Monthly Notes from Bishop Gilmore
April 2009 -- Vol. 7, No.3
Easter blessings to you and yours each day of this Easter Season.
► The Dominican Sisters of Great Bend are now part of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. They have joined with six other Dominican Communities to form a new community that will be headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Their Founding Day was Easter Sunday. They celebrated their Founding Event, Tuesday, 14 April in Saint Louis. The Sisters began their first Chapter Wednesday, 15 April in Saint Louis. The Chapter will end on the 21st. Sister Gemma Doll, OP, former Prioress of the Great Bend Dominicans and presently our Diocesan Coordinator of Cultural Formation was elected to the Community's first Council. I know you join me in offering prayers of blessing upon the Dominican Sisters of Peace and in wishing Sister Gemma well in her new responsibilities of ministry.
►Sister Angela M. Erevia, MCDP, who has been serving as the Director for Hispanic Ministry of the Archdiocese of Omaha, has accepted the position of Director of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Dodge City. Sister Angela is well known as the person who literally wrote the book on Quinceñera. We are fortunate to have someone of Sister Angela's experience, expertise, and good humor. Sister Angela will be moving to the diocese in June and will begin her responsibilities in July. She will be able to follow up on many of the initiatives with which Sister Gemma has been involved.
►As Sister Gemma returns to the diocese and makes plans for her transition to Columbus, OH, and as Sister Angela moves from Omaha to Dodge City, I will attempt to keep you posted on developments in this transition.
►Bill Biermann has accepted the position of Diocesan Superintendent of Schools. Bill and Laura are originally from Leoti, have five children, live in Holcomb, and are members of Saint Dominic Parish, Garden City. Bill works with the Southwest Plains Regional Service Center in Sublette, KS. He has already met a number of Diocesan Staff, Principal/Lead Teachers, and Diocesan School Council Members. He and Ann plan a tour of the schools early in May. I know you will find Bill an energetic and competent addition to our Diocesan Staff.
►Following upon discussions with the Consultative Groups, I have decided to accept the recommendation that travel to and from Diocesan meetings, gatherings, etc., will not be reimbursed. This is one more effort to contain cost on the diocesan level and to bring consistency to what was a very uneven practice. Thank you for your understanding as we make this change.
►Please pray for Leroy Rupp, husband of Levita (Rohlman) Rupp, Director of the Office of Migration and Refugee Services. Leroy was just diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
►Next Called and Gifted Workshop is Saturday, 9 May, 2009, 9:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. (English & Spanish Workshops), Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City, 5 p.m., Mass. This Workshop is my way of responding to the directive contained in the Rite that neophytes should be invited on their anniversary to share and to renew their commitment, as well as, that the Bishop should meet with the neophytes during their first year. This upcoming Called and Gifted Workshop is especially for the new members of the Church who entered Easter of 08 , their sponsors and friends, as well as, all other interested people.
Registration is needed by 1 May, 2009 for materials and lunch.
You may register online (www.dcdiocese.org) for the English or Spanish workshop.
+Ronald M. Gilmore
To access updated information about each item listed, please click on each separate line.
•Protecting God's Children Awareness Sessions
•Southwest Kansas Register deadlines for 2009
•Catechist Formation/Certification, English and Spanish
•Comprehensive Schedule for Pastoral Ministry Formation via ITV network.
From Fr. Charles Mazouch, Chair, Presbyteral Council:
From Msgr. Brian Moore, Director of Continuing Formation of Priests:
► JUNE PRIESTS' RETREAT: Archabbot Lambert Reilly will be the retreat master for the June 7-11 retreat at the Spiritual Life Center. Please email or phone Pam letting her know the following: 1) If you will or will not be at the Sunday evening (5:30pm) meal; 2) If you prefer a queen size bed or a twin size bed. Click here to view the schedule.
2010: Priests' Retreat: 6-10 June Presenter: Rev. Rob Kroll, SJ
From Sister Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, Chancellor and Director of the Tribunal:
DREs and Principals are reminded to submit by May 1, 2009, their DRE/Principal report form, which verifies that the Safe Environment Religious Education Curriculum lessons have been taught to your students (and provides the number of students in each grade). DREs and Principals, keep in your possession the individual report sheets from catechists and teachers which note the date when the lesson(s) were taught. If the auditor wishes to verify proof that the lessons were taught, you need to be able to produce these individual sheets.
