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 CHRISM MASS 2019

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Ellinwood native celebrates milestone on road to priesthood

John Rickert ordained a transitional deacon

Although he first heard the calling as a child attending St. Joseph School, the road to the priesthood for the Ellinwood native was anything but etched in stone.  
John Rickert said he first became interested in the priesthood “probably in grade school, mainly due to the excellent example sent by the earliest priest I remember, Father James Kelly. I thought about becoming a priest off and on ever since childhood, but then college, and then grad school, caused me to procrastinate.”Rickart, who was ordained a transitional deacon in March after five years at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Neb., previously earned a PhD in mathematics, first serving as a college professor, and later as a computer programmer with a multinational consulting firm.    
“I taught at the college level for a couple of years after I finished my degree,” he said. “I then got a job in an office -- a cubical farm sort-of job in downtown Dallas.  That was a really good job, and I’m grateful for the experience.  To this day I have great friends who still work there.  But I did realize my life was getting into a rut, and looking in the long term, I could see I was not going in the direction God really wanted me to go.”
With the seed of the priesthood having taken root, Rickert found himself looking into a relatively new order of priests, the Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), formed by Pope John Paul II in 1988.   
“A friend of mine told me about the traditional Mass, i.e., ‘Extraordinary Form,’ while I was living in Dallas, and so I thought I would check it out,” Rickert explained. “I had had a lot of Latin in high school and college, so I thought it would be interesting to see what an old Latin Mass is like.  It was not an easy adjustment, though.  After about a half dozen times or so of going to the old Mass, something really clicked inside me, and the idea of becoming a priest, which had been stored away far in the back of my mind, somehow worked its way forward.  So, I was attracted to the FSSP because of their mission to make the Traditional Mass available.  I was also impressed by the example set by their priests I met.”
Except for following some of the older traditions of the Church, Rickert said that the order differs little from other orders of priests.
“We do have a school in Maple Hill and another in Moscow, Pennsylvania, which I will be assigned to for the coming year, but we are not a ‘teaching order,’” he explained. “We do follow the full set of liturgical books from 1962, meaning that we say the old office and use the old rituals for Baptisms, blessings, etc...”
   Rickert’s mother, a former “beauty operator,” and his father, a retired “big rig, long haul” trucker, still live in Ellinwood. Rickert is the youngest of four children.
 His ordination to the priesthood is scheduled for May 22, 2010, at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ in Lincoln, Neb.  He said it is likely that Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Neb., who ordained him as deacon, will perform the priestly ordination.   
It’s unlikely that the future Father Rickert will be serving any parishes in the Diocese of Dodge City.
“Because we’re so new -- the Fraternity started in 1988 -- we’re stretched a bit thin, and so priests and deacons have to try to meet the needs that arise, so in other words, I have no idea [where I’ll be serving],” he said. “We have around two dozen apostolates in the U.S .and Canada. We recently began an apostolate in Guadalajara, Mexico, and I’m really glad that we have begun to work in Mexico.  We also have an apostolate in Colombia, but that is under the direction of the European district of the Fraternity.”
In closing, Rickert offered this advice:  “If you think you might have a vocation, try it.  Don’t worry about being completely certain all at once.  God wants you to try, and He will show you where He wants you to be.”

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Oct. 14, 2018

Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
Fossil Hunting

 

April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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