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CSS bolstered Migrant Worker Program

By Tim Wenzl
Southwest Kansas Register

A grass roots effort to assist the children of migrants working in the sugar beet fields in Grant County led to the involvement of Catholic Social Service in the Migrant Worker Program in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The success of the Migrant Worker Program in Ulysses can be traced to an Irish-immigrant pastor who identified challenging circumstances in his newly-assigned parish community, and mobilized his congregation through the Vatican II decree on the Apostolate of the Laity.
“While I was in Ulysses I encountered a whole new phenomenon in parish ministry – the Mexican migrant worker,” recalled Bernard Groome, laicized priest and former Mary Queen of Peace pastor, writing from his home in Ireland on Aug. 30, 2014.
“Ulysses was pretty much the centre of a vast area of sugar beet and broom corn farming, so at about Easter time every year hundreds of Mexican nationals would move into town for harvesting of those crops – a period of some four to five months.  The vast majority lived in wretched conditions –poverty and squalor. They arrived in the US as illegal aliens and stayed as long as they were able to escape detection by the authorities.  Because of their illegal standing, they were in constant peril of being caught so they had no recourse against unjust treatment and exploitation.  Sometimes they worked in slave conditions and without redress; but they did get a salary and in spite of the shameful exploitation they suffered, they were still better off than they would be back home in Mexico.
“This was the scene and the new phenomenon I came to experience for the first time when I arrived in the Ulysses community of 1966.  Hundreds of Mexican migrant workers came in each spring.  They arrived in old beat-up cars of every make and shape, whole families—often as many as ten/twelve in a family; mostly young parents with infants, pre-school and primary school age children.  Often they would be forced to live in their old cars.  If they were lucky they might be employed by a farmer who provided one-room shacks out on the farms where they worked from sun-up to sun-down.  All members of the family, even the very small, would spend their days in the fields, and this during the hottest time of the year in un-shaded conditions and temperatures almost continuously around or above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
“Needless to say, to one who had up to that time seen only American affluence, this was quite a shock.  So almost immediately on my arrival in Ulysses I felt compelled to do something about this social ill as it existed within the confines of my parish.  Right away I saw there was little I could do alone – I would have to organize a parish effort, engaging all the parishioners as much as possible.  Vatican II had just closed and one of the most important and most discussed directives from the Council was that of Lay Participation in parish life – in spiritual and material matters, and the Parish Council was the vehicle suggested by Vatican II to achieve lay participation.  So in the Parish Council I saw a valuable weapon by which we, as a parish, could mobilize our parish against the social ill in our midst.”
The parish council approached the other denominations in the community and together formed Ulysses Concerned Citizens. First on the agenda was establishing a nursery and day care center for the children of migrant workers. Such a facility was necessary because usually both migrant parents worked in the fields and too often the children were left without supervision in trucks and cars parked in the hot sun at the edge of the fields.
Initially, this day care center, and a second day care center at Johnson in Stanton County, was staffed in the summer months by religious Sisters. Catholic Social Service supported these facilities with funding, paying the Sisters who had given up their summer vacations after teaching all year.
Volunteers came and cooked meals for the children. Cots and cribs were donated so the children had a place to nap.  The children were picked up each morning; bathed and fed and cared for throughout the day and returned each evening.
In the summer of 1970, two students from the University of Kansas were hired to work with the Health Department in Ulysses testing for anemia and malnutrition. The students were Bob Maxwell, a sophomore medical student, and Sally Williams, a junior nursing student. They worked under the supervision of Dr. Marshall Brewer at the clinic. This program proved to be very successful, and the Health Department was satisfied with the work that was accomplished. Catholic Social Service financially supported these efforts.
Then later that same year, Father Groome requested a full-time social worker who could be a liaison to the migrants and coordinate various programs available to them. Catholic Social Service hired Jan Konrade, a social worker and a member of Mary, Queen of Peace parish.
“The purpose of the program was to assist migrant workers and their families with their health concerns,” recalled Janice Konrade, writing her recollections on Aug. 20, 2014. “We worked to resolve problems they encountered and tried to assure the health and safety of the workers, their families – children and infants.
“As far as I remember the office was located at Mary Queen of Peace in Ulysses.  There were many services provided out of that parish.          
“We had child care and a nursery for children of the workers so they did not have to take the children and babies into the fields with them while they worked.”
There were three migrant camps outside Ulysses, mostly without indoor plumbing. The camp outside Johnson was made up of converted boxcars.
“We visited the Migrant Camps providing families with mattresses and curtains for their homes, which were simply cement cubicles in which they lived, having only a mattress on the bare ground for sleeping.  We tried to encourage health practices and cleanliness, which was very difficult considering the open latrines and outdoor showers they used at the camp.  
“We provided used clothing, bedding and household items.   We dispensed food items and commodities to the migrant families.  We taught nutrition and cooking classes so they would use the commodities.  
“We also assisted families with learning the English language, studying to take their driver’s license tests, and helped with their naturalization efforts.  
“We provided child care--food, learning and recreational activities for children in the 4-H building at the fair grounds so they would be able to stay out of the fields.  We visited Migrant Camps, trying to make sure the crew bosses were giving the workers the money that was due them.  We did lots of home visits related to neglect, lice, health problems, getting children to medical and dental appointments; and teaching healthcare.
“There were a good number of people who worked in all the different areas of the program. Most of these people were volunteers from the community, and many were from the Ulysses parish. The program also included a VISTA volunteer couple and Catholic Extension volunteers.
“Father Bernard Groome as pastor was very involved both with the families and with problem solving for situations that arose with the workers and their families.”
Konrade worked in the program 1970 and 1971. She set up the summer program before resigning her position to start a family. Father Groome reported to the CSS Board of Directors that “Mrs. Konrade has handled her position well and has been successful in bringing groups and interests of people together. The coordination that she has done will go on now without her.”
Konrade’s work far exceeded coordinating the work of people with other agencies. She was directly involved in a school tutoring program for 6th, 7th,and 8th graders, an Adult Education Program, teaching the Basic Education III classes and English class for Spanish speaking people, serving as a counselor for a group of four New York City girls (Catholic Extension Volunteers), teaching two classes of the Community Preschool, setting up the summer migrant programs which consist of the migrant nursery and Day Care Center, as well as the afternoon recreation program; and home visits. She took people to the doctor, helped families apply for welfare or commodities, recruited women for commodities cooking classes, kept children up-to-date on their immunizations, and distributed clothing to needy families. Projects during the year she was involved with included Christmas toy distribution, helping people with income tax returns, and recruiting children for the summer community swimming program.
“This was my first experience in working with people in such severe destitute poverty,” Konrade stated, “Those impressions have stayed with me over the years.”
Janice Weber, a college student, was hired to replace Mrs. Konrade to coordinate the programs. The greater amount of the work, however, was accomplished by local volunteers.
The Migrant Worker Program continued into the early 1970s. Workers began to find full-time employment on farms in the area, migration ceased, and the families put down roots in the Ulysses community.
During the program, day care centers were established for the children of migrant workers not only in Ulysses and Johnson, but also in Hugoton, Satanta, and Sublette. Funding for these facilities and staff was provided by Catholic Social Service, the Erhart Estate in Elkhart, and with diocesan Human Development Funds.
Jan Konrade, and her husband Reg, are directors of the Family Life Office in the Diocese of Salina. They have a priest-son, Father Jarrett Konrade, who was ordained May 28, 2005 by Bishop Paul S. Coakley at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Salina.


