A chapel (at right) will be added to the Hennessy House as part of the expansion of the St. Joseph House of Formation. The Hennessy House is one of two residences for the local diocesan seminarians. It and the Borromeo House are located on the campus of St. Joseph Parish in Wichita. (Artist rendering)

St. Joseph House of Formation to expand

The Diocese of Wichita’s St. Joseph House of Formation is extending its seminarian formation program from two to four years and is working with Newman University to develop a School of Catholic Studies for seminarians in and outside the diocese.
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Discalced Carmelites’ chaplain says visitors may attend Mass

Each day the sisters rise very early in the morning to pray Lauds, the first hour of the Divine Office. This is followed by work, rest, recreation, study, meals, and community living. Daily Mass is the focal point of the day. The Divine Office is prayed in its entirety at specific times of the day. The sisters see everything as a chance to please our Lord and show charity to one another.
Like so many of our wonderful cloistered orders here in this country, the Carmelite sisters offer up many prayers for the intentions of those in the Diocese of Wichita. Mass is usually celebrated at 7 a.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. All are welcome.
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Bishop Kemme to visit India Jan. 7-21

Bishop Carl A. Kemme will be visiting India Jan. 7-21 to thank the orders of priests and nuns serving in the Diocese of Wichita and to strengthen the ties between the diocese and the three orders.
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Warming Souls in need of warm hearts

The diocesan Warming Souls ministry wants to warm bodies this winter – and provide sustenance to them.
The Diocese of Wichita is responsible for providing an evening meal, breakfast, and a sack lunch from Feb. 1 through March 31 at the Emergency Winter Shelter, located at 841 N. Market, and a women’s shelter across the street.
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Sr. Rose Helen Burger dies Dec. 22 in Wichita

Sister Rose Helen received her elementary education at St. Thomas the Apostle School and the first three years of her secondary education at Bishop Ward High School in Kansas City, Kansas.
In 1946 she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in Wichita where she finished high school. After taking a Normal Training course, she received an Elementary Teacher Certificate in June of 1947.
She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from St. Mary of the Plains College in 1959 and a master’s in education from Notre Dame University in 1965 while continuing to teach for a total of 42 years.
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‘God was always there’ for caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (CNS) — For Thomas Rillo, it was the moment his wife could not remember how to use the computer.
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Time passes, but God’s love endures, pope says as 2018 ends

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The end of one year and beginning of next naturally leads people to think about the passing of time and about love, which gives time — and everything else — real meaning, Pope Francis said.
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Abuse expert hopes summit will include bishops’ accountability

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A member of the committee organizing Pope Francis’ February summit on the sexual abuse crisis said the meeting should include discussing ways to hold bishops accountable for handling cases correctly.
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Bishop Kemme extends Christmas and New Year blessings to all

In the book of the prophet Isaiah (9:2), we will hear at the Christmas night Mass these words, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom, a light has shone.” The ancient Israelites walked for centuries in darkness and gloom awaiting the Messiah, a Savior, and the Light of the World. In the fullness of time, the Messiah, our Savior and the Light who conquers all darkness and sin, entered human history in the birth of Jesus at Bethlehem.
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Mixing Kansas politics, religion

Chuck Weber says being executive director of the Kansas Catholic Conference is a little like the person who breaks up your holiday party because he wants to talk about politics and religion.
“These areas often produce awkward discussions. Taken up together, they can clear your house of guests in a matter of minutes,” he said with a laugh.
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