Bishop Kemme urges faithful stewards to live the Gospel

Bishop Carl A. Kemme holds this year’s stewardship poster featuring Peter and John running to Christ’s tomb. Behind him is an image in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the faithful bringing their gifts to the altar. A small version of the poster will be included in the Sept. 7 Catholic Advance.

‘Fully Alive’ embraces diocesan pastoral plan
When Bishop Carl A. Kemme arrived in the Diocese of Wichita over four years ago he was impressed with the opportunities of hospitality, prayer, formation, and service that parishes provide.
But, he doesn’t want the faithful to become complacent. To that end he has approved this year’s theme, “Fully Alive as a Missionary Disciple,” as one way to encourage Catholics in the diocese to act upon their baptismal promises.
The Office of Stewardship with their advisory councils have assisted Bishop Kemme in the development of this year’s theme.
“‘Fully alive,’ captured Bishop Kemme’s heart in envisioning a way forward for the Diocese of Wichita,” Father Ken Van Haverbeke, director of the Office of Stewardship said. “Fully alive in responding to Christ’s call, fully alive in sharing the joy of the Gospel, fully alive in evangelizing our culture.”
The image for the poster, by Swiss artist Eugene Burnand, has been described as the “greatest Easter painting.” It depicts Peter and John running to Christ’s tomb on the morning of his resurrection.
Nick Poirier, a graphic artist who works in the diocesan Communication Office, said this year’s theme started with the idea of a monstrance with lively rays of light in a field of wheat representing harvest and life.
“But Fr. Ken had the idea of the disciples running toward the empty tomb,” Poirier said. “At first, running toward a tomb didn’t exactly embody the ‘Fully Alive’ theme we had envisioned. But once the image and text were in place we knew that we had a clear winner. It is a powerful image and lends itself very well to discussion of this year’s theme.”
The theme is based in part on John 10:10: “I have come that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”
Father Van Haverbeke emphasized that the theme is meant to be more than an image and text on paper.
When Father Michael Brungardt saw the new theme and poster he remarked, “A steward is fully alive in Christ,” adding that those who truly believe are bound to proclaim the joy of the Gospel.
“This understanding is not only theoretical or conceptual but actual,” Father Van Haverbeke said. “Once one truly experiences this, having truly experienced the qualitative difference Jesus makes and the joy a life lived with him truly is, we are only too glad to share this with others.”

Diocesan news, August 17, 2018

Adoring Our Lord — Bishop Carl A. Kemme led Eucharistic Adoration in a service Thursday evening, Aug. 9, attended by hundreds of youth and young adults in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita. Wichita Adore Ministries, known as WAM, assisted in the event with lighting and music. Confessions were heard during adoration. A dance for youth followed in Good Shepherd Hall. (Advance photo)

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next several weeks.
August
Aug. 22: Ordination of Bishop Elect Jerry Vincke, Diocese of Salina
Aug. 26: Mass and blessing of St. Joseph House of Formation addition
Aug. 29: Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School Mass
Aug. 30: Mass of the Holy Spirit at Newman University St. John Chapel, 11 a.m.
September
Sept. 6: Red Mass at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral
Sept. 9: Blue Mass at 10 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral; Musician Vespers and Blessings at 5:30 p.m. at the Cathedral
Sept. 13: Presbyteral Council
Sept. 14: Bishop Carroll Catholic High School Mass

Symposium for baby boomers Sept. 29
A symposium for baby boomers will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Church of the Magdalen in Wichita.
Senior citizens are invited to the event for food, fellowship, and for inspirational talks about how to make the most of the years ahead.
Father John Jirak and Father John Lanzrath will be two of our speakers. Those interested ma call 316-685-5240 for a flyer.

Agencies that assist those with disabilities to host fair Sept. 29
Representatives from local agencies who assist persons with disabilities will answer questions about their agencies at a fair Saturday, Sept. 29.
A Community-Wide Agency Fair Supporting Persons with Disabilities, their Parents and Caregivers will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. that day in the St. Patrick Catholic School gymnasium, located at 2007 N. Arkansas in Wichita.
The fair is a come-and-go event. Those who speak Spanish are welcome. Translating assistance will be available.
For more information, contact Myra at jacobsm@CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org or at 316-269-3900. For Spanish, contact Danny at Krugd@CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org or at 316-269-3919.

Pro-life Justice for All seminar Saturday
A Justice for All seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
The seminar will help those attending to be able to have a “loving and productive conversation” with a pro-choice advocate.
Check-in begins at 8:45 a.m. in the Pius X Room on the second floor, above the church offices. A pizza lunch is included.
Reservations are requested and may be made by visiting jfaweb.org/register or by calling (316) 683-6426.
For more information, visit jfaweb.org.

Fulfilled Catholic Bible Study begins Aug. 28
A seven-week upcoming Catholic Bible study will help participants answer common questions about the scriptures.
Why does the Old Testament sound so different from the New Testament? In the Old Testament, God began building a plan and laying a foundation for the beautiful traditions of the Catholic Faith. That plan was fulfilled by Jesus in the New Testament.
“Fulfilled: Uncovering the Biblical Foundations of Catholicism” is an apologetic approach to sharing the Catholic Faith using the Old Testament Tabernacle as a blueprint for God’s plan.
While it is designed as a faith-sharing Scripture study, participants will also gain an understanding of some of the most challenged Catholic teachings.
Join Kathy Mietlicki at the St. Joseph Pastoral Center 437 N. Topeka for the seven-week study from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday beginning Aug. 28. The cost is $20, which includes a participant guide. Register by Aug. 21 so that guides may be ordered. To register call 316-685-5240.

Daniel Plan begins Sept. 12 at the St. Joe Pastoral Center
The next Daniel Plan begins Wednesday, Sept. 12.
The healthy lifestyle course will be offered from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the St. Joseph Pastoral Center at 437 N. Topeka in Wichita.
The Daniel Plan provides eternal wisdom with the best of modern science to guide participants to their optimum fitness, weight, and overall health.
The cost is $10 per month and includes a participant guide. Register by Sept. 5 by calling the Office of Marriage and Family Life at 316-685-5240.

Mika Gross to speak at next Date Night Sept. 6
Mika Gross will talk about “Parenting and Marriage: Finding Strengths and Sharing a Vision” at the next Date Night sponsored by the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family.
Gross, a counselor and a member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Parish, Wichita, will speak at a dinner that will begin at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, in the dining room of the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Jake Samour, director of the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life, said marriage results in blessing and challenges for couples.
“Couples who learn to understand and respect each other’s’ unique strengths as parents and who work from a shared vision for a way of life in the home are uniquely equipped to navigate the competing priorities, difficult decisions, and crazy schedules of family life,” he said.
The cost is $30 per couple. To register visit SLCwichita.org and click on the “View Our Program Calendar” link.

