DIOCESE OPENS DOORS TO A SEMINARIAN FORMATION PROGRAM

Diocesan seminarians will soon be in a closer relationship with their bishop in the first two years of their formation.
Starting in the fall, men who are beginning their college study in preparation for a bachelor’s degree in philosophy will become members of the St. Joseph House of Formation, will reside in the former rectory at St. Joseph Parish in Wichita, and study at Newman University in Wichita.
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BISHOP EXPLAINS BACKGROUND OF ST. JOSEPH HOUSE OF FORMATION

It is also great honor to use this Easter season to make an important announcement to the diocese. As we all know and appreciate, we are extraordinarily blessed with an exceptional number of young men who have or are discerning a vocation to the priesthood in our diocese. We joyfully welcome these men each year to journey with us in a process of formation in a seminary to which we decide to send them. These years extend from the years of college through graduate seminary.
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SHARE JESUS IN YOUR WORLD, BISHOP KEMME SAYS AT CHRISM MASS

Pope Francis, in his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, the Joy of the Gospel, teaches that disciples of Jesus are called to be missionaries, Bishop Kemme said, to go out to the peripheries of human society and provide people an encounter with Jesus Christ “whose love for humanity on the cross changed the destiny of human history forever.”
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DUBLIN TO HOST WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES IN ’18

Pope Francis is inviting families from throughout the world to the World Meeting of Families in August of 2018. In a letter dated March 30, the Pope announced the theme for the event is “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World.”
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SENT INSTITUTE BEGINS MAY 8

The Diocese of Wichita is sponsoring a 10-week SENT Institute for Evangelization beginning Monday, May 8.
The institute is a process of formation for all baptized adults and is designed to equip and encourage them to share Jesus Christ with their family, friends, acquaintances – with anyone.
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DAUGHTERS OF ISABELLA MEET IN GARDEN CITY

They’ve been around for 120 years, and yet they may be the best kept secret in Kansas.
Perhaps it’s because they don’t have officially designated meeting halls. Or because they don’t don ceremonial garb at church functions. Or perhaps they just don’t get the press that their male counterparts in the Knights of Columbus have.
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NEWTON SCHOOL STUDENTS DECLARE ‘WAR’ TO HELP FELLOW STUDENTS

The sixth, seventh, and eighth graders at St. Mary Catholic School in Newton declared war on each other last month – to benefit their brothers and sisters in Catholic schools.
Middle school students declared a penny war as a way to increase their giving to the Walk in Sister’s Shoes event that supports the St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School Fund. The fund assists parishes that struggle financially to carry out the mission of Catholic education in a parish school.
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HELP PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM; LEARN ABOUT IT

Going to church can be difficult for a family with a child with autism.
In addition to having limited verbal and social skills, large crowds can trigger behaviors that might be considered inappropriate, such as outbursts, tantrums, or meltdowns. Such behavior may be the child’s only way to communicate needs, wants, and frustrations.
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BE WARY OF FERTILITY AWARENESS APPS

Recently, another headline boasted that the latest app to chart a woman’s fertility “just made practicing NFP a whole lot easier.” Knowing the rudimentary aspects of sales, that may catch anyone’s eye who may be attempting to navigate the aspects of fertility through a method of Natural Family Planning. Although the technology of a fertility app may offer some conveniences, I would offer several points to consider before choosing to jump into charting your cycles with an app.
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FR. O’HARE REMEMBERED FOR HIS WORDS AND FOR HIS WIT

Father O’Hare, who died March 12 at the age of 93, was a son of Ireland and one of the many priests who traveled to Kansas in the 1950s to serve the church. He was a priest of the Diocese of Wichita for 62 years.
The Most Rev. James Conley, bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, and a close friend of Father O’Hare, was the homilist for the Mass, which was also celebrated by Bishop Carl A. Kemme and many diocesan priests.
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HAHN, ARROYO, RAY, STAPLES TO SPEAK AT THIS YEAR’S MCFC

Some of the biggest names among Catholic lay apologists – including Scott Hahn – are scheduled to speak at the 18th Annual Midwest Catholic Family Conference Aug. 4-6 at Century II in Wichita.
“We have a tremendous speaker lineup. This year we have Raymond Arroyo, Steve Ray, Tim Staples, Monica Miller, and more,” said Kevin Regan, the conference director. “We are very excited that Scott Hahn has accepted to speak at the conference. He will be speaking both on Friday evening and on Saturday.”
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