May 2019 Monthly Notes

Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
May 2019  



From Most Rev. John B. Brungardt, Bishop of Dodge City
From Fr. Warren Stecklein
From the Priest's Retirement Board: On July 1, 2019, the monthly benefit paid to the retired priests will increase by $50. 
Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor
From Fr. Chuck Mazouch, JCL, Chair Presbyteral Council
The March meeting was cancelled. Click HERE for the notes of the February 19 Presbyteral Council meeting. 
From Mark Roth, Director of Development
Save the date: Make plans now and organize your team for the 2019 Dechant Foundation Annual Golf Classic, September 6, at Mariah Hills Golf Course. For more information and to register a team, contact Mark Roth at 620-227-1535 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Proceeds benefit the Retired Priest's Fund of the Diocese of Dodge City. 
From Adam Urban, Director of Youth Ministry
Janee Bernal, Director of Matrimony, Family Life & NFP

Janeé Bernal, Director of Matrimony, Family Life, and NFP, will sadly be leaving the Dodge City Diocese at the end of May. Though this has been a wonderful position and has fueled her passion for evangelization, the Lord has called her and her family down another path. She has been hired as the new Assistant Principal at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School in Wichita. Her husband, Jesse, and their three children will be moving to Wichita sometime in June. Janeé wants to thank the people of the Dodge City Diocese for their generosity and kindness during the past year. She said, “The Diocese of Dodge City has been a wonderful place to grow up and to serve. It has taught me the importance of serving others as a missionary disciple. I will truly miss the rural hospitality and especially the priests and religious sisters that I’ve been able to call friends.”

Natural Family Planning/Fertility Awareness: Diana Ramirez (Dodge City) and Allison Ricke (Pratt) continue their training as FertilityCare Practitioner Interns. To register or request an Introductory Session on Natural Family Planning in English or Spanish, please contact Diana Ramirez at:

Upcoming Introductory Sessions:
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
ABC Pregnancy Center (Garden City) English

From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship
From Tammy Lampe, Safe Environment Coordinator


A reminder that all volunteers with regular contact with children and youth must be compliant PRIOR TO beginning any ministry with children/youth.  Compliant means they have already attended a Protecting God’s Children awareness session and already have a completed background check. For further details about these sessions, go to Safe Environment Page To schedule a PGC session, contact Ana Gaytan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620/227-1500).
Garden City 
Sunday, August 11, 2019 
St. Dominic Catholic Church 
615 J.C. St, Garden City, KS  67846
Contact: Sr. Myra Arney 
PGC Facilitator: Sharon Stuart (620) 225-5164
No Sessions Scheduled
From Fr. Juan Salas, Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations
 Dodge City seminarian 2019 summer placements
• John Stang: Parish Ministry at Holy Rosary--Medicine Lodge, St. Boniface--Sharon, and St. John the Apostle--Kiowa
• Austin Habash: SENT ministry in Denver, CO and at St. Vincent de Paul--Denver
• Tyler Saucedo: Pastoral Summer
• Eric Frieb: Prayer and Action
• Carson Haupt: Totus Tuus
• Esteban Hernandez: Academic and English language studies
• Jonathan Lemus: Parish Ministry at Sacred Heart of Jesus--Larned and St. Bernard--Belpre
From Coleen Stein, Director of Adult Formation
From Sr. Angela Erevia, MCDP, Director of the Office of Hispanic Ministry:Creciendo de Cristo
From Tim Wenzl, Archivist Emeritus
Catholic Place Names in Kansas: If your parish has a gift shop and would like to make this book available to your parishioners, please contact me at 620-227-1556. The books can be sold on consignment, no risk involved. The books wholesale at $15 and you can set the retail price. The Cathedral gift shop in Dodge City has the book priced at $21 and has now sold 63 copies. You can also contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
From Gentry Heimerman, Director of Young Adult Ministry

Prayer and Action is just around the corner and the deadline to sign up your high school students is even sooner, May 15. Please encourage your high school students to spend a week of their summer serving others and growing in faith. Better yet, show them that you are willing to do the same by being a chaperone for your parish, painting and praying right alongside our young people. For more details, registration information and a video that explains the program, go to: : Mission weeks will be June 16-21 (College Week) in Larned. High School weeks will be June 23-28 in Larned, July 7-12 and July 14-19 in Hoisington. 


From Trina Delgado, Superintendent of Schools
From Debbie Snapp, Catholic Charities
The Catholic Charities Infant Adoption Preparation and Education Series is an on-going year-around program that allows couples to enter and proceed at their own pace, at any time throughout the year. The 2018-19 orientation and class schedule is available online at  If you know someone who is struggling with infertility and would like to learn more about growing their family through infant adoption, please contact Lori Titsworth at 620-792-1393, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Free Pregnancy Support: Catholic Charities offers free pregnancy support services for all women regardless of age, income, marital status or religious affiliation. There are no fees for this service. If you know someone who is facing an unintended pregnancy, please ask them to contact Amy Falcon at 620-227-1590.
Problem Gambling Taskforce: If you know someone struggling with a gambling addiction, no cost help is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-522-4700.
Catholic Charities Monthly Newsletter: Stay up-to-date with monthly news, tips and resources for assistance, parenting, mental-wellness, social justice and more at
Upcoming Diocesan Events
 2019 Dechant Foundation Golf Classic, September 6, Mariah Hills Golf Course, Dodge City
From Around the Diocese
Engaged Encounter: Michael and Lindsay Mazouch are the contacts for Engaged Encounter in this diocese.  The EE program is in need of young Catholic Couples who have been married at least 7-8 years to help with the Encounter weekends.  If any priest knows of such a couple, please phone Michael or Lindsay at 620-792-6290.  Their email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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