Bishop unveils his pastoral plan

Last fall and winter, as you may recall, I conducted 10 listening sessions throughout the diocese in order to reflect together on three important questions: 1. As a diocese what do we do well? 2. What should we be doing better? 3. What should our pastoral priorities be for the next three to five years?
I am happy to say that these listening sessions were always engaging, encouraging, and informative. We received hundreds, if not thousands of responses; personally, by those who attended, and by those who responded in writing. I wish to thank everyone for this important contribution to our dynamic Catholic life.
From these responses, a dedicated group of lay men and women and priests from the Bishop’s Leadership Team, along with myself, began the long process of discernment, keeping before us in our own prayerful reading, Pope Francis’ Pastoral Exhortation, “The Joy of the Gospel,” and his call for the Church to become a community of missionary disciples.
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Message from the bishop about providing a safe environment

One of the most important responsibilities of the Catholic Church is to provide a safe environment for everyone who seeks the grace of Almighty God through the various ministries offered by the church. This commitment is paramount as we continue the loving ministry of teaching, governing, and sanctifying begun by Jesus Christ over two millennia ago and now entrusted to us in our day and time.
What is a safe environment? It is a context in which every person’s dignity is protected, honored and valued.
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Bishop Kemme reflects about Abp. McCarrick, abuse scandal

The past several weeks have been extremely painful for the church as allegations have been brought forward concerning decades-long misconduct and the abuse of power perpetrated on the innocent, on seminarians, and on priests by Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington, D.C.
These allegations, coupled with the apparent unwillingness of others in episcopal leadership to report or call out such behavior as criminal and as inconsistent with the life and ministry of the bishops of the Church leave so many understandably angry, mistrusting, and scandalized. I share those same feelings.
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Scholarship in memory of John Clevenger established

A scholarship honoring the legacy and stewardship of John C. Clevenger has been established and supported by friends Clevenger met while he pursued his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
The scholarship is for a college-bound Holy Savior student who exemplifies: service to others, hard work, and dedication to those less fortunate than themselves. An annual award of $2,500 will be given to that student and will renew annually for up to four years.
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Colwich parishioner installs Stations of the Cross on fence next to his home

Steve West always thought the fence on the north side of his house needed something. Now it doesn’t.
West, a member of Sacred Heart Parish, Colwich, recently completed a Stations of the Cross project that adorns his side of his neighbor’s fence.
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Walls going up at St. Kizito

It’s one brick at a time, but Father Vincent Kajoba is raising the walls at St. Kizito Church building project in Madudu, Uganda.
Father Kojoba was in the Diocese of Wichita much of the summer to serve as a substitute priest for vacationing diocesan priests and to share the story of his parish project.
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Prisoners look forward to St. Dismas retreats

Jesus’ message is the same whether you’re behind bars or not.
“We want to revive their faith and bring them closer to Christ,” said Father Jerry Beat. “We want them to know his great love, his forgiveness, and deepen their faith, hope, and love for the Lord.”
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Bishop invites police, firefighters, first responders to the Blue Mass

To All Law Enforcement, Firefighter, EMS and First Responder Personnel in our community.
Dear Brave Souls,
On September 9, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, I will celebrate the Blue Mass.
The Blue Mass dates back to 1934, when a Catholic priest from the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Maryland, organized the Catholic Police and Firemen’s Society while stationed at St. Patrick Church in Washington, D.C. More than 1,000 police and firefighters, dressed in their blue uniforms, attended that first Blue Mass, which was celebrated on September 29, 1934.
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Counselor to work at three schools

Katelyn Aguiar has a passion for working with children and families. This year, she will provide school-based therapy at St. Anne, St. Joseph, and Christ the King Catholic schools in Wichita. She will also provide counseling through Cana Counseling, a ministry of the Diocese of Wichita.
Aguiar, a licensed masters level psychologist, said she enjoys meeting others where they are in life and helping them learn more about who God has created them to be.
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