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August 22, 2014

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Bishop Weisenburger to join U.S. group in Holy Land
Third man joins seminarian class; 12 in formation
Nearly $13 million collected in capital campaign
National group elects CSJ president to leadership team

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Human trafficking topic of Concordia conference PDF Print E-mail
Written by Doug Weller   
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 15:33

Concordia — Experts from across the state will gather here in September for a conference on human trafficking.

The registration deadline is Sept. 15 for the “Conference on the Epidemic of Modern-day Slavery,” which is Sept. 26 at Cloud County Community College. The cost is $25 and includes lunch.

Three continuing education hours are available for nurses, social workers and other healthcare professionals who attend.

To register, contact Joanne Balthazor at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (785) 243-1435, ext. 375.

Presenters during the daylong program — planned and organized by instructors in the allied health department at the college and Sister Margaret Nacke of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia — will be:

• Karen Countryman-Roswurm, director of the Center for Combating Human Trafficking in Wichita

• Dr. Terra Frazier, associate professor of pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine

• Pat Colloton, Kansas assistant attorney general, Anti-Human Trafficking Unit.

The program is designed to help participants understand the crime of human trafficking, to increase awareness and discuss Kansas laws related to the crime.

Special Mass to be celebrated at Holy Cross Church in Pfeifer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Doug Weller   
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 15:32

Pfeifer — A Mass commemorating the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross will be celebrated at 3 p.m. Sept. 14 at Holy Cross Church.

Capuchin Father John Schmeidler will celebrate the Mass, and the local group “Trilogy” will provide the music. 

Seed wheat will be blessed during Mass, and Father Schmeidler will bless the cemetery afterward.

The church, 10 miles south of Victoria, was selected as one of the Eight Wonders of Kansas Architecture by the Kansas Sampler Foundation and is considered one of the finest example of a Gothic-style church in the state. It was dedicated in 1918.

The church was closed when the parish was merged with St. Fidelis in Victoria in 1993.

The church building is being preserved by the non-profit Holy Cross Charities Inc.

Location of Respect Life Conference changes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Doug Weller   
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 15:12

The Diocese of Salina Respect Life Conference has been moved to the Sacred Heart Cathedral Hall of Bishops, 9th and Iron, Salina. Those attending are asked to use the west entrance.

The conference, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 13, originally was scheduled for the Webster Conference Center on North Ohio Street in Salina.

The topic of the conference is "Special Families, Special Blessings" and will feature author Chad Judice. Other speakers are Deacon Dick and Robbie Kramer of Herington, Jeff and Theola Otter of Norton and Dave Pfannenstiel of Hays.

The cost is $20 for individuals, $30 for couples and $40 for a family; lunch is included. Register at by Sept. 5.

Bishop Weisenburger to join U.S. group in Holy Land PDF Print E-mail
Written by Doug Weller   
Friday, 22 August 2014 08:47

Salina — Bishop Edward Weisenburger said his upcoming trip to the Holy Land is even more important now in the midst of violent conflict.

He and 17 other U.S. bishops and archbishops will travel to Israel, the West Bank and possibly Gaza on a “Bishops’ Prayer Pilgrimage for Peace in the Holy Land.”

Bishop Weisenburger will leave the United States on Sept. 10 and return Sept. 20.

Each of the nine days the bishops are in the Holy Land includes tours and official meetings, but prayer and liturgy are the focus, as is sharing their experiences with the faithful back home through social media.

“The goal is to talk to local people as much as possible. Both sides have a narrative and an important story that needs to be heard,” Bishop Weisenburger said.

The Vatican and the U.S. bishops support a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with recognition and security for Israel and a viable and independent state for Palestinians.

But with escalating violence between the two sides, Bishop Weisenburger said he fears the Palestinians’ story won’t be heard by his group.

“I’m strongly certain that Gaza is out,” he said. “That’s why it’s very disappointing that we may not be able to get into Gaza. That side of the story may be limited.”

The latest hostilities began in early July, when Israel began launching airstrikes into Gaza in retaliation to missiles being fired into Israel by Hamas militants. Since then, more than 1,800 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed and more than a quarter of Gaza’s 1.8 million residents have been displaced, according to Gazan officials. More than 60 Israeli soldiers have been killed.

The bishops’ trip, however, isn’t in response to the latest violence.

Third man joins seminarian class; 12 in formation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Doug Weller   
Friday, 22 August 2014 08:45

Salina — The Diocese of Salina has gained one more seminarian, and another who took a year off from studies is returning to school.

Christopher Davis, 20, of Manhattan completed his second year at Kansas State University and will attend Conception Seminary College in Conception, M0.

The son of Greg and Sharon Davis, he is a parishioner of Seven Dolors in Manhattan.

He said his experiences at the diocese’s Prayer and Action summer mission project as well as the Kansas Catholic College Student Convention this past spring convinced him he should try the seminary.

“I was in college and found amidst the busyness of work and classes a longing to give God a chance to lead me to a deeper understanding of him, his Church and his will for my life,” he said.

“My older sister Katy, who is entering her final year of nursing school at Benedictine College, practically jumped for joy when I told her I would be going,” he added. “My parents and extended family have many mixed feelings, as do I, of course. There are so many unknowns, but we are learning to embrace them and be thankful for them, too.

“Life would be so dull if we had it all figured out, if there were never any surprises,” he added.

Nearly $13 million collected in capital campaign PDF Print E-mail
Written by Doug Weller   
Friday, 22 August 2014 08:43

Salina — Four years after launching the first-ever capital campaign for the Diocese of Salina, the “Yesterday, Today and Forever” drive has received more than $12.8 million toward parishioners’ pledges.

