Spiritual Life Center news, January 5, 2018

Fr. Dwight Longenecker to speak at the Spiritual Life Center March 16-17
Well-known author and convert, Father Dwight Longenecker, will speak March 16-17 at the second annual Seasoned Servant Symposium at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Fr. Longenecker will talk about how youth, in their innocence, and the elderly, with their wisdom, can feed one another today.
For years Father Longenecker yearned to be a writer, but it was only when he left the Anglican Church to become Catholic that he had something to write about. He has since published about 20 books on Catholic culture, the saints, and apologetics. His latest book is “The Mystery of the Magi-the Quest for the True Identity of the Three Wise Men” and is currently working on a book about angels.
Father Longenecker enjoys meeting the faithful. He often talks about his conversion story: how he went from being a student at Bob Jones University to being a Catholic priest. He likes to speak about the threats to a positive, joyful Catholicism in the world today, Benedictine spirituality, and the “hero’s quest of faith.”
A married man with a family, Fr. Longenecker was ordained in 2006. He moved his family from England to Greenville, South Carolina, and accepted a post as chaplain to St. Joseph’s Catholic School. He is now pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Greenville.
Friday night’s presentation will include a wine, beer, and cheese social. Afterward Father Longenecker will talk about his conversion story.
The cost for the symposium is $75 for commuters, $115 for a single room, and $105 for a double. Call the Spiritual Life Center 316-744-0167 to register or email slc@slcwichita.org.
The event is sponsored by the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life.

Premier Catholic Faith Conference Jan. 19-20 at Spiritual Life Center
The Spiritual Life Center is gearing up for its first Catholic Faith Conference Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19 and 20. The Catholic Faith Conference: Catholicism Beyond the Pew is intended to reach the average Catholic who longs for a deeper connection to the faith.
The conference includes breakout sessions for all stages of life, 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 to some of our diocesan priests.
The keynote presenter, Jon Leonetti, is a nationally-known Catholic speaker, best-selling author and radio host. He explains that one’s deepest longing for happiness and wholeness is fulfilled in the encounter with Jesus Christ. Through prayer, the Sacraments, family life, and the help of Mary and the saints, Leonetti wants to cultivate an intimate relationship with Jesus, and help others do the same.
In addition to the keynote talks the conference will feature breakout sessions for women, men, seniors, and young adults. Mika Gross will talk about “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,” by Veronica Hill.
Space is limited to 150 persons. Register by calling the Spiritual Life Center at (316) 744-0167 or online at SLCwichita.org.
Registration includes a social Friday evening featuring wine and appetizers, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Early bird rates end Friday, Jan. 12. Early bird rates are $75 for commuters, $130 for single occupancy, and $105 for double occupancy.

Surviving Divorce program begins Jan. 8
The diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life is hosting another 12-week “Surviving Divorce” program beginning Monday Jan. 8.
The event will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School at 3642 N. Ridge Road in Wichita.
The program offers valuable insight to everyone, despite how long ago they were divorced. It is designed to bring hope and healing to divorced and separated Catholics. Topics such as shock, denial, anger, grief, guilt, forgiveness, money, the courts, the kids, the ex-spouse, annulment, dating, sexuality, spirituality, remarriage or staying single, and more, will be discussed.
The cost is $35 and includes a “Personal Survival Guide.” To register, call 316-425-0595 or email clista@saintcatherinewichita.com.
Parishes may request the program by contacting the Office of Marriage & Family Life at 316-685-5240.

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. Scholarships are available by request on the website.

New SLC Theology Institute semester begins on Jan. 27
The Spiritual Life Center Theology Institute begins its spring session Saturday, Jan. 27. The Institute is an adult religious studies program offered by the Spiritual Life Center as part of its mission to serve the Diocese of Wichita in the area of adult faith formation.
Each semester includes three Saturday sessions and four optional evening special sessions. Each Saturday session consists of four 75-minute classes on scripture, morality, prayer, and church history. The special sessions are open to regular institute attendees as well as the public in general.
The Spring 2018 Institute begins on Saturday, Jan. 27, and continues on March 3, and May 5. Each Saturday session will meet from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., with Mass and lunch included in the day. Special sessions meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Registration for the entire semester is $95, which includes the three main Saturday sessions (with lunch), and registration for the four special sessions.
Want more information?
Contact Dusty Gates at dgates@slcwichita.org or 316-744-0167. Registration and specific class topics are available at www.SLCwichita.org or by phone.

