2016 March College Age Ministry Highlights

As we all move closer to Easter during this year of mercy, here are a few activities designed to help you in your spiritual journey. You will also find a few practical tips at the end of this month's highlights. In the words of Pope Francis, "...let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified."

Theology on Tap | March 8 | The Loft in Old Town | Featuring Fr. Jarrod Lies | Doors open at 7 pm - speaker at 8 pm 

Catholic Men's Conference | March 12 | Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception | 8: am -3:30 pm
All men in the diocese are welcome. Speakers include David DiNuzzo, Sr., Fr. Jarrod Lies and Dusty Gates. Registrations accepted by March 6.

Southwest Kansas Young Adult Conference | March 5 | Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Dodge City | 8 am - 5 pm
Anyone up for a road trip? This is the Diocese of Dodge City's first young adult conference. All young adults are welcome to attend. There will be something for everyone!

There are 3 important dates this spring and summer commemorating Fr. Kapaun.  The Year of Fr. Kapaun Events:
April 20 | 100th Anniversary of Fr. Kapaun's birth
May 23 | 65th Anniversary of Fr. Kapaun's death - Mass at Cathedral
June 9 | 75th Anniversary of Fr. Kapaun's ordination

There is still time to make a personal Lenten retreat by logging on to the Creighton Online Ministries site sponsored by Creighton University.

If you have never experienced a TEC retreat, what are you waiting for? It is a wonderful opportunity to deepen your relationship with Jesus within a supportive community of believers. If you've made a TEC, please consider serving on a TEC. Serving is an entirely new level of amazing!
TEC Retreat | June 11-13 | Hutchinson, KS
TEC Retreat | July 16-18 | St. Paul, KS

Prayer & Action College Week | June 12-17 | St. Anne Parish, Wichita | Registrations due by May 16
During this Year of Mercy, consider offering up 5 days to serve those is need by joining other college students on Prayer & Action. We will be serving the St. Anne parish neighborhood. You can sign up for the week or just a day at a time. All are welcome--you don't need to have been on Prayer & Action in the past to participate. 

Ike Ndolo outside concert | April 16 | Newman University | FREE

Wichita Catholic Young Adults has a new website with lots of activities for the summer. To receive text and email updates, on young adult events text WCYA to 84576

If you (or someone you know) are experiencing same-sex attraction, there is help for you and your families through Courage. Sponsored by the Office of Family Life.

Looking for something to do this summer? Eagle Eye Ministries has some very interesting excursions lined up in Norway, Florida islands and Colorado. Check them out!

Nearly every student I know could benefit from additional scholarships. Here is some information that may be helpful for you.



2016 February College Age Ministry Highlights

Special Year of Mercy Lenten issue

Before the holy season of Lent begins on February 10, take some time to prayerfully consider how you plan to use the following six weeks growing in mercy. What will you do differently in your prayer life? What will you fast from? In what way will you participate in alms giving? Here are some resources and suggestions that may be of help during this Lenten journey.

1) Plan a Mardi Gras party, participate in an online Lenten retreat and other ideas may be found at the Creighton University online site.

2) Matthew Kelly offers a daily email with a short video for each day during Lent to help you have your Best Lent Ever for 2016.

3) Pick one day a week to read one of Bishop Barron’s articles on the Year of Mercy. These are his Top 10 Resources!

Each week during Lent offers prayers on Mondays for a particular intention. These are
from Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy calendar from the Dioceses of Steubenville, Ohio and Syracuse, New York.

Week 1: Pray for our president and all world leaders.
Week 2: Pray for the addicted.
Week 3: Pray for those who have no one to pray for them.
Week 4: Pray for the Pope.
Week 5: Pray for those who struggle with their faith.
Week 6: Pray for someone who has hurt you.

Put mercy into action by making a plan to do something during this Lent. Many of these ideas were taken from the
Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy Calendar.

  • Visit residents at a nursing home or retirement facility.
  • Volunteer a few hours at a nearby shelter that distributes clothing.
  • Bake and distribute cookies to those who live in your residence hall.
  • Offer words of encouragement to someone who seems discouraged.
  • Offer to drive international students to the local grocery store.
  • Volunteer for Special Olympics Games in your area.

1) Start a six-week “Traveling Bible Study” by meeting at various public places around town (restaurants, coffee houses, bowling alley). Be sure to get permission to hold your meeting at the locations and publish them in advance. A focus Bible study may be found here.

2) Organize a Lenten Movie Night or two on the Fridays during Lent. Begin with a vegetarian soup and then watch a movie with a message and discuss. Movie reviews may be found here.


Additional resources:

  • Here are some resources from Dynamic Catholic for this Year of Mercy.
  • The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has many ideas for ways to live the Year of Mercy.