Three Mark 60 Years with Adorers of the Blood of Christ

ASC Sisters Maureen Farrar, Marita Rother and Catherine Shippen celebrated 60 years of vowed life with the Adorers of the Blood of Christ on May 3, at the Wichita Center. They marked the anniversary with a Mass and dinner and were joined in the celebration by sisters, family and friends. Father Tom Welk presided at the liturgy.
The women made first vows July 1, 1955, and final vows exactly five years later.

Sister Maureen
Sister Maureen, of Hobart, Okla., has a bachelor’s degree in education from Sacred Heart College, now Newman University, and a master’s degree in communication arts from the University of Notre Dame.
She taught school in Kansas – eight years in elementary schools and seven years in high schools. She did public relations at Sacred Heart College for several years before serving six years in leadership of the former Wichita Province.
For the past 33 years, Sister Maureen has done administration and pastoral ministry at St. Paul’s, a mission church on the Navajo Reservation in Crownpoint, N.M.

Sr. Marita
Sister Marita, of Okarche, Okla., has a bachelor’s degree in education from Sacred Heart College, and a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Wichita, now Wichita State University.
She taught for more than 40 years at the elementary and secondary level, and also served as principal for half of those years.
She was director or assistant director of the department of elementary education at Kansas Newman, superintendent of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Dodge City, Kan., and associate superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.
Sr. Marita directed women aspiring to become Adorers, and helped form them as a member of the novitiate community in Wichita.
She tutored and served as an aide at two elementary schools in Wichita and now volunteers at The Lord’s Diner in Wichita and the reception desk in the Wichita Center.

Sister Catherine
Sister Catherine (formerly Mary David) of Harper, Kan., has a bachelor’s degree in education from Sacred Heart College and a master’s degree in education from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. She was certified to teach elementary school in four states and was a certified catechist in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.
She taught elementary school for almost 30 years in Stillwater, Bison and Guthrie, Okla.; Carlsbad and Hobbs, N.M.; Sedalia, Mo.; and Ellinwood, McPherson, Aleppo, Kinsley, Grinnell and Wichita, Kan.
She also served as parish organist and choir director, admissions office receptionist at Newman University, volunteer at the Wichita Center, and patient representative at Via Christi St. Joseph.
She volunteers at St. Joseph Hospital, St. Teresa Hospital, and at the ASC Center in Wichita.

Six to be ordained next week; five to the priesthood

Six young men will lie prone in front of Bishop Carl A. Kemme next week in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita. Five will be ordained priests and one will be ordained to the transitional diaconate.

Gabriel Greer
Gabriel Greer, a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Pittsburg, will be ordained a deacon at 7 p.m. Friday, May 22. Although he – a third year theology student – makes up his entire ordination class, next year a large group of young men, God- and bishop-willing, will follow him to the altar to be ordained deacons.
In response to questions emailed to all the diocese’s ordinandi, the men to be ordained wrote about their upcoming reception of Holy Orders.
Greer said he is both excited and fearful as his ordination draws near. “The many different things learned throughout seminary are about to become a reality as I prepare to make a public commitment of my entire self to God and his ministry,” he said. “I am looking forward to proclaiming the Word of God and preaching, but at the same time there is quite a bit of nervousness around preaching.”
He quoted a recent church document that stated: “The homily in some sense parallels the distribution of the Lord’s Body and Blood to the faithful during the communion rite. In the homily God’s holy Word is ‘distributed’ for the nourishment of his people.”
Greer said the parallel between the two “makes me nervous knowing that the preaching of God’s Word in some way is compared to the nourishment that is received in the reception of Holy Communion.”
Seminary has been enjoyable, he said, years marked by prayer and an increase of self-knowledge. “All things I hope will help me give of myself in total gift to the people of God in the Diocese of Wichita.”
A perennial question the Catholic Advance asks men who are about to be ordained is: “What advice do you have for a young man considering the priesthood?”
Greer recommended that young men considering the priesthood should learn to pray daily and develop a relationship with Jesus Christ. “Christ desires to speak to each of us in a unique and particular way, and he can only do this if we open ourselves up to him. A more practical encouragement would be to frequently receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Confession.”
Five transitional deacons will be ordained to the priesthood at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 23, in the Cathedral.

