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April 28, 2017

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Deacon Andy ordained.

New steeple installed in Clay Center.

Seminarian recognition dinner is June 1 in Salina.


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Deacon Andy ordained

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Salina — While the April 22 ordination of Andrew Hammeke was to the transitional diaconate, Bishop Edward Weisenburger cautioned against thinking of it as a small step.  “Ordaining men to the transitional diaconate is no mere humble stepping stone to what that matters,” Bishop Weisenburger said. “For you, Andy, it’s more a step on the way to something we pray and we hope will be your fuller calling — ordained priesthood. But it by no means lessens its significance for you or for our Church. ”  

In front of a crowd of friends and family at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bishop Weisenburger ordained Hammeke, 27, to the transitional diaconate. The ordination to the transitional diaconate is the final step before being ordained a priest.   “As you enter holy orders today, recognize this diakonia as the permanent foundation of your ministry,” Bishop Weisenburger said during the homily.  

In attendance were priests of the Diocese of Salina, along with Father Tobias Colgan, OSB. Father Colgan is the vice rector of St. Meinrad School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Ind., where Deacon Hammeke will complete his final year of studies.  The rite of ordination consisted of five parts: the promise of the elect, the litany of saints, laying on of hands and prayer of ordination, investiture with the stole and dalmatic and receiving the book of Gospels.

Deacon Hammeke said the litany of saints was a powerful moment for him.  “While I was on the ground, hearing everyone invoke so many great saints who have gone before us, I felt like I was entering into something huge,” he said. “I had a broad picture of the universal Church.”


St. Isidore Day Celebration is May 15

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Washington — On May 15, the annual St. Isidore Day will be celebrated with Mass, blessing of fields and flock and a tour of the Kansas Service Dog School.

The day will begin at 10 a.m. with Mass at St. Augustine Church. Father Brian Lager, Father Joseph Kieffer and Father Richard Daise will concelebrate the Mass with Bishop Edward Weisenburger. The Mass will include the blessing of seeds, including seed such as wheat, corn, milo and garden and flower seeds. Visitors are welcome to bring soil samples, which will also be blessed at the Mass. 

Immediately following Mass, there will be a blessing of fields and flocks. Last year, Father Daise said one of the altar servers brought her 4-H steer to be blessed after the Mass. Participants are invited to bring soil from their fields or gardens to be blessed. Following the blessing of fields and flock, lunch will be served by the ladies of the parish.

The Rural Life Commission will hold a brief meeting as part of the day’s activities. Following the meeting, participants will enjoy a tour of the Kansas Service Dog School, which is located in Washington. 

The annual celebration is celebrated near the feast of St. Isidore, the patron saint of farmers and rural communities and also one of the patron saints of the Diocese of Salina. Since the feast day is on a Sunday, the observance is scheduled for Monday.

Please RSVP by May 8 to (785) 462-2179 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Goodland youth to participate MobilePack operation

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Goodland — Seventeen miles from the Colorado border, youth in Goodland hope to raise $22,000, making them able to pack meals to feed 100,000 people.  It might seem like a lofty goal, but Kinsey Volk, a senior at Goodland High School, knows they can do it. In 2015, residents in Goodland raised nearly $30,000 allowing them to pack 114,000 meals.  “We hope it turns out similar this year,” Volk said. 

Volk, who is a member of Our Lady Perpetual Help’s CYO, said the project is independent of the church, however many CYO members are still involved, helping to raise money.  “I want it to be a community event and not just a Catholic event,” Volk said.  Volk is assisting adult sponsor Dusti Chadwick in leading the Goodland Youth Feed My Starving Children Core Team. The Core Team plans to raise money until the event in July. The Feed My Starving Children MobilePack of Goodland will take place July 14-15. 

Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s starving children hungry in­ body and spirit. Youth and adults will be packing meals formulated for malnourished chil­dren, which will be shipped across the world.  This is the third time Goodland has participated in the MobilePack operation. They previously took part in 2013 and 2015. 

This year, the goal of raising $22,000 is the minimum. Volk said the Core Team set this because the “team is older this year and mainly (high school) seniors.” Being seniors, they are more involved with school and other activities, making it a little harder to go above and beyond. 

The Core Team however does not sell themselves short. Although their goal is to raise the minimum $22,000 they “hope to raise more,” Volk said. In preparation for this year they have already starting raising money.  In order to raise money this year the MobilePack gives presentations to churches and various organizations such as 4-H Club and Rotary Club. Through these presentations, donations are received. 