Our Daily Bread Pantry seeking fresh produce
Our Daily Bread Food Pantry at Catholic Charities is in need of fresh produce for families in need.
To donate, please contact (316) 264-8344 extension 1504 or deliver to 2825 S. Hillside in Wichita on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Father-son outdoor retreat set for Sept. 15
A TrueManhood Outdoor Men’s Retreat will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, in Beloit, Kansas.
The event is for men and their sons, ages 13 and older. The retreat mixes Catholic masculine formation with basic weapons training, campfires, time for reflection, meals, the sacraments, and daily Mass.
Those of all faith traditions are welcome. The cost is $75 for an adult male, $130 for a father and son, and $180 for a father and two sons.
Register for the retreat at TrueManhood.com. For more information email Dave@TrueManhood.com or call or text 785-534-2575.

Notre Dame professor to speak at NU Oct. 3
Brian Collier, Ph.D., a faculty member at Notre Dame, will deliver the 2018 Hesburgh Lecture at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center at Newman University in Wichita.
Dr. Collier will speak on the topic of “Save Our Schools, Save Our Country, and Save Your Family: a History of Change in Education in America.” The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Collier holds a doctorate in American Indian History and the History of Education in America. In addition to teaching at Notre Dame, he works with the Alliance for Catholic Education and the Institute for Educational Initiatives.
The event is co-sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of Wichita and Newman University.

The pope’s intention
Here is Pope Francis’ prayer intention for this month:
The treasure of Families: That any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians may protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity.

Spiritual Life Center news, August 17, 2018

Ella Tajchman learns how to put her hands together to pray on Clara Towey’s lap in the chapel at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. Ella is the daughter of Stephanie and Casey Tajchman, members of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Wichita. Towey is a member of Holy Spirit Parish in Goddard. They took part in a Totus Tuus camp July 30-Aug. 2. (Advance photo)

Totus Tuus for special needs held at SLC
The Totus Tuus camp for children with special needs benefits from perfect timing and from the venue.
Myra Jacobs, director of the diocesan Ministry With Persons With Disabilities, said the camp, held July 30-Aug. 2, is scheduled toward the end of summer after the high school- and college-aged teachers have spent several weeks leading parish Totus Tuus camps and working with a variety of youth throughout the Diocese of Wichita.
“So they know the songs…everything comes to them easily and naturally,” she said. “All those activities, all the songs, all the hands-on activities that they’ve been doing really benefits our students with disabilities.”
The Spiritual Life Center is a wonderful site for the camp, she said, because the entire complex contains teaching aids.
“They’re surrounded by icons and it’s really easy to go up to an icon and visit with the student and say, ‘What is this?’” Jacobs said. “And so you’ve got a lesson right there, you’ve got a lesson with one picture that’s hanging in the hallway – and there are lots of pictures.”
The cafeteria at the center is convenient and the food is great, she said. “We actually went outside a couple of days with box lunches, which is a real treat for the students.”
The camp is also a respite for the campers’ parents, Jacobs said.
“They know their child is with a whole team of experienced teachers. So it’s a real comfort. They know they’re getting catechesis and they’re doing something really fun. The kids are always anxious to come back the next day.”
The Totus Tuus camp is for children with special needs ages 6 to 13. Teens older than 13 are eligible to attend the Holy Family Camp in June.
Jacobs added that the camp would not be possible without the assistance of Veronica Hill, program coordinator for Totus Tuus. “She’s so helpful and generous with her time,” Jacobs said. “The collaboration of ministries is a joy.”

Jordan Englert colors during a break at a Totus Tuus camp July 30-Aug. 2 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. He is the son of Jeff and Jennifer Dreiling, members of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Andover. (Advance photo)

Grief support program at SLC Sept. 10-Oct. 8
Parish grief ministers and those who have lost a loved one through death are invited to a five-week Catholic grief support program at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The DVD series will be presented from 7 to 9 p.m. begin on Monday evenings from Sept. 10 through Oct. 8. The cost is $20 and includes a participant guide.
The program will give those grieving the loss of a loved one hope, assistance in making wise choices, and an opportunity to make new friends. It combines practical wisdom, sharing, and meaningful ritual that point participants back to Christ.

Class on how to parent teenagers on Aug. 22
Mika Gross, a counselor at The Parent’s Place, will address the challenges that come along with parenting children in their teenage years at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
In her presentation “Whatever! Parenting Teens and Pre-Teens,” Gross will give practical tips and relatable techniques that can be used to help parents through the difficult teenage years without escalating drama in the home.
This course is part of the Spiritual Life Center’s “Parent University” Series. Later this year, the center will host classes addressing divorced and blended families, how to engage children in the Mass, and more.
Want to sign up?
Learn more about this topic and tactics towards better parenting Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. Register at www.SLCWichita.org. The cost is $10, which includes the program and refreshments.

Father Eric Weldon featured at Dinner with the Doctors
Father Eric Weldon, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Colwich, will deliver a presentation about Saint Bernard of Clairvaux Monday, Aug. 20, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The program, part of the center’s “Dinner with the Doctors” series, includes a meal and pleasant conversation in the Main Assembly Room – surrounded by a one-of-a-kind collection of icons depicting the doctors of the church. After the meal, Fr. Weldon will talk about Saint Bernard in commemoration of his feast day.
Want to learn more about this Doctor of the Church?
The cost for the evening is $15 per person. Dinner with the Doctors will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Spiritual Life Center on Monday, Aug. 28. Advance registration requested. To register, visit www.SLCwichita.org.

Theology Institute begins Sept. 15 at SLC
The Spiritual Life Center Theology Institute begins its fall sessions Saturday, Sept. 15. The institute is an adult religious studies program that offers classes in church history, morality, the sacraments, and scripture.
New attendees are encourage to enroll. Each semester includes three full Saturday sessions consisting of four 75-minute classes, along with Mass and lunch.
This semester the institute will feature Dr. David Wall, Dr. Joshua Papsdorf, and Jackie Arnold.
The fall session meets on Saturdays, Sept. 15, Oct. 27, and Dec. 1. Each session will meet from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Registration for the entire semester is $75, which includes all three Saturday sessions, lunches, and refreshments.
Want more information?
Contact Dusty Gates at dgates@slcwichita.org or at 316-744-0167. Registration and specific class topics are available at www.SLCwichita.org or by phone.

Special evening program on Pope Saint Pius X at SLC
Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke will lead an evening program on the feast day of Pope Saint Pius X detailing his many contributions to the faith. The course will take place Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
The papacy of Pope Pius X accomplished many good things, such as an increased focus on CCD, a liturgical renewal, and a commitment to more frequent reception of the Eucharist. As well, Pius X was a saintly man whose piety impressed all who met him.
The faithful are invited to learn about his life.
Want to attend?
The cost is $10 per person. Advance registration is requested. Visit the Spiritual Life Center’s web page at www.slcwichita.org to register or call (316) 744-0167.

