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Father Wesley Schawe appointed

Director of Priestly Vocations

By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register

Father Wesley Schawe, pastor of St. Dominic Parish, Garden City, and St. Stanislaus Parish, Ingalls, has been appointed full-time Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations.
Effective July 6, Father Schawe will occupy an office at the Catholic chancery in Dodge City, at which time Father Rene Labrador will begin serving as pastor of the two parishes.
“It’s incredibly sad to leave two places that you love,” Father Schawe said. “I will certainly miss St. Dominic and St. Stanislaus, but I really feel that this is where God wants me to be and where the bishop wants me to be.
“Doing God’s will, I can’t help but be excited.” As exemplified by his series of columns in the Register, Bishop Brungardt is conducting a full-court press to urge boys and single men to listen to God’s call, whether it be to the priesthood or to be a husband and dad.
“Currently, we have 18 active diocesan priests,” the bishop explained. “Of these, 15 priests are over 50 years old. Thus, in 20 years when they are retired, only three priests will remain.  Assuming our current average ordination rate of one new priest every five years or so, we may have four new priests, thus a total of seven diocesan priests 20 years from now.  How will we provide our beautiful sacraments, Holy Mass, confession, anointing of the sick, and others, to our 48 parishes in 28 counties?”
The bishop also noted that the Diocese of Dodge City currently has 12 extern priests from other dioceses and religious orders serving here – something for which he offers his sincere appreciation:  “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.”
“I know that priestly vocations are a central focus for us,” Father Schawe said. “Like the bishop said in his letter to me, [my new assignment] is a call for me to help the boys and single men listen to God’s call in their life. Is God calling them to be a priest, or a husband and dad? Who knows? God knows.
“We need faithful husbands and dads, and we need faithful priests. I know God’s calling men to be priests, or God wouldn’t be calling us to salvation. It’s not a question of whether, it’s a question of who.”
Father Schawe was assigned to the Garden City and Ingalls parishes in February 2008. Before that he assisted at Prince of Peace Parish in Great Bend and at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City. Combine that experience with his years as a deacon and seminarian, and he’s had nearly a decade to get to know the young men of the diocese.
“We have no shortage of good raw material to work with.”
“Our boys and single men are called to listen in prayer,” the bishop added, “and take the next step toward the priesthood or to be husbands and dads. Jesus’ nudge might be to speak with his pastor, or with Father Schawe, or with me, your new bishop.
“Jesus often taught: ‘do not be afraid’ (Matthew 17:7).  God has wonderful plans for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City, and our Loving Lord is calling many boys and single men to the diocesan priesthood here in southwest Kansas.  We are all called to help them listen to Jesus’ prompting in their hearts.”  
Father Schawe echoed the bishop’s appeal for boys and single men to discern what may be God’s call to the priesthood.
“If we are not putting the energy and attention into fostering priestly vocations, then you’re sort of like cutting off the source of the river. All the little tributaries that reach into different ministries, those tributaries won’t flow.”
Father Schawe agreed that the attitude toward the priesthood has changed in recent decades. “Not every family sees it as a blessing as it once was,” Father Schawe said. “The more that families encounter holy, happy, healthy priests, the more they will see it as a blessing.
“That’s half of it,” he noted. “The more that they understand the priesthood -- that notion of truly feeding the world the Body and Blood of Jesus, or being Jesus present to the world -- the more they see the priesthood itself as a blessing for their son, for their family.
“At the heart of it, I’ve come to realize more and more that the only way I can be happiest in my life is only if I am doing what God made me for,” Father Schawe added. “So if I’m doing something with my life or in my life that is other than what God made me for, it doesn’t mean I’ll be totally miserable, but I won’t find total fulfillment. If I want to find total fulfillment in life, it can only be if I find what God’s call is for me, and if I follow it.”
Although much of the bishop’s focus has been on the vocation to the priesthood, Bishop Brungardt emphasized that he is consulting with many people to discern their “hopes and dreams for improving marriage, family life, and Natural Family Planning in the diocese.  The marriage vocation is another wonderful gift from God,” he said.
“I hope to assist vocation directors from religious communities in order to help discernment to the religious life.”
“I am excited about  Father Wesley’s new appointment as Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations and look forward to working with him,” said Becky Hessman, Coordinator of Vocations. “Father Wesley has been a great support to me these past almost six years that I have served the diocese in vocation ministry.   ‘Personal vocation’ has been our diocesan focus for a number of years through our diocesan Called and Gifted process and Word Working.   Now it is time to turn our hearts to diocesan priesthood.  Father Wesley’s love for people and love for the priesthood will help us do that.”    
Father Schawe won’t be alone in his new endeavors.
“Father Schawe and I will be listening to the hopes and dreams of priests, religious and laity of the diocese regarding priestly vocations,” Bishop Brungardt stressed. “He and I will develop plans for the future: stay tuned!  Let us trust in Jesus to give us the grace and insight we all need in the diocese promote priestly vocations.
“Father Wesley is a wonderful pastor and has a profound identity as a diocesan priest,” the bishop added. “He speaks Spanish well, which is a blessing in our culturally diverse diocese. Father Wesley will serve us with enthusiasm as full-time director of the Office of Priestly Vocations.  This diocesan-level assignment will allow him to devote his full energy to this important ministry, as he assists me, and all the Catholics of the diocese, to promote vocations to the diocesan priesthood of the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City.”

