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May 2010 Monthly Notes

Monthly Notes from Bishop Gilmore
and the Diocesan Staff
May 2010 --- Vol. VIII, No. 4
From Bishop Gilmore:


The announcement of the following changes was allowed to be made in the affected parishes the weekend of May 8/9.  The following was posted to the Diocesan Website Monday, May 9th and will be published in the May 15/16 issue of the SKR.

Marlene Miller, currently Parish Life Coordinator of St. Stanislaus, Ingalls, is granted retirement effective June 30.

Father Wesley Schawe, while remaining pastor of St. Dominic, Garden City, as pastor at St. Stanislaus, Ingalls, effective July 1.

Father Matthew Kumi, a priest of the Diocese of Goaso in Ghana, Africa currently completing a pastoral counseling degree in Cincinnati, Ohio, as parochial vicar at St. Mary, Garden City, and assisting at St. Dominic, Garden City and St. Stanislaus, Ingalls, effective June 25.

Father Dwight Birket, while remaining pastor and residing at St. John the Evangelist, Hoisington, is relieved as pastor at Holy Family, Odin effective June 14 in order to take on the pastoral responsibilities of Holy Name, Bushton.

Sister Andre Kravec, OP, while remaining pastoral minister at Immaculate Conception, Claflin, as Parish Life Coordinator (in accord with canon 517, §2) at Holy Family, Odin, effective June 14.

Father Charles Mazouch, while remaining pastor at St. Joseph, Ellinwood and Immaculate Conception, Claflin, as Priest Supervisor and Sacramental Minister (in accord with canon 517, §2) at Holy Family, Odin, effective June 14.

Don Bedore, being ordained to the transitional diaconate May 29, for diaconal ministry at St. Anthony, Liberal, from May 31 to July 30.

Rev. Arturo Uribe, CSsR as parochial administrator at St. John the Baptist, Spearville and assisting at Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City from May 24 to July 1 while Father Ted Stoecklein goes to Puebla, Mexico for Spanish studies.

Rev. Tony Judge, CSsR as parochial administrator at Mary, Queen of Peace, Ulysses and St. Bernadette, Johnson from May 28 to August 2 while Father Trong Tran goes to Catholic University of America in Washington, DC for Canon Law studies.

Father Cosmas Nwosuh, MSP, at the request of his Superior General Rev. Anselm Umoren, MSP to complete his studies at Newman University, will continue to serve as parochial administrator at Holy Rosary, Medicine Lodge, St. John the Apostle, Kiowa and St. Boniface, Sharon.

Father Matthias Selemobri, MSP currently parochial vicar at St. Mary, Garden City, is completing his one year of service in the diocese and will be leaving.

Msgr. Brian Moore, while agreeing to continue to work with our seminarians, serving as diocesan theologian and offering sacramental assistance at Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, was granted retirement effective May 1.

Let us hold all those involved in these transitions in our prayer.

I am sure that a warm welcome awaits Father Tony Judge as he returns to our diocese to replace Father Trong Tran as he studies canon law; Father Arturo Uribe as he comes to our diocese to replace Father Ted Stoecklein as he does further work with Spanish; Father Matthew Kumi from the Diocese of Goaso in Ghana, Africa, who will be spending a pastoral year with us.  

It is an added gift that Father Cosmas is able to stay an additional year with us as he finishes degree work at Newman University.

We regret that we will say farewell to Father Matthias after his year with us at St. Mary, Garden City.  We certainly wish him well and are grateful for all that he added to our presbyterate and for all the service he provided at St. Mary.

Again, I express my thanks to Marlene for her many years of service at St. Stanislaus and I know you join me in wishing her the very best in her retirement.

Little will seemingly change for Monsignor Moore in his retirement.  I am grateful that his immeasurable gifts will continue to be available to us.

I am grateful to Father Schawe, Father Birket, Sr. Andre Kravec, Father Mazouch, Father Stoecklein and Father Trong for their generosity and willingness to serve as expressed in these appointments.

We all look forward to Don Bedore’s ordination to the Diaconate, Saturday, May 29th, 10am, at the Cathedral.  If you have not already done so, please rsvp to Amy Seachris, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Number 179 of the Rites of Ordination tells us:  “It is the duty of all the faithful of the diocese to assist the candidates for the diaconate by their prayers.  This duty is fulfilled especially in the Prayers of the Faithful (Universal Prayer) at Mass and in the intercessions of Vespers.”

