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Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann and Bishop James V. Johnston led the annual Corpus Christi celebration at Blessed Sacrament Church in Kansas City, Kansas, on June 18.

Photos counterclockwise from the top: n Archbishop Naumann leads the Corpus Christi procession out of Blessed Sacrament Church in Kansas City, Kansas, through the surrounding neighborhood. The event is sponsored jointly by the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. This is the 10th year for the co-sponsored event. n Five angels prepare to lead the procession through the Blessed Sacrament neighborhood with rose petals. The angels are, from left: Estrella Martinez, Alexcia Martinez, Sarai Ramirez, Emmanuel Galvan and Rhyana Ramirez. n Bishop Johnston and Archbishop Naumann stop at one of the three prayer stations along the procession route. Father Mark Mertes, far right, pastor of Blessed Sacrament, leads the prayer.



LOCAL NEWS Vern and Dorothy Weller, members of St. Mary-St. Anthony Parish, Kansas City, Kansas, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on June 24 with a private family gathering. The couple was married on June 29, 1957, in Sedalia, Missouri. Their children are: Debbie, Cindy, Vern Jr. and Tom. They also have nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Ann (Soptic) and James Roberts, m e m bers of St. Mary-St. Anthony Parish, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on June 14. The couple was married on June 14, 1947, at St. Anthony Church, Kansas City, Kansas. Their children are: Jim Roberts, Tom Roberts, Dave Roberts and Diane Fletcher. They also have six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Mike and Jayme Tomlin, members of Good Shepherd Parish, Shawnee, will mark their 50th wedding anniversary on July 1. They will celebrate with a brunch with their wedding party at their home in Shawnee. Later that day, the family will gather at their daughter’s home for dinner. Afterwards, friends will join them for dessert, reminiscing and music by Jim Gumm’s Beatles band. Their children are: Shari Jo Brundige, Prairie Village; and T.J. Tomlin of Fort Collins, Colorado. They also have seven grandchildren.

Jim and Elizabeth (Griesemer) Hendricks, members of Queen of the Holy Rosary Parish, Overland Park, will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary with a future family dinner. The couple was married on June 28, 1952, at St. Joseph Church, Billings, Missouri. Their children are: Maggie Kleine, Prairie Village; Jim Hendricks, Aurora, Colorado; Ann Darnell, El Paso, Texas; Bill Hendricks, Overland Park; Dan Hendricks, Pueblo, Colorado; and Mary Duff, Springfield, Missouri. They also have 18 grandchildren (one deceased) and six great-grandchildren.

Edmund and Alice (Heim) Theis, members of Immaculate Conception-St. Joseph Parish, Leavenworth, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 21 with a blessing during Mass followed by an open house for family and friends. The couple was married on May 4, 1957, at St. Joseph Church in Leavenworth. Their children are: Mark Theis, Larry Theis, Joe Theis, Jerry Theis and Paula Poff. They also have 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Carol and Otto Kaifes, members of St. John the Baptist Parish, Kansas C i t y , Kansas, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 18 at a 9 a.m. Mass with their family. The couple was married on June 22, 1957, at St. John the Baptist. Their children are: Kurt, Gregg, Eric, Carrie, Otto and Kent. They also have 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Irene (Rottinghaus) and Joe Malone, m e m bers of St. Theresa Parish, Perry, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 24 with Mass at 4 p.m., followed by a reception and dinner at the parish center with family and friends. The couple was married June 24, 1967, at St. Mary Church, St. Benedict, by Father Leander Scheier, OSB. Their children are: Ann McDaneld, Susan Wheeler, Joe Malone II and John Malone. They also have 14 grandchildren.

Joan and Harry Hennigh, members of St. Benedict Parish, Atchison, will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on June 24 with a family dinner party hosted by their family. They have four children, 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. The couple was married on June 28, 1952, at St. Catherine Church, Racine, Wisconsin. Jeannie (Zugecic) and Larry Cornish, members of Holy Family Parish, Kansas City, Kansas, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on July 1. The couple was married on July 1, 1967, at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church in Kansas City, Kansas, by Father Andrew Hnat. They will receive an anniversary blessing during Mass on July 1 by Msgr. Mike Mullen. Their children — Katie Spell, Mark Cornish and Karen Guile — are hosting a reception in the couple’s honor at St. Patrick Parish hall in Kansas City, Kansas, after the 5 p.m. Mass. They also have six grandchildren. Richard and Thais (Shulda) Fahy, members of Holy Cross Parish, Overland Park, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 24 with family and friends at a buffet/pool party at the Oakshire Clubhouse. The couple was married on June 24, 1967, at St. George Church, Munden, by Father Louis Mattas. Their children are Lance and Denell. They also have four grandchildren.