Scholarship in memory of John Clevenger established

A scholarship honoring the legacy and stewardship of John C. Clevenger has been established and supported by friends Clevenger met while he pursued his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
The scholarship is for a college-bound Holy Savior student who exemplifies: service to others, hard work, and dedication to those less fortunate than themselves. An annual award of $2,500 will be given to that student and will renew annually for up to four years.
A classmate of Clevenger, Todd Duthie from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, along with Clevenger’s wife, Kristen, and Jason Searl met with Fr. James J. Billinger, Holy Savior’s pastor, and personnel from the Diocese of Wichita’s Office of Planned Giving to discuss where a scholarship could help.
After meeting with Fr. Billinger, Duthie said he realized a scholarship directed toward Holy Savior students was a perfect memorial. “John was accomplished academically, athletically, professionally, and most importantly he was an outstanding family man, a great friend, and a dedicated servant to his community,” Duthie said.
Kristen was inspired by the group’s generosity, and after meeting with Fr. Billinger, said she was convinced that an annual scholarship, and additional support for kids from Holy Savior, could make an impact.
“This scholarship is truly a reflection of what John believed in – education, giving back, and mentoring students, and I look forward to meeting the students who will benefit this year and the years to come,” she said.
Duthie said John’s untimely passing was about a year ago, and although his leadership is greatly missed, “This endowment symbolizes the intersection of education, faith and community service that lived strong in John.”
The first scholarship will be awarded May 1.
Clevenger died on July 22, 2017, at 49. He served on many boards in the Wichita area and was president and CEO of Commerce Bank Wichita. He was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish where he coached sports for many years.

Protection of youth information online

The Diocese of Wichita is committed to protecting children and young people. For information about how the diocese is working to create a safe environment for children and young people, or to report sexual abuse of minors by a church employee, go to www.cdowk.org, pull down the Resources link and click on “Protection of Youth.”

La Diócesis de Wichita está comprometida a proteger a niños y jóvenes. Para obtener información sobre cómo la diócesis está trabajando para crear un ambiente seguro para los niños y jóvenes, o para reportar un abuso sexual de menores por un empleado de la iglesia, puede ir a www.cdowk.org, vaya al botón de Recursos (Resources) y presione “Protección de la Juventud” (Protection of Youth).

Địa phận Wichita cam kết bảo vệ an toàn cho trẻ em và tuổi trẻ. Muốn biết chi tiết thế nào để tạo bầu không khí an toàn cho tuổi trẻ, hoặc cách thức khiếu nại về trường hợp nhân viên hoạt động cho Địa phận đã lạm dụng tình dục với trẻ em và tuổi trẻ, xin xem hoặc gửi qua internet theo địa chỉ www.cdowk.org, tìm xuống bảng liên kết và nhấn vào mục “Protection of the Youth”.

Code of Ethical Standards are online

The Diocese of Wichita is continuously working to maintain and improve safe environment education for children and adults involved in parish and diocesan activities.
As part of that effort, the diocese has a Code of Ethical Standards for Church Personnel available at its website at cdowk.org. To find it, hover over “Links & Resources” and click on “Protection of Youth.”
The code discusses the general principals of the ethical standards and highlights the standards that should be maintained in professional relationships. It discusses topics such as conflicts of interest, harassment, sexual conduct, conduct with minors, and confidentiality, among others.
Every employee and volunteer of the diocese receives a copy of the Code at the beginning of their working relationship with the diocese. Employees and volunteers all read it and sign off regarding their intention to comply with these high standards before beginning their duties with the diocese.

Thousands of youth strengthen their faith

Bishop Carl A. Kemme concelebrated a Mass Sunday, July 15, at a Mid-America Steubenville Conference in Springfield, Missouri. About 5,000 youth and adults, including hundreds from the Diocese of Wichita, attended the annual event. (Courtesy photo)

Diocesan youth participate in annual Steubenville Conferences in the U.S.
Car and busloads of youth from the Diocese of Wichita traveled to the Ozarks last month – but not for a vacation.
The hundreds of youth and their sponsors participated in Steubenville Youth Conferences July 13-15 or July 20-22 at the JQH Arena in Springfield, Missouri.
Other groups from the diocese have attended conferences in Denver and Atlanta.
Mark Joseph, executive director of Christian Outreach for Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, said the school has been conducting the conferences since 1975 when Father Michael Scanlon, who was then president of the university, adapted the idea from a priests’ conference attended by hundreds of clergy.
“One of the priests stood up on closing day and said, ‘You need to do this for the kids, for our kids.’ Father Mike said, ‘Who is going to bring them?’ And another priest stood up and said, ‘We will!”
And they did.
In 1976, the university hosted its first conference attended by about 1,000 youth.
The conferences continued on the campus for 20 years when in 1996 the Most Rev. Samuel Jacobs, now Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodeau in Louisiana, made another request. He asked to have a conference in Louisiana, instead of taking busloads of youth to Ohio.
“That was our first off-site and we’ve grown from there,” Joseph said. “Now we do 25 youth conferences, five of them on our campus, 20 of them at different locations in the country including two in Canada. We serve about 53,000 youth and group leaders.”
Joseph said his office has 11 people dedicated to planning the annual conferences. “And we have partners around the country who work on the conferences who are not on our campus. For example, the conference in Springfield, Missouri, was actually sponsored by the Archdiocese of St. Louis.”
His workload is increasing. In 2012 about 37,000 youth attended Steubenville conferences. Last year about 53,000 participated.
“The primary purpose of the conference is to share the love of Christ with our participants and share the gospel message in a way that is relevant to the teens who attend,” he said.
“And we do that through relevant talks and engaging praise and worship. Our conferences are all sacramentally-based, so they always include the Liturgy, Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacrament of Confession.”
Each event has about 50 to 60 worship leaders, including priests, as well as team leader, Joseph said. “Although each speaker brings his own personality and flavor to the various talks, thematically each of the conferences is very similar across the country, across North America.”
The reason for the ministry’s success is four-fold, he said.
“One is the fact that we are speaking to the teenagers where they are, we are not afraid to tackle tough questions. The message that we are delivering from the stage is very, very relevant to them. As an example, over the last couple of years, we’ve attacked the issue of pornography and the issue of same-sex attraction. We speak to those things from a church, doctrinal standpoint and we speak truth to these kids.”
The energetic, evangelistic, and vibrant atmosphere at the events in addition to the fellowship and is attractive to those attending, he said.
The conference being sacramentally based is very appealing to them, Joseph said, adding that surveys always reflect that the favorite part of the weekend for attendees is Saturday night’s Eucharist Adoration.
“When you think of a bunch of teenagers, you kind of scratch your head and wonder, well, how is Eucharistic Adoration their favorite thing?”
Joseph said with what is going on around the world, including in some places within the church, the Steubenville Conferences are all the more important.
“We really need to provide our kids with hope and that hope is most explicitly shared, by sharing with them the love of Christ. That hope is critical to their health and wellbeing as they progress into being young adults.”
Gil Bergkamp, a youth ministry leader from St. Anthony Parish in Garden Plain, said he has witnessed amazing spiritual fruits from the conferences.
It isn’t coincidental, Bergkamp said, that the parish had never produced a priest before 2004 when youth from the region began attending the Steubenville Conferences. Today the parish claims Father Andy Bergkamp, Father Michael Kerschen, Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Mary Lucia (Annie Stuhlsatz), and the late Brian Bergkamp, who heroically died in an accident before his ordination. In addition, Deacon Kurt Pauly, a member of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Garden Plain, is a fourth-year theology seminarian at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis.
He said he wouldn’t be in youth ministry had he not attended one of the conferences in 2004. “It is transforming the entire west side of the diocese.”
Susie Marshall, a chaperone at the event, said the conference enlivened her faith and touched her heart.
“I felt profoundly close to my Lord as he passed by me in the monstrance during adoration with 5,000 Catholics singing praise and worship,” the St. Thomas Aquinas parishioner said via email.
“I witnessed how this powerful experience of the sacraments impacted thousands of our youth to embrace their faith and am therefore convinced of the importance of finding opportunities for our teens to pursue an emotional faith experience.”

