Ascension Cemetery adds six columbaria in ‘cremation garden’

Jim Sheldon stands next to a columbarium honoring Servant of God Emil Kapaun, one of the new columbaria at All Saints Cremation Garden in Ascension Cemetery in Wichita. (Advance photos)
One of the six columbaria honors St. John Paul II.

All Saints Cremation Garden, with 384 niches for columbaria, has been unveiled at Ascension Cemetery in Wichita.
Jim Sheldon, director of Cemeteries for the Diocese of Wichita, said last week that although he hasn’t yet formally marketed the addition to the cemetery, 19 of the niches have already been sold to house the urns of cremated remains.
The addition is located on the north end of the drive of the cemetery and consists of six 64-niche black and gray granite columbaria for individuals and couples, arranged around a covered committal center. The garden has been designed to allow the addition of six more columbaria when needed.
“Last year, in the Diocese of Wichita, 25 percent of the burials were cremations,” Sheldon said. “In Catholic cemeteries, the statistics are on the east coast and west coast, 50 percent are cremation, and in Seattle, it’s 80 percent. So, we saw a need here (at Ascension Cemetery). About six years ago I put a small columbarium south of the office and that is pretty much sold out.”
As a result, the diocese contracted for the design and construction of All Saints Cremation Garden.
Five of the six columbaria are dedicated to a saint – and one person the diocese hopes will soon be a saint. Honored are Father Emil Kapaun, a diocesan priest who died in 1951 in a North Korean prisoner of war camp and whose cause is now before the Congregation for the Causes of Saints at the Vatican. The other columbaria are dedicated to St. John Paul II, St. Juan Diego, St. Teresa of Calcutta, St. Gianna Beretta Molla, and St. Therese of Lisieux.
On the side of the columbaria, facing away from the center, is a large laser-etched image of the saint (or saint hopeful). On the opposite side is a collage of images related to that person.
“We’ve built a committal center rather than set up a tent when someone brings their loved one to repose here,” Sheldon said. “We built it so we can hang tent walls…if the weather is rainy or inclement or too windy or snowy or something like that. There’s still a place out of the elements where the family and a priest can come and say a few prayers and place their loved one’s remains in the columbarium.”
Benches have been installed under the canopy for visitors to rest and pray.
In addition to the new columbaria and traditional burial with a headstone, Ascension Cemetery has a “green” area for the interment of those who have not been embalmed and are buried in a wood casket or cloth shroud without a concrete vault; and two long mausoleums on the east and west sides of the cemetery drive.
Sheldon said sales of the columbaria have been brisk, probably because cremation costs less than a traditional burial.
He has had 22 burials in the natural burial area since it opened three years ago and has sold an additional 90 plots there. “The numbers surprised me a little bit,” he said.
Even with all the accommodations being made by the cemetery, Sheldon said, the faithful don’t have to worry about the cemetery running out of burial sites.
“We have 38 acres here and we’ve used, probably, less than a third of it,” he said. “So, we’ll be here for a couple of hundred years.”

Wanting to plan for your funeral?
For information about the three Catholic cemeteries in Wichita, contact the diocesan cemetery office at 316-722-1972 or email Sheldon at
For information about how to include the diocese when preparing a will or a trust, contact Travis Pearson at 316-440-1733 or

The new cremation garden has six columbaria with room for six more.

Iconographers paint and pray at Newman U. event

Andrew Beers of Wichita was one of a small group of artists learning how to copy the Holy Face, an ancient icon, last week at Newman University. (Advance photos)

While theologians were presenting academic papers and exchanging heavenly ideas during Florovsky Week July 10-14, the artists participating in the inaugural event were quietly painting away.
Anne Emmons, an art teacher from Lakewood, Colorado, taught an iconography class in an art room at Newman University in Wichita.
The student iconographers worked on copying “The Holy Face,” she said, “the icon that is considered to be the original sacred image of Christ.”
In addition to copying the ancient artwork, Emmons said, they learned the theology and practice of the icon.
“It’s been a wonderful time…sharing this time together – quite productive. I’m encouraged by the work that’s being done and the prayer that’s happening.”
Last week was the third teaching visit for Emmons, an art instructor in the Denver area who also travels around the country to teach iconography workshops.
Florovsky Week was sponsored by the Eighth Day Institute and the university’s Gerber Institute. Throughout the week papers were presented by Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant theologians about salvation and justification. A presentation was also made abut the week’s namesake, Father Georges Florovsky (1893-1979), and Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890).