Bob and Rosemary Sanders, members of Good Shepherd, S h a w nee, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on June 29. The couple was married on June 29, 1957, at St. Agnes Church, Roeland Park. Their children are: Bob Sanders, Karen Humphrey, John Sanders, Kathy Sanders and Jim Sanders. They also have 21 grandchildren. Judy and Jerry Healy, members of Curé of Ars Parish, Leawood, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on July 9 with a Mass at Curé followed by brunch with immediate family and friends. The couple was married on July 6, 1957, at Naval Air Station, Hutchison. Their children are: John Healy, Denise Ekhaus, Lauren Chapman, Oscar Healy, Kendra Schiek and Bridget Ismert. They also have 19 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Pete and Helen Debus, members of Queen of the Holy Rosary Parish, Overland Park, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with family during the July 4 weekend in St. Louis. The couple was married on July 8, 1967, at St. Mark Church, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Their children are: Mark Debus, Lisa Barnett and Kelley Wellman. They also have six grandchildren. Joe and Celia (D’Amato) Massimino, members of Church of the Nativity, Leawood, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 25. The couple was married on June 25, 1967, at St. Mark Church, New York. The Massiminos enjoyed a week in Hilton Head Island with their children and grandchildren. They will celebrate as well with a special dinner on their anniversary at the Capital Grille. They also attended the archdiocesan golden wedding anniversary celebration on June 4 at Nativity.


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ARCHBISHOP NAUMANN June 23 Wedding — Wichita June 24-29 Apostles of the Interior Life retreat June 30 Fortnight for Freedom July 1-5 Convocation of Catholic Leaders — Orlando, Florida July 9 Mass for Junior Knights of Peter Claver convention Baptism of third of more children — Cathedral of St. Peter, Kansas City, Kansas. July 11 Priests meeting July 12 Mass — Fraternity Poor of Jesus Christ Friars July 13 Johnson County Serra Club’s annual seminarian Mass and barbecue — Queen of the Holy Rosary, Overland Park

ARCHBISHOP KELEHER June 24 Mass — Brosna, Ireland June 25 Mass — Brosna, Ireland July 9 Mass — Federal prison camp July 11 Mass and confessions — Camp Tekakwitha, Williamsburg

Sister Esther Fangman elected Benedictine prioress ATCHISON — The Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica here have elected Sister Esther Fangman, OSB, as the 12th prioress in their 153-year history. Sister Esther is a native of Seneca, educated by Benedictine Sisters in St. Benedict. She received a doctorate in counseling from Idaho State University and has used her training in a number of counseling setSister Esther tings. Currently, she is in Fangman, OSB private practice, serving clients in the Kansas City area. She was also president of the Federation of St. Scholastica, a national federation of Benedictine women’s monasteries, from 1998 to 2010. She follows Sister Anne Shepard, who has served the community as prioress for the past 12 years. Sister Anne praised the community’s choice saying, “Having lived and served with Sister Esther in Kansas City as well as Atchison, I find her to be a woman of faith, compassion and competency. Our community will be blessed with her as our new prioress.” In accepting this new role, Sister Esther said simply, “I am honored to be chosen to serve such a prayerful group of women.” Sister Esther will begin her six-year term of leadership with a Mass and installation ceremony on July 9 at the monastery.





Seventeen new permanent deacons were ordained for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas by Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann on June 3 at Prince of Peace Church in Olathe.