Past Issues

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

 

Dec. 17, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Celebrate Christmas 'unplugged'; Msgr. Matthew Smith; Klan; Catholic Charities Annual Appeal; Fr. Larry Rosebaugh; A Guadalupe Encounter; Laci and Joe Salazar; A Christmas Wish; Adoption; Confession; Advent; EWTN; Christmas Blues; Tilma; Pittsburgh; PSR

 

Dec. 3, 2017

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2017 NCYC; Wheel of Balance; Marita Rother; Stanley Rother; slavery; trafficking; Windthorst water damage; martyred priests; confession; reconciliation; How to go to confession; recipe for codfish cakes; Catholic schools; appeal

 

Nov. 19, 2017

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Saints; Father Kola; Black Elk; Giving Tuesday; velvet Elvis; a Slice of Time; Dani Sandoval; Mexican Village; Father Tim Hickey; New faces at chancery; priests share thoughts on confession; Wheel of Balance

 

Nov. 5, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Matrimony Anniversary Mass, 2017; Riebel; Faith and Light; Scripture Day; Sex in the Bible; Quilt, Mexican Village Story; Finance; Fatima pilgrimage; Fowler church window renovation; Medicare; Crazy Glue


Oct. 15, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Father Francis Jordan; Sister Renee Kirmer; Father Rother beatified; religious liberty; RCIA Kansas; V Encuentro; Bishop Weisenburger; Daughters of Isabella; Bishop Gerber Science Center


Oct. 1, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: De Colores; Rebein; Dreamer; Pies; Kellner; Code Quilts; Sister Crucita; Feezor; Formed.org; Sin and pain

 

 Sept. 17, 2017

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Sister Lucy Fidelis; Underground Railroad; Sister Irene Hartman; DACA; new priests; teachers; Volunteer of the Year; Golf Classic; St. Francis Xavier; St. Nicholas Parish Center, Kinsley; seminarians; Knights Lite; Stewardship Day 2017

Sept. 3, 2017

Aug. 13, 2017

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Coronado Cross; Masada; Moody Gardens; Elders; Rother; undocumented children; cages; year of mercy; Kumi; Hollywood makeup artist; New Mexico; refugee women.