Catechists of the Poor study English, U.S. culture

Sister Sylvia Dominguez with her host family Jean and Archie Macias of Resurrection Parish.

By Danny Krug
Summer is typically the time when the Catechist of the Poor Sisters take time for spiritual retreats or visit relatives in Mexico.
This summer, however, the missionaries stayed in Wichita to study English and to immerse themselves in the local culture, part of a two-month intensive English program at Wichita State University. Throughout June they also lived in the community where, they said, they learned to see the face of God.
Each of the sisters lived with different families or religious communities. The sisters expressed a great deal of gratitude and shared some of the things they learned and will never forget from their experience of the past month.
Sister María de Lourdes (Lulú) Moreno said her host family was welcoming and supportive. “I was struck by their desire for me to learn and know their language…together with their interest to get to know me not only the adults but the young ones.”
She commented about how she had preconceived ideas of American culture, thinking that people were distant from each other. However, this experience changed that mentality.
“Something beautiful about my host family was getting together on Fridays and sharing a meal,” Sister María said, adding that she was struck by how they encouraged conversation with each other through technology – communication of a united family, different but constant, even though everyone lives in their own world.
“My vision changed,” she said. “I had observed the American families at church but it is very different when you experience living in their homes. It is more personal and it also created holy friendships.”
Sister María also got to experience life with other religious sisters, which was also very significant for her. She prayed and sang with the sisters and learned about their founder and their spirituality. “This was a very beautiful experience.”
Sister Sylvia Dominguez said it made her day that the families felt blessed by her presence. “This made me feel very special as a person, as a religious sister, but also gave me a sense of a higher commitment.”
Sister Sylvia said another very positive thing was their interest in getting to know her order’s missionary life, her family, her mission, and what they did, particularly the work we do with the Hispanic people. “It made me feel as if I had a bigger responsibility with the mission, with the work I do, with sharing, and with getting more involved with Anglo activities at the parish.”
Sr. Marta Acosta said on one occasion during a class at WSU, one of the teachers asked her how things were going at the family where she was staying. She answered very spontaneously: “My family is the best because I feel that God gave us to each other what each of us needed: my presence with them and theirs with mine.”
Sister Marta commented how she learned a lot from her experience because it gave her an opportunity to live in another community outside her own, she had to share different schedules, space, and chores. “I thought I was going to miss my community; however, I feel that God is always attentive to our needs because with the family and I did a lot of things together, like a community.”
The sisters showed a lot of interest and patience in helping her learn the language, she said, adding that they also shared their time, their home, family, and made a great amount of effort to include her in every part of their life.
Sister Marta said she was most impressed with how trustworthy and welcoming they were, with their interest in expressing their love and building up of each other, and in the way they communicated with each other. Sister Marta indicated that the Powells were a great witness of a Christian marriage and Mrs. Berenice was very welcoming and patient despite her age.
“This experience left me uplifted,” she said. “I did not know how local folks were like and with them I feel I have learned to love this culture more … it is not a rigid culture as I had read and believed but instead it is the true face that God showed me. A face of much tenderness, of great welcome; a face where I did not feel less but felt like a part of something normal, very much God’s people.”
Sr. Guadalupe Salazar (Lupita) felt very welcomed by her family and their support and interest of getting to know her made her feel like part of the family. Sr. Lupita said Mrs. Becky’s gentleness of taking her to church every day, praying together, and taking her to her classes made her feel very special.
Sister was also able to participate in the parish activities and practice her English. Sister mentioned how important family life is and saw them making time to be together.
Sr. Lupita also had the opportunity to spend time with the Sisters of St. Joseph in whom, she said, she was able to perceive the merciful face of God.The sisters of St. Joseph not only helped her practice speaking English but she also got to cook, tour the building, and play puzzles with them: “The attention to details was very significant to me because they helped me see the patience and mercy of God.”
All the Catechist Sisters agreed that this experience left them very motivated, enriched and highly edified. They wholeheartedly thank each of the people who were involved in this process of continuing to learn a new language and a new culture.
The sisters will continue to study at WSU until the end of July and will reside in the convent in St. Patrick Parish.
Those who generously opened their doors and their hearts to share in their friendship and culture were the Macias and Davieds from Resurrection Parish; the Powells and Bernice Scanlan of All Saints Parish; the Knapps of Church of the Magdalen Parish; Kay Tate of St. Joseph parish; and the religious congregations of St. Joseph Sisters, Adorers of the Blood of Christ, Servants of the Trinity, and the Dominican Sisters of Peace.
Krug is director of the diocesan Office of Hispanic Ministry.

