Carmelite makes profession April 8 — Sister Maria Philomela of the Blessed Sacrament professes her vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience before Bishop Carl A. Kemme Saturday, April 8, at the Discalced Carmelite Monastery of Divine Mercy and Our Lady of Guadalupe, located at 7445 N. Woodlawn, in Valley Center. Sister Maria, Analia Bandiera, is the daughter of Martin and the late Teresa Bandiera of La Consulta, Mendoza, Argentina. Bishop Kemme was the principal celebrant at the Mass. Sister Maria received visitors immediately afterward. A lunch was served to the faithful attending. (Photo courtesy Wayne Mikols)

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next several weeks.
May 4-5: Knights of Columbus State Convention in Overland Park
May 5: Confirmation Mass at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral
May 6: Confirmation Mass at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral
May 8: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena in Wichita
May 10: Senior Adult Appreciation Mass and Luncheon at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral
May 11: Pastor/Principal Appreciation Mass and Luncheon; Newman Baccalaureate Mass at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral
May 12: Holy Family Home Educators Catholic Group Mass and graduation; Confirmation Mass at 2 p.m. at St. Patrick in Kingman
May 13: Trinity Catholic High School graduation at 2 p.m. in Hutchinson
May 16: St. Mary Colgan graduation at 7 p.m. in Pittsburg
May 19: Ordination to the diaconate at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral
May 20: Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School graduation at 1:30 p.m. at Hartman Arena; Bishop Carroll Catholic High School graduation at 4 p.m. at Hartman Arena
May 24: Evening with Seminarians at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral
May 26: Ordination to the priesthood at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Magdalen
June 1: Evening with Seminarians at 6 p.m. in Southeast Kansas at Pittsburg State University
June 2: Salina diocese ordination to the priesthood at 10 a.m. at Salina cathedral; Confirmation Mass at 5:30 p.m. followed by blessing of new parish hall for St. Anthony, Strong City, and St. Rose of Lima in Council Grove
June 3: Fr. Kapaun Day Mass at 11 a.m. at St. John Nepomucene in Pilsen; Corpus Christi at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral

Motorcycle pilgrimage to Pilsen on June 16
A motorcycle pilgrimage to Pilsen, Kansas, the hometown and location of a museum about Servant of God Father Emil J. Kapaun, will take place on June, Saturday, 16.
The ride begins at 7:30 a.m. and will leave from Walt’s All American Bar, located just east of I-235 at 5534 W. Central in Wichita. The event ends at noon.
The cost is a $10 donation and includes lunch and a tour of the museum. The event is limited to the first 60 registrants.
To register call Scott Carter at 316-440-1735 or email
The cause for the canonization of Father Kapaun, who died a heroic death, in a North Korean prisoner-of-war camp is now being considered by the Vatican’s Congregation for Saints.

Fighting for Your Marriage series begins June 7
A six-Thursday “Fighting for Your Marriage” series will be offered from 6 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Thursday, June 7 at St. Patrick Church, 2007 N. Arkansas in Wichita.
The series, sponsored by the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life, is for couples who want to make their relationship work and their marriage last. Newly married couples are encouraged to attend so they can begin working on the life skills needed for a blessed and joyful marriage.
The cost is $50. Babysitting is available. For more information or to register call 316-685-5240.

Chaplain Kapaun High class reunion planned for June
The Chaplain Kapaun Memorial High School class of 1958 is hosting a class reunion June 2-3.
For more information, contact Gary Smith at or 316-806-9736.

Young liturgical musicians honored
Twelve young liturgical musicians received awards from the Wichita chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians April 22 for their service.
Receiving Certificates of Excellence at a chapter election meeting at St. Jude Parish in Wichita were Emma Bezdek, Maria Collins, Teresa Collins, Marissa Martinez, Carson Mceachem, Georgi Wilhelm, and Raphael Wilhelm, all of Church of the Magdalen; A. J. Hibbs, Sara Maschino, Anna Poelma, and Brady Volkmann, all of St. Jude Parish; and Neva Sanders of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish.
The association will celebrate the third anniversary of the founding of the chapter by participating in a Corpus Christi procession at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita. A potluck will follow in the Pius X Room.

Senior adult Mass, luncheon with the bishop May 10
Senior adults of the Diocese of Wichita are invited to a Mass and luncheon with Bishop Carl A. Kemme at 10 a.m. Thursday May 10, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, located at Broadway and Central in Wichita.
The Mass is in appreciation of how older adults in the diocese have generously given of their time, talent, and treasure to build our churches and schools and to make our diocese what it is today.
A catered lunch with homemade pie and all the fixings will be served after Mass. Door prizes will be given away.
Register before May 3rd by sending $5 to the Office of Marriage and Family Life, 437 N. Topeka, Wichita, KS 67202. Make checks payable to Catholic Diocese of Wichita.

