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.
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 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 or by calling (316) 683-6426. For more information, visit

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 For more information email 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)