Spiritual Life Center news, December 15, 2017

Special Catholic Faith Conference ‘...Beyond the Pew’ scheduled for Jan. 19-20 at the SLC
The Spiritual Life Center will host a new program next month called the “Catholic Faith Conference: Catholicism Beyond the Pew.”
The special event features nationally recognized Catholic speaker Jon Leonetti along with several excellent diocesan presenters. The program begins Friday evening, Jan. 19 and goes through the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 20.
“We wanted to create a program that appeals to the average Catholic sitting in the pew on Sundays,” said Kelly McCague, operations manager at the SLC. “This conference is going to be for everyone – people who are very on fire with their faith, and those of us who sometimes struggle to connect.”
The conference includes an information fair, Adoration with Wichita Adore Ministries, and a “Stump the Padre” panel where guests can ask whatever questions they may have about the Catholic faith. Participants will explore all that is beautiful and inspiring about our Catholic faith.
In addition to the keynote talks by Jon Leonetti, the conference will feature breakout sessions for women, men, seniors and young adults. Mika Gross will present on “Finding Balance in Motherhood.” Rob Knapp will give a talk entitled, “The Vocation of Fatherhood.” For the senior breakout session, Sharon Witzell will present “Modeling Stewardship as Grandparents.” And young adults are encouraged to attend the breakout session entitled “Spiritual Friendship as a Path to Heaven,” given by Veronica Hill.
Space is limited to the first 150 registrants, so sign up early by calling the Spiritual Life Center at (316) 744-0167 or online at SLCwichita.org.
Registration includes a wine and appetizer social Friday evening, along with breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Early bird rates: commuter $75, single occupancy $130, double occupancy $105.

Program on mental health Jan. 13 at SLC
A program entitled “Mental Health First Aid” will be offered from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The program is designed to help individuals assist those experiencing mental health challenges or crises.
Lead by Church of the Resurrection parishioner and Licensed Clinical Social Worker Jason Scheck, the program prepares attendees to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses, and provides the tools to help friends, family members, colleagues, or others in your community.
The “Mental Health First Aid” program is ideal for college and university leaders, educators, human resource professionals, nurses, social service staff, social workers and many more. A certificate of attendance will be provided for eight continuing education hours.
The Saturday program includes a workbook, snacks, beverages and lunch for $60. Register by calling the Spiritual Life Center at 316-744-0167 or visit SLCWichita.org.

Frank Sheed topic of next SLC Decennium
Dr. Malcolm Harris of Friends University will present the monthly Docentium on Catholicism and Culture Tuesday, Dec. 19, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. The program includes dinner and Dr. Harris’ presentation about the influential Catholic author Frank Sheed.
Docentium takes place each third Thursday of the month at the Spiritual Life Center with an evening of food, friendship, and learning. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., dinner is served at 6:30, and every month a new lecture will be given on some topic related to religion and culture. The cost is $15 per person. More information can be found on the SLC website.
Visit the Spiritual Life Center’s webpage at www.slcwichita.org to register or call (316) 744-0167.

SLC to honor Our Lady during New Year’s Eve mini retreat
The faithful are invited to usher in 2018 at the Spiritual Life Center this year when Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke will host a New Year’s Eve program centered on Our Lady.
The evening begins at 7 p.m. and concludes with Mass starting at 11 p.m. Overnight rooms are available for those wishing to stay.
This annual New Year’s Marian program includes conferences, prayer, Eucharistic Adoration, Mass, and a procession to an indoor Shrine of Our Lady. The cost is $20.
Register by visiting the Spiritual Life Center’s webpage at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167.

Griefshare Jan. 4
All adults who have lost a loved one through death or miscarriage are invited to attend the next 11-week Grief share series at the Spiritual Life Center.
It will be offered from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Thursday, Jan. 4. The cost is $35 and includes a participant guide.
To register call the Spiritual Life Center at 316-744-0167 or email slc@slcwichita.org.