Retreat for healing and reconciliation July 13-15
The Return of the Prodigal Son retreat Friday through Saturday, July 13-15, at the Spiritual Life Center will reassure and challenge participants in the fatherhood of our God and in being his son or daughter. The retreat is set for a full weekend but there is an option attend Saturday’s portion only.
“[The retreat] is a combination of art, scripture, Catholic theology, and self-reflection,” Father Ken Van Haverbeke said. “Henri Nouwen’s book ‘The Return of the Prodigal Son’ is a personal favorite of mine and what this retreat is based on.”
The retreat will include reflections on how we are all called to be in the role of spiritual fatherhood for others. Ultimately the weekend is about healing: healing of memories, healing of emotions, healing of lives.
Fr. Van Haverbeke said, “The retreat is designed to help a person to respond to a merciful Father: a Father who waits for us, and runs to meet us where we are at, not where we are ‘supposed’ to be.”
Participants who cannot make the entire weekend retreat are invited to attend a day long workshop on Saturday, July 14, called “Jesus, Saint Luke, Rembrant, Henri Nouwen, and a Painting.” The workshop participants will join in with the weekend retreatants for Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Want to participate?
Regular retreat pricing applies for the weekend. Register and pay by July 2 to receive an early bird discount. All registrations include a $50 non-refundable deposit. The Saturday only program cost is $20 and includes lunch.
Reservations may be made at or by calling (316) 744-0167. Please register in advance to ensure space and food quantities.

Father Maximilian Biltz to lead series on Father Kapaun at SLC
Fr. Maximilian Biltz will lead “Kapaun in Context” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, July 19 and 26.
He will explore the historical context surrounding Father Kapaun’s life and will discuss the Korean War, its origin, the world leaders at the time, and how Father Kapaun’s life story fits into history.
Want to attend?
Registration cost is $20. Visit or call (316) 744-0167 to register. Pre-registration is requested but walk-ins are welcome.

Monthly Mass with kids July 19 at the Spiritual Life Center
Caregivers and their children are invited to the monthly “KidsPrayToo!: Mass with Children” at the Spiritual Life Center at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, July 19.
Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke will speak especially to the littlest among us. The program gives parents and caregivers an opportunity to teach their children without worrying about disturbing other Mass goers around them.
All families are invited to pack a lunch to enjoy in the dining room or courtyard afterwards. No registration is necessary.

Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius retreat Aug. 10-12 at the SLC
Kansas native Father Brian Dinkel, of the Institute of the Incarnate Word, will lead a 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 ever since 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 own 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. 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.
Need some spiritual exercising?
Early bird registration rates end July 30. More information or to pre-register, visit, and click on Calendar of Events.