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 CHRISM MASS 2019

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Call to Continuing Conversion and Rite of Election 2019

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May 19, 2019

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April 21, 2019 Easter Sunday

 

 

    The Dead Sea Scrolls series

 

   St. Nicholas School, Kinsley, Advent Cantata, Dec. 7, 2008

 

   

 

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Dominican Sisters of Peace

celebrate years of service, devotion

This year, the Dominican Sisters of Peace (formerly the Great Bend Dominicans) celebrate a year of Jubilee, commemorating significant profession anniversaries of 70 Golden and Diamond Jubilarians. Six of these Sisters made their original professions of vows in Great Bend.

Golden Jubilarians

Sister Kathy Goetz, OP
(50 years professed)
When she entered the convent from St. Joseph Parish in Hays in 1962, Sister Kathy Goetz could not have imagined the blessings religious life had in store for her. In her early years, Sister Kathy taught at various schools in Kansas, including St. Magdalen in Wichita, St. Joseph in Scott City, and St. Dominic in Garden City. At the young age of 30, Sister Kathy was made motherhouse coordinator and later was named novice director. Earning a certificate in theological studies from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (California) in 1980, Sister Kathy began a ministry in accompanying individuals on their spiritual journeys, which she has continued in various roles since. She served in Canton, Oklahoma, ministering to the pastoral needs of Cheyenne and Arapaho Native Americans, then ministered for seven years as pastoral care director at Mount Joseph Senior Care Center in Concordia. She went on to serve in spiritual direction at the House of Contemplation (Liebenthal), in pastoral ministry at St. John Evangelist Parish (Hoisington), and as director of Associates for her congregation. When the Great Bend Dominicans united with six other congregations to form the Dominican Sisters of Peace in 2009, Sister Kathy moved to St. Catharine, Kentucky, where she served until recently as pastoral minister to her elderly and infirm Sisters at Sansbury Care Center. In August, she will assume the role of Hospitality Coordinator at Heartland Center of Spirituality in Great Bend. Sister Cecilia Ann Stremel, OP
(50 years professed)
Sister Cecilia Ann Stremel, OP, the daughter of Sim and Sophie (Herman) Stremel, grew up on a farm near Loretto, Kans., and attended St. Mary’s Church and Grade School in Loretto before her entrance into the convent. Sister Cecilia Ann was surrounded by strong examples of faith and commitment, including numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins who had entered religious life or the priesthood. As she celebrates 50 years as a Dominican Sister, she proclaims that her great aunt, Mother Mary Clare, had the greatest influence on her. “She was such a gentle, kind, holy person,” she explained. “I truly believe that her prayer, example, and love were the reason I became a religious.” Sister Cecilia Ann was a teacher from the time she graduated from Newman University, Wichita, in 1965 until 1987, ministering at schools throughout Kansas.  Her assignments included St. Rose in Great Bend (1965-66, 1980-87), St. Mary in Garden City (1965, 1969-80), Sacred Heart in Cunningham (1966-67), and St. Boniface in Sharon (1967-69). Following a sabbatical year, in 1988 Sister Cecilia Ann embarked on a new ministerial direction in health care, which has proved to be a great blessing ever since. She feels privileged, she says, to be part of healing in the lives of persons of all ages, nationalities, and afflictions at the Heartland Center for Wholistic Health in Great Bend.

Diamond Jubilarians

Sister Mary Rose Engel, OP
(75 years professed)
Sister Mary Rose Engel has given her entire ministerial life to the education of parochial school students. She once tried education as a nurse but soon learned that her calling is to be a teacher and principal in Kansas Catholic elementary schools. She taught and/or was principal in almost all the years from 1938 to the 1990s. She also gave nearly four years to the position of Local Coordinator at the Motherhouse in Great Bend, Kansas. At this time Sister Mary Rose resides in the convent infirmary in Great Bend and gives her days to prayer and friendship with the other sisters in the infirmary and at the Motherhouse.
Sister Amata Pantel, OP
(75 years professed)
Sister Amata Pantel has had a varied ministry in domestic services. She resided on many educational missions of the Sisters and was skilled in cooking and sewing. She has also served as a teacher aide in parochial schools in Saint Leo and Liberal, Kansas, as a home health aide in Great Bend, and as a gardener in the lovely shrines and grounds of the Motherhouse in Great Bend. Currently Sister Amata resides in the convent infirmary and is one of the daily prayer intercessors for the world’s needs.
Sister Bertilla Brungardt, OP
(65 years professed)
Sister Bertilla Brungardt has given excellent ministry in domestic support work for Sisters’ educational ministries, a bishop’s residence, Manna House of Prayer in Concordia, Kansas, and at the Dominican House of Studies in Rome, Italy. She worked as a health aide, a kitchen supervisor, and a cook at an adult day care center. Currently she volunteers at Saint Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center in Great Bend as a volunteer, and in this way continues a ministry in health care that she loved so much when she was in pastoral care at Saint Catherine Hospital in Garden City, Kansas. She also assists in many duties at the Motherhouse in Great Bend where she resides. Sister Bertilla is always a smiling, positive presence among her Sisters at the Motherhouse.
Sister Diane Traffas, OP
(60 years professed)
Sister Diane Traffas began her ministry as an educator in parochial students of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Colorado. Later she served as Vice President for Mission Integration for Catholic Health Initiatives and was a missionary in Amakohia, Nigeria, West Africa. Currently, Sister Diane is Motherhouse Coordinator at Saint Catherine convent in Bardstown, Kentucky, where she resides, and a member of the Sponsored Ministries Board for her congregation, the Dominic Sisters of Peace. Sister Diane loves singing and spreads joy with her clever, appropriate, and often humorous verses to well-known tunes for community celebrations!

Past Issues

April 7, 2019

March 24, 2019

March 10, 2019

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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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