FATHER SHAWN MCKNIGHT NAMED BISHOP OF DIOCESE OF JEFFERSON CITY

Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight said at a press conference Tuesday, Nov. 21, that he is leaving the Diocese of Wichita, “which has nourished my faith and vocation as a priest, and has served as my home,” and is being given by Pope Francis “to you in service to God to teach, sanctify and shepherd the people of our local church.”
His appointment as the next bishop of the Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri, was announced earlier that morning in Washington, D.C....
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BISHOP KEMME: GO TO CONFESSION, USE ADVENT TO ‘MOVE FORWARD’

One of the church’s most recently canonized saint and the only one canonized on American soil, St. Junipero Serra was apparently fond of saying, “Always Forward,” or in his native Spanish, Siempre Adelante! It is this expression that I think beautifully captures for us a true Advent spirit.
The church and her people, claimed for Christ in baptism, anointed with the Holy Spirit in Confirmation and daily nourished in the Most Holy Eucharist, is a pilgrim people, moving through history on her way to the ultimate encounter with God in Christ, Jesus.
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FR. O’SHEA PASSES AWAY MONDAY

Father Sean O’Shea, the oldest priest in the Diocese of Wichita, died Monday night, Nov. 27, at 93. He was one of several priests who came from Ireland in the 1950s to serve in Kansas.
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JON LEONETTI TO SPEAK AT CONFERENCE JAN. 19-20

The Spiritual Life Center will host a new program next month called the “Catholic Faith Conference: Catholicism Beyond the Pew.”
The special event features nationally recognized Catholic speaker Jon Leonetti along with several excellent diocesan presenters.
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YOUNG ADULT COMMUNITY DINNER AND DANCE DEC. 15

In the spirit of Pope Francis, who has shared his love for dancing, Salt & Light, Wichita’s Catholic young adults group, is embracing that and hosting, “The Pope Likes to Tango: Young Adult Dinner and Dance” Friday, Dec. 15.
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UNITED CATHOLIC STEWARDSHIP MEANS COMMITTING TO GROW IN VIRTUE

Bernard of Clairvaux saw spiritual blindness, not being able to see Christ, as the result of spending too much time and energy on pursuits of little or no significance. Not only can individuals become spiritually blind but dioceses can lose their way in pursuing ministries and activities of “little or no significance.”
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THE STEWARDSHIP FOR OUR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

Weekly, sometimes daily, I cringe. I am the director of the Office of Stewardship in the Diocese of Wichita, and I cringe when someone from outside the diocese calls asks, “Tell me about your tuition-free Catholic schools.”
Drawing a deep breath, I, “We don’t have tuition-free Catholic schools. Working together, all of the parishioners of the diocese assist parents who desire a Catholic education for their children, but nothing is free. In fact, our Catholic schools are provided at a very great cost to our parishes, but it is worth it!”
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STUDENT ATTENDS TWO SCHOOLS AND IS READY TO LEARN HOW TO SERVE MASS

I am 11 years old. I have two brothers and one sister. I have Down Syndrome. I go to two schools: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton for religion, P.E., and music, and Emilia Earhart in Goddard for everything else. Double the schools means I have double the friends.
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DIOCESAN PRIESTS TO GATHER WITH BISHOP KEMME AT SLC NOV. 27-30

Each year, it is a joy to invite all the priests of the Diocese of Wichita to come together for our annual clergy convocation. This year, the convocation will begin on Monday, Nov. 27, in the late afternoon and conclude on Thursday, Nov. 30, with lunch.
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MOTHER-SON DUO EDUCATING PARENTS ABOUT THE DANGER, AVAILABILITY OF PORNOGRAPHY

The mother-son relationship between Lori and Eric Doerneman drastically changed when Lori caught her son looking at pornography.
“My goal as a Catholic mom is to raise saints. I want my kids to embrace the cross, to love Jesus,” she said. “I thought I was doing a good job. I was doing everything I was taught to do. My children were totally loving, but…”
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