Feb. 10, 2019
Diocese celebrates, thanks Religious women and men
By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Catholic
GREAT BEND — Their consecrated life has sent some from the plains of southwest Kansas to the jungles of Africa, others to South and Central America, and others still to the shores of China.
For those local Religious men and women such as the Mexican Passionist Sisters and the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales, it was the mysterious land of cattle and cowboys (or so they heard) to which they were heading, to serve God and His people of southwest Kansas.
And on this warm, Feb. 2 winter day, they came together for the Annual World Day for Consecrated Life at St. Patrick Church at Prince of Peace Parish in Great Bend.
The celebration also happened to coincide with the Feast of the Presentation, when the baby Jesus was presented for the first time in the temple—40 days after his birth in accordance with Jewish law.
“The feast of the Presentation is a very special day for me,” Bishop John Brungardt told those gathered. (Much of his homily is included in his column on Page 1.) “I was ordained as your bishop on this feast day eight years ago. Thank you for the many prayers, words of encouragement, cards, emails, and phone calls you have given me these many years. You have been a blessing to me.”
He thanked all the Religious women and men gathered for their faith-filled service, and asked those gathered to pray that more will choose to serve God and His people in the Religious life.
“The Light of Christ will show them the way,” he said.
He beseeched those gathered to let the light of Christ shine forth to others, in particular those on the peripheries, such as the poor, immigrants, and others — people who may be sitting next to you in the pew.
The bishop stressed that we should remember to reach out to the lonely—from college students starting out in a new environment, away from home for the first time, to the elderly.
The bishop’s great aunt, Benedictine Sister Rosaria Schaefer, who died in 2012, “shown the light of Christ in the formation of college students, and later to her own elderly Sisters.”
“Thank you,” the bishop told everyone gathered, “for shining forth Christ’s light by your consecrated life.”
Following Mass, the participants joined for a group photo, after which they walked under a deep blue sky to the parish center where youth of the Confirmation class took coats and served drinks. The event was coordinated by the Holy Family Vocations Committee, which the bishop complimented for having produced no less than three seminarians.
Following the meal, representatives shared a few words about their order, including Dominican Sister Roserita Weber, who spoke about a recent trip to El Paso, Texas with four other Dominican Sisters, where they helped dozens of tired immigrants as they processed through immigration checkpoints to ultimately be picked up by family or friends.
(This story will be included in an upcoming issue.)
Others spoke about aiding victims of human trafficking, helping immigrants and others to retain dignity amid seemingly insurmountable struggles.
In doing so, each shared the joy of having offered a joyous yes when they heard the call to serve God and His people.
Honoring the diversity and beauty of consecrated vocations
WASHINGTON (CNS) – The Catholic Church held its annual celebration of the World Day for Consecrated Life on Feb. 2, 2019.
This celebration is a special time for individual parishes and the greater Church to celebrate the beauty of the consecrated vocation, highlight its various forms, and reflect on the unique Christ-centered witness that consecrated men and women bring to the Church and the surrounding community.
Instituted by St. Pope John Paul II in 1997, the day is celebrated in conjunction with the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, also known as Candlemas Day, which commemorates through the blessing and lighting of candles that Christ is the light of the world.
In the same way, consecrated persons, by belonging exclusively to Christ, act as the true hands and feet of Jesus, by bringing his love and the light of the Gospel to all those they encounter in their life and work.
Each form of consecrated life is distinct and inspired by the Holy Spirit to serve the Church through a particular charism.
Discerning one’s consecrated life involves a process of identifying the unique way in which Christ is calling one to love.
Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, offered encouraging words for those discerning a vocation to consecrated life: “Oftentimes, those discerning a vocation search for the perfect community. The Lord, who created every heart, knows of the way He is calling each person to serve Him. Trust that he will lead you to the vocation that is perfect for you.”
Who are the consecrated women and men in the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City?
The Catholic Diocese of Dodge City is currently home to nine different religious orders: two orders of men religious, and seven orders of women religious, each of which is identified by the letters attached to their name. They are also known as “consecrated.”
Women Religious serving in the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City
Dominican Sisters of Peace (OP):
Sister Celeste Albers, Sister Myra Arney, Sister Jane Belanger, Sister Ellen Dater,
Sister Renee Dreiling, Sister Esther Fiegel, Sister Theresa Fox, Sister Jolene Geier, Sister Eloise Hertel, Sister Ann Metzen, Sister Rebecca Otter, Sister Rose Mary Stein, Sister Imelda Schmidt, Sister Francine Schwartzenberger,
Sister Janice Thome, Sister Roserita Weber.
Mexican Passionist Sisters (CFP):
Sister Gregoria Bueno, Sister Yolanda Maria Figueroa,
Sister Julieta Mondragon Guadarrama
Congregation of St. Joseph (CSJ):
Sister Janice Grochowsky, Sister Jan Roberts, Sister Catherine Therese Paulie
Missionary Catechists of Divine Providence (MCDP):
Sister Angela Erevia
Missionaries of Charity of Mary Immaculate (MCMI):
Sister Rosa Maria Martinez Solis, Sister Maria Elena Martínez-Sifuentes,
Sister Basilia Torres-Uribe
Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA):
Sister Paulynn Instenes, Sister Jean Michael Treba
In residence at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse in Great Bend
Sister Corona Bayer, Sister Frances Biernacki, Sister Virginia Brungardt, Sister Kevin Clavin, Sister Mary Lou Desena, Sister Geraldine Eakes, Sister Charlene Eisenbart, Sister Clara Ann Fluech, Sister Jean Goering, Sister Marie Hegeman, Sister Dominic Haug, Sister Edith Marie Hauser, Sister Teresita Huse, Sister Joan Ice, Sister Marie Antoinette Klein, Sister Judith Lindell, Sister Alvina Miller, Sister Mary Conrad Miller, Sister Loretta Podlena, Sister Ancilla Schawe, Sister Anita Schugart, Sister Cecilia Ann Stremel, Sister Charlotte Unrein, Sister Eleanor Unrein, Sister Stella Webber,
Sister Annette Winter, Sister Joan Wolf
Men Religious serving in the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City
Missionaries of St. Paul (MSP):
Father Anselm Eke
Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales (MSFS):
Father Prakash Rao Kola, Father Aneesh Parappanattu
In sincere gratitude to all of those who, through their prayer and service, continue to bless the diocese with their presence.