There was an article in the April 12 issue of the Southwest Kansas Register pertaining to our diocesan safe environment program. An updated statistic is there are now 31 PSR programs or schools whose employees or regular volunteers who work with children are fully compliant. Keep up the good work!
Beginning February 1, 2009, the new Pastoral Handbook was promulgated by Bishop Gilmore for use. The Pastoral Handbook is located on our diocesan website (dcdiocese.org) on the Chancellor page. What is contained in the Pastoral Handbook is the prevailing diocesan law and guidelines, superseding documents contained in previous handbooks. Topics currently addressed in the new handbook include: Clergy Information, Sacraments and Liturgy, Annulment Processes and Information, Ministry to Parishes, Parish Finance and Safe Environment. Check the website often as new documents will be added as we get them revised and reviewed.
From Fr. Marvin Reif, Diocesan Liturgist:
From Becky Hessman, Coordinator, Office of Vocations:
►World Day of Prayer for Vocations is Sunday, May 3rd. This annual day is the occasion for highlighting the importance of vocations in the life and mission of the Church as well as or intensifying our prayer that they may increase in number and quality. CLICK here to read Pope Benedict XVI's message.
From Sr. Gemma Doll, Coordinator, Cultural Formation:
►The Encuentro de Novios (Spanish Engaged Encounter) is scheduled for May 1-3, 2009, at the Parish Center on Avenue H in Dodge City. Pastors as you prepare Spanish-speaking couples for the sacrament of matrimony, please, strongly recommend that they take advantage of this opportunity. Fr. Jim Dieker and two couples from Chihuahua, Mexico will conduct this retreat.
►Senate Democrats unveil rural agenda and new outreach website: U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), Chair of Rural Outreach, unveiled the Senate Democratic Caucus' Rural Agenda for the 111th Congress and announced the launch of a new rural outreach website. Both initiatives are part of Senate Democrats' efforts to highligh issues important to rural communities and to further promote policies that will benefit rural America.
"Our rural communities are suffering during these tough economic times, and it is critical that we focus on policies that will give them the economic boost they desperately need and deserve, "said Lincoln, who hails from a seventh-generation Arkansas farm family.
The Senate Democratic Rural Outreach website can be accessed at www.democrats.senate.gov/rural. Click here for the Rural Agenda
►Click here to view Life Issues Forum, April 3, 2009. The article is entitled, Pope Benedict is Right! by Susan E. Wills. Click here for the Spanish article.
►Click here to view information regarding Pro-Life E-Mail Campaign to Congress:
To reach Senator Sam Brownback: http://brownback.senate.gov/CMEmailMe.cfm
To reach Senator Pat Roberts: http://roberts.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactInformation.EmailPat
To reach Representative Jerry Moran: http://www.house.gov/formjerrymoran/contact.html
►CHANGES FOR THE DIOCESAN DIRECTORY:
APRIL/MAY CALENDARS:(Bishop Gilmore's calendar)
To view diocesan office events, please click on the DIOCESAN CALENDAR button near the bottom of the front page of the website.
22nd: 7:00pm, Confirmation at Ingalls
25th: 6:00pm, Confirmation at Scott City
26th: 10:30am, Confirmation at St. Dominic Church, Garden City
29th: 10:00am, Mass at St. Catherine Hospital for their Mission Week
Deadline for SKR articles
3rd: 4:00pm, Dedication at Greensburg, St. Joseph Church
9th: 10:00am Morning Prayer - Neophyte Gathering at COLG; 5:00pm Mass at COLG for group
10th: 10:45am, Confirmation at St. John Church, St. John, KS.
12th: 11:00am Presbyteral Council meeting, chancery
13th: SKR Deadline
16th: 6:00pm, Confirmation at Liberal
17th: 3:00pm, Confirmation at Cathedral
22nd: 10:00am, Directors' Meeting; 12:30pm Staff luncheon
23rd: 6:30pm, Confirmation at Ulysses.
24th: 10:30am, Confirmation at Spearville.
31st: 10:30am, Confirmation at Ness City
►Engaged Encounter Information:
2009: June 26-28; September 11-13
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