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 CHRISM MASS 2019

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Call to Continuing Conversion and Rite of Election 2019

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    The Dead Sea Scrolls series

 

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Bishop Eugene J. Gerber; 1931-2018

Good shepherd.  Gentleness.  Inner Peace.  Trust in the Lord.  These phrases come to mind as I think of Bishop Eugene J. Gerber, who died September 29, 2018. 

Bishop Gerber was our third bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City.  He was appointed by Pope Paul VI, ordained a bishop by Bishop David Maloney, and installed as our bishop, all in late 1976.  In 1982, Bishop Gerber was named by Pope Saint John Paul II to lead the Catholic Diocese of Wichita.  I was ordained a priest by Bishop Gerber 20 years ago in Wichita.

During my episcopal Ordination Mass in 2011, I commented that Bishop Gerber “is a wonderful example of a good shepherd.”  Bishop Gerber’s gentle and compassionate care for his flock was/is a great example for me.  His teaching, care for the hungry, and compassion for the sick were modeled after the Good Shepherd, Jesus.  A few examples:

  • Teaching. Bishop Gerber gave a profound lesson on “The Wheel of Balance,” to us seminarians in the mid-1990s, which I have used ever since, in order to “have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). [Go to dcdiocese.org, scroll to the bottom and click on “wheel of balance”.]
  • Care for the hungry. Bishop Gerber lived in the Cathedral rectory in downtown Wichita for years. He would speak with homeless folks.  Bishop Gerber would make a sandwich for a homeless man who stopped by the rectory.  This was his initial impetus for the Lord’s Diner, which was opened in 2002, and has served over five million meals since.
  • Compassion for the sick. Bishop Gerber, many years ago, was speaking with a priest about retirement. The priest commented: “I have no place to go.”  This planted the seed in Bishop Gerber’s heart for the Priest Retirement Center in Wichita.

Thank you, Bishop Gerber, for your faithful service in the Lord to your flocks in the dioceses of Dodge City and Wichita.  Eternal rest grant unto you.  Thank you, dear Jesus, for the gift of Bishop Eugene J. Gerber.  You love him, and all of us, so much!  

 

Mons. Eugene J. Gerber, obispo - 1931-2018

 

Buen Pastor.  Dulzura.  Paz interior.  Confianza en el Señor.  Estas frases me vienen a la mente cuando pienso en Mons. Eugene J. Gerber, obispo, quien falleció el 29 de septiembre de 2018.

 Mons. Gerber fue nuestro tercer obispo para la Diócesis de Dodge City.  Fue nombrado por el Papa Pablo VI, ordenado obispo por Mons. David Maloney, e instalado como nuestro obispo, todo a fines de 1976.  En 1982, Mons. Gerber fue nombrado por el Papa San Juan Pablo II para dirigir la Diócesis de Wichita.  Yo fui ordenado sacerdote por Mons. Gerber hace 20 años en Wichita.

 Durante mi misa de ordenación episcopal en 2011, comenté que Mons. Gerber “es un maravilloso ejemplo de un buen pastor”.  El cuidado amable y compasivo de Mons. Gerber por su rebaño fue y es un gran ejemplo para mí.  Su enseñanza, el cuidado de los hambrientos y la compasión por los enfermos se inspiraron en el Buen Pastor, Jesús.  Algunos ejemplos:

  • Enseñanza. Mons. Gerber dio una profunda lección sobre “La rueda del equilibrio” a los seminaristas a mediados de la década de 1990, que he usado desde entonces para “que tengan vida, y la tengan en abundancia”(Juan 10, 10). [Buscar la “Rueda del equilibrio” en nuestro sitio web]
  • Cuidado de los hambrientos. Mons. Gerber vivía en la casa parroquial de la catedral en el centro de Wichita durante años. Hablaba con la gente sin hogar.  Mons. Gerber preparó una torta para un hombre sin hogar que se detuvo en la casa parroquial.  Este fue su ímpetu inicial para la Cena del Señor, que se inauguró en 2002 y ha servido más de cinco millones de comidas desde entonces.
  • Compasión por los enfermos. Monseñor Gerber, hace muchos años, hablaba con un sacerdote sobre la jubilación. El sacerdote comentó: “No tengo donde ir”.  Esto plantó una semilla en el corazón de Mons. Gerber, que creó el Centro para Sacerdotes Jubilados en Wichita.

 Gracias, Mons. Gerber, por su fiel servicio en el Señor a sus rebaños en las diócesis de Dodge City y Wichita.  Reciba el descanso eterno.  Gracias, querido Jesús, por el don de Mons. Eugene J. Gerber.  ¡Tú lo amas tanto, y nos amas tanto a nosotros! 

 

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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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