Statement from Bishop Kemme - 6.21.18

Queridos hermanos y hermanas en Cristo,

Deseo unirme a los obispos de los Estados Unidos en apoyo de la declaración del Cardenal Daniel DiNardo, presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los EE.UU., al condenar la póliza de cero tolerancia de la administración que exige la separación de padres de familia de sus hijos cuando cruzan ilegalmente la frontera de México a los Estados Unidos.

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Prayers for Las Vegas

I join with my brother bishops, the entire Catholic community in the United States and all people of good will in offering prayers for healing and peace in the face of the recent violence in Las Vegas, Nevada. First and foremost, we lift up in prayer the many victims of this mass shooting, their families and friends and all who in anyway are affected by this horrendous crime. We also commit ourselves as disciples of Jesus, the Prince of peace to pray for and work to build a society that is founded on mutual respect and dignity. While these events shake us to the core, we must always return to the Savior, Jesus Christ, who calls us to love one another as he has loved us. May God bless with eternal peace, those who so tragically lost their lives last evening. May God bless us all as we pick up the pieces of our human brokenness manifested once again in violence and bloodshed.

+Bishop Carl A. Kemme
Diocese of Wichita

Bishop Kemme's Support for Dreamers

President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program is a matter of serious concern. The immigrants protected from deportation by the DACA program came to this country as children, some at such a young age that America is the only home they have ever known. “Dreamers” live and work among us as contributing members of society. While DACA was never a permanent solution, it did provide as many as 800,000 people with a measure of relief from the constant fear of deportation.

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Bishop Kemme Praying for Solidarity

The recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia painfully remind us that the sin of racism, which fuels violence and hatred, is all too alive and well in our society and in the world. I join the many voices across the world including Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in denouncing these senseless acts of violence. I further ask the people of the Diocese of Wichita to join together in solidarity with people of every race, culture, religion and way of life to live the Gospel imperative by loving one another as Jesus taught us. Let us pray for the injured, the deceased and those who remain to mourn their loss. Let us also work to build a civilization of love, where every human being is afforded respect and dignity. Thank you.

Most Reverend Carl A. Kemme D.D.
Bishop of Wichita

A Lenten Message from Bishop Kemme

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This week,  we began the season of Lent. Lent is the church's primary penitential season, a 40-day period of more intense prayer, focused fasting and increased charity or almsgiving. These efforts are designed to help us deepen our spiritual lives as we prepare to celebrate the Paschal mystery of the Lord's saving passion, death, and resurrection, which we will celebrate at Lent's conclusion during Holy Week and Easter.

The mark of ashes we received on Ash Wednesday is an outward sign of our interior desire and need to die to ourselves so that Christ, the Risen One, will live more fully in us, in order that his presence will be more visible in our world. Jesus invited us in the Gospel "to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow him." Lent encourages and challenges us to do this more thoroughly and effectively. Because of this, these 40 days are a gift, for which we can and should be ever grateful.

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