The Rev. Mr. Devin Burns
Deacon Devin Burns, member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Wichita, said he is taking the time before his upcoming ordination to thank God for the many gifts and graces that have led “him to approach the altar and to serve Him as a priest.”
He said he can’t wait to serve the many people – priests, teachers, parishioners, family and friends – who have helped him to keep seminary formation in perspective and inspire him to grow in holiness. “I would never have survived six years in seminary without all my brother seminarians throughout the years.”
Men interested in the priesthood might ask, “Can I really be happy without a wife and family?” Deacon Burns wrote.
“I never would have found that answer if I didn’t trust God enough to first enter seminary,” he said. “The question lingered at times during seminary, but during times of quiet prayer I always found God reassuring me with his peace and joy. You will never be able to follow God’s will if you do not believe that he will fulfill all your needs with a joy that is beyond understanding.”

The Rev. Mr. Josh Evans
Deacon Josh Evans, a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Pittsburg, said as his ordination approached he found himself thinking about what has to happen “before” May 23.
“At the Mount (St. Mary’s Seminary), we are still plugging away at school, wrapping up our final papers and projects,” he said. “First Mass plans are underway, invitations are almost complete. Thank goodness my mom, Nancy, has been so helpful.
“Between planning and organizing my younger sister’s wedding, my ordination, and then my little brother’s wedding all happening in three months, I am sure she’s ready to pull her hair out! I’m looking forward to coming home after being away for the last seven years.”
The time, though, has been thoroughly enjoyable, Deacon Evans said.
“These years in seminary have certainly been the most formative years of my life, he said. “I am most grateful to everyone who has made this possible. I have enjoyed the fraternity of my seminarian brothers and priests back in Wichita. I’ve enjoyed my studies and opportunities to pray and discover my vocation. I’ve enjoyed meeting the people of the Diocese of Wichita whom I will soon be serving.”
What he has enjoyed most about his studies is “discovering the goodness of God and how much he loves me,” he said. “Receiving the identity of a beloved son of God is a priceless gift from Our Father. Seminary was the place that God allowed me to discover this and my vocation.”
For those considering the seminary, Deacon Evans suggested they talk to Father Michael Simone, director of the diocesan Vocations Office.
“I went into seminary to try to prove to myself that I was not called. I had my own dreams and wanted to do other things. As it turns out, God had other plans,” he said. “ A man will always be wondering whether or not he was called to the priesthood if he doesn’t go and at least try seminary out. The seminary is the seedbed of a vocation: If you have one, it will grow there.”

The Rev. Mr. Curtis Hecker
Deacon Curtis Hecker said a couple of weeks ago, that he was focused on finishing the semester well and making sure that he is well-prepared to celebrate the sacraments once he is ordained. “Spiritually, I have been praying about the priesthood in order to be better prepared to receive this great sacrament.”
Although he enjoyed many aspects about the seminary, he said, the most important was “to come to know Jesus Christ in a much more intimate way than I ever thought possible.”
Deacon Hecker, a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Arkansas City, added that he will miss being surrounded by so many good men “who are all striving for holiness and who are willing to help one another out in times of need.”
He said he wishes someone would have told him in high school that you do not have to be 100 percent sure that God is calling you to enter a seminary.
“When I was in high school I thought that God might be calling me to the priesthood, but I was not sure, so I didn’t enter seminary until several years later. Obviously, before you go to seminary you should have some indication that that is what God wants for you and you should have some desire for the priesthood, but the seminary is a place of discernment. If you go there and are open to God’s will, then he will lead you on the right path.”