Technology enhanced the worship at the convention center in Springfield, Missouri. (Photo by Lisa Masek and the Office of Youth Ministry-Archdiocese of St. Louis.)
A group of men pray together at the Steubenville Conference in Springfield, Missouri. (Photo by Lisa Masek and the Office of Youth Ministry-Archdiocese of St. Louis.)

Back to school, August 3, 2018

The Diocese of Wichita worked with a book publisher for a new religion book series that will be introduced this year. (Copyright 2018 RCL Benziger)

Catholic schools to use new religion book
Information about the Diocese of Wichita included in the religion curriculum for Catholic school students was always available to teachers, but now it’s all in one place.
Jamie Finkeldei, associate superintendent of Catholic Schools, said the Catholic School Office worked with the publisher to incorporate information about the diocese, stewardship, and Servant of God Emil Kapaun, whose cause for sainthood is under consideration by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
Catholic schools are not required to adopt the textbook, “Blest Are We Faith in Action,” Finkeldei said, “We wanted to provide this as an option because no textbook really aligns with our curriculum.”
He said the new textbook would benefit teachers, especially new teachers who are learning the curriculum.
“We have had all this in places,” Finkeldei said, “but now it’s all in one spot for the teacher. Anything we can do to make a teacher’s job easier. It’s going to streamline their work and make it better, ultimately, for kids.”
Anne Battes, the publisher at RCL Benziger in Cincinnati, Ohio, said the publishing company was assisted by a group of teachers.
The textbook shares the rich history and tradition of the diocese and the Catholic faith with the students, she said in a news release. “The…series was also a way to integrate the diocesan religion standards into all of the lessons throughout the year and provide the child safety lessons from Virtus, in the teacher’s guide.”
She added that the series has been found to be in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church through the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops and the additional content is approved by Bishop Kemme.
“Dr. Finkeldei and the diocesan leadership offered knowledge, flexibility, and a tremendous working relationship in the development of the customized religion series,” Battes said.
“It was a privilege to work with the diocese and we consider this a very beneficial collaboration in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ and the good works in the Diocese of Wichita. We hope that the students, families, and teachers, as well as the diocese, will go forth on this journey praying with us, ‘Blest Are We!’”

Catholic school students in the Diocese of Wichita using the new religion books will learn the canonization process the diocese is taking with the cause of Servant of God Emil Kapaun.
Religion students using the new book will learn about Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s coat of arms.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters will begin teaching at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish schools in Pittsburg this fall. From left, are Sisters Mary Ann Kirkland, Sister John Marie Zwenger, Sister Mary Clare Johnson, and Sister Mary Lucia Stuhlsatz. (Courtesy photo)

IHMs now teaching in Pittsburg
Four Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will be teaching at St. Mary’s Colgan Catholic schools in Pittsburg beginning this fall.
Sister John Marie Zwinger will teach Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in grades K-6 and music for K-1. Sister Mary Clare Johnson will teach fifth grade. Sisters Mary Ann Kirkland and Mary Lucia Stuhlsatz will teach junior and senior high school religion.
The IHMs have previously visited the parish and the St. Pius X Catholic Student Center at Pittsburg State University, but the establishment of a convent is the fulfillment of a longtime desire, said Sister Cecilia Marie Hammersly from the IHM motherhouse near Colwich.
“It’s something that we have always wanted to do,” she said, “but we would need to have enough positions available for a convent, for community life, to be there as well.
Father Michael Baldwin, who was pastor at the time, contacted the IHMs when a convent became available along with teaching positions. “Mother Mary Magdalene was excited about embracing that prospect of going down to Southeast Kansas,” Sister Cecilia Marie said.
Father Baldwin is now part of the formation team at the St. Joseph House of Formation for seminarians of the Diocese of Wichita located on the St. Joseph Parish, Wichita, campus. Father Jerome Spexarth is the current pastor in Pittsburg.
The parish is eager to welcome the sisters, Sister Cecilia Marie said. “Every time we go to a diocesan event, someone comes along and says, ‘I’m in Pittsburg, are you one of the sister’s coming down?’”
The IHMs are excited to expand their presence in the diocese, she said, adding that the IHMs will now be in all four Catholic high schools in the diocese.
There are many parishioners in Southeast Kansas who have a love of sisters, but many of the children have never seen sisters, she said. “We can now witness to the gospel and to religious life at the same time.”
Want more about the sisters?
Additional details about the sisters are available at OLLsmc.com/school.

Adam Butler in front of his new school. (Courtesy photo)


Adam Butler is now responsible for an entire school, after 11 years as a Catholic school teacher.
Butler is the new principal of Sacred Heart Catholic School in Arkansas City after serving as a teacher at St. Cecilia Catholic School in Haysville.
“I’ve been working towards an administrative degree for a while,” he said from his office. “It seemed like Ark City was a place that I could fit in well and do well.”
Butler said he is looking forward to building relationships with the community, the parish, and with the staff and students “to form disciples of Christ.”
“That’s what I’m really excited about. Working with the students and spreading Christ’s love and the Good News here in Ark City.”
Jamie Finkeldei, associate superintendent of diocesan Catholic schools, said Butler is an outstanding teacher whose talents will translate well to administration.
“His genuine love of children and his tireless work ethic will endear him to the Sacred Heart community,” he said.
“St. Cecilia will miss him dearly, but their loss is Sacred Heart’s gain. We also love it when teachers are able to move up in our system because they already understand and live the mission of creating disciples of Jesus Christ.”

