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July 15, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex;
Diocese establishes Bishop John B. Brungardt
Endowment Scholarship at Newman University
It was both a Christmas gift for the Most Rev. John B. Brungardt, and a financial gift for a multitude of future Newman University students from the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City.
The Diocese of Dodge City, in cooperation with Newman University, has established the Bishop John B. Brungardt Endowed Scholarship Fund to honor Bishop Brungardt. The scholarship will be open to any student from the Diocese of Dodge City enrolled full-time at Newman University, and is especially designed to help those students facing financial needs.
Bishop Brungardt learned about the honor after being presented a framed certificate while at the diocesan staff Christmas party last December.
“This scholarship is a wonderful blessing: to encourage and support our students wishing a Catholic education at Newman University,” Bishop Brungardt said. “I appreciate the administration and staff at Newman University for establishing classes in Dodge City and Garden City, and providing many other educational opportunities via interactive television in several sites throughout the diocese.
KQSH celebrates a year spreading Gospel across Kansas airwaves
By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register
Chances are, if you spent any time on the road between Meade and Jetmore (to the south and north), or Ingalls and Kinsley (to the west and east), you’ve happened upon a radio station that sounded both familiar and familial.
That’s because KQSH, 90.7 FM is a Catholic radio station run entirely by volunteers intent on spreading the good word as far and wide as its airwaves will permit. While it doesn’t reach all of the diocese, its reach is pretty impressive considering it’s a relatively small operation run entirely by volunteers.
The station, which operates out of an office at Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Dodge City, recently celebrated its one year anniversary. Chad Meitner, principal at Sacred Heart, is a member of the board of directors and serves as station manager.
Celebrating Mary and Joseph’s journey
The biting cold of the mid-December night did nothing to suppress the festive atmosphere amid dozens of worshipers who gathered for the Christmas Posada beside a busy main street in Dodge City.
The tradition finds its roots four centuries deep in the Mexican culture. Nine days prior to Christmas, large groups of worshipers gather together. A man and woman (in this case, a boy and girl) portray the Holy Family seeking shelter for the night. Often they will use a live donkey on which Mary rides.
Posada is Spanish for “accommodation,” and represents the nine months of pregnancy of the Holy Mother.
The group will process to different houses, singing, praying, and being offered tasty treats by homeowners. In Dodge City, the night started with dancers dressed in Aztec garb dancing a dance of prayer to the Holy Mother.
As cars zoomed by on Wyatt Earp Blvd., those outside Panaderia La Tapatia store and those inside each sang in turn, until those inside officially recognized the Holy Family and allowed them entry.
Typically, the group goes from private home to private home, but on this night, it was the store that offered the Holy Family respite, where they munched on free tacos, prayed and sang.
Children, led by their parents, later rushed out into the parking lot where a large, star-shaped piñata was held on a rope between two ladders, two men laughing as they pulled it upward as the children swung their hardest to free the hidden candy.
The Posada gathering was repeated on several nights in Dodge City, each time starting at a different location.
Celebrando el viaje de Maria y José
El intenso frio de la noche de mediados de diciembre no hizo nada para calmar el ambiente festivo en medio de decenas de fieles que se congregaron para la Posada Navideña al lado de una calle principal muy transitada en Dodge City.
La tradición encuentra sus raíces cuatro siglos en la cultura mexicana. Nueve días antes de Navidad, se reúnen grupos grandes de adoradores. Un hombre y una mujer (en este caso, un chico y una chica) se presentan como la Sagrada Familia buscando refugio para pasar la noche. Frecuentemente usan un burro vivo que le da paseos a María.
Posada significa “alojamiento,” y representa los nueve meces de embarazo de la Santa madre.
El grupo se procesará a diferentes casas, cantando, orando y les ofrecen bocadillos sabrosos por los dueños del hogar. En Dodge City, la noche comenzó con bailarines vestidos con atuendo Azteca bailando una danza de oración a la Santa Madre.
Mientras los coches zumbaban por el bulevar de Wyatt Earp, aquellos afuera de la Panadería La Tapatía y los que estaban a dentro cantaban durante su turno, hasta que los de adentro oficialmente reconocían a la Sagrada Familia y los dejaban entrar.
Normalmente, el grupo va de hogar privado a hogar privado, pero en esta noche, fue la panadería que les ofreció un respiro a la Sagrada Familia, donde comieron tacos gratis, rezaron y cantaron.
Los niños y niñas, dirigidos por sus parientes, salieron en carrereados al estacionamiento donde una piñata grande, en forma de estrella sobre una cuerda entre dos escaleras, dos hombres riendo mientras estiraban hacia arriba cuando los niños le daban duro para que soltara todos los dulces escondidos.
La reunión de las Posadas fue repetida durante varias noches en Dodge City, a partir de un lugar diferente cada vez.
Kansas bishops respond to Supreme Court decisions on marriage
Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, Bishop John Brungardt of Dodge City, Bishop Edward Weisenburger of Salina, and Monsignor Robert Hemberger, Diocesan Administrator of Wichita, issued the following statement June 27 in response to the United States Supreme Court decisions in United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry:
In one of two significant rulings today the United States Supreme Court struck down the section of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that defined marriage as between one man and one woman for purposes of federal law and federal benefits. There had been a concern that the justices would strike down all state laws and constitutional amendments defining marriage as between one man and one woman but fortunately this did not come to pass.
A great many of the States in our Nation define marriage as between one man and one woman. That state legislation, including our own in Kansas, is undisturbed.
Father Murphy, oldest Catholic pastor in Kansas, retires
By Dave Myers and Tim Wenzl
Southwest Kansas Register
Father Ultan Murphy, 87, retired Jan. 3, after 33 years as pastor of St. Ann’s Parish in Olmitz. At the time of his retirement, he had the distinction of being the oldest Catholic pastor in the state of Kansas.
Father Murphy will continue to reside in the Olmitz community in his private residence. “I bought a house here,” said Father Murphy. “As they say in Ireland, ‘I’m part of the furniture.’”
Father Murphy was appointed pastor at Olmitz and Holy Trinity, Timken, in 1980. He served both parishes for 23 years until he announced his retirement earlier in 2003. He reconsidered, and his responsibilities were reduced to the Olmitz parish at that time. His official title also changed to “parochial administrator.”
Brother Frederick Keiser, LC,
ordained transitional deacon in Rome
Brother Frederick Keiser, LC, was ordained a transitional deacon for the Legionaries of Christ by Archbishop Renato Boccardo on June 29 at the Legion’s Center of Higher Studies in Rome along with 22 other young men.
Deacon Frederick is the son of Fred and Linda Keiser and the late Barb Keiser from St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita. Fred was the former director of youth and young adults for the Diocese of Dodge City and had taught at St. Mary of the Plains College.
After moving to Wichita, the family was members of St. Peter the Apostle Church in Schulte. Shortly after that, Frederick entered Immaculate Conception, the order’s apostolic school in New Hampshire in July 1996.
He furthered his studies in Salamanca, Spain where he professed his first vows on August 15, 2001. Deacon Frederick professed his final vows in Connecticut on September 1, 2007.
He and some of his fellow seminarians began a YouTube ministry of educational and humorous videos explaining the Catholic faith while studying theology in Rome. More than 20 of the videos can be found at www.thebrothersinblack.
In August, Deacon Frederick will report for his first assignment Santiago, Chile, where he will work in youth ministry. His priestly ordination will be Dec. 14, 2013 in Rome at the Basilica of St. John Lateran. During his visit back to Wichita in 2014, he will offer two Masses of Thanksgiving for family and friends.