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November 14, 2014

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Donations needed to send The Register to every household
Bishop moves into historic home adjacent to cathedral, Chancery
Bishop Weisenburger writes about the ‘Pope Francis Effect’?
Catholic Campaign for Human Development collection

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Wichita, Omaha dioceses offer travel packages to Philly PDF Print E-mail
Written by Doug Weller   
Friday, 21 November 2014 10:06

People who want to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia next September — or attend the World Meeting of Families, or both — can join travel groups from Wichita or Omaha, Neb.

Pope Francis announced Nov. 17 that he would attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, which is Sept. 22-25, then celebrate Mass for as many as 2 million people on Sept. 27.

No other dates or cities have been announced for the papal visit, although he has been invited to Washington, D.C., and New York.

Travel agencies have put together packages for the Diocese of Wichita and the Archdiocese of Omaha, and they have invited people in the Salina Diocese to join them.

• The Wichita package flies participants to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families and the papal Mass for a total cost of $2,600, double hotel room occupancy. It departs Sept. 21 and returns Sept. 28. The price includes the $325 full package registration cost of the World Meeting of Families, as well as airfare, local transportation, hotel rooms, some meals and other activities.

The deadline to register for the Wichita trip is Dec. 15. A non-refundable $250 deposit is required. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no reservation without a deposit.

To register, go to The registration form and deposit are payable to Grand View Tours in Aston, Pa.

• The Omaha package takes participants by bus but does not include the World Meeting of Families. It will take people to the papal Mass, as well as provide two days of tours of sites in the Philadelphia area. The tour leaves Omaha on Sept. 23 and returns Sept. 28. The cost is $999 for an adult, double hotel room occupancy, or $799 for children 11 and younger. The cost includes transportation, some meals, hotel rooms and the tourist sites.

To register, call Legacy Tour and Travel in Fort Dodge, Iowa, at (877) 776-1700 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. A $200 deposit is required.

Legacy Tour also is planning a longer bus trip taking in both the World Meeting of Families and the papal Mass, as well as a shorter bus trip for youth wanting to attend only the papal Mass. Details have not been released.

For more information or assistance, contact Reg and Jan Konrade, directors of the Office of Family Life / NFP for the Salina Diocese, at (785) 827-8746, ext. 40, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pope Francis Announces 2015 Visit to Philadelphia for World Meeting of Families  PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Register   
Monday, 17 November 2014 09:06

Washington — The visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September 2015 for the World Meeting of Families will be a “joyful moment,” said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Pope Francis made his intention to travel to the United States public Nov. 17 in an address to the Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman at the Vatican.

“The presence of Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Families in our country will be a joyful moment for millions of Catholics and people of good will. Our great hope has been that the Holy Father would visit us next year to inspire our families in their mission of love. It is a blessing to hear the pope himself announce the much anticipated news,” said Archbishop Kurtz.

The World Meeting of Families, sponsored by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family, is the world’s largest Catholic gathering of families and is held every three years.World Meeting of Families 2015 will be Sept. 22-25, 2015, hosted by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and will focus on the theme “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” emphasizing the impact of the love and life of families on society.

More information about the meeting, including open registration, is available online: People in the Salina Diocese who are interested in group travel options to Philadelphia with neighboring dioceses can contact the Office of Family Life at (785) 827-8746, ext. 40, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Vatican has not announced additional dates or cities for the 2015 papal visit at this time.

Donations needed to send The Register to every household in the diocese PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Register   
Friday, 14 November 2014 09:20

Salina — A year ago, the Salina Diocese announced a substantial change in the way its newspaper, The Register, is made available to parishioners.

For 76 years, the weekly newspaper was delivered to subscribers, but in 2013, that number had dwindled to only about one-third of all registered parishioners.

Plans were made to send the newspaper to every Catholic household, beginning in January 2014.

To accommodate the increased printing and mailing costs — from about 5,500 to nearly 18,000 copies — the decision was made to reduce publication from weekly to twice monthly — on the second and fourth Fridays.

And instead of selling subscriptions, The Register would seek a $20 donation from each family to underwrite the additional costs.

Parishioners responded, donating more than $105,000. More than 4,100 donors gave an average of just over $25.

The same distribution system will continue for 2015. A donation envelope is included in this issue.

