Youth and school news, February 2, 2018

First Fortress class completes three-year program
Bishop Carl A. Kemme visited the first graduating Fortress program class Tuesday evening, Jan. 23, at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Wichita.
Fortress is a three-year program open to boys ages 9 to 14 in the Diocese of Wichita. The monthly, school-year program is taught by the fathers of the boys who mentor their sons on topics such as manhood, chivalry, honor, integrity, prayer and service, and vocation, stewardship, and evangelization.
Maria Stewart, a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, developed the program with her husband, Chris.
“We were so excited that the bishop came to hang out with the boys and tell his personal vocation story to the priesthood,” Maria said, adding that Bishop Kemme challenged the boys to be “young men of God that the Lord wants them to be.”
Those interested in learning more about Fortress, may contact the Stewarts at

Young adult retreat Feb. 9-10
A Salt & Light Young Adult Ministry retreat will be held Friday evening through Saturday evening, Feb. 9-10, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Adults in their 20s and 30s are invited to “Made for Greatness: Young Adults Striving for Sainthood,” which begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, with registration and settling-in time. The overnight retreat will focus on the journey to sainthood and opening one’s self to God’s will and mission in one’s life as a young person in the church. The event ends at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Friday evening’s program will include a wine, beer, and appetizer social. In addition to conferences throughout the weekend, there will be time for group and individual prayer, solitude, rest, Mass, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Veronica Hill, program coordinator for the diocesan Office of Faith Formation, said Salt & Light is designed to provide young adult Catholics an opportunity to grow in faith alongside brothers and sisters in similar stages of life.
“This year’s retreat will offer a chance to take a step away from our fast paced lives and slow down in order to reflect on our ultimate goal: to become a saint,” she said.
“By exploring fundamental truths and tangible steps, the retreat should provide solid direction to young adults seeking ways to grow in holiness. “
Want to sign up?
For more information and to register, visit

Super Bowl breakfast Feb. 4 at BCCHS
WICHITA – Bishop Carroll High School Parents’ Organization will host its 21st annual Super Bowl Sunday Gourmet Pancake and German Sausage Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, in the Bishop Carroll High School Commons at 8101 W. Central Ave.
The cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children 2 to 12 years old, and $22 for a family ticket of immediate family members.
Proceeds benefit student activities and general needs of the school.