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Four local youth explore

seminary life during...

‘An Encounter with

God’s Call’

Attending the “Encounter with God’s Call” weekend at Conception Ceminary College are (LtoR) Bernie Fuentes, Saul Miramontes, Luis Villa, and William Munoz. Also pictured is Diocese of Dodge City seminarian Juan Salas, who attends Conception.

To wonder about the priesthood, one needs only to observe the local pastor, to ask questions, to engage in conversation with him, to take part in local parish activities.
But for those young men curious about the experience of becoming a priest, they must travel beyond the borders of the diocese to the seminary itself, in this case, Conception Seminary College in Conception, Mo.


There, Luis Villa of Dodge City, Bernie Fuentes of Satanta, William Munoz of Garden City, and Saul Miramontes of Dodge City took part in the recent “Encounter With God’s Call” weekend.
They were led by Becky Hessman, Coordinator of Vocations, and her husband, Steve.
“Encounter With God’s Call is a great way for young men to experience what seminary life is like,” Becky said. “It’s common for young men to make trips to colleges they may be interested in.  Encounter With God’s Call is an alternative campus visit.          
“Every fall and spring the seminarians of Conception College host this event whereby you can spend two nights on campus, pray with the community, meet the students and staff, have fun, and see if God may be asking you to give seminary a try,” Hessman added.  
Bernie Fuentes, a 16-year-old student from Satanta, admitted that he had second thoughts about going, “but after I got there it was pretty good. Something new that I didn’t want to try ended up being something I really liked.”
The desire to become a priest isn’t a prerequisite for attending the weekend. In fact, Fuentes said that his hope at this point is to one day join the National Guard.
But whatever he does, his faith will certainly play a strong role in his life, a role he hopes will only be stregthened by his experience at Conception Seminary.
“I want to be involved in Church; I want to show people who God is.”
Fuentes said he is currently trying to start a youth group at St. Alphonsus Parish.
The Hessmans have taken young men to the fall weekend three times in the last five years.  So far, each man who has experienced the Encounter weekend has expressed how wonderful the weekend was for him, Becky Hessman said.      
“Many have said that they would like to go again.  And this year was no different. This is the first time that we needed to rent a van because our car would not hold everyone.  The conversation during the drive was very entertaining.  We had a fun group.”
When the group arrived, they were greeted by a “seminarian ambassador,” James Porter of Tulsa, to show them around the campus and to answer questions throughout the weekend.  
“At meal time, Juan Salas, a seminarian studying for our diocese would join us and one evening Brother Macario Martinez (formerly of Garden City) sat with us to answer questions about what the life of a monk is like.  
“Conception Seminary College is located in the beautiful rolling hills in Missouri north of Kansas City,” Hessman said. “The campus is truly located out in the middle of nowhere.   And yet there is a beauty and a peace that seems to touch each person who spends time there.”  
The Encounter weekend is for high school juniors and seniors, and college-age men.  The next Encounter week is March 26-28, 2011.  

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Feb. 10, 2019

Jan. 27, 2019

Jan. 13, 2019

Dec. 23, 2018

Dec. 9, 2018

Nov. 25, 2018

Nov. 11, 2018

Oct. 28, 2018

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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