July 16, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Summer camp; tithing and almsgiving; Bill Baalmann; Nathan Schaller; Jubilarian Sisters; Sister Hortencia Rodriguez; Sister Petrona Stockemer; Sister Denise Sevart; Convocation of Catholic Leaders; Mother talks about her son entering seminary; Arcoiris; Youth group travels to Colorado Springs; Major Phillip Roth

June 11, 2017 (Updated)

Ordination; Mark Brantley; Jacob Schneider; Father's Day; Thanks, Dad!; Appeal; Sister Mary Martin Weaver; Bishop Maralit; Budget; Trafficked women; Deacon Michael Brungardt; Dead Sea Scrolls; softball; Father Urban retirement; Sister Kravec retirement; Father Mazouch retirement; Authentic Joy; Pris Climate Accord; Jack Schramm; Pieta.

May 28, 2017 (Updated)

 

Grateful Hearts; MSFS Provincial; Reddy; Reif; Opossum; Dead Sea Scrolls; Our Lady of Fatima; Jorge Herrera, Jr.; Cursillo; Kough; First Communion; Confirmation

May 14, 2017

Esteban Hernandez; citizen; Lilly Ann Rein, Amberly Jimenez, Mother's Day; peacock; Quattrocchi; President Kennedy; Teen Moms; Junior High Youth Rally; Encounter With God's Call; granny/nanny; seniors' contributions; tornado anniversary; harvest; healthcare; Mr. Brown; Store-bought teeth; Louis and Zelie Martin; Father John Sullivan; Irish priest whose prayers could heal; Mexican beauty queen; Esmaralda Gonzalez; religious life

April 30, 2017

   KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; bully; TEC; Father Marvin Reif; Bet'sie; What makes a hero?; St. Mary of the Plains; tornado

Easter, 2017

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Honorable courtship; footsteps of migrants; CHRISM Mass 2017; honoring priests; Encuentro Cross blessed; Daughters of Isabella State Convention; Fatima pilgrim statue; Mary Sharon Moore interview; Senate advances pro-life measures; love must be at the core of family life; Father John Forkuoh's car story; Confirmations; Sisters of Concordia; CNN hero Father Khalil Jaar

March 26, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: From the heart; kidney; Rother; Friar Carmelo; Schnauzer; Lauren Seachris; Lauren's Treat; fire; Guatemala; immigration; Lenten Regulations 1888; Hot Cross Buns; budget; Trump; Forkuoh; Seiwert; South Sudan; hot ashes

March 12, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Refugees; immigrants; Gilbert Herrman; When you give alms'; Lent; Call to Continuing Conversion, Rite of Election; Charell and Jeremy Owings; adoption; Our Growing Church; Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia; water; creation; Sudan; Darlow Lampe

Feb 26, 2017

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Night to shine; Immigration; immigrants; Knights of Columbus; Pete Gomez; this foreign mission; Creole; Robin Doll; Eagle Scout; Quest

Feb 12, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; March for Life; Pro-life; Executive Order; Secular Franciscan Order; teachers; Down Syndrome; Eagle Scout; Bronze Pelican

Jan. 29, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Thank you, religious; SEEK 2017; homeless man to priest; Fourth Sunday; Secret Service to Sacred Heart; Dr. Gerard Brungardt; Martin Luther King; 110 year old nun; Toddler miracle; Letter from undocumented immigrant; health care; immigration

Jan. 15, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Mary helps us share; Tighe donates home to Birthright; Pro-life billboard; Theobald Hattrup; Helen and Steve Eck; Pearl Harbor; Reigning Grace

Dec. 18, 2017

KEYWORDS: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 2016; Pope Francis Christmas schedule; 2016 high school youth rally; Aerospace engineer; Father Stanley Rother; Radio station; Dying girl's letter; Scout nominations; 12 days of Christmas

Dec. 4, 2016

KEYWORDS: Vocations Day; Pope Advent advice; Ex-prostitute; Spearville mission; Pilgrims v. Zombies; Face of God; Mission bazaar; Ness City fall festival; Rural health care; Archbishop Gomez; Bishops congratulate Trump

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