The campaign, implemented by Bishop Paul Coakley, sought to raise $15 million to fund four critical components in the diocese: priest retirement, seminarian education, Catholic Charities and “Stewards of Hope,” the diocese’s pastoral plan.

Pledges totaled $17 million. Parishioners could support a particular component of the campaign or leave their gifts undesignated.

“This was truly a grass-roots campaign where we visited each parish and asked for the prayers and support of the faithful of the diocese,” said Syndi Larez, director of stewardship and development for the diocese. “The faith we share and the sacrifices made from the generations before us was the foundation on which this campaign was built.”

Now four years later, the campaign is producing the much-needed funds under the leadership of Bishop Edward Weisenburger.

The total raised likely will be less than the $17 million pledged because some donors have died, moved away or had a change in income status and are unable to fulfill their pledge.

“We are on track with fully funding the components of the capital campaign if all who have made pledges are able to fulfill them,” Larez said. “It is extremely important that donors continue to pay on their pledges to see that these efforts will be funded.”

Dodge City, Salina ITV collaboration featured PDF Print E-mail
Written by Doug Weller   
Friday, 22 August 2014 08:38

Washington, D.C. — A cooperative effort between the Dioceses of Salina and Dodge City is featured in the quarterly newsletter of Catholic Home Missions, an office of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The “Neighbors” newsletter focuses on programs in mission dioceses that have been assisted by Catholic Home Missions, which conducts an annual collection in parishes across the country.

Here, Home Missions grants have helped the Salina Diocese develop an interactive television system that is linked to a similar one used by the Dodge City Diocese.

Together, the two dioceses offer classes in pastoral ministry formation, which can lead to a degree in pastoral ministry from Newman University in Wichita.

There are ITV classrooms at the Chancery in Salina and at St. Thomas More in Manhattan, Sacred Heart in Colby, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Concordia, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Goodland, St. Nicholas of Myra in Hays, St. Francis of Assisi in Norton and Christ the King in WaKeeney.

Those interactive classrooms allow people to take part in educational offerings that are only about an hour’s drive away. Two-way video and audio link them to teachers and other students. Classes can be taught from either diocese.

The Dodge City Diocese developed its ITV program in 1997 with Newman University. The Salina Diocese joined in 2012.

National group names CSJ president to leadership team PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 August 2014 08:36

The woman who has led the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia for the past six years was elected to help lead the organization representing Catholic sisters nationwide.

Sister Marcia Allen was voted in Aug. 14 as president-elect of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious by the nearly 800 members attending the group’s annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

“I want to congratulate her and wish her well in her ministry,” Bishop Edward Weisenburger said of her election.

Sister Marcia joins Sister Sharon Holland, who will serve as president for the coming year, and Sister Carol Zinn, who is now past president, in the three-member governing body of the LCWR. In August 2015, Sister Carol will leave office, Sister Marcia will become president and a new president-elect will be selected.

The structure allows the three officers to work in collaboration and consultation with each other, according to LCWR.

The organization is made up of Catholic women religious who are leaders of their orders in the United States. It has more than 1,400 members who represent about 80 percent of the 51,600 women religious in the United States.

Sister Marcia, a native of Plainville, was received into the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia in 1959 and professed her final vows in 1963. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history and French from Marymount College in Salina and a master’s in school administration from Kansas State University.

She was a teacher and school adm

New vocations prayer card available PDF Print E-mail
Written by Doug Weller   
Friday, 22 August 2014 08:34

Salina — The Diocese of Salina Vocations Board and Bishop Edward Weisenburger have produced a new prayer card for vocations.

The cards, printed by Conception Abbey’s Printery House in Conception, Mo., will be distributed to all parishes and schools, both in English and Spanish.

“I am especially grateful to those parishes who pray for vocations regularly, oftentimes at the end of Mass,” Bishop Weisenburger said.

The new prayer reads:

Lord God, in your tender mercies you give your holy people every good gift. We turn to you today in our need, asking that you bless our diocese with an abundance of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Inspire us with your Holy Spirit to help young men and women hear your call and respond with joyful hearts. We also ask that you bless our priests and all who serve us in the Church today. May they know every grace and joy as you bring to completion the many good works begun in them. We ask this in faith, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Nueva tarjeta de oración para vocaciones seran distriubidas PDF Print E-mail
Written by Doug Weller   
Friday, 22 August 2014 08:33

Salina — La Diócesis de Salina Junta de Vocaciones y el obispo Edward Weisenburger han producido una nueva tarjeta de oración por las vocaciones.

Las tarjetas, impresas por Printery Casa Concepción Abadía en Concepción, Mo., serán distribuidos a todas las parroquias y escuelas, tanto en inglés y español.

“Estoy especialmente agradecido a aquellas parroquias que rezan por las vocaciones regularmente, muchas veces al final de la Misa”, dijo el Obispo Weisenburger.

El texto de la nueva oración dice así:

Señor Dios, en tu tierna misericordia das a tu pueblo todo lo que es bueno. Nos dirigimos a ti en nuestra necesidad. Bendice a nuestra diócesis con abundantes vocaciones al sacerdocio y vida religiosa. Inspíranos con tu Espíritu Santo para ayudar a jóvenes, hombres y mujeres a escuchar tu llamado y responder con corazones alegres. Bendice a nuestros sacerdotes y a todos los que sirven en tu iglesia. Que gozando de tu gracia y alegría se cumpla el trabajo que has comenzado en ellos. En fe te lo pedimos, por Cristo nuestro Señor. Amén.

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