Sister Marta Acosta with Rick and Janelle Powell of All Saints Parish.

Sr. Vicki Bergkamp elected as U.S. leader of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

On the new Leadership Team for the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, are, from left, Sisters Mary Catherine Clark, Maria Hughes, Vicki Bergkamp, Janet McCann, and Angela Laquet. (Courtesy photo)

Sister Vicki Bergkamp has been elected U.S. Leader of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ.
Sister Vicki, a long-time professor of business at Newman University in Wichita, was elected to a six-year term at the order’s annual assembly in St. Louis, Missouri, in late June.
An Adorer for 49 years, Sister Vicki has worked primarily in higher education or as the community’s treasurer. She also served the international community of Adorers as delegate to several General Assemblies and on various international committees. In addition, she has served on many local boards of the Adorers and the Wichita diocese, most recently with Catholic Charities, Dear Neighbor Ministries, StepStone and Villa Maria.
The Adorers re-elected two members of the current Leadership Team, Sisters Janet McCann and Maria Hughes.
Sister Janet McCann, an Adorer for 40 years from Cahokia, Illinois, worked in education before being elected to her community’s leadership. Sister Maria Hughes, an Adorer for 40 years from Middletown, Pennsylvania, was director of the Institute of Religious Formation at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago for five years before she was elected to U.S. Leadership in 2012.
Rounding out the new Leadership Team are Sisters Mary Catherine Clark and Angela Laquet.
Sister Mary Catherine Clark has lived and ministered most of her life in the Diocese of Belleville, in southern Illinois, and has been an Adorer for 52 years.
Sister Angela Laquet, an Adorer for 20 years from Belleville, Illinois, has been an occupational therapist for 24 years, the past 17 in home health care in the Taylorville, Illinois, area.
All will begin their six-year terms in early October.

