrice Joyce, and Rosina Van Leeuwen;
60 years – Sisters Antonella Bayer, Cecilia Okada, Fidel Marie Sauceda, Judith Ann Shimek, Joann Schneider, Catherine Switlik, Elizabeth Ann Switlik, Mary Margaret Switlik, and Mary Virginia Watanabe
25 years – Sister Karen Salsbery
Collectively the 22 Sisters have served the people of God for 1,430 years. Sisters Cecilia Okada and Mary Virginia Watanabe live in Japan and celebrated there.
The festivities began with picture taking. After a short break, a Mass was offered celebrating the Sisters’ years of service. The Most Rev. Carl A. Kemme was the main celebrant and Fr. Joseph Gile, chaplain at Mt. St. Mary’s Convent, concelebrated. The celebration concluded with a dinner shared with the jubilarians’ fellow sisters, Bishop Kemme, and Fr. Gile.

Parish Leadership Institute July 23

The reaction of one parishioner from Holy Cross Parish in Hutchinson after last year’s Parish Leadership Institute was: “Wow! What a great day! I only wish it was longer!”
This year’s institute will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Spiritual Life Center.
Parish leadership can be complicated. Pastors are often reluctant to ask parishioners to participate in parish leadership positions because they realize the busy lives parishioners lead. Parishioners are reluctant to accept this act of stewardship as a leader in their parish because they do not feel formed well enough to accept.
The Parish Leadership Institute is designed to uncomplicate the task of parish leaders who participate in pastoral councils, finance councils, stewardship councils, parish and school staffs, and other parish organizations.
The Institute consists of general leadership sessions and specific council sessions. Ed O’Malley, a parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Parish and president of the Kansas Leadership Institute, will give the key note address about how leadership is an activity, not a position.
Father Ken Van Haverbeke, director of Stewardship, will present the history of the Diocese of Wichita, the organization and structure of the diocese, and some spiritual vices and virtues of leadership.
Jim Rundell, program coordinator of the St. Dismas Ministry to the Incarcerated and administrator of the Spiritual Life Center, will also speak about parish planning.
“Parish planning is a prayerful process that provides a vehicle, or a structure for sharing our gifts within our worshipping community,” Rundell said. “A parish plan provides an opportunity to share our individual gifts in a cohesive manner resulting in a strong community response to God’s call to discipleship.”
Workshops will include, Parish Council Formation led by Father Ken Van Haverbeke for pastoral council members and other ministry councils; Parish Finance Formation led by Bryan Coulter and Therese Seiler for parish finance councils and ministry group financial officers; Stewardship Formation led by Audrey Ronnfeldt for stewardship council members and volunteer coordinators.
Topics covered in the day’s formation at the Spiritual Life Center will include best practice ideas, conflict resolution, working with different pastors and leaders. Mass and lunch are included as part of the day.

Want to participate?
To register for the Parish Leadership Institute, visit www.SLCwichita.org, call 316-744-0167, or contact your pastor and say, “I really would like to go to this!” The cost is $20 per person, with an additional $30 suggested donation if staying overnight, but no one will be turned down due to lack of funds.