The Rev. Mr. Zachary Pinaire
Deacon Zachary Pinaire, a member of St. Mary Parish, Derby-Rose Hill, replied to the Catholic Advance questionnaire by starting with a countdown to his ordination, and added, “There are a number of things to organize and bring together logistically before ordination: invitations, Mass programs, dinners, etc. However, amongst all of those little ‘stresses,’ there is an over arching peace and excitement of finally stepping fully into the vocation that I have been called to live.”
He said seminary study provided a way to deepen and grow in his relationship with Jesus, and that two things came to mind when reflecting about his studies: First is growing in brotherhood with my classmates and fellow seminarians. They have held me up in times of struggle, held me down in times of doubt, and helped me grow closer to Christ.”
The second was the parish work he has been able to participate in over the last few years, Deacon Pinaire said, “Particularly at the parish where I did my pastoral internship and the parish where I served as a deacon. These parish experiences have affirmed me in my vocation in ways I never expected they would.”
Fear not and trust God, he said to young men considering the seminary.
“If Christ is calling you to be his priest, there is no better means to find true and uncompromising happiness. Take the step toward seminary, give 150 percent to seminary life, and Christ will either show you the door or show you the priesthood. If he shows you the priesthood, you will be grateful you took that first step.”

The Rev. Mr. P.J. Voegeli
Deacon Voegeli, a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Wichita, said he has been “thinking of everything and nothing,” adding that he is trying, “not to get worked up about the details, and try not to break down when I think of what a mystery it is as per why God chose me.”
He said he will remember the fraternity of the seminary after his ordination. The many good men – and sour ones, too – who have formed him and prepared him to be a priest.
Those considering the priesthood should pray, pray pray hard, and spend time with different priests at various parishes.
Most importantly anyone thinking about the priesthood should try the seminary, Deacon Voegeli said. “If he is not called to the priesthood, God will make that clear and he can continue with his life a better man. If he is called, God will open the path to him as he strives to live the life God has called him to live. Better to try and not be called than to be called and never try.”

What is Holy Orders?
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the church until the end of time.”
There are three degrees of holy orders: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate, more commonly understood as bishop, priest, and deacon. The diaconate can be broken down into two categories: permanent and transitional. Men studying for the priesthood are ordained transitional deacons. Permanent deacons can be married men, or single men who make a commitment to celibacy. Transitional deacons also make a commitment to celibacy.

Bishop announces priest assignments; three to retire

Bishop Carl A. Kemme has announced clergy assignments. All assignments are effective on July 1, 2015.

Bishop’s Leadership Team
Rev. David J. Lies – Vicar General/Moderator of the Curia and pastor of St. Michael in Mulvane
Rev. Michael M. Simone – Chancellor and remaining as Director of Office for Vocations
Mrs. Therese Seiler – Vice Chancellor, Victim’s Assistance Coordinator and remaining as Director of Office for Human Resources
Very Rev. John P. Lanzrath – Vicar for Priests
Rev. Kenneth S. Van Haverbeke – Vicar for Stewardship and Parish Life and remaining as Director of Office of Stewardship and Director of Spiritual Life Center
Mr. Bryan Coulter – Director of Finance and Administrative Services

Rev. Dwight J. Birket – Return to Retired Priest Status and Associate Vicar for Retired Priests
Rev. John P. Sherlock – Retired Priest status
Rev. Stephen M. Thapwa – Retired Priest status

Rev. Adam J. Keiter – Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita

Rev. Daryl Befort - St. Joseph Parish in Andale
Rev. Maximilian K. Biltz – St. Michael Parish in Girard and St. Joseph Parish in Arma
Rev. Joseph A. Eckberg – St. Mary Parish in Derby
Rev. David Michael Htun – St. Francis Parish in St. Paul and St. Ambrose Parish in Erie
Rev. Andrew H. Kuykendall – St. John in Clonmel/Viola
Rev. C. Jarrod Lies – St. Francis of Assisi in Wichita
Rev. David J. Lies – St. Michael in Mulvane
Rev. Roger S. Lumbre – Holy Cross Parish in Hutchinson
Rev. James S. Mainzer – St. Jude in Wichita
Rev. Michael J. Maybrier – St. Teresa in Hutchinson and Holy Trinity in Little River
Rev. W. Shawn McKnight – Church of the Magdalen in Wichita
Rev. Brian D. Nelson – St. Mark in Colwich and part-time service to Diocesan Tribunal
Rev. Benjamin N. Nguyen – St. Anthony in Wichita and Bishop’s delegate to Vietnamese Pastoral Council
Rev. Hung Quoc Pham – St. Anthony/St. Rose in Wellington and St. Martin of Tours in Caldwell
Rev. Daniel L. Vacca – Sacred Heart Parish in Fredonia and St. Ignatius Parish in Neodesha
Rev. Nicholas A. Voelker – St. Mary Parish in Newton and remaining in service to Latin Mass Community of Wichita

