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March 10, 2019

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Feb. 24, 2019

Local youth attend World Youth Day in Panama

Annual QUEST weekend honors Scouts

   The Dead Sea Scrolls series

 

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Bishop announces two-year journey

The following priests are attending the "Good Leaders, Good Shepherds" program over the next two years. If your parish is served by one of the priests listed below, click on his name for a special message (pdf) to you from Bishop Ronald M. Gilmore:

My Dear People,

I am pleased to announce starting March 24, 18 of our priests will join 19 priests from the Salina diocese to begin a two-year journey to better serve you.
“If leading souls to Christ is the call of the priest, then ‘Good Leaders, Good Shepherds’ provides a way to do this with confidence and competence,” says a priest in Boston.
“We need practical support like ‘Good Leaders, Good Shepherds’ to increase our effectiveness as pastors” says a pastor in Springfield, IL.
Confidence, competence, effectiveness. These words keep coming across when speaking of a two-year-intensive-priest-formation process called “Good Leaders, Good Shepherds.”  
Yet, what attracted me most to GLGS were these comments:“Good Leaders, Good Shepherds was specifically designed to help priests minimize the frustration and energy spent on their administrative roles and to maximize the joy and time spent on pastoral duties for which they were uniquely ordained....”
 “...We need holy, healthy and happy priests...”

Priests that are holier, healthier, happier!  That’s why I offered GLGS to our priests.

That’s why I encouraged them to spend the money, take the time, and expend the effort to be part of a this demanding but rewarding formation process.
That’s why I am asking you to join me in supporting and encouraging these 18 priests so that they may be even more confident, competent, effective in their priestly responsibilities.  But even more that they can be the holy, healthy, happy priests we need.
What am I asking of these 18 priests for the next two years?
Beginning March 24, these priests will participate in several overnight sessions, during which they will explore values that impact their leadership, set goals for themselves and those with whom they minister, further develop their listening skills and their ability to facilitate problem solving and decision making, plan for change and growth, foster partnerships that enhance ministry and parish life, make the best of the time, talent, and gifts of their parishioners.  Even more, GLGS uses Jesus Christ as the ultimate shepherd and model of leadership.  They will pray and share and support one another.
What am I asking of you?
Support your priest, especially if he is involved in the Good Leaders, Good Shepherd process.  Support him with your prayer.  

Eternal God, bless Fr.  _________.  Help him to be a good leader and a good shepherd for us.  Through your grace, may he be holy, healthy, and happy!          

Support him with your words of encouragement.  Thank him for being willing to spend his money, time and effort.  Allow him to be away from your parish so that he can take full advantage of the GLGS process.      
Situations will arise in parishes when your pastor will want to be there with you and for you. Please allow him to know that you understand how important this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of GLGS is for him, for you, for your parish, for our diocese.
There are a number of priests who, for a variety of good reasons, are not participating in GLGS at this time.  I have asked them and retired priests living in our diocese to be available to you when the participant priests are away.
I am grateful to these priests who are willing to make themselves available to cover for emergencies, including funerals.  
I am grateful to the 18 priests attending the GLGS process. I am indebted to you who will provide prayerful support and encouragement to these priests, to all our priests.
I wish to thank Theresa Rome and the Monsignor Kuhn Fund for underwriting half of the cost of GLGS.  
And I am grateful to the Lord for the blessings he will bestow upon us through  “Good Leaders, Good Shepherds.”

+Ronald M. Gilmore
Bishop of Dodge City

Past Issues

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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