Three things I learned by caring for dad

By Rayna Neises
Fourteen years ago my dad called me while I was at work. “Rayna, I’m worried,” he said. “I think something is wrong with my memory.” My response was, “Oh dad, don’t worry about it. We don’t know what normal aging looks like. I’m sure you’re fine.”
He lost both of his parents before the age of 60 and my mom at the age of 65 after 12 years of Alzheimer’s. I was confident he was overreacting. Unfortunately, he wasn’t. There was a problem. The diagnosis was mild cognitive impairment, which later progressed to Alzheimer’s.
As his disease progressed, so did his need for 24-hour care. Four and half years ago the journey of providing care in his home, as he asked, began. I became one of those who provide that care, even though I lived 240 miles from my father’s home. I made weekly trips for two and a half years, and then every other week for the last two years. My dad just passed away last month after a long journey with this disease.
I learned three things from caring for my dad’s needs.
One, I am a control freak.
This is not a new revelation. But, until this experience, I think I was doing better at trying not to attempt to control everything. Now I battle with feeling that I must control everything to keep him safe.
I can see where being a control freak has served me well in some ways. Controlling many of the trivial things in dad’s environment makes life easier and safer for him. It is amazing how something as small as putting his baseball cap on can make him ready to go out the door, no matter what time of the day or night it is. Knowing this means the cap is always stored out of site.
But my desire to control everything could also bring him and me unnecessary stress. For example, I would love for dad to go to bed at the same time every night in order to help him get up easier in the morning, but how do you tell your 85-year-old person it is bedtime? I did it gently, but many times that doesn’t matter. Dad had been an adult for a long time and he wanted to go to bed when he wanted to, not when I thought he should.
There are too many other things for me to list that I would like to control and can’t in this situation. When I forget to bring all of them to God then I get stressed, sad, and upset. Talking to the Lord about how hard the situation is, brings comfort unlike anything else.
I know God is building my trust in him through this, so I just have to keep focused on him and reminding myself God does truly control it all.
Two, I am deeply loved.
My husband and I had been married for five years when he looked at me and said, “You need to take care of your dad, even if that means you need to move and live with him.” Seriously, it was his idea.
I am so thankful for how well he has loved me as I have spent half of the week away from him week in and week out for almost three years. No, he is not perfect, just like I’m not, but his love and support has meant the world to me.
I am also deeply loved by my Lord. His grace to live this day in and day out has blessed me beyond words. His desire for me to love my daddy well has been whispered to me when dad is being difficult. His desire for me to share his light and love with the others who are caring for my dad too has been a mission he has laid on my heart. His love and forgiveness when I have not fulfilled this calling well has been there waiting for the asking.
Loving is easy when life is easy, it is much harder when things are difficult but living knowing you are loved is the best!
Three, I am only human, and this hurt.
It hurts to see your strong, smart, compassionate, and loving daddy fade in and out. I wish that I could figure out a way to serve him without it hurting so much but I am only human, and it is supposed to hurt.
As a teenager, when I experienced losing my mom, I closed off my heart for a while. The pain of what was happening just seemed too much. When I finally broke down and allowed the Lord to talk to me about it, he said if you feel no pain then you feel no joy either. Rayna, I have both pain and joy for you. Open your heart, I will help you carry the pain and bask in the joy.
There were times I felt overwhelmed with the sorrow and pain of watching dad struggle with this confusion and frustration. That’s when I realized I had been holding it in and not taking it to my heavenly father for him to carry it with me.
With all my heart, I wish God would just take it away but that’s what he has seen fit to do and most often that is not how this fallen world works. Jesus said: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Neises is a member of Holy Name Parish in Winfield.

Need help with your caregiving?
The Diocese of Wichita offers workshops for caregivers to provide practical support and spiritual nourishment. Parishes that would like to host a Prepare to Care Workshop may contact call Sharon Witzell, program coordinator for Senior Adult Ministries, at 316-685-5240; or Myra Jacobs, director of the Ministry With Persons With Disabilities, at 316-269-3900.

Project Rachel helps women suffering from the spiritual impact of abortion

By Anonymous
I was a 22-year-old college student completing my nursing degree. I was in a relationship with someone I thought I loved, when I unexpectedly became pregnant. I remember being so scared and feeling desperate!
I just needed “this” to be over with. I couldn’t see how an unplanned pregnancy was going to fit into my completion of my college education. I had to finish my degree! My boyfriend was not supportive and encouraged me to go forward with an abortion and so I did.
After the abortion I initially felt relief and continued on with my college life and graduation.
I continued in the same relationship thinking my boyfriend and I would eventually marry. Six years later – I’m pregnant again! Once again my boyfriend was not supportive and strongly encouraged me to have another abortion with the promise of having a baby later when the time was “right.” I was crushed! I made the heart-wrenching decision to have the abortion. I was so sad as I couldn’t understand why he wouldn’t commit to me and our long term relationship. We eventually broke up and went our separate ways.
After my first abortion I went to confession. The priest told me I was immediately excommunicated from the Catholic church. He mentioned that he would need to talk to the bishop about my situation and told me I would need to come back and he would let me know. I never went back.
I lived with those words for many, many years. I eventually went to confession many years after my second abortion and experienced something totally different. I experienced loving forgiveness and understanding from a wonderful priest. I can’t begin to explain the relief I felt. For the next several years I lived with all of this in my heart, still feeling like it was still an unresolved issue.
One year ago I saw an ad in the Catholic Advance about the Hope Lives Bible Study for post-abortive women through the Project Rachel Ministry. I completed the bible study and I continue to be active in the ministry and support group. I met other women who were just like me – I was not alone. We all have different stories and situations but down deep we all experience the same pain.
The statistics for women who have had abortions is staggering. I encourage you to please prayerfully consider joining us. It will bring a peace and healing that you may not even realize you desire.

