A chapel (at right) will be added to the Hennessy House as part of the expansion of the St. Joseph House of Formation. The Hennessy House is one of two residences for the local diocesan seminarians. It and the Borromeo House are located on the campus of St. Joseph Parish in Wichita. (Artist rendering)

St. Joseph House of Formation to expand

The Diocese of Wichita’s St. Joseph House of Formation is extending its seminarian formation program from two to four years and is working with Newman University to develop a School of Catholic Studies for seminarians in and outside the diocese.
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Bishop Kemme shocked, dismayed by pro-abortion legislation

It is abundantly clear that both New York and Virginia have governors with extreme views on the issue of abortion. Recently, as you no doubt know, the State of New York passed one of the most extreme pro-abortion laws of the nation which among other things legalized abortion up to seconds before birth. The legislature for the State of Virginia introduced similar legislation. In commenting on this bill, the scandal-embroiled Governor Ralph Northam sent shock waves through civilized society when he expressed support of legally killing a baby – even after birth, if in the discussions between the doctors and the mother that would be desired. Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York, a Catholic, enthusiastically signed the New York bill at a ceremony in which its proponents cheered in jubilation.
Friends, I hope you are as shocked and dismayed as I am to learn of these things.
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Steinkes’ estate to finance much of the House of Formation expansion

The expansion of the St. Joseph House of Formation is largely the result of a significant gift to the Diocese of Wichita by Sylvester “Bus” and Ruth Steinke, who throughout their lifetimes were generous benefactors of Catholic Charities, the Guadalupe Clinic, The Lord’s Diner, and the Education of Seminarians Fund, in addition to the Wichita parishes they belonged to.
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Bishop Gilmore part of Lenten retreat at SEAS on April 2-4

The Most Rev. Ronald M. Gilmore, bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Dodge City, and Jacqueline Loh of Vancouver, Canada, will lead a retreat Tuesday through Thursday, April 2-4, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Wichita.
Jacqueline Loh, founder of Grace that Reigns Society, an international retreat ministry, said the retreat will be entitled: When Monday Comes: Renew Yourselves.
Loh said the retreat will address the culture’s loss of a sense of wonder.
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Like the footprints on the moon, one couple will leave an imprint for generations

Even though astronauts last took steps on the moon in 1972, the imprint from each of their steps remains today on the lunar soil. What a tremendous legacy! Those footprints will stand as a reminder of an accomplishment for generations to come.
What would you do if you had the power to do something remarkable today while making an impact that would last forever, impacting others, who in turn impact yet more people – the kind of impact that takes little time and costs you nothing?
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When Christmas was ‘canceled’

When I was 12, I was told Christmas was canceled. My parents had recently divorced and Mom was a single mom with six kids, unable to both make ends meet and buy us presents. I understood. Still, I was crushed.
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Cathedral parishioner reaches out to Spanish-speaking community

Five years ago I began organizing The Friends of the Poor Walk for the cathedral’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul fundraiser. I wanted to reach out to our Hispanic parishioners.
Cathedral has always appeared to have two different communities, the English speaking and the Spanish speaking.
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Steinfels: Grand jury report needed thorough review, which no one had done

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Upon first hearing in August of the findings of a Pennsylvania grand jury about how Catholic clergy abused children and young people, veteran journalist Peter Steinfels was, like a lot other people — shocked and appalled.
Soon, Steinfels told Catholic News Service, he wanted to learn more about the grand jurors’ conclusion that the claims of “all” the victims were systematically brushed aside and covered up by church officials.
A former religion reporter at The New York Times and former editor of Commonweal magazine, Steinfels had little disagreement with most of the documentation on the abuse allegations.
Still, questions persisted in his mind.
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Padres defeat Blue Knights 72-48

The young Padres squad was too much for the Knights of Columbus Council 4118 Blue Knights Sunday evening, Jan. 27. They defeated the Knights 72-48 during the 31st Annual Basketball Classic for Vocations at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School.
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Vietnamese Catholics to welcome Year of the Brown Earth Pig Sunday

The faithful are invited join the celebration for the year of the Brown Earth Pig, a Vietnamese New Year-Tet Mass. Bishop Carl Kemme and attending diocesan priests will concelebrate Mass on Sunday, Feb. 3, at 3 p.m. at Church of Magdalen, 12626 East 21st St. N. in Wichita.
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