This year’s Christmas Eve Mass was live-streamed from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita. (Advance photos)

Offering God our best

Just as the first Christmas story involved livestock surrounding the newborn Son of God, one of Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s most memorable Christmas stories also involves a farm animal – a chicken.
Bishop Kemme told those attending the Christmas Eve Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception that about 10 years ago he visited Haiti, which he described as “unquestionably” the poorest country in the western hemisphere.
“The poverty you experienced there is gripping, revolting, and mind-boggling. So many people live in abject poverty. That is one aspect of Haiti,” he said.
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The late Sister Veronice had strong ties to Ministry with Persons with Disabilities

A young woman religious from the Sisters of St. Joseph in Wichita was teaching at Blessed Sacrament School when she heard a plea from Bishop Mark K. Carroll for someone to be trained in special education. It was 1960. This young Sister had a special love in her heart for people and children with special needs.
Fulfilling the charism of the religious community in which she was professed – love of “Dear Neighbor” – she right away responded to the bishop’s plea. This inspired the foundation of what is now Holy Family Special Needs apostolate in the Catholic Diocese of Wichita.
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