World-renowned theologian to visit Wichita, Chanute next month

Petroc Willey will speak at Summer Catechetical Summit Aug. 20-21
Dr. Petroc Willey said he will explore the Eucharist during his presentations at the Summer Catechetical Summit next month.
“What more central point of the faith could there be to explore together,” he said in a telephone interview last week.
Dr. Willey, a world-renowned theologian, will speak at the Summit Saturday, Aug. 20 at Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School in Wichita, and at St. Patrick Parish in Chanute the next day.
“My particular contribution will be to look at what I call the pedagogy of the catechism with regards to how it presents the Eucharist and the faith in general,” he said.
“The catechism, I think, is widely understood to be a definitive volume for holding for us, in a very secure way, the content for our faith for our time. And one of the things that is slightly less well appreciated is that it not only holds it, but it also presents it to us in a catechetical way.”
The word pedagogy means the method and practice of teaching.
Dr. Willey said he would like to explore the pedagogy that is found in the catechism and how it presents the central mystery of the faith, the Eucharist, “which is described as the sum and summary of our faith.”
The way the Eucharist is presented, he added, sums up the pedagogy of the catechism as well. “I’d like to look at that because understanding that better can be of benefit to us whichever programs we’re using, whatever age groups we’re teaching, whatever setting we’re in.”
A convert to Catholicism, Dr. Willey has earned two Ph.Ds, one of them from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, and a licentiate in sacred theology. He is a world renowned authority on catechesis, the former director of Maryvale Institute in Birmingham, England, and is currently a professor of Catechetics at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. He serves the Holy Father as consultor for the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.
Jose Gonzalez, of the Sophia Institute for Teachers, based in Manchester, New Hampshire, will also make a presentation at the Wichita summit about resources, lessons plans, and activity ideas useful in teaching about the sacraments.
Those attending the Wichita summit will have the opportunity to attend several break-out sessions, collaborate, and view materials from publishers. The Wichita summit will conclude with a Vigil Mass celebrated by Father Dan Lorimer, chaplain at Kapaun Mt. Carmel.
All parish catechetical leaders, youth ministry leaders and teams, catechists and aides are highly encouraged to attend. Catholic school teachers and parents are also welcome to attend.
The summit at St. Patrick Parish in Chanute will have fewer break-out sessions and will be without Jose Gonzalez. It is sponsored by the Office of Faith Formation, RCL Benziger, and Our Sunday Visitor.

Want to attend the summit?
The Summer Catechetical Summit in Wichita will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 20; and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 21 in Chanute. The theme this year is “Eucharist: Source and Summit of Catechesis.”
Those who wish to attend either summit may register at CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/faith, by Friday, Aug. 12. There is no cost and a light breakfast and lunch will be served. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 316-269-3940.
Audio interview available
A 13-minute interview with Dr. Willey is available at CatholicAdvance.org. In the audio interview, Dr. Willey talks about his journey from evangelicalism to Catholicism, his academic journey, and about what led to his crossing the Atlantic to teach in the United States.

Spiritual Life Center news, July 15, 2016

Monthly Mass for Children July 21
Caregivers and their children are invited to the monthly “KidsPrayToo!: Mass with Children” at the Spiritual Life Center Thursday, July 21. The Mass begins at 11:15 a.m.
Fr. 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.
All families are invited to pack a lunch to enjoy in our courtyard afterwards. Participants may wish to bring a picnic blanket to enjoy lunch on the grass.

Journey through Scripture series at the SLC starting July 25
Beginning Monday, July 25 and for two Mondays following, Dusty Gates will present a scripture study in the Journey through Scripture series entitled, “The Bible and the Sacraments.”
The Bible and the Sacraments looks at each sacrament individually, seeking to understand where they come from, what they mean, and why they are so important and foundational to our faith. Finding their institution in Christ and their origin in salvation history, they are God’s gift of life to His children.
The program will be offered on Mondays, July 25, Aug. 1, and Aug. 8 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Spiritual Life Center, 7100 E. 45th Street N., in Wichita. The registration cost is $30 per person and includes all materials.
Register by visiting the Spiritual Life Center’s webpage at www.SLCwichita.org or by calling 316-744-0167.

SLC to host retreat on Carmelite saints and spirituality Aug. 12-14
WICHITA – The Spiritual Life Center will host a Carmelite Spirituality retreat Aug. 12-14. Carmelite priest Fr. Adam Gregory Gonzalez, the prior and retreat director at the El Carmelo Retreat House in Redlands, California, will lead the weekend retreat.
The retreat will focus on the great Carmelite Saints such as St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Fr. Gonzalez will also present a lesson on Saint Teresa’s practical method of prayer. There will be time on the weekend for personal prayer, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, conferences, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Those who attend Fr. Gonzalez’ 2013 retreat will find much more to learn this year.
The cost of the weekend is $165 for single occupancy; $138 per person for double occupancy. The early bird registration is $145 for single occupancy; $120 per person for double occupancy. To receive the early bird rate, you must be registered and paid in full by Monday, Aug. 1.
Check-in begins Friday, Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m. with the first presentation at 7:30 p.m. The retreat concludes Sunday, Aug. 14 at 1 p.m. The registration deadline for the retreat is on or before Monday, Nov. 11. All registrations include a $50 non-refundable deposit.
Register online at www.SLCWichita.org or call the Spiritual Life Center at 316-744-0167.

