Vibrant Ministries Appeal brings services to family life office

With a Little Help from My Friends

Vibrant Ministries Appeal brings services to family life office

By Dave Myers

Southwest Kansas Catholic

Due to the generosity of Catholics who donated to the Vibrant Ministries, Uniting Our Church Appeal, many people across the diocese were able to go to the movies.

It wasn’t just any movie.

“Sexual Revolution, 50 Years since Humanae Vitae,” examines Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae against the backdrop of the sexual revolution of the 1960s.

Janeé Bernal, Director of the Matrimony, Family Life and Natural Family Planning office, purchased rights to show the movie on three nights. It wasn’t cheap. Recognizing the importance of the movie, she utilized funds from the Vibrant Ministries Appeal to present the important program across the diocese.

This is just one of many ways that the funds have benefitted the newly formed office.

“Funds were also used for my Pastoral Ministry coursework,” Bernal stressed. “They purchased educational resources for distribution in the diocese (including materials on matrimony as a sacrament, cohabitation, pornography, chastity, natural family planning, contraception, etc...).”

The office, which opened its doors a few months ago, was one of the goals of Bishop John Brungardt.

Quickly after Bernal was hired, she was able to attend the National Catholic Family Life Ministers Conference and Midwest Catholic Family Conference.

Additional training included FertilityPro, so that Bernal may be certified as an instructor for the diocese, as well as training in the Theology of the Body Certification Program.

Funding from the appeal has also been provided to support efforts of the Respect Life/Social Justice committee for the March for Life (Topeka and Washington D.C.), and purchased materials for instructor use during Natural Family Planning training sessions.

Last but far from least, the generosity of Catholics resulted in the hiring of Bernal to lead the new ministry.