for sports, steaks and fellowship
It was the brainchild of Father Reggie Urban: monthly summer gatherings in which seminarians, priests and any interested young men could come together for an afternoon of sports, steaks and fellowship.
The first gathering took place in Great Bend June 14, during which participants played golf and basketball, followed by a social gathering in the evening at the parish rectory that included dinner. On July 12, they gathered again, this time for golf, a bit of basketball at Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Dodge City, then for a social hour in the evening at the St. Andrew Parish Hall in Wright, hosted by the Vocations Commission and the Knights of Columbus of St. Andrew’s.
The evening concluded with a dinner with steaks so large they could barely fit on the plate.
“We had such a great time at our house,” Father Urban said of the first gathering in Great Bend. “It was the best event of the summer for me. It was a lot of fun. We played golf and basketball, and then we visited and had a nice meal.”
The event was called “Bedore and More,” Father Urban said, laughing. The name became a chant throughout the day in recognition of the recently ordained transitional deacon, Rev. Mr. Don Bedore, who also attended.
Each summer, seminarians are assigned to a particular parish. Father Urban said that the June event included pastors of those parishes, pastors in the Great Bend deanery, all seminarians, and any young men who wished to attend.
“I just felt the summer is going to go so fast, and that’s why I thought it would be good if we could gather once a month until they go back to school,” Father Urban said.
The second gathering, in Dodge City and Wright, included an invitation to all the priests of the diocese, who were asked to invite young men in their parish to attend.
The day became, in effect, not only a time for seminarians and priests to enjoy fun games and good food, but a vocational event for anyone who might be interested in the priesthood.