Special to the Register P.J. Voegeli was a little skeptical about the Spanish immersion program. But, he said, “Our eyes have been opened,” or, because they are immersed in Spanish, “¡Nuestros ojos se han abierto! He and 10 other seminarians are studying as hard as possible in Spanish classes from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in a program supervised by the language department at Pittsburg State University. They began their studies June 3 and will be immersed until July 25. Seven of the seminarians are studying for the Diocese of Wichita, two are from the Diocese of Dodge City, and two from the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Mo. Most have had a head start with a few courses of high school Spanish.
Rome, Italy – Frederick Keiser of Dodge City was among 31 men ordained to the priesthood on Dec. 14, 2013 in Rome at the basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome by Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, C.S. Of the 31 new priests, eight are American and one is from Canada. The others are from Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, France, Columbia and Chile. Father Keiser was born on May 31, 1983, in Dodge City. He entered the Legionaries of Christ as a novice in Cheshire, Connecticut on Sept. 15, 1999, to move after to the noviciate at Salamanca, Spain, where he studied Classical Humanities. He has a degree in philosophy and theology from the Pontifical Ateneum Regina Apostolorum. He has been a member of the team of formators of Immaculate Conception Apostolic School in Center Harbor, New Hampshire, and the Directorate General of the Legion. He currently serves as the youth minister in Santiago, Chile. The Legionaries of Christ are a religious Congregation of priests, of pontifical rite, founded in 1941 in Mexico. Members of the Legion include four bishops, 932 priests and some 900 religious in preparation for the priesthood. On the Legion’s website, www.ordenaciones.legionariosdecristo.org. Father Keiser and the other newly ordained priests were asked to share the moment that they felt the call to enter the priesthood.
LIBERAL -- For 25 consecutive years, Knights of Columbus Council 3381 of Liberal became Santa’s for dozens of families across the region. The Knights’ annual Toys for Tots collection brought together a host of volunteers to organize and prepare hundreds of donated gifts for nearly 100 homes in Liberal, Satanta, Sublette, Meade, Tyrone, Turpin and Beaver. Jana Widener, whose husband, Sam has been in the Knights for more than two decades, explained that the Knights’ bingo helps raise money for the toys, and that many toys are donated from the community. Needy families fill out an application, including the name and age of their children and what they might want for Christmas. Volunteers, who are not given the names of the families, wrap the presents, place them in a marked black bag, and then deliver them to the homes. This year, area firefighters donated their time and trucks to help make the deliveries. It’s not difficult to imagine the joy of a child after receiving a red fire truck delivered by red fire truck. In past years, the Knights have delivered toys to more than 250 homes.
College Connection: Diocese helps connect
27 students with campus ministry
By DAVID MYERS Southwest Kansas Register It can be somewhat intimidating to go off to college: leaving home for the first time; saying goodbye to family and friends; suddenly living in unfamiliar surroundings with unfamiliar people. By connecting new students with the school’s Catholic Campus Center, the Diocese of Dodge City “College Connection” program offers students a firm, faith foundation on which they can start their college life. Michelle Wehkamp of Ingalls recently finished her first year at Kansas State University. Upon her arrival in Manhattan, she became involved at St. Isadore Parish, which serves the Catholic student community. Eventually, she would be attending a weekly Tuesday night rosary followed by Mass, 9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass, and a Thursday night praise and worship gathering.
Felix Herrman, Bronze Star recipient, dies at 87
Felix Herrman, 87, of St. Joseph Parish, Liebenthal, died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at Rush County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit. He was born on December 26, 1925, in rural Rush County near Liebenthal, Kansas, the son of John L. and Katherine (Weber) Herrman. He was a lifelong resident of Liebenthal until he resided in La Crosse in 2007. He was skilled in portrait drawing and as a guitarist. He authored booklets on the history of the Herrman family and his military service. Mr. Herrman was a United States Army veteran of World War II, entering service in July 1944 at the age of 18. He was an infantryman in the Philippines, where he was the lone survivor of his unit assigned to secure the Villa Verde Trail along the foothills of the Caraballo Mountains in the Luzon Campaign. He was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic actions he performed in the campaign, officially reported at that time as “some of the bloodiest fighting in the history of the United States Army.” Survivors include two sisters, Isabelle A. Befort and JoHanna M. Herrman; and 11 nephews: Elmo and Roger Kuhn; Gary, Larry and Gregory Noller; Robert and Eugene Befort; William, Leo, John and Paul Basgall; and 8 nieces: Noller family -- Paula Jack and Wanda Sartorius; Herrman family -- Betty Shea, Juanita Farney, Jane King, Virgina Love and Linda Bolster; Basgall family -- Sylvia Gross. Father Matthew Kumi presided.