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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
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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;
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

 

Dec. 17, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Celebrate Christmas 'unplugged'; Msgr. Matthew Smith; Klan; Catholic Charities Annual Appeal; Fr. Larry Rosebaugh; A Guadalupe Encounter; Laci and Joe Salazar; A Christmas Wish; Adoption; Confession; Advent; EWTN; Christmas Blues; Tilma; Pittsburgh; PSR

 

Dec. 3, 2017

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2017 NCYC; Wheel of Balance; Marita Rother; Stanley Rother; slavery; trafficking; Windthorst water damage; martyred priests; confession; reconciliation; How to go to confession; recipe for codfish cakes; Catholic schools; appeal

 

Nov. 19, 2017

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Saints; Father Kola; Black Elk; Giving Tuesday; velvet Elvis; a Slice of Time; Dani Sandoval; Mexican Village; Father Tim Hickey; New faces at chancery; priests share thoughts on confession; Wheel of Balance

 

Nov. 5, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Matrimony Anniversary Mass, 2017; Riebel; Faith and Light; Scripture Day; Sex in the Bible; Quilt, Mexican Village Story; Finance; Fatima pilgrimage; Fowler church window renovation; Medicare; Crazy Glue


Oct. 15, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Father Francis Jordan; Sister Renee Kirmer; Father Rother beatified; religious liberty; RCIA Kansas; V Encuentro; Bishop Weisenburger; Daughters of Isabella; Bishop Gerber Science Center


Oct. 1, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: De Colores; Rebein; Dreamer; Pies; Kellner; Code Quilts; Sister Crucita; Feezor; Formed.org; Sin and pain

 

 Sept. 17, 2017

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Sister Lucy Fidelis; Underground Railroad; Sister Irene Hartman; DACA; new priests; teachers; Volunteer of the Year; Golf Classic; St. Francis Xavier; St. Nicholas Parish Center, Kinsley; seminarians; Knights Lite; Stewardship Day 2017

Sept. 3, 2017

Aug. 13, 2017

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Coronado Cross; Masada; Moody Gardens; Elders; Rother; undocumented children; cages; year of mercy; Kumi; Hollywood makeup artist; New Mexico; refugee women.

