Ready to fill the pews — The newly renovated St. Joseph Church in Andale will be blessed Monday, March 18, at Mass celebrated by Bishop Carl A. Kemme. Father Daryl Befort and his parishioners have been celebrating Mass in the parish hall after lightning struck the church Sunday, June 24.

St. Joseph Parish, Andale, eager to worship in ‘new’ church

The spiritual cross that resulted from a lightning strike last June will be lifted this Lent when parishioners of St. Joseph Parish in Andale rededicate their renovated church.
Last summer’s disaster has become a Lenten blessing. “It’s a 1912 structure with a 2019 infrastructure,” Pastor Fr. Daryl Befort said last week about the church.
St. Joseph Church will be rededicated at a 6 p.m. Mass Monday, March 18, after many months of inconvenience and many challenges for the pastor and the parish.
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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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