Parochial Vicar
Rev. David M. Voss – Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Pittsburg

Chaplains and Special Assignments
Rev. Benjamin F. Green – Chaplain Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, remaining in residence at St. Francis with weekend sacramental duties.
Rev. Thomas M. Hoisington – Chaplain to Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters of Wichita and Catholic Care Center in Wichita
Rev. Daniel S. Lorimer – Chaplain at Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School with sacramental service, as needed, to St. Patrick and Our Lady of Perpetual Help, both in Wichita.
Rev. Ruben Ortiz–Montelongo – On loan to the Diocese of Dallas
Rev. Benjamin S. Sawyer – Advanced studies in Theology in Rome, Italy
Rev. Patrick G. York – On loan for service in formation at Conception Abbey Seminary in Conception, Missouri

Statement of the Roman Catholic Bishops of Kansas on the expansion of Medicaid

If the state of Kansas chooses to expand Medicaid under the terms of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), over 130,000 low-income Kansans would become eligible for health insurance under the Medicaid program. We, the Catholic Bishops of Kansas, support expanding Medicaid to cover these individuals. Indeed, many of our brothers and sisters who cannot currently afford health insurance would gain access to it, bringing an end to the uncertainty and fear that the uninsured of our society must live with daily. However, our endorsement is with serious reservations as there are several aspects of the proposal to expand Medicaid that are very problematic.
Our endorsement flows from the influence of Scripture as well as our living faith tradition. From Scripture we call to mind Luke’s parable of the “Good Samaritan.” The Samaritan finds a man “half dead,” is “moved with compassion,” and “treats him with mercy” by caring for him. The parable reminds us that the measure of a culture is the manner in which it provides for its weakest and most vulnerable. Likewise, the living faith tradition of the Catholic Church has long inspired us to support the principle that all people should have access to health care. At this time we are particularly concerned about those among the working poor who are unable to afford health insurance. As no likely alternative is evident we therefore endorse the expansion of Medicaid. But as noted above, the expansion of Medicaid also raises serious concerns:
• We are deeply troubled that the Medicaid program in Kansas covers contraception, sterilization, drugs that may induce abortion, and even, in rare cases, a small number of abortion procedures. It is simply unacceptable that the federal government insists on linking access to health care with taxpayer financing of these morally objectionable products and procedures. At a time when the federal government is coercing people to violate their consciences and religious teachings in order to participate in religious or charitable endeavors, it is difficult to embrace it further as a partner in providing health care.
• While the federal government has promised to pay 90% of the expansion costs, it is unlikely that the federal government will continue for very long to fund those individuals covered by the expansion at that much higher rate than it funds Medicaid for current recipients (approximately 56 percent). Kansas legislators need to make this commitment with their eyes wide open about what may be required financially of the State in the future.
• Medicaid is a program in need of reform, fiscal and otherwise. Maintaining a separate and inferior system of health insurance for the poor is far from ideal. Instead, it would be better if low-income Americans were supported in joining the health insurance networks in which the rest of society participates.
In summary, we have grave concerns about these and other aspects of Medicaid expansion and we acknowledge that people of good will can and do disagree about the issue of Medicaid expansion. Nevertheless, we do not believe that a nation that has been blessed with such abundance should leave so many of its poor without health insurance. With this in mind it is our hope that our Legislature will expand Medicaid to cover the needy in the short term, and that in the longer term, Congress will substantially reform the ACA and Medicaid in order to make them financially and morally responsible.
+ Most Reverend Joseph F. Naumann, Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas
+ Most Reverend John B. Brungardt, Bishop of Dodge City
+ Most Reverend Edward J. Weisenburger, Bishop of Salina
+ Most Reverend Carl A. Kemme, Bishop of Wichita