July Docentium on July 21 at the SLC
The Spiritual Life Center in Wichita will host its monthly Docentium Program on Catholicism and Culture Thursday, July 21. The program includes dinner and a presentation.
Father Joe Gile will give a presentation called “Is Pope Francis a Liberal?” Whether it is because of his comments on role of the family, church annulments, global warming, the economy, or birth control, many people, both inside and outside the church are starting to think that Pope Francis is a liberal. Is he? No. But how then do we explain his comments on these and other issues? Come to this talk to understand better the mind of Pope Francis and what he is trying to do for the Church.
The event is an evening of food, friendship, and learning. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., dinner is served at 6:30, and every third Thursday of the month a new lecture will be given on some topic related to religion and culture. The cost is $15 per person.
Register soon for this program by visiting the Spiritual Life Center’s webpage at www.slcwichita.org or by calling 316-744-0167.

Day retreat about Thomas Merton at SLC later this month
The Spiritual Life Center and Father Ken Van Haverbeke will present a retreat entitled “Contemplative Life through the Eyes of Thomas Merton” on Saturday, July 30. Participants will study Merton’s writings on prayer, liturgy, civil rights, and more as a way to integrate more contemplation into their own life.
Looking at the contemplative life through the eyes of Father Louis, also known as Thomas Merton, is to look at Merton’s writings on prayer, monastic life, liturgy, or his writings on civil rights, peace and war, or ancient cultures. In all of this, Merton was expressing the nature of contemplation.
For Merton, contemplation was not simply one aspect of life but was the fundamental reality in life. It was what made life real and alive. It was what makes us to be truly human. Our one day workshop, facilitated by Father Van Haverbeke, participants will reflect upon Merton’s writings and life.
The retreat begins Saturday at 9 a.m. and concludes around 4 p.m. Reservations may be made on-line at www.SLCwichita.org or by calling 316-744-0167.

Diocesan news, July 15, 2016

Midwest Catholic Family Conference set for Aug. 5-7
The 17th Annual Midwest Catholic Family Conference will be held Aug. 5-7 at Century II in Wichita.
Director Kevin Regan said speakers’ topics reflect the theme “Merciful like the Father” in their talks that will address a variety of areas such as life issues, positivity, mental illnesses, family issues, and more.
“We try to cover all that is related to life,” Regan said. “It’s not just for the family. It’s for your grandmother, neighbor, or any person. It’s for individuals too.”
The conference also has a children’s program for ages 3 to 10, middle school, and high school programs. A young adult program has also grown in the recent years.
The young adult program “takes place Friday and Saturday evening around 9 or 9:30 at the Hyatt,” Regan said. “This year musician Marie Miller will perform one night and Jennifer Fulwiler will take the other night. This is aimed at those ages 18 to 34 years old.”
The event draws Catholics from throughout the region, but those in Kansas shouldn’t miss out, he said. “People come from all over: Nebraska, Kansas City, Oklahoma, and it is right at our back door. One day rates are available if you can’t make it the whole weekend.”
This year’s speakers include Fr. Charles Sikorsky, Jennifer Fulwiler, Leah Darrow, Leo Severino, and many more. Besides the speakers, the conference has a lot to offer to all ages, including prayer, Mass, and many booths reflecting a variety of Catholic ministries.
Registration and more information about the speakers and programs is available online at www.CatholicFamilyconference.org.

Tournament Sept. 26 to benefit Carmelite nun monastery
The 9th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament sponsored by the Friends of the Carmelite Nuns will be held Monday, Sept. 26, at Willowbend Golf Club in Wichita.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the construction of a monastery chapel for the Discalced Carmelites located at 7445 N. Woodlawn in Valley Center, about four miles directly north of Church of the Resurrection.
The entry fee is $125 per player or $500 for a team and includes a sack lunch, green fees, a cart, on-course beverages, and hole competitions including a $10,000 hole-in-one prize. In addition to having a great time with some diocesan priests, participants will take part in an awards dinner.
Hole sponsors, priest sponsors, and prizes are being sought for the fundraiser. Those who wish to support the event may email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 316-305-3051.
For more information about the nuns, visit CarmelOfWichita.com.

