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'Jesus Calls Women!'

By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register

On the freshly mowed lawn of the back yard of the Catholic chancery -- under a deep blue sky as a statue of Mary stood nearby at the base of a towering tree -- some 22 girls and young women from across the diocese learned that Jesus is calling them by name to a particular vocation.
“Our approach in the prayer and in the whole evening was to affirm the fact that Jesus does call women to follow him,” said Sister Karen Salsbery, CSJ, one of three women Religious who spoke at the “Jesus Calls Women” gathering June 22. Also speaking were Sisters Arlene Vasquez, MCDP, and Rocio Maldonado, MCMI.

“He calls each one to her particular vocation which could be religious life, married life or single life,” she told the Register. “Our focus was on religious life, since many of the young never have an opportunity to meet Sisters. We wanted to provide an opportunity for them to learn more and to interact with some Sisters.  It is a fact that today many young women are interested in learning more about religious life.”
The event was organized by Becky Hessman, Coordinator of Vocations for the Diocese of Dodge City. The evening included prayer, dinner, a video presentation and presentations by the sisters about their vocations. It also offered a time simply to share conversation.
The Holy Spirit may not need a conduit to get God’s voice across, but it certainly helps.
“One thing we learned is that many of the women who came were encouraged by their parents and that is really nice to hear,” Sister Karen said.  “That is not always the case.  Of course, parents are concerned and rightly so, that their children make good, discerned decisions.”
She also was encouraged by the fact that many girls said that their friends and siblings urged them to attend the evening.
“For me it sounds like how the church grows -- one person invites another to come,” Sister Karen said. “Isn’t that how the faith is spread?  We share with one another.  We help each other hear the call.  It is in our families, in relationship with our friends and others, within our faith communities that we hear and answer the call.  We really cannot make the journey of discernment alone.
“We never dreamed we would have such a great response,” she added.
The evening began with an ice-breaker so that the participants, who came from Garden City, Liberal, Cimmaron, Lewis, Dodge City, and Kinsley, could get to know one another.  
Then, Sister Karen said, the group “prayed together using the scripture passage from the Gospel of St. Mark where Jesus calls the disciples.  We watched the DVD, ‘Jesus Calls Women’, which covers a variety of Religious Congregations, including both active, apostolic congregations and cloistered orders.  Becky arranged for a wonderful barbecue in the yard of the chancery.  We then went inside to hear the vocation stories of the Sisters in the group and gave the participants a chance to ask questions.”
Although Hessman has hosted similar gatherings in the past, she said that this was by far the best attended.
“It was a joy seeing so many girls interested in learning about Religious life,” she said. “We had 22 girls attend, from fourth grade to college age, along with two mothers.  The girls were excited to have a vocation event especially for them.”      
“Having a vocation event in Dodge City was something we have really wanted to do for a long time,” Sister Karen noted. “For the last two or three years, we [CSJs – Sisters of St. Joseph] have had a booth in Dodge City at the Stewardship Conference, and as I staffed the booth, I found that people are so open and welcoming, so I am grateful that we could hold this event.  None of it would have been possible without Becky Hessman’s work in getting the word out and making all the behind-the-scenes plans.”
For more information, go to www.dcdiocese.org/vocations, or call Becky Hessman at (620) 227-1530.


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April 7, 2019

March 24, 2019

March 10, 2019

Feb. 24, 2019

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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