Kapaun walk to Pilsen June 5-7

Participants may walk all or part of the pilgrimage to St. John Church
The road to St. John Nepomucene Church in Pilsen is wide open for any pilgrim who wants to participate in the seventh annual Father Kapaun Pilgrimage Friday, June 5, to Sunday, June 7.
The pilgrimage in honor of Father Kapaun, Venerable Servant of God and Medal of Honor recipient, begins at Church of the Magdalen in Wichita is a way to raise awareness about the cause of beatification for the priest of the diocese of Wichita who died in 1951 in a North Korean prisoner of war camp.
Fr. Eric Weldon said the increasing numbers of participants is exciting but not without some anxiety.
Three men – Justin Thompson, Chris Stewart, and David Schlagel – joined him on the first pilgrimage in 2009 during which the trio reconnoitered the roads and found two campsites.
“We emptied ourselves on this journey with each step and arrived in Pilsen very tired and emotionally drained, which is OK,” he said.
As in years past, Fr. Weldon said, several priests will participate and there will be ample time for daily Mass and confessions.
Miracles attributed to Father Kapaun’s intercession have increased his popularity in the Church, he said, and Fr. Kapaun’s reception of the Medal of Honor has made him known throughout different branches of the military.
“We have a very earthy faith because of the Incarnation,” Fr. Weldon said. “So, we pray kneeling, standing, and sometimes walking. We know we need to pray, but often we don’t have the words to express our hearts to God. So, we walk the prayer. That, in essence, is a pilgrimage: walking toward the good which is greater than ourselves. The love of Christ urges us on.”
The walk begins after the 6 p.m. Mass June 5 at Church of the Magdalen. Those participating in the 60-mile trek walk during the day and camp at pre-designated sites at night. Pilgrims stop every two to three miles at “Fr. Kapaun Stations” to reflect on different aspects of Fr. Kapaun’s life. Those who wish may walk only one or two days. In addition to daily Mass and confessions, pilgrims also participate in rosaries and discussions along the route. Adoration will be held at St. John’s from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday to welcome the pilgrims.
Those unable to walk or who want to participate in another way may volunteer to assist in various capacities such as assisting with food, transportation, or the camps. Pilgrims are asked to make a small donation to cover food, gas, and other needs, about $10 per pilgrim.

Want to make the Kapaun pilgrimage?
To register, visit For more information, contact Fr. Eric Weldon at (316) 262-1821 or J.P. and Audrea Brunke at (620) 545-7058 (Wichita area callers do not need to dial 620).

Fr. Kapaun activities planned June 5-7 in Wichita and in Pilsen

Several activities related to the cause for the canonization of Father Emil J. Kapaun will be held the weekend of June 5-7.
Pilgrimage walk
A pilgrimage walk from Wichita to Pilsen, Father Kapaun’s home parish, will leave Friday, June 5, from Church of the Magdalen. Participants will arrive Sunday, June 7, in time for a 3 p.m. Mass at St. John Nepomucene Church in Pilsen. For details and to register, visit
Kapaun Day Conference
A Kapaun Day Conference will be held from 4 p.m. Saturday, June 6, through 1 p.m. Sunday, June 7, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. For more information or to register, visit, or call (316) 744-0167.
Pilsen Mass, bus
The annual Father Kapaun Day Mass will be celebrated at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 7, at St. John Church in Pilsen. A bus for the Father Kapaun Mass in Pilsen will leave from the Spiritual Life Center at 1 p.m. A dinner will be served after Mass in the church hall. For reservations for the bus ride, call Ann Maley at (316) 440-1717.