Bike camp for disabled children set for July
A bike camp will be offered this summer to help persons with disabilities learn how to ride a bicycle.
The iCan Bike Camp, for persons eight years and older, will be hosted July 16-18 in Wichita by the Independent Living Resources Center.
To register for the camp or for more information, visit, call Cindi at 316-942-6300, ext. 222, or email her at

Christian unity focus of Florovsky Week July 10-14 at NU, St. George’s
Newman University’s Gerber Institute and the Eighth Day Institute will sponsor Florovsky Week: Returning to the Sources for Christian Unity July 10-14 in Wichita.
The event, according to the Eighth Day Institute, is a week of prayer, papers, lectures, workshops, and a banquet, “promoting a return to the sources for Christian unity.” The week will be held at Newman University and at St. George Orthodox Christian Cathedral in Wichita.
Florovsky Week is named after Father George Florovsky (1893-1979), an influential Orthodox priest who believed modern Christianity benefits from intellectual debates about the patristic tradition of the early, undivided church, as opposed to thoughts arising from the Reformation.
Want to learn more?
For more information or to register, visit
A call for papers
A call for papers has been issued for the event. For details, visit the website.

CSJs elect new leadership team April 7
Sisters of the Congregation of St. Joseph elected a new leadership team that will take office in August and serve until 2023.
The election took place on Saturday, April 7, at the conclusion of the community’s week-long Chapter meeting in Chicago.
Elected were Sisters Kathy Brazda, Sallie Latkovich, Marie Hogan, Jaqueline Goodin, and Pat Warbritton. None of the newly-elected are from Wichita.
In addition to the election, over 500 sisters, lay associates and other partners in mission both in attendance and participating via live streaming from their home centers around the country.

Janet Eaton will succeed Voboril
Janet Eaton, a former teacher and principal at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School in Wichita, has been named superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, effective July 6.
She succeeds Bob Voboril who is retiring after 25 years as superintendent for the diocese.
Eaton is leaving the Catholic school system of the Archdiocese of St. Louis where she has served as a principal of St. Dominic High School in O’Fallon, Missouri, since 2011. From 1999 to 2011 she was principal at Immaculate Conception School in Dardenne Prairie, Missouri.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Newman University in 1986, a master’s degree in Building Administration from Wichita State University in 1994, and an educational specialist degree in District Level Administrative Leadership from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2016.
Eaton taught at SEAS from 1986 to 1992 and was principal there from 1992 to 1999.
She and her husband, Kevin, have three children, Ryan, Molly, and Cooper.

Chaplain Kapaun High class reunion planned for June
The Chaplain Kapaun Memorial High School class of 1958 is hosting a class reunion June 2-3.
For more information, contact Gary Smith at or 316-806-9736.

Host families sought for foreign exchange students for next year
Host families are being sought for high school exchange students for the 2018-2019 academic year.
The students will arrive in mid-August and will attend local high schools. The students speak English, are covered by medical insurance, and have spending money for their personal expenses.
Approved families can view online student applications and select the student that best matches their own family. For more information, call Wilma Fast at 316-681-1236.

Planning for a person with special needs presentation May 22
A presentation about financial and estate planning for a person with special needs will be presented from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, in the Assembly Room of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish. It is located at 1321 Stratford Lane in Wichita.
Financial advisor Sean DiGiovanni and Travis Pearson, the Planned Giving coordinator for the Diocese of Wichita and a lawyer, will speak.
Reservations are requested. To do so call Sean at 316-266-5074.

Several ‘last chance’ Masses now available
There are now several late Sunday Masses in Wichita, including two in Spanish, for those who hit the snooze button one too many times:
5 p.m.: Holy Savior
5:15 p.m.: Blessed Sacrament
6 p.m.: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton; St. Anne, en español
6:30 p.m.: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, en español
7 p.m.: St. Paul, WSU; St. Patrick, en español
9 p.m.: St. Paul, WSU

Struggling with pornography?
Those who are struggling with pornography and need spiritual help may contact a priest of the Diocese of Wichita for help.
To do so, send an e-mail to “Our Lord always provides a means to overcome sin!,” the priest says.

Founder of FOCUS speaks at conference — Curtis Martin was one of the speakers at the diocesan Stewardship Conference Saturday, April 21, at Church of the Magdalen in Wichita. Martin is the founder and CEO of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. Father Jarrod Lies, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, was another speaker. About 360 attended the event. (Photo courtesy Randi Marino)
Bishop Kemme honored — Bishop Carl A. Kemme was honored with a cake Tuesday, May 1, on the fourth anniversary of his episcopal ordination. The corner of the cake listed some of his accomplishments, which includes 183 confirmation Masses, 18 ordinations to the priesthood, 28 ordinations to the diaconate, and 90 parish pastoral visits. (Advance photo)
New rooms at the Mount — Sr. Judith Ann Shimek, a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph, was happy to move into her new room in Marian Hall, one of 24 rooms in the new, reconstructed skilled care facility. It and Joseph Hall, a two-story building for assisted care, are now open and sisters are moving in. Joseph Hall has 10 apartments on both levels. If the sisters have no need in the future for the rooms or the apartments, they will be made available to associates, friends and family who have been placed on a waiting list. (Courtesy photo)
Premier class graduates — The first Live Like the Saints class ended Tuesday, April 24, at the Chancery in Wichita. The curriculum focused on human sexuality and chastity, with an emphasis on St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. Instructors were Beth Orth, Christine Ostroski, and Myra Jacobs. Another class will be offered early next year. (Courtesy photo)