SECOND COHORT OF DEACONS ORDAINED New deacons look forward to ministries of service

By Joe Bollig


LATHE — It wasn’t that becoming a permanent deacon was a strange idea for Deacon Brad Sloan, a member of Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Topeka. Rather, it wasn’t an idea at all. He wasn’t even looking for it. “It’s not something that I would have ever chosen for myself,” he said. “In fact, it was the furthest thing from my mind when it was suggested by my spiritual director that I look into it. “My natural reaction was, ‘No, you’ve got the wrong guy.’” Nevertheless, about five years after his spiritual director raised the possibility of him becoming a cleric, he joined 16 other men to be ordained a permanent deacon by Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann on June 3 at Prince of Peace Parish in Olathe. What a long, strange journey it had been. The 17 new permanent deacons are the second “cohort,” or group, to be ordained for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. They join the members of the first cohort ordained in 2011, and other permanent deacons who were ordained elsewhere but moved into the archdiocese. Despite having apostolic origins, the clerical office of deacon is still unfamiliar to many Catholics. Although the establishment of the diaconate can be found in the Acts of the Apostles, the office slowly disappeared until it became a temporary state before priestly ordination. Pope Paul VI restored the permanent diaconate in 1967. Catholics, who had been used to transitional deacons and celibate priests, were a little confused by the advent of permanent deacons with wives and children. The unofficial and erroneous term

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“lay deacon” arose. Actually, permanent deacons are no longer laity but members of the three ranks of clerics, which are deacon, priest and bishop. “Part of this confusion, this misnomer of ‘lay deacons,’ results from the fact that most permanent deacons — as evidenced by our 17 candidates today — are married,” said Archbishop Naumann in his homily. “Part of the impetus for the reestablishment of the permanent diaconate,” he continued, “while maintaining the importance of the charism of celibacy for priests . . . was to create a new cadre of clergy who could be married and would spend a significant or majority of their lives fulfilling their family responsibilities.” Members of the second cohort gave different reasons for wanting to be a deacon. Some, like Deacon Sloan, felt they were called. Others, like Deacon Tim Ruoff, described it as being “led by the Lord.” Deacon Ralph Schramp wanted to “give something back to the church.” Deacon Marcos Navarro saw the ministry of service done by permanent deacons as a continuation of his life and something he’d like to do. “I was in [the] seminary and discerning the priesthood from 2005 to 2007, and I remember [discerning] that even though I wasn’t called to the priesthood, he was calling me to ministry in the church,” said Deacon Nicholas Moragues, a member of Good Shepherd Parish in Shawnee and director of formation there. “Over the years, as I’ve taken on different ministerial roles . . . I had a real desire to serve in a capacity that would allow me to have the backing of the sacrament of holy orders,” he continued. “I found that everything the diaconate is and does is much of what I was already doing. I see it as a strengthening of the service I’m already called to.” >> See “DEACONS” on page 4


From front to back, Deacons Joe Allen and Mike Denning lay prostrate before the altar during the Litany of the Saints.

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Little Brothers break ground for new monastery

By Jill Ragar Esfeld


ANSAS CITY, Kan. — Children were running though the monastery of the Little Brothers of the Lamb here on June 3, hiding behind signs that read “entrance,” “chapel” and “refectory.” The monastery was accessible for a game of tag because, for now, it is an outline in white paint on a field at the intersection of Homer and Boeke streets in Kansas City, Kansas. The children were part of many local families who came to celebrate the groundbreaking for the future home of the Little Brothers, which will be called “Light of Mary, Mother of God.” The event coincided with the birthday of Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, who lined up with the Little Brothers and construction officials to break ground for the building. “Unless we build on the rock which is God,” he said, “our building is in vain. “The Little Brothers and Sisters have built their community life on this rock, which is the Lamb of God.” The archbishop recalled the vision of the community’s foundress Little Sister Marie when she talked of a monastery for the Little Sisters of the Lamb who were first to settle in the archdiocese. “I couldn’t see it,” he said. The Little Sisters’ monastery, Lumen Christi, was consecrated by Archbishop Naumann on September 14, 2013. “And when [the community] said they had a perfect place for the Little



Little Brother Clement assists Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann as he blesses the field that will be the foundation of the future Little Monastery “Light of Mary, Mother of God.” Brothers’ monastery,” continued the archbishop, “I was blind to that, too. “But they were looking with eyes of faith.” The archbishop thanked those gathered for their sacrifices that helped raise funds for the monastery, and for their prayers that made it a reality. The crowd was an impressive socioeconomic mix of friends from the immediate neighborhood and the surrounding counties in the archdiocese. Referring to the diversity, Archbishop Naumann commented, “This makes us see we are one family in God.”