‘Mental Health First Aid’ course Jan. 13
Continuing education credits available
The Spiritual Life Center will offer a Saturday program from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. entitled “Mental Health First Aid.” Participants are eligible for eight continuing education hours.
The program is designed to help participants how to assist anyone experiencing mental health challenges or crises. It is ideal for college and university leaders, educators, human resource professionals, nurses, social service staff, social workers and everyone else.
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.
Register by calling the Spiritual Life Center at 316-744-0167 or visit SLCWichita.org. The Saturday program includes a workbook, snacks, beverages and lunch, all for $60. Scholarships are available by request on the website.

‘Politically incorrect’ course begins Jan. 18 at the SLC in Wichita
Dusty Gates, the adult education director at the Spiritual Life Center, will lead a series entitled “A Politically Incorrect Course on Catholic Social Teaching” on three consecutive Thursdays, Jan. 18-Feb. 1 at the SLC.
Gates will highlight the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching as they have been articulated by the magisterium throughout Church history – especially since the turn of the 20th century.
“This course might be a bit different than what folks are used to when it comes to Catholic Social Teaching,” Gates said. “We will address Catholic Social Teaching bluntly and honestly, without the watering down that normally occurs for reasons that are sometimes sentimental, sometimes political, and sometimes caused by a confused understanding of ecumenism.”
Want to attend?
The program is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 18, 25, and Feb. 1. The registration cost is $30. Visit www.SLCWichita.org or call (316) 744-0167 to register. Pre-registration is requested but walk-ins are welcome.

Silent retreat focused on the Eucharist set for Jan. 12-14 at SLC
The Spiritual Life Center will be enveloped in silence to allow God to speak—and allow participants to listen during a special silent retreat Friday evening through Sunday, Jan. 12-14. Father Ken Van Haverbeke is presenting the retreat weekend that focuses entirely on the Eucharist and Eucharistic Adoration.
The retreat will provide an opportunity to get away from the hectic pace of everyday living and to experience the Lord in the Eucharist. It will afford a chance to relax and give undivided attention to the interests and concerns of one’s spiritual life before the Blessed Sacrament.
Those who come are asked to leave cell phones and all other electronic devices at home.
Registration for the retreat is now underway. More information and pre-registration is available by logging onto the Center’s web site at www.SLCwichita.org, and clicking on Calendar of Events.

Bishop Emeritus Gilmore part of SLC Feb. 9-11 retreat
Bishop Emeritus Ronald Gilmore of the Diocese of Dodge City and Jacqueline Loh of Grace that Reigns USA will lead a retreat called “Light and Darkness Together” Feb. 9-11 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The retreat will explore how people can remain hopeful through times of darkness. Participants will learn practical ways to respond to prayer with illustrations from scripture, stories and testimonies regarding how much God responds to each of us through the ministry of healing.
The Grace that Reigns Society was founded by Jacqueline Loh and Spiritual Director Bishop Ronald Gilmore. It is made up of lay individuals who have been brought together by a common desire to inspire others and share about the beauty and action of God’s Grace in the world through discipleship, prayer, and action. The group prayerfully supports the clergy and organizes workshops to help deepen and renew personal relationships with God.
The cost of the weekend is $190 for single occupancy and $150 per person for double occupancy. Early bird registration by Jan. 29 is $145 for single occupancy and $120 per person for double occupancy. The commuter cost is $100. All registrations include a $50 non-refundable deposit.
Check-in Friday, Feb. 9, begins at 6:30 p.m. The retreat concludes Sunday, Feb. 11, at 1 p.m. Register by visiting www.SLCWichita.org or calling the Spiritual Life Center at (316) 744-0167.