Walter N. “Walt” Fleischmann, 70, of Prince of Peace Parish at St. Rose of Lima Church, Great Bend, died Dec. 15. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. Survivors include his wife, Darlene; two sons, Kevin and Barry Fleischmann; two daughters, Theresa Cregger and Gloria Fleischmann; three grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; one brother, Mike Fleischmann; and one sister, Cordelia Fleischmann. Father Donald Bedore presided.
Melvin Patrick Kaiser, 83, of Prince of Peace Parish at St. Patrick Church, Great Bend, died Dec. 18, 2013. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 862. Survivors include three sons, Steve, Jim, and Stan; two daughters, Marcie Liebl and Sharon Feist; a sister, Mary Lou Ehrlich; two brothers, Jack and Gerald; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Father Ted Stoecklein presided.
Maxine M. Junger, 92, of Holy Rosary Parish, Medicine Lodge, died Dec. 18, 2013. She is survived by her husband, Arthur “Art” Junger; two sons, John and Eric “Rick” Junger; one brother, Kenneth Knoettgen; and several nieces and nephews. Father Firmin Kyaw presided.
John Loibl, 87, of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Dodge City, died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. He was a 3rd Degree member of Knights of Columbus Council 2955. Survivors include his wife, Liz Herrmann; three children, Barbara Loibl, Nancy Robertson, and Gregory Loibl; a brother-in-law, Lawrence Herrmann; sisters-in-law, Henrietta Schulte, Sister Barbara Ann Herrmann, Clara Schmitt, and D’Nelle Greenstreet; two grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces. Father Terrance Klein presided.
Hazeltene “Babe” (Driscoll) Schremmer, of St. John the Evangelist Parish, Hoisington, died Dec. 19, 2013. She was a member of the St. John Altar Society. Survivors include a son, Virgil Schremmer; two daughters, Miriam Wilborn and Marcia Schremmer; four grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren, Hannah, Madison and Nolan Wilborn, Avery and Livvy Brewer, Chandler, Chase and Boston Bloomer, Tyler and Trammer McGuire and Taylor Pickering. Father Bob Schremmer and Father Anselm C. Eke presided.
Robert Lee Wolfe, 66, of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Dodge City, died Dec. 19, 2013. He was a 3rd Degree member of Knights of Columbus Council 2955. He served in the United States Marine Corps attaining the rank of Sergeant and serving 2 tours in Vietnam. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Barry; his son, Michael; his daughter, Tiffany Carr; two brothers, Richard “Dick” Wolfe, Jr. and and Tim Wolfe; a sister, Diane Miller; and a grandson. Father Terrance Klein presided.
Harold Lee Smith, 84, of Sacred Heart Parish, Ness City, died on Dec. 19, 2013. Mr. Smith served his country in the United States Army during World War Two and then in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Survivors include nine children: Gary Lee Smith, Mona Magyar, Pancho Smith, Gertrude Summey, Teresa Williams, Rose Schultz, Morris Smith, Steve Erb-Smith, and Joe Smith; a brother, Melvin; a sister, Mary Jo Bradford Van Buren; 40 grandchildren, 14 step grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren; 17 step great-grandchildren; 11 step great great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Agnes Marie (Oberle) Hickel Hickey, 92, of St. John the Evangelist Parish, Hoisington, died Dec. 22. She was a member of the Altar Society and the Daughters of Isabella. Survivors include four sons: Michael, Kenneth, Dennis and Ron Hickel; four daughters: Janice Nichols, Agnes Sheridan, Nancy Dimina, and Mary K. Rupe; two step-daughters: Ruth Berens and Patricia Schultz; two brothers: Victor Oberle and Paul Oberle; two sisters-in-law: Evelyn Cox and Catherine Demel; 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and three step-great-grandchildren. Fathers Anselm Eke and Father Pascal Klein presided.