The establishment of this second monastery for the Community of the Lamb places the Little Brothers, along with the Little Sisters, permanently in Kansas City, Kansas. “What a blessing this is,” said the archbishop. “They place God in the center of this community — an oasis of God’s presence where all can come to pray.” The archbishop asked the audience to pray for “smooth construction and the safety of all working on the project.” He also expressed his hope that they

would gather again within the year to celebrate the monastery’s completion. “All of you are part of this,” he said. “The Lord has worked through you to make this a reality.” After the groundbreaking, the Community of the Lamb surprised the archbishop with a giant birthday cake holding an appropriate number of candles. They then escorted him to a center seat in the audience and performed a play written especially for the occasion. The celebration finished with friends and neighbors sharing traditional foods from their native countries. To contribute to the building fund of the Little Brothers’ monastery, send a check to: Little Brothers of the Lamb, 801 Vermont Ave., Kansas City, KS 66101, or donate online by visiting: www. All donations are tax deductible.

Deacons ready to accept the challenge >> Continued from page 3 As aspirants and then candidates, the newly ordained deacons faced many challenges along the way. Deacon Joe Allen and others mentioned the challenge of balancing the demands of family, work and formation. Deacon Navarro spoke of his worldview and mindset changing from a secular to a spiritual focus. Deacon Schramp talked about learning new disciplines of a more rigorous prayer life. And Deacon Moragues mentioned the long period of formation and rigor of the academic aspect. “Probably my greatest [challenge] was that I didn’t feel worthy of the call,” said Deacon Sloan. “But because I have a good spiritual director and a good prayer life, the Lord is with me all the time. I firmly believe he’ll give me the strength to face [future] challenges.” Just before their ordinations, the 17 men received their first assignments as permanent deacons. (See the sidebar at the far right.) As expected, their ministries will involve various forms of service. Many will also be proclaiming the Gospel and preaching at Mass, performing baptisms, preparing couples for marriage, and presiding at marriages and funerals without a Mass. “To be a deacon is to [manifest] the service of Jesus Christ,” said Deacon Allen. “You’re not a government social worker helping with social programs. You’re there on behalf of Jesus Christ and the church to help people not only physically, but spiritually, to help bring them to Jesus Christ through service.”

‘We are yours’ To the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, On this past June 3, through the reception of the sacrament of holy orders at the hands of Archbishop Naumann, we were formally received into the ranks of clergy for our archdiocese. Sustained by the grace of the sacrament and in communion with the archbishop and his priests, we are now clerics and at the service of the people of God. By holy orders, we are configured to Christ in his most humble form — the Son of God who emptied himself to serve. And the effect of this communion with Christ the servant is the gift that we bring to the archdiocese: We are yours! You have made our five-year path to ordination possible. In addition to your prayers and encouragement, you sustained our formation program through your generosity to the Archbishop’s Call to Share campaign, which funds the diaconate program. We are equally thankful for the inspiring leadership of Leon Suprenant, the co-director of the archdiocesan office of the permanent diaconate, who is responsible for such an incredible formation program. And to Father Gary Pennings, Father Greg Hammes, Deacon Tom Mulvenon, Deacon Dan Peterson, Deacon Mike Schreck, all the Benedictine College professors and the School of Faith — we are forever grateful for your guidance and instruction. For our families — you have been a great source of strength during this journey. We arrive at the threshold of this demanding ministry fortified by your love, support and collaboration. For the past five years, we were formed to yield our hearts to the Spirit and develop a “deacon’s heart” — a heart of compassion and total self-giving to Christ. And now, having received the outpouring of the Holy Spirit’s graces at ordination, we are primed for service to you — to our poor, our imprisoned, our sick, our refugees, those who suffer from loss of faith and those who are tempted to give up hope. Saint John Paul II said that “in a world hungry and thirsty for convincing signs of the compassion and liberating love of God, the deacon sacramentalizes the mission of the church by his words and deeds, responding to the Master’s command of service and providing real-life examples of how to carry it out.” So here we are! We eagerly join the 23 permanent deacons who are already zealously serving our archdiocese. With them, we offer Christ all that we have and all that we are — our hearts, minds, and bodies — to be the sign to the world that St. John Paul II described. And through our offering, we become empty vessels that can be filled with the graces of Christ’s servant identity. So, when we come to serve you, our charity should leave no doubt that it is truly Christ, working through his humble servants, who has come to meet you in all your needs. And after our five years of formation, we are so ready to begin. Thank you for accompanying us and sustaining us during this journey. Our destination is our starting point. It is now our turn to serve you. Through Christ the servant and his church, we are yours!