Diocesan news, May 15, 2015

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month.
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: Installation and blessing Mass for Kapaun Crucifix Sculpture at St. Mary in Derby; Bishop Carroll Catholic High School graduation at Bishop Carroll; Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School graduation at Century II
May 19-20: Ordination Retreat with those to be ordained
May 21: Ordination Retreat Mass; Evening with Seminarians at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral
May 22: Ordination Mass to the diaconate at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral in Wichita
May 23: Ordination to the priesthood at 10 a.m. Cathedral in Wichita
May 27: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Parish in Wichita
May 28: Rescheduled Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at St. Michael Parish in Mulvane
May 29: Evening with Seminarians in Southeast Kansas at Our Lady of Lourdes in Pittsburg
May 30: Ultreya Mass for Cursillo at St. Michael in Mulvane
May 30-31: Parish Pastoral visit to St. Andrew in Independence and St. Francis Xavier in Cherryvale
May 31: Confirmation Mass at 8 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier in Cherryvale
June 1: Serra Club social, steak dinner and silent auction
June 3:Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart in Halstead
June 4: Presbyteral Council
June 5: Pilgrim Mass for Kapaun Walk at 6:30 p.m. at Church of the Magdalen in Wichita
June 6-7: Parish Pastoral visit to St. Anthony in Garden Plain
June 7: Confirmation Mass at 1 p.m. at St. Anthony in Garden Plain with St. Mary Aleppo; Solemn Vespers with Corpus Christi Procession at 5 p.m. at the Cathedral in Wichita
June 8-12: United States Catholic Conference of Bishops Spring Assembly
June 13: Sisters of St. Joseph Jubilee Mass and lunch
June 13-14: Parish Pastoral visit to St. Michael in Mulvane
June 14: Scouting Mass and awards at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral in Wichita
June 15-19: Wichita priests retreat

Spanish translators needed by ministry
The Office of Hispanic Ministry needs several people to serve as English to Spanish translators. The office would like to have a pool of translators so as not to overburden anyone.
Those fluent in written Spanish are asked to contact Mrs. Danny T. Krug at the office at (316) 269-3919 for details.

Spanish readers needed by ministry
The diocesan Ministry with Persons with Disabilities has an immediate need for two volunteers who can read the Spanish edition of the Catholic Advance for the Air Capitol Telephone Reader Service.
The service provides an audio version of the Advance for those who are blind, visually impaired or have any other print disability such as dyslexia, or non-readers.
Volunteers can read from their homes on a once per month rotating basis. A one hour training is required. If interested, contact Tom Racunas, director of the ministry, at 269-3900 ext. 143 or

Sr. Marsha Wilson marks 50th jubilee
Sister Marsha Wilson celebrated 50 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ Saturday, April 18, at the Ruma, Ill., Center. Sister Marsha made her first vows on July 1, 1965, and her final profession on July 4, 1970, both in Wichita, Kan.
She marked the anniversary with a Mass at the Ruma Center chapel, followed by dinner, and was joined in the celebration by the ASC community. Father Jim Dougherty presided at the liturgy.
Sister Marsha is an adjunct instructor at Newman University where she teaches community leadership courses. She also works part time in pastoral ministry at Holy Spirit Parish in Goddard, and lives in Wichita.
Sister Marsha taught at elementary schools at St. Francis of Assisi in Wichita and St. Mary’s in David City, Neb. She was the director of parish ministry at Sacred Heart in Sedalia, Mo., and St. Francis Xavier in Kansas City, Mo., and was pastoral assistant at Christ the King in Kansas City, Kan.
She served her community as director of initial formation at the Wichita Center and as vowed commitment director. She was director of hospital ministry for the Johnson County Catholic parishes and coordinated campus ministry projects for Newman University.

The pope’s intentions
Here are Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for this month:
Care For The Suffering, that, rejecting the culture of indifference, we may care for our neighbors who suffer, especially the sick and the poor.
Openness To Mission, that Mary’s intercession may help Christians in secularized cultures be open to proclaiming Jesus.
Intentions provided by the Apostleship of Prayer,

Youth and school news, May 15, 2015

Monthly Mass with Children May 22 at the SLC in Wichita
WICHITA – Caregivers and their small children are invited to the monthly “KidsPrayToo!; Mass with Children” at the the Spiritual Life Center May 22.
The Mass begins at 11:15 a.m., and at the Mass, 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 the dining room or the courtyard. Families may wish to bring a picnic blanket to enjoy lunch on the grass. No registration is necessary.

KMC Paladin wins All-Kansas award
WICHITA – Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School’s 2014-2015 Paladin newsmagazine staff won an All-Kansas award by the Kansas Scholastic Press Association.
This year’s publication earned All-Kansas in each of the five categories: coverage, reporting, visuals, design and leadership. The editor-in-chief is Margo Coltrane.