Teachers learn new discipline techniques
Discipline situations in many Catholic schools in the Diocese of Wichita will be dealt with in a way teachers and administrators hope will result in forming better persons.
Representatives from 28 Catholic diocesan schools from throughout the diocese participated in the Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline Summer Institute June 25-28 at Resurrection Catholic School in Wichita.
The 250 attendees to the VBRD conference included representatives from the dioceses or archdioceses of Salina, Kansas City in Kansas, Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana; and Colorado Springs. It was the first time the event was offered outside of the organization’s St. Louis, Missouri, area.
Matt McKee, assistant superintendent of Catholic Schools, said the approach to discipline will help teachers and administrators form better people.
“It’s a way of working with kids, teaching them the right things, the right virtues, the way to act,” he said. “And if they happen to make a mistake, which kids will do, we’re going to implement a different process.
“It’s not going to focus on punishment. It’s going to focus on restoring what happened and on bringing these children back together. So it’s more Christ-like – working together versus you make a mistake and you have a consequence. There will always be consequences, but that doesn’t restore or heal people.”
McKee said the VBRD techniques are being used by schools and entire parishes in Missouri to help communities heal and restore them.
According to the Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline website, the program offers teachers, parents, students, and schools “a way to cultivate virtue while repairing harm from bullying and other hurtful behaviors.”
Lynne Lang, director of the VBRD, said the training attendees received in June is a Catholic response to bullying.
She said in a news release that attendees “learn ways to maintain a positive environment in which adults and youth are accountable and responsible for holy habits of human excellence.”
Discipline is viewed as formative, rather than punitive, Lang said. The training helps prevent and reduce antisocial behaviors through virtue education and restorative practices, resulting in a consistent message that upholds the dignity of the human person.

Administrators readying for school — Nearly 100 Catholic school administrators and many of their pastors attended a back-to-school meeting Tuesday, July 31, in Good Shepherd Hall in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita. They gathered in the hall after the morning Mass. (Advance photo)

Eight Catholic school teachers honored for their years of service
Eight faculty members throughout the Diocese of Wichita are being recognized for their service to Catholic education.
25 years of service
Those being honored for 25 years of dedicated service.
• Joseph Ast, middle school math teacher for St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School in Wichita
• Judith Becker, third grade teacher for St. Joseph Catholic School in McPherson
• Mary Booth, learning strategies teacher for Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School in Wichita
• Janet Neville, counseling Department chair at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Wichita
• Joyce Porter, middle school math teacher for St. Andrew Catholic School in Independence
• Lisa Stewart, second grade teacher for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School in Wichita.
40 years of service
Two honorees, both working for Blessed Sacrament Catholic School in Wichita, are being recognized for 40 years of service.
Mary Jones is a first grade teacher, and Pam Loyle is the assistant principal at the school.
All the honorees will be recognized at the teacher conventions hosted annually by the Catholic Schools Office on Aug. 31 in Pittsburg or Sept. 4 in Wichita.

Diocesan news, August 3, 2018

Bishop accepts candidate — Bishop Carl A. Kemme and Seth Arnold smile after the seminarian was accepted as a candidate for ordination to the priesthood during a Rite of Candidacy Mass Sunday, July 29, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita. Arnold is a first year theology student at Mundelein Seminary, near Chicago.
Arnold prays with his family, from left, Adam and Connie Arnold, his parents, and his brother Matt. (Photos courtesy Wayne Mikols)

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next several weeks.
August
Aug. 3-4: Marian Days in Carthage, Missouri
Aug. 5: Midwest Catholic Family Conference Mass at 11 a.m.
Aug. 6-8: Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention, Baltimore, Maryland
Aug. 9: Wichita Adore at Cathedral with Holy Hour and confessions at 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 12: Congreso Closing Mass at Camp Hiawatha at 3 p.m.
Aug. 13-14: Jesus Caritas in Wichita
Aug. 14: Assumption of Mary Vigil Mass at the Cathedral at 5:15 p.m., Legatus
Aug. 22: Ordination of Bishop Elect Jerry Vincke, Diocese of Salina
Aug. 26: Mass and blessing of St. Joseph House of Formation addition
Aug. 30: Mass of the Holy Spirit at Newman University St. John Chapel, 11 a.m.

Notre Dame professor to speak at NU Oct. 3
Brian Collier, Ph.D., a faculty member at Notre Dame, will deliver the 2018 Hesburgh Lecture at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center at Newman University in Wichita.
Dr. Collier will speak on the topic of “Save Our Schools, Save Our Country, and Save Your Family: a History of Change in Education in America.” The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Collier holds a doctorate in American Indian History and the History of Education in America. In addition to teaching at Notre Dame, he works with the Alliance for Catholic Education and the Institute for Educational Initiatives.
The event is co-sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of Wichita and Newman University.

Mika Gross to speak at next Date Night Sept. 6
Mika Gross will talk about “Parenting and Marriage: Finding Strengths and Sharing a Vision” at the next Date Night sponsored by the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family.
Gross, a counselor and a member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Parish, Wichita, will speak at a dinner that will begin at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, in the dining room of the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Jake Samour, director of the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life, said marriage results in blessing and challenges for couples.
“Couples who learn to understand and respect each other’s’ unique strengths as parents and who work from a shared vision for a way of life in the home are uniquely equipped to navigate the competing priorities, difficult decisions, and crazy schedules of family life,” he said.
The cost is $30 per couple. To register visit SLCwichita.org and click on the “View Our Program Calendar” link.

Pro-life Justice for All seminar on Aug. 18
A Justice for All seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
The seminar will help those attending to be able to have a “loving and productive conversation” with a pro-choice advocate.
Check-in begins at 8:45 a.m. in the Pius X Room on the second floor, above the church offices. A pizza lunch is included.
Reservations are requested and may be made by visiting jfaweb.org/register or by calling (316) 683-6426. For more information, visit jfaweb.org.

Symposium on Venerable John Henry Newman Aug. 13-15
A symposium, “Newman’s View of Education,” will be presented Aug. 13-15 in the Roths Alumni Center at Newman University in Wichita.
Bud Marr, Ph.D., and director of the National Institute for Newman Studies, will give two presentations. The remainder of the conference will consist of workshops and discussion time around Newman’s idea of educating the whole person.
The National Institute for Newman Studies, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, facilitates scholarly learning and dialogue on the enduring relevance of John Henry Newman’s life, work, and influence to foster intellectual and spiritual growth.
The symposium is sponsored by the Gerber Institute for Catholic Studies.

Father-son outdoor retreat set for Sept. 15
A TrueManhood Outdoor Men’s Retreat will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, in Beloit, Kansas.
The event is for men and their sons, ages 13 and older. The retreat mixes Catholic masculine formation with basic weapons training, campfires, time for reflection, meals, the sacraments, and daily Mass.
Those of all faith traditions are welcome. The cost is $75 for an adult male, $130 for a father and son, and $180 for a father and two sons.
Register for the retreat at TrueManhood.com. For more information email Dave@TrueManhood.com or call or text 785-534-2575.

