Religious Freedom Week

Religious Freedom Week 

Serving Others in God's Love: Religious Freedom Week 2018 

Religious Liberty

 [Religious] freedom remains one of America's most precious possessions.  And, as my brothers, the United States Bishops, have reminded us, all are called to be vigilant, precisely as good citizens, to preserve and defend that freedom from everything that would threaten or compromise it.
                             - Pope Francis

 People of faith are committed to serving others in God's love in healthcarechild welfaremigration and refugee resettlementeducation, and more.  Religious freedom protects the space in which we can continue to serve.  Religious Freedom Week begins June 22, the Feast of Sts. Thomas More & John Fisher. Join Catholics across the country to pray and act for the freedom to serve faithfully and with integrity.  Learn more at!


Click HERE to download the following informational materials:

-Bulletin Prayer and Action Sheets
-How To Talk About Religious Freedom
-Intercessory Prayers
-Scripture Passages
-2017 Talking Points

Additional information can be found HERE at the official Religious Freedom Week Website.



Friday, June 22:

8:30 am - Bishop Kemme will lead a Rosary in front of the U. S. Courthouse (401N. Main St., Wichita)


Friday, June 22: 

5:30 pm – Religious Freedom Week kick off Mass at St. Catherine of Siena – following Mass a Eucharistic Procession will take place. Then: St. Paul Apostle of Christ will be shown for everyone who wishes to stay and watch the movie.

Tuesday, June 26:

5:30 pm – Spiritual Life Center Outside Stations of the Cross. Friday, J

Friday, June 29:

Service Day: 9 am – 4 pm -  Please meet at Inter Faith Ministeries (841 N. Market). The Respect Life and Social Justice Office will provide lunch for workers.



Hope Lives

Hope Lives: A Ministry of Project Rachel Wichita

If you’ve had an abortion, you are not alone in your experience. Hope Lives, is a new ministry for women who have experienced an abortion. Hope Lives will begin with a bible study called “Forgiven and Set Free”

For more information about Hope Lives, please call (316) 269-HOPE (4673)

For more information about Project Rachel click HERE.


Birthmother Ministry

Birthmother Ministry is a welcoming group of women who have experienced placing their child for adoption. We gather to share stories, offer support and inspire each other to recognize the sacrifice each has made.  We offer the following for Birthmothers of any age, no matter how long it has been since you placed your child. For more information please call (316) 269-3935 or email

Monthly Gathering for Birthmothers
Birthmothers of all ages are gathering once a month in a safe, supportive environment to share and learn from each other. This is a wonderful opportunity for birthmothers who have placed a child for adoption to discover hope and healing; while inspiring each other in the birthmother's unique journey through prayer, discussion and activities.


After the Gift is a weekend retreat celebrating the Birthmother, honoring life and offering support and encouragement. The After the Gift retreat affirms and supports the sacrificial love of birthmothers in their gift of life through adoption by offering hope and healing in Christ. This weekend at the beautiful Spiritual Life Center in Wichita, Kans., offers a celebration of the birthmother - honoring her decision to choose life, offering her compassion and understanding, addressing the unique grief of birthmothers, and providing ongoing support after the retreat: monthly support group, counseling and private Facebook page. For more information about After The Gift click HERE.

The next After the Gift retreat will be Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17, 2017.  You may download the registration form HERE.


Life Run 2017

4th Annual Life Run 2017

Save the date now for our 4th Annual Life Run!

When: Saturday, May 6th, 2017
Where: Sedgwick County Park, Horseshoe Shelter

Event Info (schedule and pricing subject to change; please watch this site for updates!)
8:00am Day-Of Registration begins inside the Horseshoe Shelter
9:00am 5k chip timed run
9:30am 1.5 mile fun run/walk
10:30am (approximately) Awards Ceremony
8:00 – 11:30am Family-friendly events and vendors available
5k: $25 per person
$30 per person after Friday, April 21
$40 per person on race day

1.5 mile: $25 per person
$30 per person after Friday, April 21
$35 per person on race day

Family Rate for 1.5 mile only $55 per family until Friday, April 21 (members of the same household; 3 t-shirts included in family rate)
$65 per family after Friday, April 21 (members of the same household; 3 t-shirts included in family rate)

One t-shirt per person will be included in the registration until Friday, April 21 (unless the family rate is selected, then 2 come with registration). After Wednesday, April 19, a t-shirt will NOT be guaranteed in registration. Any extra t-shirts will be sold on race day $10 for adults and $7 for children. To order extra shirts contact the office at 316-269-3935 before Thursday, April 17.

Prizes will be given to the overall first place male and female participant in the 5k. Medals will be given to the first and second place winner in each age category of the 5k. The first stroller to cross the finish line of the 1.5 mile run/walk will receive a prize. All children will receive a medal for finishing either race.

Online registration is available! You may also register at either GoRun store or at the Chancery (424 N. Broadway). Registration will also be available on race day.

Packet Pick-Up
Thursday, May 4, noon to 6 p.m. at GoRun East (2350 N. Greenwich Rd.)
Friday, May 5, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at GoRun West (2556 N. Maize Rd.)

For more information, call 316-269-3935.

This event is directed by RRCA Certified Race Director Trevor Darmstetter of GoRace Management and Timing and will be conducted in accordance with the standards set forth by the Road Running Club of America.


The Office of Respect Life Social Justice is very pleased to support the following ministries. Each ministry helps support those who are vulnerable.

Birthline is a crisis pregnancy center, an alternative to abortion.  Birthline began in Wichita in 1971 and is staffed totally by volunteers and is open 6 days a week.

We believe every child conceived carries a very special message from God and that this message will never be repeated again.  Therefore, Birthline seeks to provide material assistance and non-judgmental emotional support required for every woman or girl to carry her child to term in good health and dignity and peace of mind.

Dear Neighbors Ministry
The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph became increasingly concerned for their neighbors as the Hilltop neighborhood declined. Founded in 2001, Dear Neighbor Ministries grew out of that concern. Through Sisters of St. Joseph Dear Neighbor Ministries, the sisters, staff and volunteers work to transform the lives of the poor, abused and neglected people in the Hilltop community.

Located in southeast Wichita, Hilltop is a densely concentrated neighborhood with a unique and interesting history. In 1927, two new aircraft companies were formed in Wichita, and by the fall of 1940, the aircraft plans were ramping up production associated with World War II. Hilltop was built to house aircraft defense workers who were migrating to Wichita to raise families and build their futures. Today, Hilltop continues to be the home of growing families, most of them struggling to make ends meet. Motivated by the God-given dignity of each person, we journey with people towards stability and self-sufficiency.

Birthmother Ministry
Birthmother Ministry affirms and supports the sacrificial love of birthmothers in their gift of life through adoption by offering hope and healing in Christ. This ministry seeks to offer, fellowship, counseling and a safe private place to share your Birthmother story. Lots of laughter and support are offered by other Birthmoms and by our trained staff.

They meet once a month on the 2nd Tuesday at the Spiritual Life Center at 6:30 p.m. Ongoing support through: groups, mentoring, counseling and a private Facebook page. There is also a weekend retreat offered at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.