Jim Sheldon has served the Diocese of Wichita as director of Cemeteries for over a decade. (Advance photo)

Jim Sheldon hanging up his shovel

Those who know Jim Sheldon know that he was a near-perfect fit for the job of director of Cemeteries for the Diocese of Wichita.
Like his predecessor, the late Jerome Gerber, Sheldon is a gentle man who seems to have been born to comfort and assist those making decisions during an emotional time of their lives. Sheldon will retire next month after having been director for over 11 years, and after 38 years in retail business.
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Eugene Gerber wasn’t sure what he wanted to do in life

Like most teenagers, Eugene Gerber wasn’t sure about his future.
Growing up in the small town of Waterloo, Kansas, limited his outlook.
“I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I knew I didn’t want to be a priest,” Bishop Gerber said about his youth in an interview many years ago.
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Father Hoffman: Bishop Gerber changed our lives

Father Drew Hoffman, a parochial vicar at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, said in a homily the day after Bishop Gerber’s passing, that many people in the diocese have personal stories about Bishop Gerber.
“One of the great blessings of my young life was as an early college student before I joined the seminary, I was able to spend a day doing yard work for Bishop Gerber along with one of my friends,” he said.
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Priests to gather Oct. 18

Each year, it is a joy to invite all the priests of the Diocese of Wichita to come together for our annual clergy convocation. This year, the convocation will be held at the Spiritual Life Center and begin on Monday, Oct. 15, in the late afternoon and conclude on Thursday, Oct. 18, with lunch.
The clergy convocation is a time for us as priests to grow in our pastoral service, spirituality, and fraternity.
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Bishop to speak at Oct. 10 Catholic Assembly for Business meeting

Bishop Kemme will reflect on Christ’s call to become “fully alive” as missionary disciples in the Diocese of Wichita and will talk about his vision for the diocese and his pastoral priorities at the Catholic Assembly for Business quarterly breakfast Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
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TrueManhood ministry founder to speak to men and families at Blessed Sacrament

[DiNuzzo] said his talk for men will be counter to what the culture believes: that men of faith and men who pray are perceived as weak. “And that men shouldn’t share their hearts and thoughts about their struggles with anyone, especially other men.”
It’s countercultural to do these things, DiNuzzo said.
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Several activities planned in the diocese for Respect Life Month 2018

We reaffirm our belief during the month of October that every life is sacred from the moment of conception until natural death.
Christians believe God is the giver of all life – human and divine – and that it is our duty to build a culture of and for life.
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Scout thinks outside the box for pantry project

When Zach Mayer decided to help the poor with his Eagle Scout project, he thought outside the box. Typically, Eagle Scout projects are preservation and restoration projects to serve the community.
When Mayer, a senior at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Wichita, was contemplating his project he saw a story of an Iowa State football player’s donation drive. It inspired him to help the local community. He learned Our Daily Bread Food Pantry was running very low on food items, and he had his project.
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Pet loss can be more painful than losing a close loved one

The loss of my black Labrador was harder for me than the loss of my parents, which was very confusing, and upsetting in a way.
But, according to Dr. Sarah Shelton, losing a beloved pet is harder for millions of people than losing a relative or best friend.
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