Janet Eaton visited St. Jude School in Wichita last week, one of the stops she is making to area Catholic schools to orient herself as the new superintendent of Catholic Schools. The school year begins Aug. 16 for most schools, the day after the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. (Advance photo)

New superintendent getting ready for her first day of school

Janet Eaton’s life is undergoing a huge transition – at work and at home.
She and her husband, Kevin, just closed on a house last week and most of their belongings are still in storage in St. Louis, Missouri. One of their three children, 13-year-old Cooper, is getting his bearings in a town he’s never lived in and preparing to go to school at St. Francis of Assisi.
Eaton, the new superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Wichita, does have a head start over Cooper. She is a graduate of Newman and Wichita State universities and was the principal at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School from 1992 to 1999.
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Catechists of the Poor study English, U.S. culture

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

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.
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Three things I learned by caring for dad

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.
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Couple to Couple announces initiatives to promote use of natural family planning

The Couple to Couple League has announced initiatives to raise awareness of natural family planning and to attract more couples to use NFP.
The organization unveiled its CCL2025 strategic plan at a Humanae Vitae anniversary conference July 6-7 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Midwest Catholic Conference Aug. 3-5 to feature popular Catholic speakers

Scott Hahn, Tim Staples, and Dr. Ray Guarendi will again catechize and entertain those attending the annual Midwest Catholic Family Conference Aug. 3-5 at Century II in Wichita.
Hahn, the author of Rome Sweet Home, is perhaps the most widely known modern convert to the faith whose books and testimonials have resulted in a great number of conversions to Catholicism. He will speak Friday night, Aug. 3, and twice Saturday morning.
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Beta fish helps educate and entertain children at St. Anthony Family Shelter

I was gifted a beautiful Beta fish for my 40th birthday, but there were two problems: where to put him and what to name him.
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Hays men’s conference Aug. 11

HAYS — Some familiar faces will be present at the Seventh Annual Diocesan Men’s Conference on Aug. 11 in Hays.
Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M., Cap., who hails from Concordia and attended St. Francis Seminary High School in Victoria, will be one of the two speakers at the conference, which is themed “Men of God.”
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Parish leadership day of formation 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.
The Spiritual Life Center, the Diocese of Wichita is offering a day of formation for all parish leaders from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 28.
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Salina’s new bishop-elect Jerry Vincke to be ordained on Wednesday Aug. 22

SALINA — One day following the 19th anniversary of his ordination as a priest, Msgr. Gerald “Jerry” Vincke was introduced as the newly appointed bishop of the Salina Diocese.
“I want to thank the Holy Father for his confidence in me,” Bishop-elect Vincke, 53, said during the June 13 press conference.
Born outside of Saginaw, Mich., Bishop-elect Vincke was the ninth of the 10 children of Fidelis and the late Henry Vincke.
“My dad worked for General Motors, Buick and was also a small time farmer,” Bishop-elect Vincke said. “I used to get up and milk the cows early in the morning. We owned about 130 acres, but we farmed about 500, which is really small.”
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