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Inga Atkinson, "Favorite Catholic School Teacher"

Holy Family School’s Inga Atkinson named Divine Mercy Radio’s

Favorite Catholic School Teacher

Divine Mercy Radio’s contest has named Inga Atkinson of Holy Family Catholic School in Great Bend “Favorite Catholic School Teacher.”

Votes were cast by staff and friends from Catholic schools along the radio station’s listening area, which stretches from Hays to Great Bend and all the surrounding communities.

Leslie Unrein, Assistant Director and Underwriting Representative for Divine Mercy Radio, released some snippets from a few of the comments that were received during the voting process. The names of the voters were not included:

  • “Ms. Inga Atkinson! She is fabulous with all her students and sparks interest in education at a young age.”
  • “Our granddaughters have [Mrs. Atkinson] for Pre-K and absolutely love her.”
  • “Mrs. Inga Atkinson at Holy Family School in Great Bend. Actually, she is one of all time favorites at this location.”
  • “(Mrs. Inga Atkinson) She is BEYOND amazing! She has taught all three of my boys, and I have never met anyone like her. She genuinely loves each and every child who comes into her room, and treats them just like her own kids. She is gentle, soft-spoken, and has a heart of gold. Her love of God shines through her heart and into her teaching. I wish every child had the opportunity to be in her classroom—every student deserves to be loved like she loves her kiddos! She, without a doubt, deserves to win this contest. She has taught for many, many years and has affected so many lives in the Great Bend area.”

Atkinson received a Certificate of Excellence and a $50 gift card for “An American Bistro” in Great Bend.

KAIRS names St. Dominic School teacher Judy Strasser

‘Distinguished Teacher of the Year’

St. Dominic School teacher Judy Strasser was named “Distinguished Teacher of the Year” at the annual KAIRS banquet Feb. 11 in Topeka.

KAIRS (Kansas Association of Independent and Religious Schools) represents more than 35,000 Kansas school children, nearly 2,400 teachers and approximately 22,000 families.

“I have taught at St. Dominic Catholic School for 25 wonderful years,” Strasser said. “The most rewarding thing to me about teaching in a Catholic school is that I can share my faith through Catholic teachings to help my students learn to love one another and to develop a moral and work ethic while receiving an excellent academic education.”

Strasser is married to Mark; the couple have two grown children, Kristin, 35, and David, 31. Apart from teaching the three Rs (reading, writing and arithmetic), Strasser said she is privileged to “help prepare my students for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist for these many years.  It is so special to see their bright, shining, holy faces when they receive these sacraments.

“As Catholic school educators, we strive to form our students morally as well as academically.  When years later I speak to, or hear about, former students, what a great joy it is to celebrate them for the caring, successful, productive, and upstanding members of society they have become, exhibiting all the Christian values that our school is so dedicated to instilling in them.  Even though I have had only a small part of their formation, I feel like a proud parent.”

Like the children, who will remember special moments from their elementary years throughout their life, teachers also hold special those times throughout the year when children are not just taught, but celebrated.

“Other fond memories I have are of Catholic Schools Week activities, Advent and Lenten activities, Spaghetti Dinners, Fun Days, Talent Shows, and class field trips, but what I treasure most are the relationships I have developed with my students, their families, and the many staff members that I have worked with over the years,” Strasser said. “We are truly a family.

“To receive the KAIRS award is a great honor and I truly appreciate it.  There are so many hardworking, deserving teachers in our diocese, and I share this award with them.”

Approaching its 50th year, KAIRS works to ensure that children attending religious and independent schools are treated equitably in educational law, policy and programs. KAIRS is committed to excellence in education and to maintaining unity within its membership and productive relationships with public school leadership.

 

 

Newman University opens School of Catholic Studies

The Newman University School of Catholic Studies will be the home of the programs below: (Courses are offered both on campus and online.)

