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 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 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 or at 316-744-0167. Registration and specific class topics are available at 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, 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 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

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
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.