Workshop for church musicians July 24
A technology workshop for church musicians will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 24, in the Bishop Carroll Catholic High School Band Room, 8101 W. Central Ave. in Wichita. Attendees should enter through Door 12.
The workshop is open to novices to technology as well as masters. No pre-registration is necessary. The event is sponsored by the Wichita Chapter of the National Pastoral Musicians and is free for all Wichita Chapter members. There is a $10 fee for non-members. Attendees should bring their tablets, if possible.
To join NPM Wichita, visit www.npmwichita.org.

Totus Tuus for children with special needs Aug. 1-4
A Totus Tuus program for children between the ages of 6 and 13 with special needs will be held Monday through Thursday, Aug. 1-4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. Lunch will be provided.
The program with be the third time it has been offered. The curriculum is the same as it is for all other children attending Totus Tuus but is modified to meet individual learner needs. The children engage in lessons that are hands on and interactive, they attend Mass and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
The teaching team, comprised of Totus Tuus team members who have taught throughout the summer, participate in a day of special training that includes instructional and classroom management techniques, and how to use visual schedules.
A mother of a former student said about the program: “The reason I loved Totus Tuus for children with special needs and encourage other parents to have their child participate, is that it is conducted in a relaxed atmosphere, young people are teaching (which my son loved), it is fun and the team teaches about Christ in a way that my son could absorb it – it was right on his level.”
The cost is $50 per child. To enroll, call 316-269-3940 or visit www.CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/Faith.

Father Schemm leading trip to Poland
Father Michael Schemm is leading a Year of Mercy trip to Poland Oct. 13-22.
Included is the renowned shrine of Our Lady of Częstochowa, Mass at the tomb of St. Stanislaus in Krakow, the Tatra Mountains, and the capital, Warsaw.
The cost of $3,249 includes round trip air between Wichita and Poland with hotels, meals, sightseeing and entrance fees.
For more information call 1-888-284-6725 or visit www.goldenfrontier.org/International_Pilgrimages.

GriefShare sessions begin on July 26
The diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life will host GriefShare weekly sessions from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Tuesday, July 26, at the St. Joseph Pastoral Center, 437 N. Topeka, in Wichita.
GriefShare is for those grieving the death of a family member or friend.
The cost for the series is $25. For more information, contact Carol Wiegand at (620) 326-1251. To register, contact Jake Samour at (316) 685-5240 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Two late Sunday Masses available
There are two “last chance” Sunday Masses in Wichita for those who hit the snooze button one too many times.
The St. Paul University Parish at Wichita State University has a Saturday Vigil at 4:30 p.m. Sunday Masses are at 10 a.m. and at 7 and 9 p.m.

Dr. Petroc Willey to speak at Summer Catechetical Summit in Wichita, Chanute

Dr. Petroc Willey, a world-renowned theologian, will speak at the Summer Catechetical Summit Saturday, Aug. 20 at Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School in Wichita, and at St. Patrick Parish in Chanute the next day.
The summit in Wichita will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 20, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Chanute. The theme this year is Eucharist: Source and Summit of Catechesis.
Dr. Willey, who has earned two Ph.Ds, one from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, and a licentiate in sacred theology, will be the keynote speaker at the summit. He is currently a professor of theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio.
Dr. Willey is a world renowned authority on catechesis, the former director of Maryvale Institute in Birmingham, England, and is currently a professor of Catechetics at Franciscan. He serves the Holy Father as consultor for the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.
Jose Gonzalez, of the Sophia Institute for Teachers, based in Manchester, New Hampshire, will make a presentation at the Wichita summit about resources, lessons plans, and activity ideas useful in teaching about the sacraments.
Those attending the Wichita summit will have the opportunity to attend several break-out sessions, collaborate, and view materials from publishers. The Wichita summit will conclude with a Vigil Mass celebrated by Father Dan Lorimer, chaplain at Kapaun Mt. Carmel.
All parish catechetical leaders, youth ministry leaders and teams, catechists and aides are highly encouraged to attend. Catholic school teachers and parents are also ecouraged to attend.
The summit at St. Patrick Parish in Chanute will have fewer break-out sessions and will be without Jose Gonzalez.
The summit is sponsored by the Office of Faith Formation, RCL Benziger, and Our Sunday Visitor.

Want to attend the summit?
Those who wish to attend the summit in Wichita or Chanute may register at CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/faith, by Friday, Aug. 12. There is no cost for the event and a light breakfast and lunch will be provided. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 316-269-3940.

