Diocesan news, February 2, 2018

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next several weeks.
Jan. 29-Feb. 4: South American Shrine Pilgrimage for Guadalupe Clinic
Feb. 5-6: Installation and Ordination Mass of Bishop-Elect Shawn McKnight in Jefferson City, Missouri
Feb. 10: Mass for Salt and Light Young Adult Ministries annual retreat
Feb. 11: Vietnamese New Year’s Mass and Celebration at Church of the Magdalen at 3 p.m.
Feb. 14: Ash Wednesday Mass at noon at the Cathedral; Ash Wednesday Mass at 5:30 at Benedictine College in Atchison
Feb. 15-16: Jesus Caritas at St. Benedict’s Abbey in Atchison
Feb. 17: Rite of Election at Cathedral at 10 a.m.; Catholic Men’s Conference Mass at Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School
Feb. 18: Rite of Election at Cathedral at 2:30 p.m. and at 4:30 p.m.
Feb. 21: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes in Pittsburg
Feb. 22: Regional priest meeting at Our Lady of Lourdes in Pittsburg
Feb. 24: Mass and luncheon for consecrated religious at the Cathedral; Confirmation Mass at 5:30 p.m. at St. Francis in St. Paul
Feb. 25: Confirmation Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Martin of Tours in Caldwell; Catholic Charities Cruise Night at Hyatt Regency
Feb. 28: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi in Wichita
March 2: Mass for Serra Club Vocation Day at Church of the Magdalen in Wichita at 9:45 a.m.

Prairie Troubadour Symposium to be held Feb. 9-10 in Fort Scott
The third annual Prairie Troubadour Symposium will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10, in The Liberty Theater, located at 113 S. Main St. in Fort Scott.
This year’s topic is “Field and Family: Reflections on a Healthy Human Ecology.” Talks will range from faith and family, to economics and agrarianism.
The Most Rev. James Conley, Bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, and a former priest of the Diocese of Wichita, will be speaking along with Father Paul Check, rector of St. John Fisher Seminary in Stamford, Connecticut.
Other speakers include Joseph Pearce, professor of Humanities, at Holy Apostles College and Seminary In Cromwell, Connecticut; Christopher Check, president of Catholic Answers; William Fahey, president of Thomas More College in Merrimack New Hampshire; Kevin O’Brien, founder and artistic director of the Theater of the Word Incorporated; and John Cuddeback, professor of philosophy at Christendom College In Front Royal, Virginia.
The cost is $75 for the conference, or $150 for the conference and a soiree, plus a ticket fee.
Tickets may be purchased at www.PrairieTroubadour.org.

Padres win 30th classic 53-38
A young Padres team defeated the Blue Knights of Knights of Columbus Council 4118 by a score of 53-38 in the 30th Annual Basketball Classic for Vocations Sunday, Jan. 28, at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School.
Fr. Andrew Labenz led all scoring with 28 points. Fr. Drew Hoffman followed with 14. Other priests playing for the Padres were Frs. Curtis Hecker and P.J. Voegeli with 3 each and Frs. Sam Brand and Andy Walsh with 2 each.
A technical foul against the Knights bench brought Bishop Carl A. Kemme to the free throw line, making one out of two shots to round out the Padres scoring. Fr. Daryl Befort also made a cameo appearance for the Padres with a couple of unsuccessful three point attempts.
The Knights were led in scoring by Dennis Munk with 11 points, Kevin Damm with 10, David Damm and Chuck Dowell with 5 each, Ben Patterson and Lawrence Barles with 3 each, and Seth Rundle with 1. Also playing were Long Pham, Bryant Nold and Mike Frost. Volunteer referees for the game were Larry Ramos and Dane Baxa.
A Presentation of the Colors was made by the Columbia Assembly of the Fourth Degree, the National Anthem by the Bishop Carroll Pep Band and the invocation by Father Labenz.
Bishop Kemme made remarks at half-time thanking the Knights of Columbus and those in attendance for their support of our priests and encouraging the Padres to victory. The Carroll Pep Band and Cheerleaders kept the enthusiastic crowd involved – with a strong bias toward the Padres!
In its 30 games, the Basketball Classic has raised over $58,000 to support religious education programs of the Knights of Columbus.

JayDoc fundraiser set for Feb. 17 at Botanica
WICHITA – The JayDoc Community Clinic is hosting a fundraising banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, in the Lotus Room at Botanica.
The student run clinic, associated with the KU School of Medicine-Wichita, was founded in 2005 and provides affordable healthcare to medically underserved patients and gives medical and pharmacy students hands-on clinical experience. JayDoc students also assist the Guadalupe Clinic, a diocesan health ministry.
For reservations visit kuendowment.org/jaydocbanquet, or call 316-293-2607.

Susan Peters to speak at fundraiser April 6
Wichita television personality Susan Peters will be the guest speaker at the Sara’s Hope Foundation’s 17th annual dinner and silent auction Friday, April 6, at St. Jude Hall, 3030 N. Amidon in Wichita.
Father Jim Mainzer and seminarian Andy Beugelsdijk will be guests of honor at the event.
The doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner by Ray’s Catering begins at 6:30. The cost is $20 per person. A silent auction will also be held.
For reservations, to be a sponsor, or to donate to the auction may call 316-209-5029.

Brown named new director for ministry
PITTSBURG – Casey Brown is the new program director for Southeast Kansas Services at Catholic Charities.
Brown is the former operations manager of Wesley House, an outreach mission of First United Methodist Church, and previously worked for the Southeast Kansas Juvenile Detention Center.
Brown will work to prevent homelessness in Southeast Kansas by assisting children and families in maintaining stable housing. He and a small staff will assist families with rent, utilities, transportation, and prescriptions through individualized case management.
Financial literacy, supportive services for veteran families and healthy relationship education is also available through Southeast Kansas Services.
Brown may be contacted at (620) 235-0633 or at cbrown@CatholicCharitiesWichita.org.