Kansas

Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Wichita

Master of Arts in Theology, Wichita

Master in Theological Studies, Wichita

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy for Theological Studies, St. Joseph House of Formation, Wichita

The Gerber Institute for Catholic Studies, Wichita

Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Dioceses of Dodge City and Salina

Oklahoma

Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

Bachelor of Arts in Theology as a 2nd degree for deacons, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

Bachelor in Pastoral Ministry, Diocese of Tulsa

Arkansas

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy for Theological Studies, Little Rock House of Studies

 

For more information about the graduate theology programs in the Newman University School of Catholic Studies, please view the following youtube videos.

https://youtu.be/Bk-DcR7CyTs — Rome and Israel trips;

https://youtu.be/CrkiA6sHaNk — Degree overview;

https://youtu.be/-aRwmgYh9Qg — Affordability and program quality

 

 

Special to the Catholic

WICHITA — Newman University recently announced the formation of a new School of Catholic Studies, which houses theology, diaconate and pastoral ministry programs for undergraduate and graduate students. The new school also includes formation programs for seminarians in the dioceses of Wichita and Little Rock.

In addition to bringing existing programs together “under one roof,” the Newman School of Catholic Studies will provide expansion opportunity for a variety of future program areas. Currently, the school is in the planning stages for a two-year Catholic Studies degree, which will focus on the great books of the Catholic tradition.

Father Joseph Gile, S.T.D., associate professor of theology and priest of the Wichita diocese, has been named dean for the new school.

Father Gile said creating the school is a great step in continuing to build a solid relationship between the Catholic community and Newman.

Newman and the Diocese of Wichita formed a partnership in 2017, establishing a two-year formation program for its seminarians called the St. Joseph House of Formation. This past year, the program expanded to three years, and this week the diocese announced a fourth year will be added in fall 2019.

Last fall, Newman established a similar association with the Little Rock House of Studies.

This newest partnership began when St. Gregory’s, located near Oklahoma City, had to close its doors.

“When it closed, they came to us asking for Newman to accredit them,” explained Father Gile. “And they also realized the Wichita diocese was starting a house of studies, so it was a perfect opportunity for the two dioceses and Newman University.”

Newman University President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D., is excited about the new school and what it means for the future of Newman and its students.

“Starting the School of Catholic Studies is a natural progression for Newman,” President Carrocci said. “The programs offered in this new school embrace our Catholic identity and rich heritage and we are proud to bring this new academic option to the Wichita community, the region and all other communities we will be serving.”

Bishop Carl A. Kemme added, “Newman University is a great blessing to the Catholic Community of Wichita and beyond.  As the bishop, I enthusiastically support the development of its new School of Catholic Studies, which will help educate students in the richness of our Catholic tradition and to form future priests for the Diocese of Wichita during their college years.  We are grateful for this unique and important partnership.”  

Father Gile believes the new school will be attractive to Catholic students and their families.

“I think there are a lot of parents who would be delighted to have their sons and daughters come to Newman and study alongside the seminarians — to be in class with them, to learn with them,” Father Gile explained. “And with the grounding in Catholic studies and liberal arts here, I think we can immerse students in the richness of the Catholic tradition.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Dominic grad honored for faith, service, academic achievement

 

Dr. Jeffrey Larkin has been named as the 2019 “Distinguished Graduate” of St. Dominic School in Garden City.

The following is from a presentation by Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Trina Delgado, at the opening Mass for Catholic Schools Week.

“When asked for his definition of ‘Hero’ our distinguished graduate replied:”

 

Hero can mean very different things for everyone, but I’ve always thought of a hero as someone who is generous, humble and able to accomplish something extraordinary in relation to what they are given or born with. Mother Theresa is a great example.

“But on a personal note, while I was stationed in South Korea I was missing the camaraderie and fellowship of an active Catholic parish until I made an effort to get involved in the Church on base. As it turned out, the chaplain for the Medical Group was a Catholic priest who was from Vietnam (which made me think of Garden City) and spoke six or seven languages, including Korean.

“Right away I could tell Father Nguyen was fun and engaging for people of all ages on and off base, and he was also very involved with local Korean Catholic parishes. He inspired me to stay very involved and I even got my second and third degrees in Knights of Columbus while there.

“As I got to know him further, I found out that, while being paid well as a military officer, he more than kept his vow of poverty by sending a large majority of his salary home to his family in Vietnam. The amount of people he touched, lives he influenced, and his ongoing accomplishments while remaining very humble absolutely make him a hero in my eyes.”

 

Delgado told those gathered, “Our graduate of honor attended St. Dominic School from 1990-1995. These were the years prior to St. Dominic having a kindergarten or a 6th grade.  He graduated from GCHS in 2002, and from the University of Kansas in 2006 with a degree in Microbiology. 

