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June 24, Garden City

Photos from Last Year’s Event/Video Presentation


Golf Classic to benefit retired priests

    The second annual “Dechant Golf Classic” to raise money for retired priests of the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City will be June 24 at the Golf Club at Southwind in Garden City.
    The golf classic is organized by Mark Roth, Development Director for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City.
    “The format is a four-person scramble,” Roth explained. “We can take up to 36 teams. We’ve already had several teams register, so be sure and call to register as soon as you can.”
    Last year’s event raised more than $21,000 for the retired priests fund.
    The event begins with an 11 a.m. Mass celebrated by the Most Rev. John B. Brungardt at St. Dominic Church. All participants are encouraged to attend the opening Mass to start this special day in support of retired priests.
    Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., which will be followed by lunch at The Clubhouse. The shotgun start will take place at precisely 1 p.m. A prime-rib dinner will be served at 6 p.m.
    The cost per four-member team is $500, which includes green fees, cart rental, lunch, four drink tickets per person, and the prime-rib dinner banquet.
    Non-golfers are welcome to attend the banquet for $50, and must RSVP by June. 17. The club facilities, such as a pool and clubroom, will be open to golfers’ guests throughout the day. 
    The classic is sponsored by several area businesses and individuals. More sponsorships are being sought, ranging from $200 to sponsor a hole, to a prime sponsorship of $5,000.
    “The priests have given so much spiritual support over the years,” Roth said. “We owe it to them to continue to support them in their retirement years.”
    Items are being sought for a silent auction that will take place in conjunction with the banquet. For more information, or become a sponsor,  or, if you would like to donate an auction item, contact Roth at (620) 227-1535. More information is at An advertisement for this event is on Page 24.
    At last year’s classic, at hole number nine, Bishop Brungardt sat under an awning to greet golfers.
    “It was a beautiful day for enjoying God’s creation, each other’s company, and hitting some golf balls, all for the benefit of our Catholic priests--the priests who have been celebrating Mass, hearing confessions, anointing the sick, confirmation, baptism--for these decades and decades and decades, for you and your family,” the bishop said. “Let us try to open up our hearts in prayer and assistance to them and in alms-giving. Thank you for your support for our retired priests.”

Remembering those who served us

Seminarian Jacob Schneider, who will be ordained a transitional deacon on May 21 (see Page 9), attributed Father Ultan Murphy as being one of the people who influenced his decision to become a priest.
    Father Murphy, who served for 33 years as pastor of St. Ann Parish in Olmitz, continued in active ministry until age 87, having become the oldest active Catholic priest in Kansas.
    Today, he is one of 12 retired priests of the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City who are supported, in part, by the funds collected through the Dechant Golf Classic.
    Many readers may recall having been served by Father Murphy, or from one or more of the other retired priests: Father James Baker, Father Donald Fiedler, Father Michael Helms, Father Gilbert Herrman, Father Francis Jordan, Father John Maes, Msgr. Brian Moore, Father Ultan Murphy, Father Lisle Pottorff, Father Anthony Suellentrop, and Father Dermot Tighe.
    Father Murphy has a multitude of joyful memories from his years of active ministry: “The happiest part of my ministry has been many converts – marriages – getting people back to the Church. I miss visiting the kids in the classroom on Sunday morning. That was one of my better things to do.”
    “Do you have a special memory of your favorite priest or maybe a priest who helped you through a difficult time in your life?” asked Mark Roth, Director of Development for the diocese, and organizer of the classic. “Now is a good time for you to show your appreciation to the priests of the diocese.”
    Detailed information about the golf classic to benefit our retired priests can be found in the article at the top of the page. 



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