Fulfilled Catholic Bible Study begins Aug. 28
A seven-week upcoming Catholic Bible study will help participants answer common questions about the scriptures.
Why does the Old Testament sound so different from the New Testament? In the Old Testament, God began building a plan and laying a foundation for the beautiful traditions of the Catholic Faith. That plan was fulfilled by Jesus in the New Testament.
“Fulfilled: Uncovering the Biblical Foundations of Catholicism” is an apologetic approach to sharing the Catholic Faith using the Old Testament Tabernacle as a blueprint for God’s plan.
While it is designed as a faith-sharing Scripture study, participants will also gain an understanding of some of the most challenged Catholic teachings.
Join Kathy Mietlicki at the St. Joseph Pastoral Center 437 N. Topeka for the seven-week study from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday beginning Aug 28. The cost is $20, which includes a participant guide. Register by Aug. 21 so that guides may be ordered. To register call 316-685-5240.

Three make Franciscan profession — Three new Franciscans were professed to the St. Anthony Chapter of the Secular Franciscan Order Saturday, July 28, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita. Professed were, from left, Margarita Schulte, Jeanmarie Murry, and Alan Siegman. Father Garret Burns and Father Babu Panninti celebrated the profession Mass. They were assisted by Deacon Matt Siegman, Alan’s son. A reception was held afterward in the Cathedral’s gathering space for about 40 family members and friends. (Photo by Steve Bradshaw)
Solemn signing ceremony — Anna Huffman, left, and Janelle Bergkamp were among the 42 new members of Region 3 Catholic Youth Ministry who participated in an induction ceremony Friday, July 27, at St. Rose Church, Mt. Vernon, for this school year. The ceremony includes signing a commitment as members of the Confraternity of Divine Mercy. Region 3 includes 17 parishes in the western end of the Diocese of Wichita. (Courtesy photo)

Spiritual Life Center news, August 3, 2018

New Cursillistas — A men’s Cursillo was held June 28-July 1 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. Jim Wells coordinated the event. He was assisted by David Walsh. Cursillo is a movement to help train Catholic leaders. (Courtesy photo)

Class on how to parent teenagers on Aug. 22
Mika Gross, a counselor at The Parent’s Place, will address the challenges that come along with parenting children in their teenage years at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
In her presentation “Whatever! Parenting Teens and Pre-Teens,” Gross will give practical tips and relatable techniques that can be used to help parents through the difficult teenage years without escalating drama in the home.
Want to sign up?
Learn more about this topic and tactics towards better parenting Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. Register at www.SLCWichita.org. The cost is $10, which includes the program and refreshments.

Centering Prayer workshop Aug. 18
Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke and others will lead a morning workshop called “An Introduction to Centering Prayer” Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Spiritual Life Center.
“Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer,” Father Van Haverbeke said. “It is prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself.”
Want to attend? The cost is $15 per person. Advance registration is requested. Visit the Spiritual Life Center’s webpage at www.slcwichita.org to register or call (316) 744-0167.

Theology Institute begins Sept. 15
The Spiritual Life Center Theology Institute begins its fall sessions Saturday, Sept. 15. The institute is an adult religious studies program that offers classes in church history, morality, the sacraments, and scripture.
New attendees are encouraged to enroll. Each semester includes three full Saturday sessions consisting of four 75-minute classes, along with Mass and lunch.
This semester the institute will feature Dr. David Wall, Dr. Joshua Papsdorf, and Jackie Arnold.
The fall session meets on Saturdays, Sept. 15, Oct. 27, and Dec. 1. Each session will meet from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Registration for the entire semester is $75, which includes all three Saturday sessions, lunches, and refreshments.
Want more information? Contact Dusty Gates at dgates@slcwichita.org or at 316-744-0167. Registration and specific class topics are available at www.SLCwichita.org or by phone.

Openings available for Ignatian retreat
“The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola” retreat Aug. 10-12 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita has openings. Throughout the weekend retreat, participants will be given the tools which will help them to discern the will of God in their own lives.
Kansas native Father Brian Dinkel of the Institute of the Incarnate Word will lead the mostly-silent weekend.
More information and registration is available by logging onto the center’s web site at www.slcwichita.org, and by clicking on Calendar of Events.

Loss of faith topic of August Docentium
James Lewis will talk about why Catholics lose their faith and how to combat that Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. The program includes dinner and a presentation.
Lewis’ presentation will address five reasons Catholics lose their faith. He will then showcase ways to fight those reasons.
Docentium programs include food, friendship, and learning. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., dinner is served at 6:30, and a lecture follows given on a topic related to religion and culture. The cost is $15 per person.
Details are available at SLCwichita.org. Visit the website to register or call (316) 744-0167. Advance registration appreciated.

Father Eric Weldon featured at Dinner with the Doctors
Father Eric Weldon, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Colwich, will deliver a presentation about Saint Bernard of Clairvaux Monday, Aug. 20, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The program, part of the center’s “Dinner with the Doctors” series, includes a meal and pleasant conversation in the Main Assembly Room – surrounded by a one-of-a-kind collection of icons depicting the doctors of the church. After the meal, Fr. Weldon will talk about Saint Bernard in commemoration of his feast day.
Want to learn more about this Doctor of the Church?
The cost for the evening is $15 per person. Dinner with the Doctors will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Spiritual Life Center on Monday, Aug. 28. Advance registration requested. To register, visit www.SLCwichita.org.

Surviving Divorce series begins Sept. 10
A 12-week series to help those who have suffered through divorce will be offered beginning Sept. 10 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The Surviving Divorce series was created to bring hope and healing to those who have experienced the pain and loneliness of a broken marriage. It is not only for the newly separated and divorced, but those struggling with issues many years later. It will help participants answer their questions, restore hope, and begin authentic healing.
The series also includes personal testimonies from Catholic men and women who have experienced the breakdown of their families. They share their stories with heart, humor, and wisdom. As the speakers witness to their pain and the healing power of Christ in their lives, participants will laugh, cry, and identify with their journey from heartache to healing.
Surviving Divorce will help participants work through the emotional upheaval of separation and divorce, find personal healing and hope, gain wisdom and comfort from experts and others who share your experiences, and navigate new concerns like custody, court hearings, and finances.
The series will be offered from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Monday, Sept. 10. The cost is $35 and includes a participant guide. To register call 316-744-0167 or email slc@slcwichita.org.
Surviving Divorce is sponsored by the Office of Marriage and Family Life.

Grief support Sept. 10-Oct. 8 at the SLC
Parish grief ministers and those who have lost a loved one through death are invited to a five-week Catholic grief support program at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The DVD series will be presented from 7 to 9 p.m. begin on Monday evenings from Sept. 10 through Oct. 8. The cost is $20 and includes a participant guide.
The program will give those grieving the loss of a loved one hope, assistance in making wise choices, and an opportunity to make new friends. It combines practical wisdom, sharing, and meaningful ritual that point participants back to Christ.