Need healing after abortion?
A monthly abortion support group meets at 2 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. For information about Project Rachel, visit and click on the “Healing from Abortion” image

Longars share adult day care love

Ron and Jane Longar volunteer at Catholic Charities Adult Day Services because the patrons are “family.” (Courtesy photo)

For the last five years Ron and Jane Longar have shared their time and talents at Adult Day Services. Ron volunteers six to 10 hours a week, and Jane assists clients at Christmas time and going to the Kansas State Fair in the fall.
To volunteer at Adult Day Services is to share in God’s plan, she said. “What we can give those clients is a small portion of what God returns to us.”
Ron worked for Catholic Charities for 10 years before he began to volunteer. He made lasting friendships in that decade.
He said it’s the love he receives from the clients that people should know about Adult Day Services. “They have little to offer to society as the world would see,” Ron said.
“But the overwhelming giving of pure, unselfish love makes up for their challenges that life has dealt them.”
It’s the joyful moments Jane shares with the clients that bring a smile to her face. She believes God is working in all of the volunteers.
Ron said Catholic Charities is his extended family, and as with any family, you help each other. “It’s always a give and take relationship. You laugh together, you cry together, you pray together, and mostly you just love together.”

Diocesan news, July 20, 2018

A cold move — Matt Tannehill, right, director of Our Daily Bread Food Pantry, a ministry of Catholic Charities, and two employees of Linnebur Electric move one of the new refrigerators and freezers installed Friday, July 13. The units, installed at the ministry located at 2825 S. Hillside in Wichita, will hold fresh produce and dairy products. (Courtesy photo)

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next several weeks.
July 29: Candidacy Mass at the Cathedral at 5 p.m.
July 31: Camp Totus Tuus
Aug. 3-4: Marian Days in Carthage, Missouri
Aug. 6-8: Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention in Baltimore, Maryland
Aug. 9: Wichita Adore at the Cathedral for holy hour and confessions
Aug. 12: Congresso closing Mass at Camp Hiawatha at 3 p.m.
Aug. 13-14: Jesus Caritas in Wichita
Aug. 14: Legatus at the Cathedral

Rite of Candidacy Mass for Seth Arnold July 29 at Cathedral
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will celebrate a Rite of Candidacy Mass at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
Seth Arnold, a first year theology student at Mundelein Seminary, near Chicago, will be recognized at the Mass as worthy of being ordained. He will then be a candidate for ordination to the priesthood.
Seth is the son of Adam and Connie Arnold of Goddard and a member of Church of the Holy Spirit in Goddard.
The Downtown Serra Club of Wichita is hosting the Mass. The faithful are invited to a social hour and a barbecue buffet dinner that will follow in Good Shepherd Hall.
The cost for dinner is $20. Reservations may be made by July 23 by calling Carolyn Utter at 316-990-8712.