Spiritual Life Center news, May 15, 2015

Father Emil Kapaun Retreat and Conference June 6-7
Bus leaving the SLC Sunday June 7 for Fr. Kapaun Mass in Pilsen
In June the faithful of the Diocese of Wichita gather in Pilsen, the home parish of Father Emil Kapaun, for prayer and remembrance of the priest of our diocese who laid down his life for others. This year the Spiritual Life Center is offering the third annual Father Kapaun Conference Retreat prior to the celebration in Pilsen.
The event is a prayerful and informative way of preparing for the diocesan celebration in Pilsen. Beginning with dinner on Saturday evening, June 6, the program at the retreat center will include time for prayer and a presentation with Father John Hotze about the life of Fr. Kapaun.
Sunday morning conferences with Father Ken Van Haverbeke and Father John Hotze will include talks about the miracles attributed to Father Kapaun and the church’s process of recognizing him as a saint. The program also includes the movie presentation of his life, and opportunities for Eucharistic adoration and the sacrament of confession.
Father Hotze has been assigned by the Diocese of Wichita to promote the cause for the canonization of Father Kapaun. Father Hotze gives a great deal of information and inspiring stories about Father Kapaun that he has obtained from the many eyewitnesses interviewed in promoting the cause of Father Kapaun to the Vatican.
The conference retreat concludes at the Spiritual Life Center at 1 p.m. Sunday when retreatants will have the opportunity to board buses for the pilgrimage to Pilsen. Mass will be celebrated at Pilsen with Bishop Carl Kemme at 3 p.m., followed by lunch. The bus will return to the retreat center by 7 p.m.
For reservations and more information, contact (316) 744-0167 or visit Reservations for the retreat and bus trip should be made prior to noon, Friday, May 29.
If you desire to only take the bus trip, this also can be arranged through the SLC.

Monthly Mass with Children May 22 at the SLC in Wichita
WICHITA – Caregivers and their small children are invited to the monthly “KidsPrayToo!; Mass with Children” at the the Spiritual Life Center May 22.
The Mass begins at 11:15 a.m., and at the Mass, 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 the dining room or the courtyard. Families may wish to bring a picnic blanket to enjoy lunch on the grass. No registration is necessary.

Eucharistic Day of Reflection June 6
The Spiritual Life Center is hosting a day retreat about the Eucharist led by Janet Moore.
The summer day of reflection focuses on the source and summit of our faith. Moore will discuss some of the church-approved miracles of the Eucharist as well as the power and mystery of Christ alive among us.
Participants will have the opportunity for silent prayer, Mass, confession and Eucharistic adoration and are encouraged to bring a Bible and journal. Snacks and lunch provided.
Want to attend?
The day of reflection takes place Saturday, June 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is $20 and includes lunch. Registrants are welcome to begin their Fr. Kapaun Retreat and Conference with this program. Register at or call (316) 744-0167.

Date Night, retreat at the SLC on June 12
WICHITA – Couples are invited to the Spiritual Life Center on the evening of Friday, June 12, for Date Night. Participants will enjoy a banquet dinner, time away with their spouse, and a conference.
Check in for the evening begins at 6 p.m. with dinner in the dining room at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $30 per couple.
Couples are also invited to stay overnight and enjoy a Saturday morning program prepared just for them. Saturday 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 for the entire program. Or couples may attend Friday evening only for $30 per couple. Reservations can be made by calling (316) 744-0167 or registering at

Food, fellowship, and prayer planned for fathers’ retreat weekend June 19-20
Men are invited to a special retreat at the Spiritual Life Center on the Friday and Saturday of Father’s Day Weekend. On Friday, June 19, men will enjoy brats, beer, and prayer with Fr. Pat York and Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke.
On Saturday morning, participants will join with the attendees of the Forgiveness Retreat for a talk with Fr. William Meninger entitled “The Process of Forgiveness.” The retreat will conclude with another conference with Fr. Van Haverbeke, followed by Mass and lunch.
The cost is $65 for overnight or $50 as a commuter. For reservations go to or call (316) 744-0167.

