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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Steinkes’ estate to finance much of the House of Formation expansion

The expansion of the St. Joseph House of Formation is largely the result of a significant gift to the Diocese of Wichita by Sylvester “Bus” and Ruth Steinke, who throughout their lifetimes were generous benefactors of Catholic Charities, the Guadalupe Clinic, The Lord’s Diner, and the Education of Seminarians Fund, in addition to the Wichita parishes they belonged to.
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