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Diocese bids three priests a fond farewell

The Diocese of Dodge City will soon be bidding a fond farewell to three extern priests, Fathers Dwight Birket, Enrique Estrada, and Cosmas Nwosuh, MSP, who will soon be heading back to their home dioceses or religious province.

Father Dwight Birket

“I came from the Diocese of Wichita on a three-year loan to the Diocese of Dodge City, but since no one volunteered to take my place, I stayed an extra year,” Father Birket said. “I have been here for four years.” While in southwest Kansas, Father Birket served at St. John Parish, Hoisington for four years; and at Holy Family Parish, Odin, for three years. For one year he also served at Holy Name Parish, Bushton, in the Diocese of Wichita.
His last day serving the Diocese of Dodge City will be Sunday, June 19, at which time he’ll head to St. Joseph Parish, McPherson, with St. Bridget of Sweden Parish, Lindsborg, as a mission.
“I enjoyed my time here in the Diocese of Dodge City and told both bishops that I was willing to stay, but four priests in Wichita volunteered to come this year.
“The big challenge for me and the parish community in Hoisington was the building of a new parish center with offices, classrooms, and a hall.  I had never been the part of a building project from start to finish.”
He said that he “enjoyed getting to know the priests of the diocese especially in the area.  I found them to be supportive, dedicated and hard-working.”

Father Cosmas Nwosuh, MSP

Father Nwosuh will be sticking around through the end of September, at which time he’ll return to his former apostolate as a seminary formator and teacher at the National Missionary Seminary of St. Paul, Gwagwalada, Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria.
“I taught there for ten years prior to my coming to Dodge. Now I have to ‘get the heck’ out of Dodge and return to my former assignment,” he said with a chuckle.
He currently serves Holy Rosary Church, Medicine Lodge; St. Boniface Church, Sharon; and St. John the Apostle Church, Kiowa. His assignments have included serving as Parochial Vicar of St. Mary, Garden City, while “helping out at St. Dominic Parish and St. Stanislaus, Ingalls.” He also served briefly at St. Nicholas, Kinsley and St. Joseph, Offerle.  
How does Father Nwosuh feel about leaving southwest Kansas?
“Well, I guess I feel both sadness and joy! Yes, it’s a mixed bag of emotions.  Because I do enjoy the pastoral ministry I am currently engaged in; I love the work am doing; the people with and for whom am working I feel some sadness at leaving.  I would have loved to stay longer.  But duty calls elsewhere and I have to leave.  As the Psalmist might say, ‘It is the lot marked out for me’.  But am also glad to returning to the seminary where I will be dealing with young men old enough to be my children.  I hope their youthful exuberance and curiosity will rub off on me.  I must confess that I do enjoy the academic life and so I’ll make the best of it when I return. I have a basic policy or approach or attitude to my assignments.  It is ‘Bloom where you are planted.’ I will enjoy the seminary as much as I will miss Barber County.   
Editor’s Note: Father Nwosuh’s interview will be run in its entirety closer to the time of his departure.

Father Enrique Estrada

After three years in southwest Kansas, Father Enrique Estrada will return to his home, the Archdiocese of Durango in Durango, Mexico on June 13.
The priest with the thick accent will be missed by the large Anglo and Hispanic communities at St. Anthony Parish in Liberal, where he has served for two years after a year at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City.
“I feel sad to leave because I got along so well with both the Anglo and Hispanic communities,” Father Estrada said. “But I am excited because I will see my family and priest friends in Durango.”
His arrival in Dodge City presented a completely new experience for the priest. He quickly became involved in several programs, including Cursillo and various movements that he said were “wonderful experiences.”
Once he was assigned parochial vicar at St. Anthony, he found a multicultural community – a melting pot of people from “different states in Mexico, people from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua.” And it was in this multicultural community that Father Estrada thrived. He said he especially enjoyed presiding over the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, and hearing confessions.  
“I would like to thank Bishop [Ronald] Gilmore and Bishop John [Brungardt],” he said. “Thank you to the different groups, the people of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City, and thank you to Father Jim Dieker (St. Anthony pastor) and the deacons of liberal. Thank you to the Hispanic and Anglo communities of Liberal.
“Thank you for the moments of sharing and for the delicious food, too! Thank you to all the deanery priests for their welcome! Thank you for all the love you shared with me.”
Bishop John B. Brungardt paid each a special tribute during the reception following Father Donald Bedore’s ordination May 28.
In a recent interview, the bishop offered his sincere appreciation to the priests: “We thank them for their sacrifice of being far from home and family to make our diocese their new home.  They enrich our parishes with their gifts and cultures.”

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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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