Fundraisers are also held.  “Krispy Kreme is among one of the more popular fundraisers,” Volk said. “The closest Krispy Kreme is three hours away.”Over $1,000 was made from the Krispy Kreme fundraiser. Other fundraisers include pancake feeds, cookies and many more. 

So far this year the MobilePack has raised $10,000.  “I think the event is going to go great this year and I am very excited,” Chadwick said. “ I have all the faith that it is going to turn out great.”  Volk is looking forward to the event in July as she reflects on previous years.  “It's a great feeling to see your hard work paid off,” Volk said. 

For more information or to sign up to volunteer:

CSJ Associates renew commitment to Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia

Concordia — As part of the annual CSJ Associates Retreat, a new Associate made her first commitment March 25, while 11 other Associates renewed their commitment to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia. The spring weekend retreat took place March 24-26 at Manna House of Prayer in Concordia.

The 7 p.m. commitment ceremony was the highlight of a weekend filled with prayer and fellowship. The retreat concluded with Mass on Sunday morning at the Nazareth Motherhouse and dinner with the Sisters.

A CSJ Associate is a Christian adult who is committed to Gospel values, feels drawn by the charism, spirituality and mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph, desires to deepen one’s spiritual life, is willing to give oneself in service to the “dear neighbor” and is committed to building community. CSJ Associates are men and women from all ages and all walks of life. They meet regularly for prayer and sharing either in groups or one-on-one.

CSJ Associates renewing their commitment at the retreat were:

  • Susan LeDuc, Concordia-area group
  • Bill Riordan, Concordia-area group
  • Susan Riordan, Concordia-area group
  • Gerry Parker, Abilene-area group
  • Vicki Appelhans, Manhattan-area group
  • Mary Ray, Manhattan-area group
  • Catherine Seitz, Manhattan-area group
  • Nancy Welsh, Manhattan-area group
  • Stephanie Hudson, Kansas City-area group
  • Jennifer Spangler, Kansas City-area group
  • Rosalita Flax, Western Kansas-area group

Joelyn Foy Ph.D., Manhattan-area group, made her first commitment. Other Associates have or will be renewing at area group meetings.  Also taking part in the weekend retreat were several Sisters of St. Joseph and two women who wanted to learn more about the CSJ Associates program. For more information about CSJ Associates, contact CSJ Associate Catherine Seitz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Sister Janet Lander, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (785) 243-2149 or visit

Currently, there are Associate members in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas and Missouri.

Manhattan perpetual adoration chapel celebrates 22nd anniversary

Manhattan — On  March 19, the 22nd anniversary of the St Joseph Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel was celebrated by 87 permanent adorers, substitutes and guests. The evening began with Father Kerry Ninemire leading in a prayer service that included Adoration and Benediction. After a  potluck dinner, 19 adorers received lapel pins to commemorate their combined 110 years praying one hour weekly before the Blessed Sacrament. 

Eight retired adorers and charter members were honored with St. Joseph statues. In addition, Mary Wataha was presented a St. Joseph statue in memory of her husband John, who was a faithful adorer, captain and substitute for 21 years. 

Father Luke Thielen, who was ordained in June of 2016 and is currently parochial vicar at St. Mary, Queen of the Universe Parish in Salina, was the guest speaker. Father Thielen discussed the inner struggles that can accompany the call to serve God as a priest. He encouraged the ministry of adorers, urging them to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. 

“We are doing God’s will through prayer and adoration by being with him 24 fours a day,” he said. “Now more than ever, we need to storm heaven with our prayers for peace.”

The chapel is a combined effort of Adorers from all three parishes in Manhattan: Seven Dolors, St. Robert Bellarmine Parish -  St. Isidore Catholic Student Center and St. Thomas More parishes.

For more information, contact Linda Lake at (785) 341-2574.

Father Zimmerman will retire after 44 years

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Salina —  Throughout his 44 years as a priest, Father Don Zimmerman said he’s learned “You never know what to expect.”  “I’ve grown to expect the unexpected,” he said.  When he retires in July, he expects more of the same: the unexpected.  “I’ve told people here that I have the ability to put my toothbrush and my comb and my alb and chasuble in my tour pack in the Harley Davidson and go out and help,” Father Zimmerman said. “That’s basically what I want to do: Get on the Harley and go and help throughout the diocese.”

