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‘Good Leaders, Good Shepherds’  

Two-year process for priests begins

(Click here to see photos from their first day.)

By David Myers
Editor

GREAT BEND -- “Do you ever feel too busy to get everything done?”
    This question, posed by presenter Barbara Eckert, drew murmurs of unequivocal agreement by the nearly 40 priests gathered for the “Good Leaders, Good Shepherds” program.

    On March 24, 18 priests from the Diocese of Dodge City gathered with 19 priests from the Diocese of Salina and one each from the Wichita and Oklahoma City dioceses, for the first of 16 gatherings over the next two years (See the schedule on Page 6).
    While many are one-day sessions, at least six will include, as this one did, three or four- day sessions at the Heartland Center in Great Bend or in Hays.
    The event was co-presented by Father Scott Boeckman of Oklahoma.
    While most people could answer “yes” to Eckert’s question, for priests -- who are sometimes asked to pastor two or three parishes at a time -- the question raises serious issues. How can priests better answer the needs of their flock when they are spread so thin?
    Part of the answer lies in how priests invite and utilize members of the flock itself to serve the local Church.
    This question is one of many that will receive significant focus throughout the “Good Leaders Good Shepherds” program.
“I have never been comfortable with the role of leader. As a priest, I have always considered myself more of a sheep dog than a shepherd,” said Father Ted Stoecklein. “Good Leaders, Good Shepherds has given me hope that I really can grow in confidence with both roles.
“One of the best parts of the Good Leaders, Good Shepherds program,” he added, “is that we are working with many priests from the Salina Diocese. Since I was originally from that diocese, it was a great opportunity to renew some friendships.”
Following the conclusion of the first sessions, Father John Strasser said that he “felt affirmed in learning that a person can be an effective leader whatever one’s style of leadership. Good Leaders, Good Shepherds does not attempt to change my style and gifts.  Instead, I was challenged to recognize and improve them.  Throughout the week St. Paul’s words to the Corinthians kept coming to mind: There are different gifts but the same spirit.  (I Cor 12:4)
“I was hoping that our time and energy spent on this new experience of Good Leaders, Good Shepherds was going to be worth it,” commented Father Reggie Urban. “After taking part in the ‘1st Module’ entitled ‘Self Preparation for Leadership’, I know that it will be worth it! Having been a priest for almost 32 years, I am sure that this experience will help me to be a better leader and shepherd. The following phrase shared by the facilitators sums up the first module: ‘You are more than you have become.’ Consequently, it is with great excitement that I look forward to this two-year process.”
Father Wesley Schawe said the he was “excited about the potential that Good Leaders, Good Shepherds has for me and for our diocese. But I think the real work has just begun. Will we, as priests, allow the information and understanding we gained to permeate the different levels of our ministry? The answer to that question is the difference between whether GLGS is a worthwhile investment or just another workshop that comes and goes. This first week has helped me to believe that it’s worth the investment.
 “I learned a lot about myself: who I am, how I relate to others, and why.”

Past Issues

April 7, 2019

March 24, 2019

March 10, 2019

Feb. 24, 2019

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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