Carmelite Sisters for the Aged to lead training for care for sick, aged, dying
One-day training set for Saturday, April 6, at the Spiritual Life Center
Three Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm will be in Wichita Saturday, April 6, to lead a one-day training for priests, religious, Eucharistic ministers, and lay persons who wish to provide spiritual care for those who are confined, sick, or dying in homes, hospitals, and nursing homes.
The training will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. The cost is $25 and includes lunch and a participant manual. To register call 316-744-0167 or email
Sharon Witzell, program coordinator for diocesan Senior Adult Ministries, said she hopes a team from every parish in the diocese will participate in the event.
The order’s mother superior, Mother M. Mark Louis, along with Sisters M. Michelle, and M. Peter Lillian will travel to Wichita from Germantown, New York, for the training.
Mother Mary Angeline Teresa, the foundress of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, came to the United States in the early 1900s as a Little Sister of the Poor and endeavored to care for the elderly. When this endeavor was not approved by the leadership of her community, she sought the advice of Cardinal Patrick Cardinal Hayes who assisted her and six companions to form a new congregation which promoted dignified and respectful care of the elderly in a homelike environment.
Mother Angeline guided the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm for many years and through trying times, always encouraging the sisters to meet the needs of the times in caring for the elderly.
In that spirit, Mother Angeline Ministries of Care was founded in 2009 to assist parishes in reaching out to the ill and homebound and to bring the hope and consolation of Christ to their daily lives.
On June 28, 2012, Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory was declared venerable. Her cause for sainthood continues in Rome.
Today the Caremelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm run or oversee 20 Catholic Nursing homes in the United States and Ireland.

Study the Count of Monte Cristo at SLC Thursday, March 7
The Spiritual Life Center will hold its first Good Books meeting of the spring with a study of Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo on Thursday, March 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
The course meets monthly through the end of summer to read and discuss the novel.
The SLC’s adult education director Dusty Gates facilitates the course. There is no charge for the book club, but donations are accepted for refreshments. The book will be available for sale at the Center’s bookstore.
Visit or call (316) 744-0167 to register. Pre-registration is requested but walk-ins are welcome.

SLC launches new Lenten lunchtime series on March 7
The Spiritual Life Center will welcome Fr. Tom Hoisington on Thursdays this Lent to lead a lunchtime series about the upcoming Sunday’s scriptures.
“Abiding in the Word” will take place from noon to 12:45 p.m. each Thursday beginning March 7.
Each session will include lunch at the Center and will end in time for guests to return to their jobs. Participants will hear a presentation on the upcoming Sunday’s scriptures from Fr. Hoisington, and then there will be time for discussion to close the session. Those wishing to stay past 12:45 p.m. for more discussion will be welcome.
Each Thursday session costs $10, but the Center will offer a discount for anyone who registers for all six sessions at once. The cost for the entire series $50 after the $10 discount. All sessions include lunch at the Center.
To register, visit or call (316) 744-0167.

Emotions Anonymous meetings Wednesdays
Emotions Anonymous meets from noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. They are open to anyone.
Those who are experiencing overwhelming emotions, such as anxiety, anger, resentment, shame, or fear are welcome. The 12-step group program is designed to offer support and serenity while living with unsolved problems. No registration is necessary.
For more information, call the center at 316-744-0167.

Study the Stations of the Cross during annual Ash Wednesday Retreat
Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke will lead the faithful in a day of reflection on Ash Wednesday at the Spiritual Life Center. The retreat this year will focus on the Stations of the Cross.
The Ash Wednesday retreat is a perfect way to enter into the holy season of Lent. The day begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m. Participants will enjoy private prayer, group discussion, and reflection on the Stations of the Cross, as well as opportunity for confession and the celebration of the Mass.
For reservations call 316-744-0167 or register online at The cost is $20, but no one is ever turned away at the Spiritual Life Center due to finances. A simple lunch will also be provided.

Lenten Day Of Reflection March 14
The Office of Marriage and Family Life is sponsoring a Lenten Day of Reflection for adults from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Spiritual Life Center.
Fathers David Marstall and Jim Mainzer will give the reflections. Following their presentations, Mass will be celebrated, a luncheon will be served, and a rosary will be prayed. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will also be available.
Registration is $10 per person and includes lunch. For reservations call 316-744-0167 or email by March 7.

Holthusens to assist at Palm Sunday retreat
The Spiritual Life Center’s annual Palm Sunday Retreat will have a different feel this year. The Center welcomes Fr. Josh Evans, Fr. Chad Arnold, and local musicians Josh and Sarah Holthusen to help participants enter into Holy Week.
The retreat’s theme takes participants on a meditative walk through the Stations of the Cross. The annual Outdoor Stations of the Cross by torchlight will kick off Friday evening along with a presentation by one of the retreat leaders. On Saturday, after a day of conferences, prayer time, and Mass, the Holthusens will perform an evening concert filled with Lenten Meditations.
The faithful are encouraged to sign up soon to secure early bird rates which end after April 1. If someone is unable to attend the entire retreat, the Saturday evening concert will be available as space allows for $15 per person. To register, call the Spiritual Life Center at (316) 744-0167 or visit
Retreat registration includes five meals, all conferences, refreshments and Saturday evening concert. Early bird rates: commuter $100, single occupancy $145, double occupancy $120 per person.

Kids Mass back on calendar after SLC remodel completed
The monthly Mass for children at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita has been on hiatus during the building’s recent remodel. But the popular program returns in February.
“KidsPrayToo! Mass with Children” welcomes caregivers and their children to the Spiritual Life Center for a special daily Mass. The remaining dates are April 23 and May 16. Mass begins at 11:15 a.m. This 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.