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Early sacramental registries document the

growth and development of the Church in southwest Kansas

By Tim Wenzl
Mining the Archives

Parish registries document more than an individual’s sacramental faith life. Sacramental books also document the growth and development of the Church in southwest Kansas.

One of the oldest parish registries in the Diocese of Dodge City is a leather-bound sacramental book known as “the Windthorst book.” When one holds this book, one holds history. There is a distinct feel of the tattered leather that encases this valuable tome.

The first page is a table of contents written in Latin: Liber Baptizatorum; Liber Matrimoniorum; Liber Dufunctorum; Liber Confirmatorum; Liber Neo-Communicantum.

The first entry in the book is the baptism of Christopher Goebel, son of Wilhelm Goebel and Sophia Huck on May 17, 1878, at Tennessee Settlement in Ford County. Benedictine Father Ferdinand Wolf officiated and signed the registry.

What I find most interesting about the Windthorst book is following the travels of Father Ferdinand. The successive entries in the registry reveal a vast and wide territory entrusted to his care.

Here is the ministry trail of Father Ferdinand from 1878 to 1881: Tennessee Settlement (became Old St. Joseph’s), Ford County; Larned, Pawnee County; Fort Dodge, Ford County; Truebenz Austrian Settlement, Barton County; Windthorst, Cincinnati Colony, Ford County; Great Bend; Kinsley, Edwards County; Ness County; Camp Supply, Indian Territory; Fort Elliott, Texas; Gutzmiller’s, Barton County; Sherlock, (became Coolidge) Sequoyah County; Lakin, Kearney County; Pawnee Rock, Barton County; Cimarron, Foote County; Dodge City, Ford County; Spearville, Ford County; Brown’s Grove, (became Burdett), Pawnee County; Pierceville, Sequoyah County; Ridgeway, (became Wright), Ford County; and St. Leopold’s Colony, (became Olmitz), Barton County.

Pastors who followed Father Ferdinand at Windthorst saw their parish territory extend to the Colorado state line. Baptismal records show a Catholic presence at Sherlock (Coolidge) as early as 1880. Eventually this fledging congregation developed and constructed a church under the patronage of St. Patrick. This church served the Catholics in the Coolidge community from 1889 to 1907, when most of the congregation moved to Syracuse.

The earliest sacramental records for the parishes in the Dodge City and Garden City deaneries will likely be found in the Windthorst book. There are early sacramental records for the parishes in the Great Bend deanery as well. But the earliest records for these parishes will be found in parishes east of the boundaries of the Diocese of Dodge City, when missionary priests were traveling from Osage Mission (now St. Paul), Solomon City, Wichita and Newton.

 

 

 

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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
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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;
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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;
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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?

 

 

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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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