Bishops, priests, and seminarians filled the sanctuary at the funeral of Bishop Emeritus Eugene J. Gerber Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita. The Book of the Gospels is on top of his wooden coffin. (Advance photo)

Diocese remembers the legacies, prays for Bishop Emeritus Eugene J. Gerber

The Diocese of Wichita bade farewell to its beloved shepherd, Bishop Emeritus Eugene J. Gerber, at his funeral Mass Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
Eleven bishops from across the Midwest and nearly all of the priests of the Diocese of Wichita concelebrated the Mass with Bishop Carl A. Kemme who was assisted by all of the seminarians of the diocese.
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Bishop Kemme elaborates on his Pastoral Plan and mission

In an effort to further promote and explain our new diocesan Pastoral Plan, which was made public some weeks ago in the Catholic Advance and which you can find on our diocesan website,, I would like to share a few thoughts with you regarding the second part of our plan, our new diocesan mission statement which reads: “The mission of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita is to go forth faithfully to preach the Gospel to all God’s children and to evangelize today’s culture.”
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Readers share memories of Bishop Emeritus Gerber

One day, when Kelsey Gallardo was a little girl she was playing outside of the Spiritual Life Center, where her mother was working.
“We wandered over towards the bishop’s house and ended up covered in mud,” she wrote.
“As we neared the house we saw a man outside. He was working in the yard, but stopped to talk to us. He helped us clean the mud from our shoes, and got us a drink. Then we were on our way, and the man returned to his work.”
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Harvest House was praying for Bishop Gerber when he passed away

On Saturday, Sept. 29, at exactly 11:15 a.m. Father John Lanzrath was leading 150 seniors in a prayer for the Most Rev. Eugene J. Gerber and the familiar hymn of praise, known by most and memorized by many, to the Holy Spirit, Veni Sancte Spiritus.
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A detailed biography of Bishop Gerber

Bishop Eugene J. Gerber, son of Cornelius and Lena Gerber, was a native of St. Louis parish, Kingman County, Kansas where he was born on April 30, 1931.
He received his elementary education at St. Louis School in Waterloo, Kansas, and pursued his secondary education at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Conception, Missouri, and at Kingman High School, Kansas.
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Catholic Charities Foster Grandparent brushed with fame as a member of 1960s R&B band

The headlines in 1960 included the United States entering the Vietnam War and John F. Kennedy winning the presidential election.
That was also the year a little known band played its first gig at Treva’s, a bar in Enid, Oklahoma. The band would go on to become a premier rhythm and blues show band of that decade.
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Director of diocesan office has connection to St. Oscar Romero

The family of Jake Samour, the director of the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life, has a connection with newly-canonized Saint Oscar Romero.
Jake’s family immigrated to the United States from El Salvador almost 40 years ago. His parents, Carlos and Lilliam Samour, were married by Abp. Oscar Romero nearly 55 years ago on Feb. 16, 1964. St. Oscar Romero was canonized Sunday, Oct. 14, in Rome by Pope Francis together with three others, including Pope Paul VI.
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The parish – a home for the final journey

Looking out over the congregation at Mass on Sunday one sees an aging population. Along with the advance in years comes a variety of illnesses and possible impending incapacity and eventual death for all. Life and death is the reality of our human experience.
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Pro-life ministry opens sonogram building

A Better Choice is helping women make more informed choices after opening a sonogram building just west of its regular offices at 3001 E. Central in Wichita.
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Bishop Kemme supports recent USCCB measures to protect children from abuse

Bishop Carl A. Kemme fully embraces recent measures taken by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as a result of the recent sexual abuse revelations.
“As a bishop, with the duty to protect and to heal, I fully support the steps being proposed by the Administrative Committee of the USCCB as well as the intentions of the bishops to enter into a period of penance and purification as we address the current crisis in leadership in the church.”
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SEAS parishioner: NFP changed my life in many ways

Natural Family Planning saved my life physically, mentally, and spiritually. In 1989, as a 14-year-old 8th grader, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS. Doctors concluded that it would be extremely difficult to ever get pregnant because women with PCOS rarely ovulate. I was hemorrhaging and anemic. Exhausting all options, the last treatment was the birth control pill.
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