Adult volunteers needed for MCFC
Adult volunteers are urgently needed for the Midwest Family Catholic Conference Friday through Sunday, Aug. 3-5.
Those who volunteer to help during one of the days will receive free admission for their family, a free lunch, and a conference T-shirt or an MP3 of the talks. Adults who sign up to volunteer Saturday and Sunday with the Children’s Program will receive a free pizza lunch for their spouse and children.
Those interested may contact Kristi Bird at 785-443-1431 or

More Foster Grandparents needed
One of the many pearls of wisdom shared by the late Mr. Rogers was: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”
Among those helpers are Foster Grandparents. And more are needed throughout Sedgwick County.
One of them, Grandma Linda McFall, received a Good Apple from the Wichita school board for her work at Griffith Elementary School. “She is dependable and reliable and always willing to help out in any way that she can,” according to staff at the school.
Foster Grandparents like McFall volunteer 15 to 40 hours a week in schools and preschools helping children with social and academic skills.
But, the children also help the Foster Grandparents. Ninety eight percent of the grandparents say that involvement with the Foster Grandparent program is a key reason their retirement is meaningful and rewarding.
Catholic Charities is the local sponsor of the program. The federal Corporation for National and Community Service provides 90 percent of the funding matched by local funds from United Way of the Plains and from Catholic Charities, Inc.
Want to be a Foster Grandparent?
To volunteer, call Catholic Charities at 264-8344, ext. 1211. Orientation for new grandparents starts in August.

Marian Mantle groups form in the diocese
New Marian Mantle prayer groups have been founded at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, at St. Mark Parish in Colwich, and at St. Anthony Parish in Harper. Two others have been formed at Hays and at Garden City.
Members of the organization are planning to meet at Church of the Magdalen after the 11:30 a.m. Mass Sunday, July 22. Betsy Meunier of Kansas City, Kansas, will speak in place of foundress Mary Ann Gardner, who is ill.
Members of Marian Mantle pray for children who have fallen away from the faith. Information about and the location of Marian Mantle groups is available at

Bags to Riches July 25
The ninth annual Bags to Riches will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at Distillery 244 in Old Town, Wichita. The event is a benefit for the shelter services at Catholic Charities that minister to women and families experiencing homelessness or domestic violence.
Bags to Riches is a “Girls Evening Out” featuring a silent auction with purses and accessories. It is an evening with friends, wine, food, and unique raffle items.
Raffle tickets are available for purchase prior to the event. Winners will be drawn on July 25, around 7:30 p.m. and need not be present to win.
Event and raffle tickets are available at

Our Daily Bread Pantry seeking fresh produce
Our Daily Bread Food Pantry at Catholic Charities is in need of fresh produce for families in need.
To donate, please contact (316) 264-8344 extension 1504 or deliver to 2825 S. Hillside in Wichita on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Host family needed
A host family is needed for exchange student attending Kapaun Mount Carmel High school. The student is a sophomore boy who attended the school last year. If interested call St. Margaret Mary at 316-262-1821.

BC trap club goes to nationals — The Bishop Carroll Catholic High School Trap Club participated in the inaugural USA High School Clay Target League national championship July 12-15 in Mason, Michigan. Competing were, from left, Michaela Baalmann, Rebecca Ring, Marshal Baalmann, Andrew Hubbell, and Dylan Thomas. Although the team did not place, the BCHS athletes advanced to the championship round on July 15 finishing with a score of 919 of 1,000 clay targets. (Courtesy photo)

Parish news, July 20, 2018

Cathedral hosting First Saturday devotion to Immaculate Heart of Mary
The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita has initiated a First Saturday devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary following its First Friday devotion to the Sacred Heart.
The First Saturday devotion begins with an 8:30 a.m. rosary and a 9 a.m. Mass for our Blessed Mother.
The First Saturday devotion has four parts, all done with the intention of consoling our Mother’s Immaculate Heart:
• Confession within 8 days of the First Saturday
• Reception of Holy Communion on the First Saturday
• Recitation of five decades of the Rosary
• Meditation for 15 minutes on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary

GriefShare to meet July 24 at SEAS
A GriefShare meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, in the Adult Library at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Wichita.
The topic will be “Top Twenty Lessons of Grief, pt. 1.” For more information, contact Candi Spacil at 721-1686 ext. 237.
GriefShare provides a guide to emotional, physical, and spiritual healing for anyone who has lost a loved one.

