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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Archivist writes book about Catholic names in Kansas

Juan de Ulibarri left a trail of Catholicism during his expedition through the Great Plains in 1706, a trail Tim Wenzl decided to investigate over 300 years later.
Wenzl, archivist emeritus of the Diocese of Dodge City and the former editor of the diocesan newspaper, said his investigation, which ultimately led to his just-published book, began after he became intrigued by the Catholic names in Western Kansas.
“After learning that Windthorst in Ford County was named for Ludwig von Windthorst, a champion of the Catholic faith who fought against the Church’s suppression by Germany’s Iron Chancellor, Otto von Bismark, I was hooked."
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