In that light, perhaps a prayer for Don could appear in your Prayers of the Faithful at masses on the weekends of May 20th and 27th.  Here is an example:  That Don Bedore who will soon be ordained deacon and all those preparing for ordination this spring receive abundant grace to give their lives in loving service in the name of Jesus, let us pray to the Lord.

Invitations have been sent out to DREs for our annual DRE Day, June 1st, 10am – 3pm, at the Cathedral.  This has been a very good day over the past years.  I appreciate the DREs who work this into their busy schedules and the encouragement priests give their DREs to participate.  This year there will be the discussion of opportunities for further support to DRES, especially new DREs.  If you want further information and/or to register, please contact Coleen Stein, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   Through our parish-diocese stewardship partnership, there is no fee for this day.

Marvin is presently residing at the Transitional House attached to the Iroquois Center for Human Development, Greensburg, KS.  His email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  His cell phone number is (620) 388-0991.  Marvin is doing quite well and is anxious to return to more active priestly service.  He welcomes calls and visits.  We are in conversation with Marvin and Iroquois as to when it would be good for him to resume some form of ministry.  Let’s continue to hold Marvin in our prayer.


For priests:
Thank you for the fine participation on April 27th when we considered Prepare and Enrich as the instrument to be used in our marriage preparation ministry.  We will be giving further consideration to the implementation of Prepare and Enrich at our May 25th meeting of the Presbyteral Council.  Any input you can give to members of the Council before than would be greatly helpful.  Please continue to hold July 6th or August 5th on your calendar for Prepare and Enrich training.  

During our gathering on April 27th, it was mentioned that it could be good for priests to “do” the Prepare and Enrich Inventory.  I know that Father John Strasser did that.  He just made up an imaginary “partner”.  You might want to visit with him.  Father Reggie during the meeting on April 27th said that it was helpful for him to have done so.  If you would like to do what they have done, contact Bob Schremmer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and he will arrange for you to be able to do so.

JUNE PRIESTS' RETREAT: Rev. Rob Kroll, SJ will be the retreat master for the June 6-10 retreat at the Spiritual Life Center. Thank you for responding so quickly to our inquiry regarding Sunday meal and bed preference. Click here for 2010 Retreat Schedule.

►Looking ahead:  Please contact Amy Seachris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-227-1500 to schedule your 2011 Confirmation.

Click here for the USCCB Committee on Divine Worship Newsletter April 2010.

+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 2010

*Catechist Formation/Certification, English and Spanish

*Comprehensive Schedule for Pastoral Ministry Formation via ITV network



From Fr Reggie Urban, Chair, Presbyteral Council:

What is the “Presbyteral Council”? Some of you might be asking that question when you see that phrase. Here is what the Catholic Church’s Code of Canon Law, the book that provides legislation for “everything under the sun”, says about the Presbyteral Council: “A presbyteral council is to be established in each diocese, that is, a body of priests who are like a senate of the bishop, representing the presybterate; this council is to aid the bishop in the governance of the diocese according to the norm of law, in order that the pastoral welfare of the portion of the people of God entrusted to him may be promoted as effectively as possible”(Canon 495). I think the most interesting part of this canon is the phrase “pastoral welfare”. The Presbyteral Council exists to help the bishop “pastor” the diocese. All of us on the Council consider it a great honor to do so.   Peace, Father Reggie

From Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor:

Safe Environment
A reminder that the DRE report and Principal report are past due.  This important form not only provides an assurance to the Bishop that our Safe Environment program is being implemented, it also provides me with the numbers of students who have received safety training as well.  Click here for the DRE report form & Principal report form.

Two Protecting God’s Children awareness sessions have been scheduled: both are on Sunday, May 23.  The PGC session in Ingalls is from 2-5 pm and the PGC session in Hoisington is from 6-9 pm.  For more information, click on this link:

If your parish intends to have a vacation bible school or if there are any outings (fun trips or mission trips) that include adults and young people under 18, all the adults should have a completed background check on file and have attended a PGC awareness session.

I will be out of the office June 21-25.  Please send any prenuptial documents to me several weeks before the wedding.

From Becky Hessman, Coordinator of Vocations:

Encounter With God’s Call: Three young men and a Dad attended the Encounter weekend at Conception Seminary College in April.  They had a wonderful experience and expressed interest in attending again.      

