Spiritual Life Center news, February 2, 2018

Convert Fr. Longenecker to speak at Seasoned Servant Symposium
Symposium begins with social, Fr. Longenecker’s conversion story
Father Dwight Longenecker, Catholic author and convert from Anglicanism, will be the featured speaker at the 2nd Annual Seasoned Servant Symposium March 16-17 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
“This will be a retreat for older people to appreciate, again, the wisdom of innocence and hopefully, for young people, to appreciate the wisdom of age,” he said last week in a telephone interview from Florida, where he was leading a parish retreat.
“We’ll be doing this by looking at the lives and the spiritualities of St. Benedict, who is always portrayed as the wise old man, and Saint Terese, who’s portrayed as the little girl, a wise little girl. So, in my work I portrayed them, very much, in that sense of the old man and the little girl with the wisdom of innocence and the wisdom of age.”
Fr. Longenecker is referring to his book, St. Benedict and St. Therese, The Little Rule & The Little Way. The topic of the symposium is “St. Benedict and St. Therese: The Wisdom of Innocence and Experience.” The presentations are designed to help those attending gain insight into how youth, with their innocence, and the elderly, with their wisdom, can feed one another in our culture today.
“The structure will follow the Benedictine rule with its three vows of stability obedience, and conversion of life,” he said. “And then illustrations from Therese’s life will be used to illustrate how that functions for the young and for everyone to follow the spiritual path.”
The wisdom of St. Benedict and St. Therese are sorely needed by our culture today, Father said.
“All of us, in the midst of tumult of our fast-changing lives, require stability. And stability is rooted in obedience to something greater than ourselves,” he said.
“It’s important because what it does is it shifts our perspectives, it helps us set the proper priorities in a world in which we can too often be consumed with materialism and ambition and finance and screen entertainment. In the old fashioned days we called it worldliness, and this helps us to reset our priorities.”
Fr. Longenecker is a graduate of Oxford University. A former Anglican priest, he and his family were received into the Catholic Church in 1995. Fr. Longenecker is currently pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenville, South Carolina.
The Diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life is sponsoring the event.
Want to attend?
Father Longenecker will lead the retreat Friday evening, March 16, through Saturday afternoon, March 17, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. To register, visit SLC wichita and click on the program calendar.
Friday night’s presentation will feature a wine, beer, and cheese social with Father Longenecker during which he will share his conversion story from evangelicalism, to becoming an Anglican priest, and finally, to a married, Catholic priest.
Registration is $75 for commuters, $115 for a room for singles, and $105 for double occupancy. To register visit SLCwichita.org.

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 WichitaCYA.com/retreat.

Marriage enrichment series begins Feb. 22
A marriage enrichment series will be offered from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on four consecutive Thursdays beginning Feb. 22 in the Youth Room at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Andover.
The four-session series, which ends March 15, is designed to provide couples with practical tools to enhance and improve their relationships. The program was created by the Gottman Institute to summarize their decades of research and to guide couples on the path of what actually works in relationships.
Couples will discuss friendship, fondness, and admiration; romance and intimacy; managing conflict, and solving problems, among other topics.
Couples not yet married, engaged couples, and married couples are invited. Lisa Butler, a licensed therapist at Cana Counseling, Catholic Charities, will lead the classes.
The cost is $100 per couple. To register call 316-264-8344 ext. 1317 or sign up at the church.

Greek iconographer to teach summer workshop at the SLC
Master iconographer Theodore Papadopoulos of Larissa, Greece, will teach a six-day intensive iconography course Monday, June 25 through Saturday, June 30, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
During the course, participants will write (paint) the icon of Christ Pantokrator, which is inspired by one of the most admired artworks of Byzantine iconography. It is considered by scholars as one of the most magnificent works of all time. Papadopoulos will guide participants through the ancient techniques of Byzantine Iconography.
Students will discover techniques of the traditional artistic expression of theology and spirituality. For beginners and professionals, the workshop offers an opportunity to learn and refine their abilities. Each participant will paint an icon of their own to keep.
The goal of the workshop is to provide a complete training in the sacred art of Byzantine iconography through clear, concise teaching. Great emphasis is placed on the student acquiring hands-on experience, to be able to comprehend and put into practice the techniques Byzantine icon painting requires.
The course will be taught daily, Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost includes instruction, course materials, daily lunch, and lodging. Space is extremely limited. All those interested are encouraged to sign up soon.
Payments for the week-long workshop may be paid in installments. Pricing and registration are available at www.SLCWichita.org.

Lenten Day of Reflection Feb. 22
A Lenten Day of Reflection will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Father Jacob Carlin and Father J.D. Betzen, two of the diocese’s newly ordained priests, will give the reflections. Following their talks, there will be a celebration of Mass, luncheon, recitation of the rosary, and opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Registration is $10 per person and includes lunch. Call 316-744-0167 or email slc@slcwichita.org by Feb. 15 to reserve a spot.
The event is sponsored by the Office of Marriage and Family Life.