Bishop Kemme gives thanks for his first year

Bishop will celebrate the 30th jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood in about a year
Bishop Carl A. Kemme was interviewed Wednesday, April 22, a little over a week before the first anniversary of his ordination as bishop of the Diocese of Wichita. Here, in a question and answer format, is what he shared with the Catholic Advance.

What do you remember most about your ordination day?
Really many, many things. Of course, my family being all there. So many members of my large family made the trip with lots of friends and fellow coworkers in the Diocese of Springfield (Illinois).
I remember walking out of the cathedral rectory and seeing the long line of priests wrapped around the cathedral – and the bishops. All of that was such a memorable experience for me. And then, of course, it was such a cool and sunny day. Everything seemed to go so well in the liturgy and also, I remember how prayerful it all seemed and how at peace I was with it all.

What have you found to be most challenging in your first year as bishop?
I would say that the schedule that a bishop keeps. I kind of knew about that from my former work in Springfield, although I wasn’t the bishop, but I was working closely with the bishop so I knew the schedule was pretty intense. So, I would say the schedule and probably wanting to do more than I have time to do. That is always a challenge, trying to pace myself throughout all that.

What have you found to be most rewarding?
Well, just the people. The graciousness of our people here in the Diocese of Wichita. Everywhere I go, their kindness and their warmth and their welcome of me. Sometimes it’s kind of surprising how excited they are to meet me. That has always been the thing I truly enjoy and am very grateful for.
I think the experiences of the work of a bishop, particularly a confirmation. The ordinations, of course, of new priests and deacons, and then just entering into the life of this diocese, that’s always a real blessing for me.

Was your first year like you thought it might be?
Yes and no. Yes, because I kind of knew what was coming at me. But, no, in the sense that when you have that lived experience, there are always surprises. So, I don’t know if I was prepared, but I was anticipating some of it. The transitions have been expected, but also demanding, in a good way. Nothing that I have felt terribly overwhelmed with.

Do you have a message for your flock after your first year as shepherd?
Thank you! Thank you, again! Gratitude is the word that comes immediately to my mind and heart for many, many things, but mostly for their prayers. I really feel the prayers of our people. I know that I’m prayed for by name at the liturgy in all of our churches and that brings me tremendous spiritual consolation.
We ourselves don’t have what it takes to do these kinds of ministries. None of us do. But we know that by God’s grace and the prayerful support of the people, that we can do that. So, gratitude for their prayers. And gratitude for the stewardship, the way that so many, many thousands of people in this diocese live their faith every day in sometimes very profound ways, sometimes very simple ways.
But I have the blessing and the privilege of seeing that and receiving that, not for my sake, but for the glory of God and for the well-being of the whole church, and the part of the church that I am called to shepherd. So, I don’t know what else I could say to them but just thank them for those wonderful gifts that through God’s providence, and certainly undeserving, only I get to enjoy.

What advice would you have for a brother priest if you found he was going to be named bishop?
Several things. I’d say pray, pray very hard. Pray fervently and devoutly. Trust. Surrender to the will of God in the providence of God. And you have to do that with trust and faith realizing, as I said, none of us are really equipped or qualified to do this. But God calls the weak and the least likely in many ways to fulfill his will in the world.
As a bishop today, there are many challenges, there are many difficulties in the ministry of a bishop, but there are also many blessings. We have to surrender to that and allow God to work through that. So…I’d say pray and trust and be as generous with the gifts that have been given to you as you can. Try to hold nothing back. Just put that all forward for the well-being of the people you serve.
And then lastly and mostly, be humble. Humility is, I believe, the hallmark of a good leader and it’s absolutely indispensable in the life of the bishop. I work on it every day and sometimes I fail at that. But I try to live out my episcopal motto “Humilitas” and try to be humble. Every person called to this incredible life and ministry in the church must meet that with complete humility.

Anything else you would like to add?
I love my new home. I love the diocese that has been entrusted to me. I am falling in love with the people and the priests that I serve and I work along with in this diocese. So, I’m very, very happy to be here and look forward to many, many, many years to come.

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