Sr. Vicki Bergkamp elected as U.S. leader of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

On the new Leadership Team for the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, are, from left, Sisters Mary Catherine Clark, Maria Hughes, Vicki Bergkamp, Janet McCann, and Angela Laquet. (Courtesy photo)

Sister Vicki Bergkamp has been elected U.S. Leader of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ.
Sister Vicki, a long-time professor of business at Newman University in Wichita, was elected to a six-year term at the order’s annual assembly in St. Louis, Missouri, in late June.
An Adorer for 49 years, Sister Vicki has worked primarily in higher education or as the community’s treasurer. She also served the international community of Adorers as delegate to several General Assemblies and on various international committees. In addition, she has served on many local boards of the Adorers and the Wichita diocese, most recently with Catholic Charities, Dear Neighbor Ministries, StepStone and Villa Maria.
The Adorers re-elected two members of the current Leadership Team, Sisters Janet McCann and Maria Hughes.
Sister Janet McCann, an Adorer for 40 years from Cahokia, Illinois, worked in education before being elected to her community’s leadership. Sister Maria Hughes, an Adorer for 40 years from Middletown, Pennsylvania, was director of the Institute of Religious Formation at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago for five years before she was elected to U.S. Leadership in 2012.
Rounding out the new Leadership Team are Sisters Mary Catherine Clark and Angela Laquet.
Sister Mary Catherine Clark has lived and ministered most of her life in the Diocese of Belleville, in southern Illinois, and has been an Adorer for 52 years.
Sister Angela Laquet, an Adorer for 20 years from Belleville, Illinois, has been an occupational therapist for 24 years, the past 17 in home health care in the Taylorville, Illinois, area.
All will begin their six-year terms in early October.

Diocesan news, July 20, 2018

A cold move — Matt Tannehill, right, director of Our Daily Bread Food Pantry, a ministry of Catholic Charities, and two employees of Linnebur Electric move one of the new refrigerators and freezers installed Friday, July 13. The units, installed at the ministry located at 2825 S. Hillside in Wichita, will hold fresh produce and dairy products. (Courtesy photo)

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next several weeks.
July
July 29: Candidacy Mass at the Cathedral at 5 p.m.
July 31: Camp Totus Tuus
Aug. 3-4: Marian Days in Carthage, Missouri
August
Aug. 6-8: Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention in Baltimore, Maryland
Aug. 9: Wichita Adore at the Cathedral for holy hour and confessions
Aug. 12: Congresso closing Mass at Camp Hiawatha at 3 p.m.
Aug. 13-14: Jesus Caritas in Wichita
Aug. 14: Legatus at the Cathedral

Rite of Candidacy Mass for Seth Arnold July 29 at Cathedral
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will celebrate a Rite of Candidacy Mass at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
Seth Arnold, a first year theology student at Mundelein Seminary, near Chicago, will be recognized at the Mass as worthy of being ordained. He will then be a candidate for ordination to the priesthood.
Seth is the son of Adam and Connie Arnold of Goddard and a member of Church of the Holy Spirit in Goddard.
The Downtown Serra Club of Wichita is hosting the Mass. The faithful are invited to a social hour and a barbecue buffet dinner that will follow in Good Shepherd Hall.
The cost for dinner is $20. Reservations may be made by July 23 by calling Carolyn Utter at 316-990-8712.

Adult volunteers needed for MCFC
Adult volunteers are urgently needed for the Midwest Family Catholic Conference Friday through Sunday, Aug. 3-5.
Those who volunteer to help during one of the days will receive free admission for their family, a free lunch, and a conference T-shirt or an MP3 of the talks. Adults who sign up to volunteer Saturday and Sunday with the Children’s Program will receive a free pizza lunch for their spouse and children.
Those interested may contact Kristi Bird at 785-443-1431 or kristi.bird7@gmail.com.

More Foster Grandparents needed
One of the many pearls of wisdom shared by the late Mr. Rogers was: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”
Among those helpers are Foster Grandparents. And more are needed throughout Sedgwick County.
One of them, Grandma Linda McFall, received a Good Apple from the Wichita school board for her work at Griffith Elementary School. “She is dependable and reliable and always willing to help out in any way that she can,” according to staff at the school.
Foster Grandparents like McFall volunteer 15 to 40 hours a week in schools and preschools helping children with social and academic skills.
But, the children also help the Foster Grandparents. Ninety eight percent of the grandparents say that involvement with the Foster Grandparent program is a key reason their retirement is meaningful and rewarding.
Catholic Charities is the local sponsor of the program. The federal Corporation for National and Community Service provides 90 percent of the funding matched by local funds from United Way of the Plains and from Catholic Charities, Inc.
Want to be a Foster Grandparent?
To volunteer, call Catholic Charities at 264-8344, ext. 1211. Orientation for new grandparents starts in August.

Marian Mantle groups form in the diocese
New Marian Mantle prayer groups have been founded at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, at St. Mark Parish in Colwich, and at St. Anthony Parish in Harper. Two others have been formed at Hays and at Garden City.
Members of the organization are planning to meet at Church of the Magdalen after the 11:30 a.m. Mass Sunday, July 22. Betsy Meunier of Kansas City, Kansas, will speak in place of foundress Mary Ann Gardner, who is ill.
Members of Marian Mantle pray for children who have fallen away from the faith. Information about and the location of Marian Mantle groups is available at MarianMantle.com.

Bags to Riches July 25
The ninth annual Bags to Riches will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at Distillery 244 in Old Town, Wichita. The event is a benefit for the shelter services at Catholic Charities that minister to women and families experiencing homelessness or domestic violence.
Bags to Riches is a “Girls Evening Out” featuring a silent auction with purses and accessories. It is an evening with friends, wine, food, and unique raffle items.
Raffle tickets are available for purchase prior to the event. Winners will be drawn on July 25, around 7:30 p.m. and need not be present to win.
Event and raffle tickets are available at CatholicCharitiesWichita.org.

Our Daily Bread Pantry seeking fresh produce
Our Daily Bread Food Pantry at Catholic Charities is in need of fresh produce for families in need.
To donate, please contact (316) 264-8344 extension 1504 or deliver to 2825 S. Hillside in Wichita on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Host family needed
A host family is needed for exchange student attending Kapaun Mount Carmel High school. The student is a sophomore boy who attended the school last year. If interested call St. Margaret Mary at 316-262-1821.

