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First annual golf classic aims at

Supporting our retired priests

PHOTOS, SPONSORS

By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Catholic

GARDEN CITY -- At precisely 1 p.m., Friday, June 26, a shotgun sounded, and the Dechant Foundation Inaugural Golf Classic to benefit the retired priests fund of the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City tournament began.

Some 20 teams participated, each taking off in their golf carts a few minutes before 1 p.m.--like racers at the Indy 500, each heading to a different fairway for the shotgun start.

Because the classic benefits retired priests–priests whom a multitude of people in southwest Kansas learned from, benefited from, and were and continue to be blessed by–the event quickly adopted an air of fun that might be missing from a regular tournament.

At hole number 10, a priest who shall remain nameless approached the ball. He peered along the fairway, studying intently the little flag way off in the distance. He addressed the ball resolutely, concentrating, and raised his club. Seconds later, the ball bounced a few yards, barely outdistancing the large, flying divot.

The event actually began at St. Mary Parish at a 10 a.m. Mass celebrated by the Most Rev. John B. Brungardt, with the assistance of Rev. Mr. Juan Salas and Father Reggie Urban. Tournament registration followed at the Golf Club at Southwind, after which participants were given lunch provided by the Knights of Columbus, Western Kansas Agency, before heading out to the fairway.

At hole number nine, Bishop Brungardt sat under an awning to greet golfers. Just yards away was the green, adjacent to a large pond separating the green from the tee. For the entire five-hour tournament, Bishop Brungardt greeted each team that came by, cheering as the golf balls flew over the pond and bounced along the green, and sympathizing with more than a few whose golf balls plopped into the pond or onto a nearby sand trap (and one that landed just a few yards from the bishop’s feet). Once on the green, a few invited the bishop to putt. The bishop jokingly referred to these golfers–the ones who let him putt–as “compassionate scorers.”

The competitors, with their massive array of eye-catching plaid shorts, were playing their best in the tournament, not for themselves, but for the retired priests. Father Francis Jordan, who had a constant smile glued to his face, was the only one of the 12 retired priests of the Diocese of Dodge City able to attend, however.  Distances and health issues kept the others away.

At Father Jordan’s side throughout the day was Jody Newman, who graciously assisted the elderly priest. Father Jordan celebrated his 55th anniversary as a priest on June 16. At a reception following the tournament, the Irish priest was given a round of applause.

The golf classic was organized by Mark Roth, Development Director for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City.

“It went well,” he said from his golf cart as he made his way toward the clubhouse. “We had a good turn-out, and the weather was beautiful. We couldn’t ask for a better day. The people really came out to benefit the retired priests. Golf course employees went out of their way to make everything special for us, and I think everyone  had a good time. It’s a great event; it will continue to grow every year.”

Any holes-in-one? “Not from our team,” he responded, laughing.

Once inside the clubhouse, the competitors gathered for a social hour, followed by a prime rib dinner, provided through the support of Tim Schaller, architect, Larned; Ziegler Funeral Chapel, Dodge City; and Keller and Miller Certified Public Accountants, Garden City. (A full list of sponsors are listed at dcdiocese.org/register.) Deacon Juan Salas was one of many prize winners, his being for the “longest putt.” When asked what the prize was, Juan replied, “I hope it’s golf lessons!”

After dinner, Bishop Brungardt spoke on Pope Francis’s recent comments regarding the Special Olympics. Bishop Brungardt related the Holy Father’s words that sports are a way to learn “ ‘to participate, to outdo oneself, to strive together. All this helps you to become active members of society and also of the Church; and it helps society itself and the Church to overcome all forms of discrimination and exclusion.’

“Thank you all for your dedication to this sport and your dedication to the retired priests today,” Bishop Brungardt said.

Earlier, as he sat under the awning along the ninth green, the bishop commented that it was a “beautiful day for enjoying God’s creation, each other’s company, and hitting some golf balls, all for the benefit of our Catholic priests -- the priests who have been celebrating Mass, hearing confessions, anointing the sick, confirmation, baptism – for these decades and decades and decades, for you and your family. Let us try to open up our hearts in prayer and assistance to them and in alms-giving. Thank you for your support for our retired priests.”

 

 

 

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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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