Companion Camp, June 18-20, is the next event being held at Conception Seminary College for boys entering 6th- 8th grade. Cost: $100 (covers room, all meals, and T-shirt). Transportation will be provided by the Diocese of Dodge City. For a brochure and more information contact Becky Hessman at 620.227.1530 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. is a new website launched by the USCCB to promote the vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.  The website has a variety of resources for discerners, parents, educators, and youth leaders.  In the fall, a Spanish-language site will be available at www.PorTuVocació

RCIA Directors: Please send the names and address of the newly initiated adults from your parish along with the name and address of his or her sponsor to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If your parish has an English and Spanish RCIA process, please include both along with language preference.  The neophytes and their sponsors will be invited to the 2011 Called & Gifted workshop.

From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:

Schedule your hassle free will and estate seminar today. This is not your typical seminar. Each seminar is upbeat where we visit about life! Call 620-227-1537 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for available dates.

Financial Peace University will be offered on the ITV network in the fall of 2010 beginning on Wednesday September 15th at 6:30 PM. Enrollment will be accepted beginning in June.

Save the date for the Diocesan Stewardship Conference Saturday August 28, 2010.

Mark your calendars for the Dechant Foundation Charity Golf Tournament September 11, 2010. Register your team at


►New email address for Fr. Angel Dy is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

►DRE for Ness City is Joby Henning.  DRE for Sharon is Tonya England.

►Move your RCIA from good to great! A FREE webinar

At the National Conference of Catechetical Leaders event in Las Vegas this week, Nick facilitated the RCIA Roundtable session, helping directors and coordinators move their RCIA process from good to GREAT!

Join Nick Wagner in a live webinar on the same topic on Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., CDST. This is a FREE webinar, open to everyone with an Internet connection, but you have to register to participate. Click here for more info and to sign up for free!

New Music, New Texts: Preparing for a New Missal
Upcoming Conference: June 21-24, 2010

The Conference will explain the new missal and provide implementation guidelines for all who engage in the art of music and liturgy. Participants will read and sing together the new tests/music under the direction of experts. Sessions will include reasoning and theology of the new Missal with an emphasis on understanding liturgical texts, music and revised ritual acts. Conference session will also cover choral reading, creativity in music, sacred arts and environment, The Saint John’s Bible, faculty forum and applied lessons. Keynote Presenters: Paul Ford; Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB; Johan van Parys; Sr. Delores Dufner, OSB; Kim Kasling and Lynn Trapp, Co-directors, clinicians.

$510 includes conference registration, campus housing, and meals
$120 single day registration (includes meals)
These prices represent a discount for registrations received before May 21 -- fees will rise $20 May 22!

Register soon! Space is limited to 120 participants. For more information and to register use this link to visit our website - CCMLA website

►To schedule a Protecting God's Children Awareness Session in your parish, contact Father Bob Schremmer: 620-227-3363 (parish) or 620-227-1555 (office) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Engaged Encounter Information:  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..

Click here to link to Heartland Center for Spirituality, Great Bend.


MAY/JUNE Calendars:

(Bishop Gilmore's calendar)


2nd-3rd:  Knights of Columbus Convention, Wichita

5th:  SKR Deadline

8th:  5:00pm Confirmation at Larned

9th:  2:00pm Confirmation at Satanta

15th:  6:00pm Confirmation at Liberal

16th:  3:00pm Confirmation at COLG

21st: 10:00am Directors' Meeting; 12:30pm Staff Luncheon

22nd:  5:00pm Confirmation at Ingalls

23rd:  10:30am Confirmation at Ness City

25th:  11:00am Presbyteral Council Meeting

29th:  10:00am  Don Bedore's Diaconate Ordination, COLG

31st:  Memorial Day


1st:  10:00am-3:00pm  Annual DRE Day, COLG

2nd:  SKR Deadline

3rd & 4th:  Kansas Catholic Conference

6th-10th:  Priest Retreat, Spiritual Life Center

12th:  5:00pm  Confirmation at Hanston

13th:  2:00pm Confirmation at Hugoton

15th:  11:00am  Presbyteral Council Meeting

18th:  10:00am Directors' Meeting; 12:30pm Staff Luncheon

25th:  11:30am  Diocesan Finance Council Meeting

27th:  10:30am  Confirmation at Ashland

30th:  SKR Deadline

This concludes the MAY Monthly Notes.  To submit items for the NOTES, please send them to Amy Seachris, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Vol. VIII, No. 4

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