July 16, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Summer camp; tithing and almsgiving; Bill Baalmann; Nathan Schaller; Jubilarian Sisters; Sister Hortencia Rodriguez; Sister Petrona Stockemer; Sister Denise Sevart; Convocation of Catholic Leaders; Mother talks about her son entering seminary; Arcoiris; Youth group travels to Colorado Springs; Major Phillip Roth

June 11, 2017 (Updated)

Ordination; Mark Brantley; Jacob Schneider; Father's Day; Thanks, Dad!; Appeal; Sister Mary Martin Weaver; Bishop Maralit; Budget; Trafficked women; Deacon Michael Brungardt; Dead Sea Scrolls; softball; Father Urban retirement; Sister Kravec retirement; Father Mazouch retirement; Authentic Joy; Pris Climate Accord; Jack Schramm; Pieta.

May 28, 2017 (Updated)

 

Grateful Hearts; MSFS Provincial; Reddy; Reif; Opossum; Dead Sea Scrolls; Our Lady of Fatima; Jorge Herrera, Jr.; Cursillo; Kough; First Communion; Confirmation

May 14, 2017

Esteban Hernandez; citizen; Lilly Ann Rein, Amberly Jimenez, Mother's Day; peacock; Quattrocchi; President Kennedy; Teen Moms; Junior High Youth Rally; Encounter With God's Call; granny/nanny; seniors' contributions; tornado anniversary; harvest; healthcare; Mr. Brown; Store-bought teeth; Louis and Zelie Martin; Father John Sullivan; Irish priest whose prayers could heal; Mexican beauty queen; Esmaralda Gonzalez; religious life

April 30, 2017

   KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; bully; TEC; Father Marvin Reif; Bet'sie; What makes a hero?; St. Mary of the Plains; tornado

Easter, 2017

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Honorable courtship; footsteps of migrants; CHRISM Mass 2017; honoring priests; Encuentro Cross blessed; Daughters of Isabella State Convention; Fatima pilgrim statue; Mary Sharon Moore interview; Senate advances pro-life measures; love must be at the core of family life; Father John Forkuoh's car story; Confirmations; Sisters of Concordia; CNN hero Father Khalil Jaar

March 26, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: From the heart; kidney; Rother; Friar Carmelo; Schnauzer; Lauren Seachris; Lauren's Treat; fire; Guatemala; immigration; Lenten Regulations 1888; Hot Cross Buns; budget; Trump; Forkuoh; Seiwert; South Sudan; hot ashes

March 12, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Refugees; immigrants; Gilbert Herrman; When you give alms'; Lent; Call to Continuing Conversion, Rite of Election; Charell and Jeremy Owings; adoption; Our Growing Church; Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia; water; creation; Sudan; Darlow Lampe

Feb 26, 2017

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Night to shine; Immigration; immigrants; Knights of Columbus; Pete Gomez; this foreign mission; Creole; Robin Doll; Eagle Scout; Quest

Feb 12, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; March for Life; Pro-life; Executive Order; Secular Franciscan Order; teachers; Down Syndrome; Eagle Scout; Bronze Pelican

Jan. 29, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Thank you, religious; SEEK 2017; homeless man to priest; Fourth Sunday; Secret Service to Sacred Heart; Dr. Gerard Brungardt; Martin Luther King; 110 year old nun; Toddler miracle; Letter from undocumented immigrant; health care; immigration

Jan. 15, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Mary helps us share; Tighe donates home to Birthright; Pro-life billboard; Theobald Hattrup; Helen and Steve Eck; Pearl Harbor; Reigning Grace

Dec. 18, 2017

KEYWORDS: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 2016; Pope Francis Christmas schedule; 2016 high school youth rally; Aerospace engineer; Father Stanley Rother; Radio station; Dying girl's letter; Scout nominations; 12 days of Christmas

Dec. 4, 2016

KEYWORDS: Vocations Day; Pope Advent advice; Ex-prostitute; Spearville mission; Pilgrims v. Zombies; Face of God; Mission bazaar; Ness City fall festival; Rural health care; Archbishop Gomez; Bishops congratulate Trump

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