Even though he won’t formally be assigned to a parish, Father Zimmerman said he looks forward to working with people throughout the diocese.  He said the people of the Diocese of Salina have been the most enriching part of his priesthood.  “It’s the people, the people I’ve been able to serve,” he said about what stands out during his years of service. “Every community is a little bit different. In Belleville you had the Bohemian and Polish community. In Kanopolis, it was the Hispanic community. Hays was German, and Manhattan had an eclectic mix because of the university and Fort Riley.”  “I’ve always felt blessed in working with the staffs and respective parish councils,” he added.  Father Zimmerman said one thing that impressed him, regardless of his location, was the impact of the church.  “I see how a church and its community can truly make a difference,” he said.  One example is the Go Make a Difference Day in Manhattan.  “People are involved out tin the community to do what Prayer and Action does, but to do it as a parish,” Father Zimmerman said. “There’s always been a great mission-minded spirit at St. Thomas More Parish.”  In Hays, he said, the local churches were involved with First Call for Help. 

Throughout his seven assignments, Father Zimmerman was involved with several construction projects.  At St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in Kanopolis, he remodeled the parish rectory. At St. Joseph Parish in Brookville, a new rectory/office was built.  At St. Thomas More Parish in Manhattan, Father Zimmerman said the parish built a new parish hall:  Utopia Hall. Additionally, the old parish hall was remodeled into new offices, and a new rectory was built.  At Immaculate Heart of Mary in Hays, where he spent 12 years, the parish took the first steps toward building a new church.  “During my time, we ended up razing seven houses across the street, which is where the existing church now sits,” he said. “There was a lot of ground work — literally — that was established.”  The parish also undertook a five-year capital campaign. Two years into the fundraising, Father Kevin Weber was assigned to the parish and completed the project.


Seminarian recognition dinner is June 1 in Salina

Salina — The fourth annual “An Evening with Our Seminarians” will take place June 1 at St. Mary Queen of the Universe Parish. 

All of the diocese’s seminarians, several priests and Bishop Edward Weisenburger will be on hand to meet with guests.

The evening begins with Vespers (evening prayer) at 6:30 p.m., followed by a catered meal and a short program. The event is open to the public, but reservations are required. The cost is $50 per person, with reservations required by May 22.

“This event was started in 2014 as a way for me and those in the diocese to recognize and share the stories of the men studying for the priesthood in our diocese,” Bishop Weisenburger said. “Many parishioners across the diocese have been supporting and praying for these men as they continue their formation. This event is a way for these people to meet and visit with each seminarian and find out how called has called them to their discernment. The funds raised from the event are used exclusively for seminarian education. ” 

On April 22, seminarian Andrew Hammeke was ordained as a transitional deacon. On June 3, three transitional deacons will be ordained to the priesthood: Deacon Leo Blasi, Deacon Ryan McCandless and Deacon Justin Palmer. 

Katie Platten, the volunteer event coordinator, said that supporters many buy a table and fill it with family and friends. However, individual tickets are also available. It is a great way to meet not just the seminarians but also others from throughout the diocese. 

“The diocese is blessed to have so many men who are faithfully inspired to heed and follow their calling,” Platten said. “We also celebrate the many people who support our seminarians, and to see them coming together to honor each other is amazing. This event is an opportunity to meet our seminarians and offer our support and recognition of their gift of stewardship to our diocese.”

The Diocese of Salina currently has 12 seminarians in formation, with continued inquiries about the seminary from others, Weisenburger said.

“We have a great group of men, each with their unique story to share,” he said. 

Cost is $50 per person. For more information, contact Beth Shearer or Lois Yost at (785)827-8746 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


‘Register’ your support Donations needed to send newspaper to every household

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Salina — The Register, the newspaper of the Diocese of Salina, is delivered to all registered parishioners.

To be able to continue to do that, however, requires some help on their part.

Today’s issue includes a donation envelope. Every household is asked each year to donate $25, roughly the cost of printing and mailing the newspaper.

Until three years ago, The Register was mailed only to those who subscribed. In January 2014, the publication model changed, and the newspaper was sent to every household registered with a parish in the diocese.

To accommodate the increased printing and mailing costs — from 5,500 to about 17,500 copies — the decision was made to reduce publication from weekly to twice monthly — on the second and fourth Fridays.

Instead of selling subscriptions, The Register would seek a $25 donation from each family to underwrite the additional costs.

In addition to each household receiving the newspaper, each Register edition also is available online at