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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Bishop invites the faithful to join him in consecration to Immaculate Conception

Bishop Carl A. Kemme is asking the faithful to join him and the priests of the diocese to consecrate the Diocese of Wichita to the Immaculate Conception on New Year’s Day.
Bishop Kemme will make the formal consecration at the 10 a.m. Mass Tuesday, Jan. 1, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
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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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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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Long-distance stewardship proves to be rewarding for Wichita nurse

Melissa Smith traveled to Guatemala in 2014 with her daughter, Lauren, to help build schools in the impoverished Central American country.
“It was very, very rewarding, she said. “Going once makes you want to go again."
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The dust at the SLC will settle in 2019

The Spiritual Life Center is getting a minor facelift.
Last year, the Spiritual Life Center opened its doors to over 20,000 guests, and after 28 years of usage, Father Ken Van Haverbeke, the center’s director, said it was time to renovate and refresh some of the high traffic areas....
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Bishop Kemme to make a pilgrimage to India Jan. 7-21

Bishop Carl A. Kemme will visit 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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O Come, O Come Emmanuel – without delay

Every year we celebrate the holy season of Advent. Every year I look forward with great anticipation to sit around the table at home with my kids to do our Advent prayers, the Jesse tree, and sing the special songs. It has become one of my favorite times of the year. And so it happened again this year, everyone vying for a turn to light our Advent candles to start prayer and a turn to blow them out after the final prayer. Each night we pray beautiful prayers of longing and waiting, and sing the songs of hope and promise.
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The theology of Christmas begins in love

On the Feast of the Incarnation we celebrate Almighty God’s decision to become man by assuming the body of a human being. The Heavenly Father announced to Mary that she was chosen to be the Mother of God’s only Begotten Son. Mary had been Immaculately conceived in her mother womb, and was made ready from her conception for this supreme moment in the History of the world.
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Bishop shares his thoughts about USCCB assembly

Having returned from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops plenary assembly in Baltimore with the sexual abuse crisis dominating the agenda, I thought I would share a few personal reflections with you. It is my hope that these thoughts will assist the many who are rightly troubled, as I am, by the events and revelations of the past four months.
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