Priests to gather Oct. 18

Bishop asks for understanding as he and his brother priests gather for prayer, fellowship
Dear friends,
Each year, it is a joy to invite all the priests of the Diocese of Wichita to come together for our annual clergy convocation. This year, the convocation will be held at the Spiritual Life Center and begin on Monday, Oct. 15, in the late afternoon and conclude on Thursday, Oct. 18, with lunch.
The clergy convocation is a time for us as priests to grow in our pastoral service, spirituality, and fraternity. There are conferences on important and timely topics in the church today. There are periods for prayer and Mass, as well as opportunities to relax and enjoy each other’s company. This year, our priests will reflect on the theme: Fully Alive! The Priest, the Parish and Evangelization. Our time together is a blessing and a gift.
Because the convocation is so important, I require that all our priests attend the entire convocation – unless sickness or other circumstances prevent them from being present. Their time away will naturally have an effect on Mass and confession schedules. I leave it up to each individual pastor to determine what is best for his parish, but I also approve of canceling the Masses for this period so that the priests can attend the entire conference. I would ask for your cooperation and understanding in this matter.
Please pray for our priests and for me. We are truly blessed with great priests. It is essential that we do all we can to strengthen the bonds of priestly fraternity as well as provide ample opportunities for our priests to continue their formation. Thank you and God bless you.
+ Bishop Carl A. Kemme