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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Next Docentium to address ‘50 years of confusion and moral free-fall’

In July 1968, Blessed Pope Paul VI released an encyclical which would send tremors through the church, which continue to reverberate today.
This watershed encyclical came less than three years after the closing of the Second Vatican Council on Dec. 8, 1965. Furthermore, other events such as the high profile assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy, the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, freedom movements in Eastern Europe, and student and labor protests throughout the month of May which nearly sent France into civil war, just to name a few, make 1968 perhaps the most socially strained year since the conclusion of World War II.
How would the church respond to the cultural changes which promoted unrestrained license in all areas of life, particularly regarding sexuality?
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A public church, not a partisan church

WARSAW – The temptation to ally the church with a particular political party and its program is a perennial one, it seems. When that temptation is not resisted, it invariably leads to trouble — politically and, more importantly, evangelically. That was true in 20th-century Quebec, Ireland, Spain, and Portugal; it is now a danger in 21st-century Poland, where a number of Polish bishops have identified the church’s public interests with those of “Law and Justice,” the present governing party.
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An easy way to help your parish, ministry

I’ve received quite a few questions about Congress permanently extending the IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution. So, I thought I would put together a road map for folks to use in considering whether making this type of gift makes sense for them.
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KMC students prepare, organize for a smooth peanut butter drive

It took three hours for a small team of students from Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School to unload the bounty of the school’s annual fall peanut butter drive.
When Catholic Charities Facilities Manager Richard Tracy and the teenagers finally rested their backs, they had moved three tons of peanut butter Friday, Oct. 5.
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Simple, wood caskets now available through Catholic Cemeteries office

Catholic Cemeteries has made arrangements to begin selling wood Trappist Caskets.
Jim Sheldon, director of Catholic Cemeteries, recently returned from New Melleray Abbey near Dubuque, Iowa, where he toured the monks’ casket factory and worked out the details to supply caskets for the diocesan cemeteries.
“The idea started a few years ago when people kept asking me about caskets for the natural burial area of Ascension Cemetery,” Sheldon said.
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Volunteer donates grocery carts to Our Daily Bread Food Pantry

The number of grocery carts at the Catholic Charities food ministry has dwindled because some individuals who walk long distances to the pantry can’t return the carts.
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Bishop Kemme elaborates on his Pastoral Plan and mission

In an effort to further promote and explain our new diocesan Pastoral Plan, which was made public some weeks ago in the Catholic Advance and which you can find on our diocesan website, CatholicDioceseofWichita.org, I would like to share a few thoughts with you regarding the second part of our plan, our new diocesan mission statement which reads: “The mission of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita is to go forth faithfully to preach the Gospel to all God’s children and to evangelize today’s culture.”
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Readers share memories of Bishop Emeritus Gerber

One day, when Kelsey Gallardo was a little girl she was playing outside of the Spiritual Life Center, where her mother was working.
“We wandered over towards the bishop’s house and ended up covered in mud,” she wrote.
“As we neared the house we saw a man outside. He was working in the yard, but stopped to talk to us. He helped us clean the mud from our shoes, and got us a drink. Then we were on our way, and the man returned to his work.”
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