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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Bishop Kemme reflects on the vision of pastoral plan

Recently, I promulgated a new Pastoral Vision, Mission and three overarching Priorities for the Diocese of Wichita, which will represent our common approach in living the Catholic faith more deeply in the next several years. I hope you have taken an opportunity to read and reflect on this document. I encourage you to pray about how you can take a vital part in making it a reality. In this column and in future ones, I want to share a few of my own reflections. Today, I will be concentrating on our vision.
The Vision of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita is that all God’s children will respond to Christ’s call to become fully alive as missionary disciples.
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Faithful urged to become ‘fully alive’ in Christ

Fathers Michael Brungardt and Ken Van Haverbeke explain this year’s “Fully Alive” stewardship poster by asking the viewer to imagine falling in love.
“And then imagine that the person actually turned out to not only be someone you fell for, but also the most perfect person you ever met. They could do no wrong. They were incredibly considerate of everything in your life.”
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Engels eager to ‘give greater glory to God’

Being director of music for the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception was a thought Nick Engels entertained a time or two, especially after assisting Jim Jones, who he recently replaced.
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Catholic Charities to offer Gottman marital enrichment workshop

Lisa Butler, a clinical marriage and family therapist from Cana Counseling at Catholic Charities, will offer a marital enrichment workshop Oct. 16, 23, and 30 and Nov. 6 and 13. The five-part workshop will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the catacombs at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Andover. The cost is $100 per couple.
The workshop is appropriate for couples contemplating engagement, pre-marital couples, and couples married for decades. The sessions are not for those experiencing severe relationship distress including abuse, addictions, affairs, etc.
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‘Boomer symposium’ Saturday, Sept. 29 at Church of the Magdalen

The Baby Boomer generation, made up of those born between 1946 and 1964, has had a major impact on society for decades.
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Site of Mount St. Mary was originally a university

For a short time, around the late 1880s, there was a Wichita University at what is now 3700 E. Lincoln. It was a large stone ad brick academic building completed at that location in 1884, which later became Mount St. Mary’s Convent for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Wichita.
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Protection of youth has been a priority for many years in the Diocese of Wichita

The Diocese of Wichita has had policies regarding protection of youth for over 15 years.
Therese Seiler, vice chancellor and victim assistance coordinator for the diocese, said Bishop Carl A. Kemme has a diverse group of individuals, a Charter Review Board, who act in an advisory capacity regarding allegations of child sexual abuse by church personnel as well as assisting with review of policies and procedures with a focus on safeguarding youth.
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Retrouvaille helps couples rebuild their marriages

At one point in their marriage Bryan and Hedy Mendenhall were about two weeks away from finalizing their divorce.
“We went to the local church, where the priest who married us served, and shared our story. We wanted guidance before finalizing our divorce,” Bryan said.
Their pastor told the Mendenhalls that he could not in good conscience agree with their plan and urged them to participate in a Retrouvaille Weekend.
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Bishop Kemme writes about recent revelations regarding sexual abuse

As I continue to reflect on the painful crisis we now face in the church, caused by the abuse of minors and vulnerable adults by Archbishop McCarrick and in light of the recent grand jury report in the State of Pennsylvania, which details the unspeakable abuse caused by priests and the cover up of bishops over seven decades, I feel compelled to respond in a way that will bring forth for all entrusted with leadership in our wounded Church the graces we bishops need to restore the trust of our good people.
I have been reflecting on the Gospel text from Mark 9: 14-29, which tells the story of how the disciples had been asked to expel a horrid and powerful demon which had taken possession of young boy.
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