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Local Catholics meet with seminarians

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‘The Lord is leading us to a life in the full’

Please note: These photos are from the Liberal gathering.

Photos from Dodge City and Great Bend will be added soon!


By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register

In the cool shade of several tall trees at Blue Bonnet Park in Liberal July 17, seminarians for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City, Tylan Ricketts and Jacob Schneider, shouted their approval as a participant scored three points in a game of “ladder ball”.
Meanwhile, seminarian Juan Salas braved searing heat while playing soccer in a nearby field with three other participants.
The games were just the first event for the afternoon gathering, which included a prayer service, a steak dinner hosted by the Knights of Columbus, and brief presentations by Bishop John B. Brungardt, Father Wesley Schawe, and the seminarians. Most importantly, it was a time when anyone and everyone in the diocese (with more than a little emphasis on the invitation to boys and single men) could meet one-on-one with the future priests for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City.
This gathering was followed by two similar gatherings, held in Dodge City and Great Bend, July 24 and 31 respectively. (Photos from these two events will be in the next issue of the Register.)
Just … one … more … kick…. Like all young men and boys, when time came to leave the park and head to St. Anthony Church for the prayer service, they had to get in one last kick (or two or three). But eventually, the three seminarians, some dozen boys and several families felt the welcome whoosh of cool air as they entered St. Anthony Church, Bishop Brungardt there to greet them.
With Father Jim Dieker still in his vestments from a 4 p.m. wedding, Bishop Brungardt, Father Schawe and all those gathered prayed the Liturgy of the Hours.
“Ask and you will receive,” the bishop read, “seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.”
In the gathering area following the service, Tylan, Jacob and Juan greeted families, answering questions about their studies, their school and where they grew up.
Like the whoosh of cool air that greeted those as they entered the church, in the social hall it was the scent of sizzling steak, thanks to the generosity of the Knights of Columbus, that washed across those who entered.


BISHOP BRUNGARDT
“When John Paul came to Denver in 1993,” the bishop told those gathered as they finished up their meals, “I was a brand new seminarian. John Paul’s saying was ‘to live life abundantly,’ from St. John Chapter 10: ‘I came that they might have life, and have it more abundantly.’
“The Lord is leading us to an abundant life. The Lord is leading us to a life in the full. To have a more abundant life, we have our Church and our sacraments. … We’re not called to just barely get by. We’re called to live life to the full. We’re called to live the Gospel values in the fullest sense. What helps us live the Gospel values fully? The sacramental life. Who helps us in the sacramental life? Priests. This is a celebration today of the priesthood, our seminarians and our future seminarians.
“Parents,” the bishop asked, “what will make your son or grandson or nephew most happy, most joyful, most fulfilled? Whatever God wants of him. If God wants him to be a priest, that will make him most happy. If God wants him to be a husband and dad, that will make him most joyful, most fulfilled.
“Deepen your prayer life so you can listen to God’s call. The Lord is calling some of you to … a special way of life, to live life abundantly as a priest. Parents, listen to your son. Open his heart to the priesthood. Open your hearts to your son, your grandson, your nephew being a priest.”


FATHER WESLEY SCHAWE
Father Schawe, the new full-time Director of Priestly Vocations, thanked the bishop for “allowing me to be the full-time director of priestly vocations. I have one of the most exciting roles in the entire diocese.
“I think that my first task will be to help our boys and our single men in the diocese to listen. There’s so much noise in the world. This has all to do with prayer; how do I listen?
“The second task,” Father Schawe said, “is to practice; we have to practice that listening, practice that prayer.
“The other thing is, how do I respond? When I start to hear that voice, I might get a little scared, a little confused. How do I respond to that? What do I need to do next? I want to tell all of you here, especially the boys and single men, that if I can help you in any way to begin to figure out what you’re hearing, what is that voice, then I want nothing more than to offer everything I have, everything I am, to help you respond.”


TYLAN RICKETTS

Tylan Ricketts, who was reared in Sublette, told those gathered that he had first felt the call to the priesthood when he was very young. Later on, while attending college, he entered a period in which he lost interest in the priesthood. He imagined perhaps becoming a teacher or youth minister.
Then, while home on Easter vacation from Benedictine College, surrounded by “all the festivities of Easter” and feeling the warm embrace of his parish, he said it “hit me like a ton of bricks.”
He entered St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver. Like all seminarians, he eventually served a mission trip, which took him to North Dakota in January where the temperature often settled at 30 degrees below zero.
“I’m looking forward to spending the next four years studying to become a priest for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City. Thank you for your prayers.”


JUAN SALAS
When Mexico native Juan Salas came to the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City two years ago, he barely spoke a word of English. Today, after intense English studies, he can easily hold a conversation in English.
“Even though sometimes we don’t speak the same language, we speak the same language of the love of Christ,” he said.
Juan first felt the call to the priesthood when being an altar server as a young boy.
“The seed of the vocation is born deeply in our hearts,” he said in an earlier interview. “One of the first signs of this vocation is to feel an interest in the priesthood. Once this happens, you should give yourself the opportunity to discover what the priesthood is about. Do not throw away this option without trying, without considering the priesthood as an option for your life. Take off your fear. God is calling you because God needs men of value like you.”


JACOB SCHNEIDER

Jacob grew up on a farm in St. Anne Parish in Olmitz. His love for building things led him to pursue a degree in Industrial Technical Education at Ft. Hays University.
“I was a shop teacher in the making,” he said with a smile.
He said that he’d felt the call to the priesthood all his life, but that there were times when he said he “just wasn’t listening.”
Jacob currently attends St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver with Tylan Ricketts, where he recently completed his “Spirituality” year, which focuses primarily on prayer, but with a good dose of physical work, as well. Apart from calling their parents once a week, there was no technology afforded Jacob or Tylan during the Spirituality year.
“It’s just you and God!” Jacob said with his trademark grin.
“One thing I can truly say about the spirituality year, it was the first time I really struggled with prayer. We struggle with it because we want to see something happening. I like to see things being built. Prayer isn’t like that. You have to be patient, trusting.”
With the year behind him, he said, “It’s been amazing. I couldn’t be happier. Things that I struggled with, issues that I fought prior to seminary, I look back now and think, what were you thinking?
“I’m so excited to be a seminarian for the Dodge City Diocese.”

Past Issues

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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Sept. 11, 2016

 
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