Evangelization retreat this fall at SFA
St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Wichita is planning a 24-hour retreat to train the faithful about how to evangelize family and friends who no longer practice their Catholic faith.
The event, “Wildfire: Spreading the Fire of your Faith,” will be held in the fall to help Catholics be missionaries in their families and in their neighborhoods.
Details will be announced as soon as they are finalized.

Symposium for baby boomers Sept. 29
A symposium for baby boomers will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Church of the Magdalen in Wichita.
Senior citizens are invited to the event for food, fellowship, and for inspirational talks about how to make the most of the years ahead. Father John Jirak and Father John Lanzrath will be two of our speakers. Those interested maycall 316-685-5240 for a flyer.

St. Anthony Catholic Church, Wichita

V.R. image of St. Anthony online
A 360-degree virtual reality view of the interior of St. Anthony Church in Wichita is now available for viewing.
The interactive image allows the viewer to look around and zoom in to anywhere in the interior of the church.
Don McClane, the production manager of the Catholic Advance, composed the image.
The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is also available for viewing here.

Spiritual Life Center news, July 20, 2018

Course on scrupulosity at the SLC next month
Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke will lead a course designed to help those who suffer from scrupulosity, a disorder that prevents a follower of Christ from truly believing in God’s mercy and grace.
The course, entitled “Saint Alphonsus Liguori and Scrupulosity,” will be presented from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1. Fr. Van Haverbeke will use stories of St. Alphonsus Liguori, who suffered from scrupulosity, to discuss this disordered way of thinking and help the faithful handle scrupulous thoughts. His thoughts kept him in a state of anguish and doubt, but he used these inner battles to become compassionate toward others.
The workshop will help the faithful with any worries they might have and how to handle such intrusive thoughts.
The cost is $10 per person. Advance registration is requested. To register visit or call (316) 744-0167.

Yoga, Eastern religions topic of July 24 workshop at the SLC
Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke will lead another class in the “What do Catholics Believe” series July 24 and 25 at the Spiritual Life Center. The topic next week will be about what the Catholic faith teaches about yoga, mindfulness, Eastern religions, and other practices.
The workshop will address topics such as meditation, yoga, mindfulness and other practices. The class will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. both Tuesday and Wednesday evening, July 24-25.
The cost is $20 per person. Advance registration is requested. Visit to register or call (316) 744-0167.

Seminar for Parish Leaders July 28
Pastors are often reluctant to ask parishioners to participate in parish leadership positions because they realize the busy lives parishioners lead. Parishioners, however, are reluctant to accept this act of stewardship as a leader in their parish because they do not feel well formed enough to accept.
With that in mind, the Diocese of Wichita will again offer a Parish Leadership Institute for formation for all parish leaders from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at the Spiritual Life Center.
The workshop is designed to form 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. Speakers from around the diocese will cover topics such as the temptations of a leader, parish planning, effective leadership, working with your pastor, and more!
The cost is $20 per person.To register go on-line at, or call (316) 744-0167, or contact your pastor.

Learn about the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius on retreat at SLC
The Spiritual Life Center will welcome Kansas native Father Brian Dinkel of the Institute of the Incarnate Word for a special retreat on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola Aug. 10-12 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Saint Ignatius composed the Spiritual Exercises over a period of 19 years, from 1522 to 1541, and has been one of the most powerful means of sanctifying members of the church, whether lay or religious.
Throughout the weekend retreat, participants will be given the tools which will help them to discern the will of God in their lives. The goal of the Spiritual Exercises is to refocus our lives on what is most important: first by correcting our sinful inclinations, and then by pointing us toward the ultimate goal of our lives, which is the glory and praise and service of God, our creator and redeemer.
Retreat Master Fr. Brian Dinkel was born in Hays and later moved to Mulvane, where his parents still live. He went on to graduate from Kansas State University and Wichita State University. Immediately upon graduating from WSU in 2005, he entered the missionary order, Institute of the Incarnate Word and began his studies for the priesthood in Washington, D.C. He was ordained in 2013 and is currently serving as pastor at Our Lady of Peace Church and Shrine in Santa Clara, California.
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