Still time to register for the SLC’s Catholic Culture Conference June 1-3
The Spiritual Life Center will hold the Fourth Annual Catholic Culture Conference, “Catholic Thought in an Age of Confusion,” Friday through Sunday, June 1-3.
Three national speakers, Dale Ahlquist, Bradley Birzer, and Joseph Pearce, have been invited to the event. Ahlquist is one of the most respected G.K. Chesterton scholars in the world, is the creator and host of the popular EWTN series “The Apostle of Common Sense,” and is the author of three books on Chesterton.
Birzer holds the Russell Amos Kirk Chair in American Studies and is Professor of History at Hillsdale College, Michigan. He is author of books about St. Augustine, J.R.R. Tolkien, and others. Pearce, who presented at the center last November, is an internationally acclaimed author of many books including bestsellers such as “Tolkien: Man and Myth” and “C.S .Lewis and the Catholic Church”.
In today’s politically charged media atmosphere, we often look for answers to the biggest questions in the wrong places. Our surest answers come not from a particular school or party, but from our Lord, who teaches us through his church. We don’t as much need so called conservative or so called liberal solutions, as much as we need truly Catholic ones.
The conference will consist of multiple sessions, each geared towards some particular component of Catholic life in our modern age. The talks and discussions will give each participant the opportunity to learn more about how Catholicism relates to – and is intended to positively change – our culture.
The conference will begin on Friday evening with an opening lecture by Joseph Pearce at 7 p.m., followed by a reception. Saturday will feature talks by Joseph Pearce and Dale Ahlquist and a banquet dinner. On Sunday, we will be joined by Bradley Birzer for the closing session.
Want to attend the conference?
Space is limited, so sign up early by calling the Spiritual Life Center at 316-744-0167 or vis Overnight full weekend rate (includes bedroom Friday and Saturday, and all meals, socials, and lectures); Early bird, $145 per person (single occupancy) or $120 per person (double occupancy).
Commuter full weekend rate, includes all lectures, meals, and socials, is $100.
Partial weekend attendance options: Friday night only, $20; Full Saturday, $65; Saturday, daytime only, $45 (includes breakfast, morning and afternoon talks, and lunch). Half day, $25; banquet only, $25; Sunday only, $20 (lunch and lecture).

May 25-27 will be a weekend of silence at the Spiritual Life Center
The Spiritual Life Center will offer a truly silent retreat on Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27.
There are few weekends in the year when the diocesan retreat center is not bustling with many retreats and programs, but that particular weekend is one of those rare times of quiet. The center invites all who are interested to enjoy a truly silent retreat.
Beginning 7:30 p.m. Friday evening and concluding Sunday Morning with 10:30 a.m. Mass, that weekend participants will be enveloped in silence. There will be no conferences, but participants will have the opportunity for Eucharistic Adoration, individual spiritual direction with Father Ken Van Haverbeke, and confession.
With very few staff scheduled that weekend, retreatants are asked to bring their own food, or plan to eat locally. Pricing reflects bedroom rates and programming only; no meals are included.
Want to attend?
Register online at or call (316) 744-0167. Single occupancy room rates are $120 for the entire weekend; double occupancy, $100.

SLC’s annual Mothers Retreat Day May 12
WICHITA – The Spiritual Life Center will host its annual retreat for mothers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12. The theme is “Find Rest in the Lord.”
The retreat will focus on helping moms figure out how to enter more deeply into prayer and how to make a Holy Hour. The day includes a talk on prayer, a Mediterranean style lunch including desserts and mimosas, daily Mass, social time, and time for silence with our Lord in adoration to conclude.
The cost for the Saturday program is $15 per person. Register by visiting the Spiritual Life Center’s web page at or by calling (316) 744-0167.

SLC introduces two new free programs to aid prayer life
Father Ken Van Haverbeke, director of the Spiritual Life Center, is launching two programs to foster the prayer lives of the faithful.
The first program, which had its first go this past Sunday, is called “A Nature and Prayer Walk with Father Ken.” The second program is an evening of Eucharistic adoration with a particular saint as the guide.
The next nature and prayer walk will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6. Father Van Haverbeke will guide participants on a nature walk around the grounds at the retreat center. The walks will integrate both contemplative prayer and wildlife observations. There is no charge, but the center requests guests register in advance so we can limit the size to manageable number. Families are welcome.
The first adoration program of the spring will be “Eucharistic Adoration with Father Damien, the Leper Saint.” On Thursday, May 10, Saint Damien’s feast day, participants will gather in the Chapel of Mary for exposition of the Eucharist, followed by a short conference talk on the life of Father Damien.
The evening will conclude with time for prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament and an opportunity for confession. The program begins at 7 p.m. and goes until 8:30 p.m.
Both of these programs are free of charge. Register at the center’s website or by calling (316) 744-0167.

‘Parenting a Challenging Child’ May 9 at the Spiritual Life Center
Mika Gross, counselor at The Parent’s Place, will address the struggles that many challenging children have and how parents can learn to manage those struggles at “Parenting a Challenging Child” which will be offered at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Parents are in the perfect position to observe their children and look for spiritual gifts or charisms, special abilities given to all Christians by the Holy Spirit. Helping your child see their own gifts and learn to put them to work can be a wonderful joy for parents.
Many challenging children will naturally mature through difficult periods, but some have underlying problems that need solved. In either case, children need a calm, observant, and patient parent. Underneath challenging behaviors are amazing gifts. It’s not uncommon for the most challenging children to grow into people who later serve mankind in amazing ways.
Want to sign up for the course?
Learn more about this topic and tactics towards better parenting on Wednesday, May 9 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. Registration may be found at The cost is $10 which includes the program and refreshments.

Marriage getaway June 16 at the SLC
Married couples are invited to a Marriage Enrichment Day Saturday, June 16, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
This day is designed to draw couples closer to God and closer to each other so that their marriages thrive. Couples will spend the day looking at ways in which they can be more united in love by uniting their marriage to Christ.
Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. The event begins at 9 and ends with Mass at 5 p.m.
The cost is $60 per couple and includes materials, lunch, breakfast items, snacks, coffee, and water. For more information contact Jake Samour at 316-685-5240. Register by visiting