Diocesan news, July 1, 2016

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar.
July 2-3: Parish Pastoral visit to Holy Spirit in Goddard
Bishop Kemme has limited meetings and public appearances during the month of July.

Father Schemm leading trip to Poland
Father Michael Schemm is leading a Year of Mercy trip to Poland Oct. 13-22.
Included is the renowned shrine of Our Lady of Częstochowa, Mass at the tomb of St. Stanislaus in Krakow, the Tatra Mountains, and the capital, Warsaw.
The cost of $3,249 includes round trip air between Wichita and Poland with hotels, meals, sightseeing and entrance fees.
For more information call Golden Frontier at 1-888-284-6725 or visit www.goldenfrontier.org/International_Pilgrimages.

GriefShare sessions begin on July 26
The diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life will host GriefShare weekly sessions from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Tuesday, July 26, at the St. Joseph Pastoral Center, 437 N. Topeka, in Wichita.
GriefShare is for those grieving the death of a family member or friend.
The cost for the series is $25. For more information, contact Carol Wiegand at (620) 326-1251. To register, contact Jake Samour at (316) 685-5240 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Curtis Martin to speak at Salina men’s conference Aug. 13
The founder and chief executive officer of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, Curtis Martin, will speak at the Diocese of Salina’s Men’s Conference Saturday, Aug. 13, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Hays.
Registration is $35 for adults and $15 for high school and college students. Father and son registration options are available. To register visit SalinaDiocese.org/family-life.
Martin co-hosts EWTN’s show, “Crossing the Goal” and is the vice-chairman of the Augustine Institute in Denver, a Catholic graduate school dedicated to the New Evangelization. He and his wife Michaelann live in Westminster, Colorado, with five of their nine children.

Via Christi’s CMN gets a sweet $170,000 DQ check
Becky Steiner, who with her husband, Leon, owns a Dairy Queen in Hoisington, Kansas, won a drawing on behalf of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Via Christi Health at the bi-annual DQ Expo held in Puerto Rico in January.
As a result, they won the honor of presenting a check for $170,000, June 8, to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Via Christi Health, Wichita, on behalf of the Dairy Queen system. Via Christi Health is a member of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and not-for-profit healthcare system.
The check represents half the total amount raised at the Expo attended by approximately 2,000 DQ franchisees, vendors and their families, friends and associates through silent and live auctions and other activities designed to raise money for CMN Hospitals. Part of those funds came from chance drawing tickets donated by DQ franchisees that allowed them to participate in a drawing to determine which two CMN Hospitals would share the event proceeds. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin will receive the other half of the $340,000 raised.
“For over 30 years the Dairy Queen system has been committed to raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and we are so proud to present this check for $170,000 to Via Christi,” said Troy Bader of the donation, which will be used for a soon-to-be-announced project to enhance pediatric care at Via Christi’s Wichita hospitals. “These funds will make a significant impact on the experience children will have during potentially stressful moments in their life.”
Bader is COO for the United States and Canada for International Dairy Queen Inc.

St. Gianna academy receives $10,000
WICHITA – Via Christi’s St. Gianna Catholic Health Academy recently received a donation of more than $10,000 from the Navrat Family Charitable Foundation to purchase upgraded technology. The funds will be used to purchase a Promethean Activpanel interactive whiteboard screen, a Swivl C Series robotic camera, an iPad Air, and online textbook and supplemental resources.
The program also recently received funding from the Black Hills Energy Corporation.
“This gift will enhance our classroom learning while making it easier to stay up to date on the many healthcare changes these students will be facing as well as better prepare them for any field they choose to pursue,” said Karla Denlinger, the instructor of the St. Gianna Catholic Health Academy.
“We are honored to help further the important work of the St. Gianna Catholic Health Academy with this grant,” said C. Todd Navrat, president of the Navrat Family Charitable Foundation, which was established in 2006 by Robert J. Navrat, a longtime supporter of Catholic education and of Via Christi.
Founded in 2002, the St. Gianna Catholic Health Academy is a collaborative effort between Newman University, Wichita’s Catholic school system and Via Christi Health. It offers qualifying seniors from Bishop Carroll and Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High Schools an in-depth look at all types of health care careers.