John Leslie Fitzsimmons Jr., 58, of St. Ann Parish, Olmitz, died Dec. 23, 2013. Survivors include his loving wife, Kay; his mother, Ella Marie Born; one son, John Matthew Fitzsimmons; one daughter, Leslie Nicole Fitzsimmons; two sisters: Susan Fitzsimmons and Cindy Ball; a granddaughter; brother Kevin Stetler; nieces, Heather Wooten and Miah Ball; and nephews, James Anderson, Will Anderson, Broc Ball, Cody Stetler, Zach Stetler and Michael Stetler. Father Ultan Murphy presided. Jeanetta A. Dargel, 85, of St. Joseph Parish, Greensburg, died Dec. 21, 2013. Survivors include: a son; two daughters; a sister; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Elmer Grubbs Jr., 82, of St. Anthony Parish, Lakin, died Dec. 25, 2013. He and his parents, Elmer and Flossie Wesson Grubbs, and sister performed as the “Sulpher Springs Hillbillies” for area dances and on the local radio station. For more than 30 years, he and his wife, Mary, played in various bands performing at nursing homes, senior centers and numerous school and community events. In addition to his wife, survivors include four children, Mary Lang, Patsy Hough, Dennis Grubbs, and Julie McCombs; a daughter-in-law, Helen Grubbs; a brother, Kenneth Grubbs; two sisters, Ralphie Harrod and Peggy Gamblin; 17 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Juanita Hurley, 88, of the Cathedral of Guadalupe Parish, Dodge City, died Dec. 25, 2013. She is survived by siblings Phyllis Osborne, Blanche McCarty-Gibbs, John Davis, and Thelma Hammonds; sons Michael, Bradley, and Richard Hurley; daughter Jerolyn Mock, son-in-law Lewis Mock, daughter-in-law Micki Hurley; two granddaughters and a great-grandson Cyan Putnam. Father Terrance Klein presided.
Patricia Delatorre, 33, of St. Anthony Parish, Liberal, died Dec. 19, 2013. She is survived by her parents, Doroteo and Maria (Rivera) Delatorre; a son, Ramon S. Hernandez; two daughters, Natalie Portillo and Jackie C. De La Torre; and two brothers, Hector Gabriel De La Torre and Francisco De La Torre.
Jayce Elon Ibarra and Jasper Rey Ibarra, twin brothers, age one, of Sacred Heart Parish, Pratt, died Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. They are survived by their parents, Ramon and Destry two brothers, Alex Ibarra and Aiden Crow; their maternal grandparents, Don Chalker, Selena Chalker and Bill McDonald; paternal grandparents, Maria and Domingo Ibarra; maternal great-grandfather, Clyde Phelps; paternal great-grandmother, Sara Ibarra; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Father Floyd McKinney presided.
Robert Martin Ryan Jr., 56, of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Liberal, died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Shawna Condit; two sons, Joseph and Thomas; two daughters, Ann Ryan and Amy Cifuentes; one brother; five sisters; and one grandson, Silas Cifuentes.
Homero L. Esquivel, 70, of Mary Queen of Peace Parish, Ulysses, died Dec. 27, 2013. Survivors include two sons, Homero Esquivel Jr., and Henry Esquivel; three daughters, Isabel Esquivel, Angielee LeNeve, and Andria Mondragon; four sisters, Betrice Cruz, Santos Medellin, Rita Castillo and Juanita Martinez; 13 grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
Pauline C. Durler, 89, of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Dodge City, died Dec. 29, 2013. She was a member of the Daughters of Isabella and the Altar Society. Survivors include three sons, Jerome, Maurice, and Kevin; daughter, Ethel Schneweis; son-in-law, Steve Nufer; two sisters, Elizabeth Ackerman and Sister Ancilla Schawe; 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Father Ted A. Skalsky presided.
Jose Juan Guzman Rodriguez, 31, of Sacred Heart Parish, Ness City, died Dec. 29, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Abigail Rodriguez; three children: Jose, Miriam and Betsabe Guzman Rodriguez; his mother Maria Del Rosario Rodriguez; four brothers, Osvaldo, Pedro, and Ezequiel, and Rolando Guzman; and his sister Santa Guzman.
Lucian “Curly” Hessman, 92, of Windthorst, died Dec. 28, 2013. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his brother, Henry Hessman and his sister, Adeline Hessman. Father Ted Skalsky, Father Rene Labrador and Deacon Dwaine Lampe presided.
Teresa Sue Valles, 47, of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Dodge City, died Dec. 31, 2013. She was born May 24, 1966, to Barbara (Jones) Baray. Teresa is survived by her husband, Artemio Valles; three daughters, Brooke Benavente, Sonya Barron, and Rachael Corona; two sons, Misael Valles and Jose Adrian Barron, Jr.; eight grandchildren; her mother, Barbara Baray; and three sisters, Brenda Hernandez, Julie Esparza and Elena Molina. Father Ted Skalsky presided.
Maxine (Whisennand) Robebeaux, 74, of St. Joan of Arc Parish, Elkhart, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Survivors include three daughters; Joan Sanders, Patricia Woodward, and Andrea Robertson; three brothers; Joe, Jon and Jack Whisennand; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Douglas Lorson, 55, of Prince of Peace Parish at St. Rose of Lima, Great Bend, died Jan. 3, 2014. Survivors include his brother, Duke; sisters: Pam Coleman and Virginia McCartney; nieces, Jill and Brooke; and nephew, Grant.
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.
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