Pittsburg hosts Evening with Seminarians June 3

An Evening with Seminarians was held Friday, June 3, at Our Lady of Lourdes Field House in Pittsburg.

It was the second time the diocesan seminarians traveled to Pittsburg for an evening to acquaint themselves with the faithful of Southeast Kansas.

Father Michael Simone, director of vocations for the Diocese of Wichita, said the event is designed to allow parishioners to get know the men studying for the diocese “in a more personal way and to become more aware about the great things happening in our vocations program.”

There are five seminarians from Southeast Kansas including one from Caney, he added.

“It is great to see so many people excited about our seminarians,” Fr. Simone said. “This excitement shows that the people of God are open to praying for and promoting vocations in our diocese. This excitement plays an important part in recruiting our next generation of priests!”

Mike Wescott, director of Development and Planned Giving for the Diocese of Wichita, said the event is a great witness of our faith.

“The faithful from the Southeast Kansas area were so welcoming of their seminarians for this now annual gathering,” he said. “It was a tremendous sight to see our seminarians introduced and hear so many ties to parishes in the area.”

Joe Dellasega, a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes said one of the highlights of the seminarian dinner was sitting with a couple of young seminarians and hearing about their experiences in the seminary.

“Seeing the camaraderie among the seminarians is truly inspiring,” he said. “Our diocese is attracting so many young men because of the quality of our priests and seminarians.”
Dellasega added that it was obvious to everyone who attended the event that the future of the Diocese of Wichita is in good hands.

“Seeing all of the seminarians on the stage at one time was an incredible testament to the work of the Holy Spirit in our diocese,” he said.