Newman U. receives $75,000 from Fidelity Bank Foundation for science facilities
WICHITA – The Fidelity Bank Foundation of Wichita has awarded a $75,000 grant to Newman University in support of the new Bishop Gerber Science Center and upgrades to existing health sciences and nursing education facilities on the Newman campus.
“On behalf of The Fidelity Bank Foundation, I am pleased to pledge $75,000” in support of the new and renovated facilities, wrote Clay Bastian, director of the foundation, in a letter announcing the award to Newman. “We appreciate the work you do and are proud to support your mission.”
“We greatly appreciate this generous gift from the Fidelity Bank Foundation,” said Newman President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D. “The support the foundation and the Bastian family have provided will help Newman continue to produce well­prepared graduates to meet the scientific, educational and health care needs of people throughout the region.”
Newman officials said in a news release that the university is known for its many contributions to the area.
“Newman University has been a vital contributor to Wichita and the region throughout its 80-year history, creating educational opportunities to meet the ever-changing needs of individuals and businesses,” said Newman Board of Trustees Chair Linda Davison. “No contribution has been more vital than the pivotal role Newman University has played in improving the quality of health care in the region.”
The grant supports Facing Forward - A Campaign for Newman University. According to a Newman news release, the campaign is designed to raise $30 million to build a 51,400 square foot science center to be named in honor of the Most Rev. Eugene J. Gerber, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Wichita, a longstanding advocate for Catholic higher education and Newman University.
Funds raised through the Facing Forward campaign are also being used to renovate facilities in the existing Eck Hall, which houses the university’s nursing and health sciences programs, as well as to grow the university’s endowment and provide for the Newman Fund, which supports student scholarships.
“Newman is highly respected for the excellence of our nursing, health sciences and pre-med academic programs” added Professor of Chemistry and Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies David Shubert, Ph.D.

Spiritual Life Center news, July 1, 2016

Camino pilgrims to gather at the SLC July 23 to reflect
By Kristina Glicksman
The Camino de Santiago, or Way of St. James, is a network of medieval pilgrimage routes across Europe and Spain leading to the tomb of the Apostle St. James the Greater in the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela. Every year thousands of pilgrims walk anywhere from 80 miles (the minimum requirement to claim a compostela, a sort of pilgrimage certificate) to over 1,000 miles, starting from their homes across Europe.
In a sense, the Camino has very little to do with St. James and everything to do with one’s relationship with God and with others. Though few pilgrims probably realize it at the outset, the Camino is a sort of boot camp, training them in their understanding of and attentiveness to those two greatest commandments.
How easy it is in our affluent society to delude ourselves that we are independent and self-sufficient, cutting ourselves off from God and from others. Making a long journey by foot and carrying your belongings can be a frightening and yet paradoxically liberating reminder of our individual littleness and weakness.
Confronted with challenging topography and unfriendly weather, somehow it seems natural to lift one’s soul and place one’s cares in the hands of Him who has counted even the hairs on our heads. And more often than not, our desperate needs are not met by miracles and voices from heaven but by our weary fellow travelers and by the volunteers and staff of hostels and cafes along the way who day after day greet pilgrims with the same untiring hospitality.
And we ourselves are humbled as we realize that we too are the answer to the prayers of others if only we open our hearts and share what we have, if only we show to others the mercy that has been shown to us.
Glicksman is an assistant in the diocesan Office of Development and Planned Giving.
Want a Camino experience?
“Camino de Santiago: A Gathering of Pilgrims,” will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. The cost is $10.
This day of reflection is for pilgrims who have traveled the way of St. James, or are planning to do so. The day is an opportunity to share experiences, relive memories, and to help future travelers to prepare for their pilgrimage. It will include Mass at 11:30 a.m. and lunch.