BC trap club goes to nationals — The Bishop Carroll Catholic High School Trap Club participated in the inaugural USA High School Clay Target League national championship July 12-15 in Mason, Michigan. Competing were, from left, Michaela Baalmann, Rebecca Ring, Marshal Baalmann, Andrew Hubbell, and Dylan Thomas. Although the team did not place, the BCHS athletes advanced to the championship round on July 15 finishing with a score of 919 of 1,000 clay targets. (Courtesy photo)

Spiritual Life Center news, July 20, 2018

Course on scrupulosity at the SLC next month
Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke will lead a course designed to help those who suffer from scrupulosity, a disorder that prevents a follower of Christ from truly believing in God’s mercy and grace.
The course, entitled “Saint Alphonsus Liguori and Scrupulosity,” will be presented from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1. Fr. Van Haverbeke will use stories of St. Alphonsus Liguori, who suffered from scrupulosity, to discuss this disordered way of thinking and help the faithful handle scrupulous thoughts. His thoughts kept him in a state of anguish and doubt, but he used these inner battles to become compassionate toward others.
The workshop will help the faithful with any worries they might have and how to handle such intrusive thoughts.
The cost is $10 per person. Advance registration is requested. To register visit www.slcwichita.org or call (316) 744-0167.

Yoga, Eastern religions topic of July 24 workshop at the SLC
Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke will lead another class in the “What do Catholics Believe” series July 24 and 25 at the Spiritual Life Center. The topic next week will be about what the Catholic faith teaches about yoga, mindfulness, Eastern religions, and other practices.
The workshop will address topics such as meditation, yoga, mindfulness and other practices. The class will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. both Tuesday and Wednesday evening, July 24-25.
The cost is $20 per person. Advance registration is requested. Visit www.slcwichita.org to register or call (316) 744-0167.

Seminar for Parish Leaders July 28
Pastors are often reluctant to ask parishioners to participate in parish leadership positions because they realize the busy lives parishioners lead. Parishioners, however, are reluctant to accept this act of stewardship as a leader in their parish because they do not feel well formed enough to accept.
With that in mind, the Diocese of Wichita will again offer a Parish Leadership Institute for formation for all parish leaders from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at the Spiritual Life Center.
The workshop is designed to form parish leaders who participate in pastoral councils, finance councils, stewardship councils, parish and school staffs, and other parish organizations.
The institute consists of general leadership sessions and specific council sessions. Speakers from around the diocese will cover topics such as the temptations of a leader, parish planning, effective leadership, working with your pastor, and more!
The cost is $20 per person.To register go on-line at www.slcwichita.org, or call (316) 744-0167, or contact your pastor.

Learn about the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius on retreat at SLC
The Spiritual Life Center will welcome Kansas native Father Brian Dinkel of the Institute of the Incarnate Word for a special retreat on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola Aug. 10-12 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Saint Ignatius composed the Spiritual Exercises over a period of 19 years, from 1522 to 1541, and has been one of the most powerful means of sanctifying members of the church, whether lay or religious.
Throughout the weekend retreat, participants will be given the tools which will help them to discern the will of God in their lives. The goal of the Spiritual Exercises is to refocus our lives on what is most important: first by correcting our sinful inclinations, and then by pointing us toward the ultimate goal of our lives, which is the glory and praise and service of God, our creator and redeemer.
Retreat Master Fr. Brian Dinkel was born in Hays and later moved to Mulvane, where his parents still live. He went on to graduate from Kansas State University and Wichita State University. Immediately upon graduating from WSU in 2005, he entered the missionary order, Institute of the Incarnate Word and began his studies for the priesthood in Washington, D.C. He was ordained in 2013 and is currently serving as pastor at Our Lady of Peace Church and Shrine in Santa Clara, California.
Want to attend?
Register soon to reserve your space, earlybird rates end July 30. More information and pre-registration is available by logging onto the center’s web site at www.slcwichita.org, and clicking on Calendar of Events.

Midwest Catholic Conference Aug. 3-5 to feature popular Catholic speakers

Scott Hahn, Tim Staples, and Dr. Ray Guarendi will again catechize and entertain those attending the annual Midwest Catholic Family Conference Aug. 3-5 at Century II in Wichita.
Hahn, the author of Rome Sweet Home, is perhaps the most widely known modern convert to the faith whose books and testimonials have resulted in a great number of conversions to Catholicism. He will speak Friday night, Aug. 3, and twice Saturday morning.
Tim Staples, another convert, is one of the church’s most powerful apologists. The former Catholic seminarian is director of Apologetics and Evangelization for Catholic Answers, and will deliver two presentations for adults, one talk for high schoolers, and one for middle school youth.
Dr. Ray Guarendi, a Catholic psychologist and radio and television host, whose radio program, “The Dr. Is In” is carried by over 440 stations and on Sirius, will make two presentations for adults.
Other speakers include Father William Wagner, who served the church in Europe for 43 years; Father Dennis McManus, an instructor of Jewish history; Terry Beasley, a pro-life author; and Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, an expert on marriage and family, and human sexuality.
Ceili Rain, an Irish pop-rock band, will entertain conference-goers Friday night. The band has received 14 Unity Awards by the United Catholic Music and Video Association.

Want to attend?
To register or to download a weekend itinerary, visit CatholicFamilyConference.org. A variety of options from a single evening to the entire weekend with meals are available.

Hays men’s conference Aug. 11

By Karen Bonar, The Salina Register
HAYS — Some familiar faces will be present at the Seventh Annual Diocesan Men’s Conference on Aug. 11 in Hays.
Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M., Cap., who hails from Concordia and attended St. Francis Seminary High School in Victoria, will be one of the two speakers at the conference, which is themed “Men of God.” He will be joined by nationally known radio host John Martignoni, who hosts “EWTN Open Line” on EWTN Radio.
Archbishop Chaput said he is delighted to be returning to his home diocese for the conference.
“Kansas has its own special beauty, and a lot of that beauty comes from the people who live here,” he said. “You can take the boy out of Kansas, but not Kansas out of the boy.”
The annual men’s conference is hosted by the Salina Diocese office of Family Life. The event will feature the speakers, as well as Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, Reconciliation and lunch.
The conference theme is one both speakers laud.
“To be men of God means making a daily effort to be holy; to consciously develop the virtues of courage, honesty, justice, prudence, self-discipline and patience,” Archbishop Chaput said.
Martignoni, who has spoken previously in the diocese, said he thinks the man’s role in the spiritual formation of a family has been de-emphasized. Studies have shown that children whose fathers regularly attend church are 85 to 90 percent likely to attend church themselves as adults. If only their mother attends church, the chance is about 25 percent.
“The impact of the father on the spiritual formation of the children is so great that adult men need proper formation right now,” he said. “In this environment we’re living in, it’s so much more important to get to the male right now.”
He said the female’s role in the Church is equally important, but “the male has been neglected and overlooked, we have some catching up to do.”
Archbishop Chaput said today’s culture focuses on “toxic masculinity.”
“There’s also an undercurrent of real contempt for male dignity and leadership that’s very unhealthy for society and demoralizing for young men,” he said
Archbishop Chaput said he plans to discuss how young men “become real men in a Christian sense, despite all the conflicting pressures.”