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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Catholic Charities to begin using online platform to contact and assist their clients

Technology is being adopted that will make life easier for Catholic Charities employees and their clients.
The diocesan ministry is implementing, eCare, a software platform that will enable Charities employees to securely connect to clients via a home computer or their video-enabled mobile phone.
Jodie Beeson, director of Grants and Compliance for Catholic Charities, said the technology will help overcome distance barriers because clients and social workers won’t have to drive to an office or home; and it allows the ministry to process clients quickly, clients who might begin a process but neglect to follow up.
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30 Năm Kỷ Niệm Mừng Kính Các Thánh Tử Đạo Việt Nam

Hội Đồng Mục Vụ Công Giáo Việt Nam Địa Phận Wichita sẽ tổ chức Thánh Lễ mừng kính Các Thánh Tử Đạo Việt Nam tại nhà thờ All Saints, 3205 E. Grand, Wichita, KS 67218....
Annual Vietnamese Martyrs Memorial Nov. 16-17
This year marks the 30th year the Vietnamese Martyrs were canonized by Pope St. John Paul II.
The Catholic Diocese of Wichita Vietnamese Congregation will have a Memorial Mass honoring the 117 Vietnamese Martyrs starting with an opening Mass on Friday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. and will continue on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at All Saints Parish and the Fischer Center, 3205 E. Grand in Wichita.
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Nash a constant at St. Anthony Family Shelter for 20 years

Catholic Charities St. Anthony Family Shelter has changed a lot in 20 years, but Ann Nash has been a constant and faithful presence.
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Sisters of St. Joseph took over the former Martinson Block after hospital renovation

During the boom times in the late 1880s an ornate, three-story business building was constructed at the northwest corner of Seneca and Douglas Streets at the west end of Wichita, not too far east of the original All Hallows Academy (later Mount Carmel) and the new St. Joseph Parish about to be established near Millwood and Douglas.
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Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion are ‘formed’

Altar servers, lectors, musicians and singers, and others contribute time and talent and join those in the pews for the celebration of the Mass. But there are men and women who are especially commissioned for their role of service in the Mass: the extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion.
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A grateful heart makes caregiving easier

The practice of giving thanks can impact your life. “For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with Thanksgiving,” St. Paul says in 1 Timothy 4:4.
Learning to receive everything with thanksgiving is difficult, but very important.
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Rome steps in, votes delayed at fall bishops’ meeting

BALTIMORE (CNS) — Seasoned bishop watchers know that just about every fall meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has a surprise. Sometimes it’s an election result. Sometimes it is the debate you never expected. Sometimes it’s that there’s no debate.
But the first day of the 2018 fall meeting was one that caught just about everyone in the room flat-footed. Right on the eve of what looked to be a decisive meeting of the U.S. bishops in dealing with sexual abuse within their own ranks, the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops asked them not to vote on two of the key proposals that were to be put before them.
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Bishop Kemme expresses sorrow

I join Pope Francis and all my brother bishops in expressing our deep sadness to learn of the murders of eleven of our Jewish brothers and sisters, our elders in the faith, at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday. I invite the people of the Diocese of Wichita to join me in prayers for the victims and for their families and friends. Violence inflicted on anyone is a terrible scourge of our times, but when that violence takes place in houses of worship, we have to wonder how much we have lost our way. May we all work together to rebuild a society of tranquility and peace. Shalom!
+ Bishop Carl A. Kemme

USCCB president condemns shooting at synagogue, all ‘acts of hate’

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Catholic bishops stand with “our brothers and sisters of the Jewish community,” the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Oct. 27 after a horrific shooting earlier that day in Pittsburgh at the Tree of Life Synagogue, described as a hub of Jewish life in that city.
The shooting occurred during a morning baby-naming ceremony, for which an estimated crowd of 45 to 100 people had gathered, according to news reports.
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