Parish Leadership Institute July 23
The reaction of one parishioner from Holy Cross Parish in Hutchinson after last year’s Parish Leadership Institute was: “Wow! What a great day! I only wish it was longer!”
This year’s institute will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Spiritual Life Center.
Parish leadership can be complicated. Pastors are often reluctant to ask parishioners to participate in parish leadership positions because they realize the busy lives parishioners lead. Parishioners are reluctant to accept this act of stewardship as a leader in their parish because they do not feel well formed enough to accept.
The Parish Leadership Institute is designed to uncomplicate the task of parish leaders who participate in pastoral councils, finance councils, stewardship councils, parish and school staffs, and other parish organizations.
The Institute consists of general leadership sessions and specific council sessions. Ed O’Malley, a parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Parish and president of the Kansas Leadership Institute, will give the key note address about how leadership is an activity, not a position.
Father Ken Van Haverbeke, director of Stewardship, will present the history of the Diocese of Wichita, the organization and structure of the diocese, and some spiritual vices and virtues of leadership.
Jim Rundell, program coordinator of the St. Dismas Ministry to the Incarcerated and administrator of the Spiritual Life Center, will also speak about parish planning.
“Parish planning is a prayerful process that provides a vehicle, or a structure for sharing our gifts within our worshipping community,” Rundell said. “A parish plan provides an opportunity to share our individual gifts in a cohesive manner resulting in a strong community response to God’s call to discipleship.”
Workshops will include, Parish Council Formation led by Father Ken Van Haverbeke for pastoral council members and other ministry councils; Parish Finance Formation led by Bryan Coulter and Therese Seiler for parish finance councils and ministry group financial officers; Stewardship Formation led by Audrey Ronnfeldt for stewardship council members and volunteer coordinators.
Topics covered in the day’s formation at the Spiritual Life Center will include best practice ideas, conflict resolution, working with different pastors and leaders. Mass and lunch are included as part of the day.
Want to participate?
To register for the Parish Leadership Institute, visit www.SLCwichita.org, call 316-744-0167, or contact your pastor and say, “I really would like to go to this!” The cost is $20 per person, with an additional $30 suggested donation if staying overnight, but no one will be turned down due to lack of funds.

Fr. Van Haverbeke to discuss how to pray with your personality on July 9
Each morning I see him. He comes into the parish church. First person. Reverently he genuflects, bowing his head while doing so. Slowly he comes up and enters a pew. Hands clasped, forehead buried into his intertwined hands, for at least five minutes he is motionless, praying intently.
How does he do it? What is he doing? What is he praying?
There is no “right” way or “wrong” way of praying when you are praying from your heart. We know that. But sometimes we would like to know what others seem to know: how to pray! Even the apostles of John the Baptist and of Jesus needed to be taught how to pray. (Luke 11:1-4)
On July 9 at the Spiritual Life Center, Father Ken Van Haverbeke, will teach you how to pray according to your personality. Looking at five different personalities of saints: Saints Benedict, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Francis, and Ignatius, the day retreat will allow participants to learn and experience how they prayed. Attendees will study their strengths, weaknesses, and life experiences as related to their lives of prayer.
Each person is unique: unique personality, life experiences, and desires. St. Theresa of Avila taught in “The Interior Castle” that understanding oneself is vital in prayer. Knowing one’s personality and establishing certain prayerful habits results in faithful prayer.
The retreat will begin Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and conclude around 4 p.m. Reservations can be made online at www.SLCwichita.org or by calling 316-744-0167.
The beauty of a diocesan retreat center is a perfect setting for a retreat on prayer. The relaxed and leisurely pace of the retreat will allow the participants to grow in their knowledge and love of the Lord, with each unique personality.

Summer symposium at SLC July 14-16
WICHITA – The Spiritual Life Center will host a three-day conference July 14-16 for adult faith formation featuring classes on doctrine, spirituality, literature, and Catholic living.
The teaching faculty for the Summer Symposium consists of Fr. Frank Coady, Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke, John McCormick, and Dusty Gates. The symposium is an opportunity for presenters and participants to gather for prayer, celebration, and intellectual exchange. The program begins with a keynote banquet on the evening of Thursday, July 14, and continues all day Friday and Saturday.
John McCormick, Ph.D., will teach about “Green Discipleship.” Dusty Gates will lead a course called “Inklings and Imagination: What Lewis and Tolkien taught us about Reality.” The title of Fr. Ken VanHaverbeke’s class is “God speaking through the imagination: Illusion or prayer?” And Keynote speaker, Fr. Frank Coady, priest of the Diocese of Salina, will teach on “Scripture and Tradition.”
The Summer Symposium begins Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. with a banquet followed by the keynote lecture. The symposium continues both Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Various registration options are available depending on which parts of the symposium a participant attends. The commuter rate is $115, and the overnight rate is $200. Adjusted rates are available for those who can only attend part of the symposium. Registration may be made by calling the Spiritual Life Center at 316-744-0167, or online at SLCwichita.org.