The changes have been positive, said Father Steve Heina, who is moderator of the diocesan Office of the New Evangelization.

Bishop moves into historic home adjacent to cathedral, Chancery PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Register   
Friday, 14 November 2014 09:18

Salina — A historic house adjacent to Sacred Heart Cathedral and the Chancery of the Diocese of Salina once again has become the bishop’s home.

Known as the Brungardt house, the two-story brick building at North Ninth and State streets has been owned by the diocese since 1963.

Bishop Edward Weisenburger expressed a desire to move into the home not long after his ordination here in May 2012 because of its proximity to the cathedral and Chancery. The house mostly has been vacant since 2005.

After updates to the heating and cooling systems, installation of energy-efficient windows and other renovations, Bishop Weisenburger moved in last weekend. His former residence in east Salina has been sold.

The diocese purchased the Brungardt house in 1963. It had been built in the 1920s by Dr. Balthasar Brungardt, a well-known Salina physician.

Dr. Brungardt died in 1962; his widow, Margaret, lived in Victoria until her death in 1986. His first wife, Mary, had died in 1925.

Among his 20 children is Father Al Brungardt, now retired in Victoria. One of the grandsons is Bishop John Brungardt of Dodge City.

The Brungardt house served as the home of Bishop George Fitzsimons from 1994 until his retirement in 2004 and briefly was lived in by his successor, Bishop Paul Coakley.

What is the ‘Pope Francis Effect’? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bishop Edward Weisenburger   
Friday, 14 November 2014 09:17

Much has been said and written about what is called “The Francis Effect.” My hunch is that the reality those words point to is far more complex than what I can summarize in a few words.

However, there is one small piece of the pie that I believe is worth considering. I would propose that what we are seeing in Pope Francis is the distinction between a “confrontational” stance against our culture and a more biblically inspired “prophetic” approach in relation to the world around us. Let me explain the background and the difference.

There is much in our Western culture that is in dire opposition to our beliefs and our faith. A quick look at our culture reveals that the followers of Jesus Christ are in a position of contradiction on the immense value of all human life, the proper role of money and wealth in our lives, a proper understanding of human sexuality, the just treatment of immigrants and a host of other issues.

Conflict is inevitable between those who struggle to orient their lives to Christ and his Gospel and those who align their lives with the purely secular values of our world. It is my belief that good Pope Francis is reminding us — both in the way that he communicates and in the way he treats people — that the way we Christians handle this conflict makes all the difference.

Is it possible that in looking back over the last few decades, we might see signs of our Church responding to the culture in a way as aggressive as the culture itself? Having oftentimes been challenged by our culture, and very harshly so, have we responded in a very similar manner? If so, then we are embracing what I would call a confrontational stance against our culture. If that is the case, then regrettably much of our holy message is lost in the unholy confrontation.

On the other hand, what I believe Pope Francis is calling us to is what I would term a more prophetic stance in relation to the Western world. The teachings of Christ and the will of God found in Scripture and sacred tradition are timeless, but how we present those truths matters immensely.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development collection is Nov. 23-24 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Doug Weller   
Friday, 14 November 2014 09:16

Washington — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop’s collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development is Nov. 23-24, the weekend before Thanksgiving.

The theme for the collection taken up in dioceses nationwide is “Defend Human Dignity. Take Poverty Off the Map.”

This annual national collection is the primary source of funding for CCHD’s anti-poverty grants and education programs, which enable low-income people to join together to identify problems, make decisions and improve their communities. For more than 40 years, CCHD has funded organizations that address the root causes of poverty, providing lasting solutions for the future.

During the 2012-13 grant cycle, the campaign awarded 214 grants in community and economic development, totaling more than $9 million. Additionally, 10 grants were given in the category of technical assistance.

Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from each CCHD collection stays in each diocese to fight poverty and foster liberty and justice at the local level.

Philadelphia officially opens World Meeting of Families registration PDF Print E-mail
Written by Catholic News Service   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 13:10

Philadelphia formally opened its arms to the world as Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia told the U.S. Catholic bishops Nov. 10 that registration has begun for the World Meeting of Families next year in the city.

The archbishop made the announcement on the first day of the annual fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore.