Young adults welcomed to SLC this month for “Striving for Sainthood” Retreat
On the Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9 and 10, young adults are invited to a special retreat designed just for them at the Spiritual Life Center.
“Made for Greatness: Young Adults Striving for Sainthood,” a retreat for single and married people in their 20s to mid-30s, will be offered Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Some young adults in the church have a hard time finding exactly where they fit. The retreat will center around the journey to sainthood and about opening oneself up to God’s will and mission for one’s life.
Friday evening’s program includes a social hour featuring drinks and appetizers. The rest of the weekend centers on the topic of striving for sainthood as a young adult in the church.
The cost is $40 for commuters, $65 for a single occupancy room, and $50 for a double occupancy room. The Friday evening social and breakfast and lunch on Saturday are included in the fee. As always, no one will be turned away due to finances.
For reservations visit SLCwichita.com or call (316) 744-0167.

Brown Baggin’ it with Jesus begins Feb. 16
Brown Baggin’ it with Jesus returns to the Spiritual Life Center from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. on the Friday’s of Lent beginning Feb. 16.
Father Ken Van Haverbeke and Dusty Gates will lead the popular Lenten lunchtime series for adult Catholics to learn more about their faith.
This year will focus on the parables of Jesus. “It is incredible how much we take the parables for granted.” Father Van Haverbeke said, “Knowing Jesus is God and God is communicating to us through parables, we should really know them and understand the message they have for us. Just because we are not living at the time of Jesus, the parables have significant meaning for us today.”
Attendees are invited to bring a brown bag lunch, or call ahead at 316-744-0167 to reserve a box or hot lunch. No reservations are necessary to attend. The event is free.

Fr. Van Haverbeke to lead retreat for those in their mid-lives
Father Ken Van Haverbeke, who is 55 years old, will present a day-long retreat Saturday, Feb. 24, about mid-life spirituality at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
There are many quotes and jokes about mid-life, but that time of life, an age defined as anywhere between 35 and 60, can be a grace-filled time where a person can review life and focus on what is important.
The U.S. bishops wrote about the mid-life spirituality of priests in a three-fold manner: the event, the temptations, and the graces. Using this three-fold approach, the retreat workshop will offer some understanding to this season of one’s life and possibly some spiritual responses.
“In the second half of our lives, we all have the opportunity to face our mortality and this brings up some daunting questions: What have I accomplished in my life? What do I have yet to accomplish? Does my life have meaning?” Father Ken said.
“But mid-life can also be a time of ‘awakening’ which will involve reviewing what matters in life and perhaps questioning what beliefs and spiritual practices and concepts that don’t work anymore, and changing them.”
The retreat workshop on Feb. 24 will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Along with the three conferences, there will be opportunity for the celebration of the Mass and the Sacrament of Confession.
The cost is $20. To register visit www.SLCWichita.org or call (316) 744-0167.

Study the Parables of Jesus during Ash Wednesday Retreat
Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke will lead the faithful in a day of reflection on the parables of Jesus on Ash Wednesday at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
“Our reflection day will not be adult education on the parables,” Fr.Van Haverbeke said, “Rather, our Ash Wednesday Day of Renewal will allow us to use the parables for prayer and a manner of being touched by Jesus, just as he touched his disciples and Mary.”
“It is incredible how much we take the parables for granted. Knowing Jesus is God and God is communicating to us through parables, we should really know them and understand the message they have for us. Just because we are not living at the time of Jesus, the parables have significant meaning for us today.”
The retreat begins 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. The day will include time for private prayer, group discussion, reflection, confession and Mass.
For reservations call 316-744-0167 or register online at www.slcwichita.org. The cost is $20. A simple lunch will also be provided.

Dellasega to speak at Feb. 7 CAB meeting
OLL parishioner to speak at breakfast and at workshop at the SLC
Joe Dellasega hopes to show those attending the next Catholic Assembly for Breakfast meeting, and in the workshop following, what leadership looks like from a Christian perspective.
Dellasega, executive business coach and consultant with the Dellasega Group and a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Pittsburg, said he’s eager to share thoughts he hopes will inspire the greatness he recognizes in everyone.
“I’m excited to do this workshop because there are a considerable number of leadership training options in the secular world,” he said last week in a telephone interview, adding that it’s difficult to find what Christian leadership looks like.
His presentations will focus on the best business practices in light of our Catholic faith. “Not only the best businesses practices, but those that help participants make them the best authentic Christian leaders possible,” he said.
The breakfast presentation will be a teaser, Dellasega said, the main points of which will be unpacked in the workshop. “The workshop itself is going to be designed such that it’s not only me providing principal themes but also for people to be able to learn from each other,” he said.
Sharing ideas in that kind of a setting is fruitful, Dellasega said. “There are so many great leaders among us doing amazing work, sharing or helping other people in a mastermind setting can impact others in a profound way.
“There’s always going to be that one moment where somebody sits there and says, ‘You know, I can do that. That’s something I can take into the workforce and it will make me a better Christian leader.”
Dellasega said in addition to helping those attending become better Christian leaders, he hopes to help them understand that Christian principles should be followed at home and on the job.
“What I mean by that is sometimes we find that we’re a different person at home than we are at church than we are at work,” he said.
“And when we get all those lined up, when we’re doing God’s will in all those environments…there is great joy in our professional lives.”