Totus Tuus for children with special needs set for Aug. 1-4
A Totus Tuus program for children between the ages of 6 and 13 with special needs will be held Monday through Thursday, Aug. 1-4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. Lunch will be provided.
This will be the third time it has been offered. The curriculum is the same as it is for all other children attending Totus Tuus but is modified to meet individual learner needs. The children engage in lessons that are hands on and interactive, they attend Mass and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. The teaching team, comprised of Totus Tuus team members who have taught throughout the summer, participate in a day of special training that includes instructional and classroom management techniques, and how to use visual schedules.
A mother of a former student said about the program: “The reason I loved Totus Tuus for children with special needs and encourage other parents to have their child participate, is that it is conducted in a relaxed atmosphere, young people are teaching (which my son loved), it is fun and the team teaches about Christ in a way that my son could absorb it – it was right on his level.”
The cost is $50 per child. To enroll, call 316-269-3940 or go to www.CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/Faith.

Fr. Kapaun’s cause one step closer to papal consideration

The cause for the canonization of Father Emil Kapaun is one step closer to consideration by the pope.
Six historical consultants of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints met in Rome Tuesday, June 21, and approved the historical documents submitted by the Diocese of Wichita on behalf of Fr. Kapaun’s Cause for Beatification and Canonization. The documents were originally presented to the Congregation as part of the Positio for Fr. Kapaun and were prepared by the Postulator Dr. Andrea Ambrosi, who has visited Wichita several times for the diocese.
The Vatican’s consultants approved the documents after evaluating them for completeness and accuracy. The Positio is the official document that will be used to determine if Father Kapaun lived a life of heroic virtue and sanctity. Bishop Carl A. Kemme presented the Positio to Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints on Nov. 9, 2015.
Father Kapaun is a priest of the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas, who, while serving in the U.S. Army as a chaplain, died in 1951 in a Korean prisoner of war camp after heroically serving his fellow soldiers.
The affirmative vote allows Father Kapaun’s Cause to move forward to the Theological Consultants, who will review the Positio to determine if Father Kapaun’s writings and teachings are doctrinally sound and in harmony with church teachings. If the Theological Consultants also deliver an affirmative vote, the matter will move to a panel of Cardinals and Archbishops of the Congregation for Saints.
The panel will review Father Kapaun’s life one final time. If they approve, Father Kapaun’s Cause will move on to the Holy Father who will make the ultimate decision on Father Kapaun’s Beatification and Canonization.
As the review of Father Kapaun’s life continues, medical consultants in the Congregation will be working on the proof of alleged miracles. One alleged miracle must be approved and accepted as having no scientific explanation for Fr. Kapaun’s Beatification; and, a second miracle must be approved and accepted for the canonization of Father Kapaun.
Fr. John Hotze, a priest of the diocese and the episcopal delegate of the Office of Canonization of Father Emil Kapaun, said the process may seem unending but that the naming of a saint has never and, hopefully, will never be taken lightly.
“This news cannot be perceived as anything but a great sign,” he said. “This is a great step forward and recognition of the work we’ve done and of the life of Father Kapaun, and has happened much more quickly than I had anticipated.”
Fr. Hotze added that, God willing, Father Kapaun’s cause will proceed with speed and that we will soon be honoring him as a saint of the holy Catholic Church.

Sisters of St. Joseph break ground for assisted living and skilled nursing center

WICHITA – The Sisters of St. Joseph ceremonially broke ground Monday, June 13, to mark the start of construction on a new building on East Lincoln Road in Wichita. The building will be a non-profit senior care property and will offer Sisters and others assisted living and skilled care options.
The site will have 20 assisted living apartments and 24 skilled care units, in addition to the existing 32 apartment independent living complex known as Joseph Villa, Mount St. Mary’s Convent, and the chapel.
“We are excited to be creating a beautiful home for our sisters and others” said Sr. Rita Ann Teichman of the Congregational Leadership Team. “The fact that we are building here is a resounding indication of our commitment to remain a part of this Wichita neighborhood.”
Sr. Margaret Nugent agreed, adding, “We have a long history of looking for what is needed in the community and providing for that need. We pray that God will continue to guide our hearts and our projects as we seek ways to serve our neighbors.”
Anticipated completion of the building is the fall of 2017. It will be managed by CSJ Initiatives.

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