With up to 15,000 attendees expected for the gathering of families from around the country and the world Sept. 22-25, 2015, organizers are planning hotel and other accommodations plus a full slate of top speakers and activities for what will be the largest convention for Philadelphia next year.

People in the Salina Diocese who are interested in group travel options with neighboring dioceses can contact the Office of Family Life at (785) 827-8746, ext. 40, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

"The World Meeting of Families will deal with a wide range of family issues where our faith is both needed and tested," the archbishop said. "These are matters that affect families not only here in the United States but on a global scale."

Addressing those matters in six keynote speeches and 67 breakout sessions — each allowing for 15 to 20 minutes of questions and answers with 700 to 1,000 people per session — will be speakers including Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines, and other bishops, priests and religious sisters, plus Helen Alvare, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and author Scott Hahn.

Annual request a key part of funding education of future priests PDF Print E-mail
Written by Doug Weller   
Thursday, 23 October 2014 13:14

Salina — The seminarian collection scheduled for Nov. 8 and 9 in parishes is a key part of educating the Diocese of Salina’s future priests.

The collection typically accounts for one-fourth of the annual amount needed to pay for the educational costs of seminarians.

This year, the diocese has 13 men studying to become priests, the largest number in several years. That blessing comes with higher costs to education them — nearly $500,000 this year.

In a letter to parishioners, Bishop Edward Weisenburger asks for their support in the education of our future priests.

“In discerning God’s call, these men are doing all that we have asked of them. Please join me in likewise responding well by providing for their educational needs,” the bishop writes.

No single means of fundraising covers the annual educational costs, noted Syndi Larez, director of stewardship and development for the diocese. A combination of other local gifts, endowments and grants are utilized.

The diocese fully pays for seminarian education so that no man declines to consider a priestly vocation because of his inability to pay for the education. It can take up to eight years to complete that education.

Larez said the diocese constantly is looking at new sources to help fund seminarian education.

Hermana dejar diócesis para trabajar en El Paso convento PDF Print E-mail
Written by Doug Weller   
Thursday, 23 October 2014 13:13

Salina — La hermana Esther Pineda dejará su trabajo como director de la oficina del Ministerio Hispano de la diócesis de Salina a asumir un nuevo rol en su congregación.

Se irá al final de octubre para moverse a El Paso, Texas, para supervisar actividades y programas en el convento de las Hermanas de San José de Concordia. La casa de 10 habitaciones actualmente se está utilizando para hospedad a voluntarias que han llegado a ayudar con la afluencia de niños migratorios a los Estados Unidos de América Central.

La hermana que estaba supervisando la casa se enfermo y volvió a Concordia, y la congregación entonces tuvo que decidir si la casa debería seguir estando disponible, y si es así, ¿quién podría asumir los deberes?

“La llamada a la vida religiosa es una llamada a ser disponible cuando hay una necesidad a la cual uno puede responder; a lo que uno puede hacerse disponible para contestar”, dijo la hermana Esther. “Eso me ha traído a dejar la diócesis un poco antes de lo previsto.”

Ella dijo que tenía planeado retirarse de la diócesis el próximo verano después de sus 75 años de edad, pero esperaba continuar trabajando en la oficina de justicia y paz de la congregación en Salina, donde actualmente trabaja a tiempo parcial. Dijo que continuará haciendo este trabajo en El Paso.

Porque el español es su lengua materna y previamente había trabajado en El Paso, dijo que sentía que ella era la opción más lógica.

“Le dije a mi congregación, tal vez, yo puedo hacer esto”, ella dijo.

Sister to leave diocese to work in El Paso PDF Print E-mail
Written by Doug Weller   
Thursday, 23 October 2014 13:12

Salina — Sister Esther Pineda is leaving as director of the Office of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Salina to assume a new role for her congregation.

She will leave at the end of October to move to El Paso, Texas, to oversee activities and programs at the convent of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia. The 10-bedroom house most recently has been used to house volunteers coming to El Paso to help with the influx of children migrating from Central America to the United States.

The sister who was operating the house became ill and returned to Concordia, and the congregation then had to decide if the house should continue to be made available and, if so, who could assume those duties.

“The call to the religious life is a call to be available when there is a necessity to which one can respond, to which one can become available to answer,” she said. “That has brought me to leave the diocese a little ahead of schedule.”

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