“[Dr. Larkin] accepted a Health Professions Scholarship for dental school and in March of that year he was sworn in at Whiteman AFB, in Missouri. He was pinned as Captain in May 2010 at the dental school graduation ceremony with nine other classmates (out of 100 in the class), all going into the Army, Navy or Air Force.

“[Dr. Larkin] started active duty in the U.S. Air Force in July 2010, spending one year at Offutt AFB, Nebraska for his General Dentistry Residency.  He was then placed for one year at Osan Air Base, South Korea, completing his Squadron Officer School there.  This is the captain’s rank level professional military education.

“Our honoree completed two years of training as an irregular warfare medic at Hurlburt Field, (Fort Walton Beach) Florida, and then transferred from active duty to Kansas Air National Guard, August, 2014, and presently holds the position of dentist for the 190th Air Refueling Wing at Forbes Field, Topeka. He was pinned with the rank of Major in July 2016.

“When asked of special memories of St. Dominic School, Dr.Larkin responded:”

 

“It would be impossible to pick a favorite teacher, but Mrs. Geier, Mrs. Pishny, and Mrs. Deal all had a great impact on my educational trajectory and in life.

“There is no doubt that everyone’s foundation for future success begins in elementary school, and St. Dominic is no exception. I have very fond memories of ‘touch’ football and soccer matches at recess, ‘water day’ on the last day of school (especially the egg toss and water balloons in the huge parachute), the old gym/cafeteria for the Christmas pageant, and winning the spelling bee in 3rd grade. And most importantly, the friends I made at St. Dominic were some of my closest friends all through school.”

 

“I asked our recipient what part did his Catholic education play in helping him become the success he is today:”

 

I received my 1st degree as a Knight of Columbus here at St. Dominic, and that has been a big part of my life through my Catholic parishes in Omaha, South Korea, Florida, Kansas City and now Lawrence at Corpus Christi. Finding something to be a part of from a charitable sense is very important at all stages in life. I don’t know who originally said it, but the quote, ‘To those who have been given much, much is expected’ started at an early age for my brothers and I right here at St. Dominic when we would adopt a family off of the ‘giving tree’ leading up to Christmas every year and buy those presents with our own money from doing chores.

“Catholic schools do a fantastic job of instilling altruism (or selflessness) and a charitable mindset from an early age, and the importance of this cannot be over-stated.”

 

“Today,” Delgado said, “Dr. Larkin is married to—and I quote—an ‘incredible mother and physician assistant at St. Luke’s in Kansas City’; the father of a two-year-old daughter named Kate (and he states, ‘Well-deserved for my mom after raising four boys!’), and has baby number two on the way, due in July!  He has dental offices in Lawrence and Topeka, and is lucky enough to not only have a fantastic dental partner but is able to practice with his Dad as well.

“It’s funny how distinguished graduates come from distinguished families that take that role of parent hero seriously,” Delgado said. “It is our honor today to recognize a very distinguished graduate.  He is no ordinary hero.”

Feb. 10, 2019

Catholic Charities seeks sponsors for annual Charity Wine Tasting fundraiser

Editor’s Note: With the talk of heroes in this special Catholic Schools Week issue, I find that this article quickly calls to mind some of my personal heroes, the staff at Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas. They help the poorest of the poor, those on the fringes of society. They are truly doing the Lord’s work every day. The following was submitted by Rebecca Ford of Catholic Charities.

Catholic Charities’ biggest fundraiser of the year, a Charity Wine Tasting Event and Auction, takes place on Friday, May 3 at the Great Bend Events Center, 3111 10th Street in Great Bend.

Catholic Charities is accepting event sponsorships and donations for both the live and silent auction components of the Annual Wine Tasting Event throughout February.

Sponsorships help us to underwrite the costs of the event (facility rental, catering, tasting beverages, printing and advertising costs, etc.) so that more of the event profit goes to help those in need. If you can’t think of a fitting auction item, a sponsorship may be the perfect way to go! We strive to acknowledge our appreciation for the generosity of you or your business, no matter how small, and topping out with the Champagne sponsorship of $2,000.

   As you know, the needs of those who struggle don’t go away. Just when we get one family back on their feet, another family gets hit with a medical emergency, a pregnancy, or perhaps a job furlough they weren’t prepared to handle. Regardless of the circumstance, we believe that every human being has value, and that they are worthy of compassionate help to get back on their feet.

