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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;
Superintendent addresses Catholic school
curriculum, common core standards
By Bob Voboril
Reprinted with permission from the Wichita Advance.
A Catholic school curriculum prepares students for the here and now – and for the hereafter. The aim of a Catholic school is to help students understand God’s purpose for them in this life (their vocation) on this earth and to prepare them for their destiny with God in eternity. The two go hand in hand. Schools prepare students for their vocation in life which typically means a family, continued education, and a career, but Catholic schools accomplish that goal mindful that students are destined to stand before God accountable for the gifts God has given them.
A Catholic school curriculum begins with its mission. In the Diocese of Wichita, the mission of Catholic education is to form disciples of Jesus Christ. Every course offered, indeed every action taken, must be consistent with that mission.
The mission is supported by a distinctively Catholic philosophy (beliefs) and core values. This philosophy, always consistent with the mission, explains the principles upon which the school is operated. The core values describe the primary outcomes of a Catholic education. In the Diocese of Wichita, those core values are unity, faithfulness, stewardship, and scholarship.
Tylan Ricketts among 11 seminarians
immersed in Spanish language program
Special to the Register
P.J. Voegeli was a little skeptical about the Spanish immersion program. But, he said, “Our eyes have been opened,” or, because they are immersed in Spanish, “¡Nuestros ojos se han abierto!
He and 10 other seminarians are studying as hard as possible in Spanish classes from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in a program supervised by the language department at Pittsburg State University. They began their studies June 3 and will be immersed until July 25.
Seven of the seminarians are studying for the Diocese of Wichita, two are from the Diocese of Dodge City, and two from the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Mo. Most have had a head start with a few courses of high school Spanish.
Dodge City man ordained priest to Legion of Christ in Rome
(Click on READ MORE below for an essay written by Father Keiser, LC)
Rome, Italy – Frederick Keiser of Dodge City was among 31 men ordained to the priesthood on Dec. 14, 2013 in Rome at the basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome by Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, C.S.
Of the 31 new priests, eight are American and one is from Canada. The others are from Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, France, Columbia and Chile.
Father Keiser was born on May 31, 1983, in Dodge City. He entered the Legionaries of Christ as a novice in Cheshire, Connecticut on Sept. 15, 1999, to move after to the noviciate at Salamanca, Spain, where he studied Classical Humanities. He has a degree in philosophy and theology from the Pontifical Ateneum Regina Apostolorum. He has been a member of the team of formators of Immaculate Conception Apostolic School in Center Harbor, New Hampshire, and the Directorate General of the Legion. He currently serves as the youth minister in Santiago, Chile.
The Legionaries of Christ are a religious Congregation of priests, of pontifical rite, founded in 1941 in Mexico. Members of the Legion include four bishops, 932 priests and some 900 religious in preparation for the priesthood.
On the Legion’s website, www.ordenaciones.legionariosdecristo.org. Father Keiser and the other newly ordained priests were asked to share the moment that they felt the call to enter the priesthood.
Four months left for scouts to earn popular patch
Click on the patch for requirements.
Less than four months remain for Catholic scouts to earn the Year of Faith Scout patch, according to Tim Wenzl, a representative for the Catholic Committee on Scouting for the Diocese of Dodge City.
“As the end of the Year of Faith approaches, we want to make sure that scouts who intend to participate in this religious activity program complete the requirements by Nov. 24,” said Wenzl.
“The number of patches is limited and adult leaders should reserve their numbers while they are still available.”
Thus far, scouts from the dioceses in Kansas, as well as scouts from 11 states have earned the Year of Faith scout patch.
“It has been interesting to see how wide spread the interest has been for this Catholic scouting activity,” Wenzl said. “Scouts in New York, South Carolina, Montana and Hawaii, and many Midwest states are already wearing this patch.”
The Year of Faith scout patch can be earned by boy scouts, girl scouts, and adult leaders by completing a series of requirements developed for particular age groups. There are requirements for scouts first through fifth grades; sixth through 12th grades, and for adults. The requirements can be found online at www.dcdiocese.org
Knights of Columbus become Santa for
dozens of families for 25th year
Imagine getting a red fire truck for Christmas,
delivered by a big red fire truck...
LIBERAL -- For 25 consecutive years, Knights of Columbus Council 3381 of Liberal became Santa’s for dozens of families across the region.
The Knights’ annual Toys for Tots collection brought together a host of volunteers to organize and prepare hundreds of donated gifts for nearly 100 homes in Liberal, Satanta, Sublette, Meade, Tyrone, Turpin and Beaver.
Jana Widener, whose husband, Sam has been in the Knights for more than two decades, explained that the Knights’ bingo helps raise money for the toys, and that many toys are donated from the community.
Needy families fill out an application, including the name and age of their children and what they might want for Christmas.
Volunteers, who are not given the names of the families, wrap the presents, place them in a marked black bag, and then deliver them to the homes. This year, area firefighters donated their time and trucks to help make the deliveries. It’s not difficult to imagine the joy of a child after receiving a red fire truck delivered by red fire truck.
In past years, the Knights have delivered toys to more than 250 homes.
College Connection: Diocese helps connect
27 students with campus ministry
By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register
It can be somewhat intimidating to go off to college: leaving home for the first time; saying goodbye to family and friends; suddenly living in unfamiliar surroundings with unfamiliar people.
By connecting new students with the school’s Catholic Campus Center, the Diocese of Dodge City “College Connection” program offers students a firm, faith foundation on which they can start their college life.
Michelle Wehkamp of Ingalls recently finished her first year at Kansas State University. Upon her arrival in Manhattan, she became involved at St. Isadore Parish, which serves the Catholic student community. Eventually, she would be attending a weekly Tuesday night rosary followed by Mass, 9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass, and a Thursday night praise and worship gathering.