    The Annual Charity Wine Tasting Event features a wonderful live and silent auction with many items for men, women, and children that are original, creative, beautiful, useful, delicious, collectible or unusual! Like the disciples to whom Jesus said “Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you will find a catch,” we are casting our nets for a catch of auction items over the next month, so that we can raise additional funds for those in need. These can be physical items, sports-related items, original pieces, eccentric pieces, dinners, excursions, vacation packages, gift certificates, and especially wine and beer-related items to go along with the theme of a wine tasting.

To sponsor the wine tasting, or to donate something for the live or silent auction, download this form (go to https://catholiccharitiesswks.org/wine-tasting-event), fill out the appropriate side and send it in, along with any logo and ad materials for your sponsorship level, by the end of February. One side of the form is for sponsorships and the other side is for auction donations.

What if you don’t have a lot of money to donate, bid, or sponsor? Volunteer your time! It takes a team to make this event happen. We are always in need of volunteers (and ever so grateful for the help!), even if you only have a little time to spare.

Commitment forms and donations can be mailed, emailed or hand-delivered to Catholic Charities, 2201 16th St, Great Bend KS 67530, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information, or to volunteer your time, please contact the event coordinator, Rebecca Ford, at 620-792-1393.

Feb. 10, 2019

Open to Life

By Dave Myers

Southwest Kansas Catholic

It may be one of the best kept secrets in the diocese, but if three women from southwest Kansas have their say, it will not be a secret for long.

Janeé Bernal, Diana Ramirez and Allison Ricke recently undertook the first of four intense training sessions to become Fertility Care Practitioners.

There are different methods of Natural Fertility Awareness, each offering a system for noting when the woman is most likely and least likely to become pregnant. Bernal, Ramirez and Ricke are studying the Creighton Model, developed by Dr. Thomas Hilgers, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Omaha.

While their training will be completed in February of 2020, the three are currently available to instruct individuals and couples about the use of the Church-approved method of achieving or avoiding pregnancy. As “student teachers,” they will be under the supervision of a senior educator.

“This system is about much more than becoming pregnant or avoiding pregnancy,” stressed Ramirez. “It helps the overall health of women.”

When Bernal was hired as the coordinator of the Matrimony, Family Life and Natural Family Planning office, Bishop John Brungardt explained that he wanted her focus on Natural Fertility Awareness to be a top priority.

“The fertility care system encompasses all the aspects of the person,” Bernal said, “the spiritual, physical, intellectual, creative, and emotional side of every human being. The model has the highest success rate of avoiding or achieving pregnancy, even more so than contraception.” 

The Creighton Model allows woman to chart their reproductive health cycle, even allowing them to monitor if there are any abnormalities. They can note biological markers that indicate when they are more receptive to fertilization. Because it allows the couple to be open to life even when avoiding pregnancy, it retains the dignity of the human person and is fully approved by the Catholic Church.

“Scripture teaches us that the marital act should be pro-creative and unitive,” Bernal explained. “When a person uses a barrier method [of contraception], that allows the act to be neither pro-creative nor unitive.

“I see women using artificial means and masking what’s going on in their body,” Bernal said. “I’m very concerned about women’s health overall.”

Ramirez added, “These methods, such as Creighton, allow the couple to get to know each other and love each other in a more profound way. The two become as one, not just physically.”

After 10 intense days of training at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita, the three have already begun speaking with couples about the program, and are eager to let people know about this valuable resource.

“We want to get the word out that the program is available,” Bernal said. “We will travel anywhere in the diocese to work with couples and individuals.”

For most couples, the first time they hear of Natural Fertility Awareness methods is in marriage prep. “I’d like to see younger women in high school and college learn about the methods, so that when they’re married, they already have an idea of a way to monitor their fertility,” Bernal said.

There are instructors of other methods in the diocese, including Heidy Ramirez, who teaches the Billings Ovulation Method, and Jacqueline Brown, who also teaches the Creighton Method.

“We really want to express our gratitude to everyone who supported the Vibrant Ministries Appeal, which allowed us to attend this program,” Bernal said. “We also want to thank the priests of the diocese. They are on the front lines in their work with couples, and we want to encourage them to reach out to us.”

For more information, contact Bernal at (620) 227-1529, or visit dcdiocese.org/marriage-family-life.

Past Issues

May 5, 2019

April 21, 2019

Easter Sunday

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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