The new deacons Deacon Joe Allen St. John Paul II Parish, Olathe Deacon Dave Cresswell St. Patrick Parish, Kansas City, Kansas, Deacon Mike Denning Prince of Peace Parish, Olathe Deacon Dean Gilbert Immaculate Conception-St. Joseph Parish, Leavenworth Deacon Steve Lemons Good Shepherd Parish, Shawnee Deacon Mike Moffitt St. Paul Parish, Olathe Deacon Nicholas Moragues Sacred Heart Parish, Shawnee Deacon Marcos Navarro Good Shepherd Parish, Shawnee Deacon Phillip Nguyen Curé of Ars Parish, Leawood Deacon Stephen Nguyen St. Ann Parish, Prairie Village Deacon Timothy Ruoff Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Topeka Deacon Ralph Schramp Church of the Nativity Parish, Leawood Deacon Chris Slater, Prince of Peace Parish, Olathe Deacon Bradley Sloan Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Topeka Deacon John Stanley Church of the Ascension Parish, Overland Park Deacon Steve White Curé of Ars Parish, Leawood Deacon Ron Zishka Sacred Heart Parish, Tonganoxie




Program helps people break free of payday loan cycle By Carolyn Kaberline Special to The Leaven


OPEKA — The statistics are staggering: 70 million people in this country are currently unbanked, unbankable or unhappily banked. These people are locked out of traditional financial services and often turn to predatory lenders such as payday and title loan companies — of which there are now more than McDonalds and Starbucks combined — so they can cover ordinary bills. Their use amounts to some $89 billion a year. Often, when the cycle of using payday and title loans begins, it continues and leaves no way out due to mounting fees: In Kansas, the calculated annual percentage rate for a typical loan is 391 percent. In fact, the users of payday loans often spend the same percent of their income on interest and fees as the typical family spends on groceries. It is statistics such as these, as well as the increasing use of payday and title loans, that prompted Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas to screen the dramatic film “Spent: Looking for Change” at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library this month. The film follows four stories of individuals or families as they struggle to make ends meet. One is a college graduate struggling to pay student loans and start a business; two other storylines feature families struggling with mounting medical expenses. The final shares the struggles of an individual who made past credit mistakes and is finding it impossible to get a mortgage or other loans. While many may believe payday loans are used only by people experiencing emergencies, statistics prove otherwise: 69 percent of these loans are used for recurring expenses like utilities, credit card payments, car payments, mortgage, rent and food. Once these four individuals/families in the film begin using payday loans, the fees and exorbitant interest rates keep them renewing them, driving them even further into debt, as often happens in real life. The family using a title loan ends up losing their car, as many real-life borrowers do. While many people think that the scenarios featured in the film could never happen to them, said Jonathan


Panel participants — from left, Brenda Guilfoyle, Topeka Emergency Assistance Center manager; Sasheen Cutchlow, Kansas Loan Pool Project supervisor; Thomas Green, KLPP participant; and Jeanette Pryor, legislative assistant for Kansas Catholic Conference — take part in a discussion about payday loans.

“THE FINANCIALLY UNSTABLE ARE A PICTURE OF YOU AND ME, BUT FOR A COUPLE OF BREAKS.” Mintz, CEO for Financial Empowerment Fund, they should think again. “The financially unstable are a picture of you and me, but for a couple of breaks,” he said. Following the film, attendees broke into groups for discussion. This was followed by a panel discussion that introduced the Kansas Loan Pool Project (KLPP), a payday/title loan refinance program. Panel participants were Sasheen Cutchlow, KLPP supervisor; Tama Dutton, KLPP Topeka program specialist; Thomas Green, KLPP program participant; Brenda Guilfoyle, Topeka Emergency Assistance Center manager for Catholic Charities; and Jeanette Pryor, Kansas Catholic Conference legislative assistant. The KLPP, offered by Catholic Charities in conjunction with Capital City

Bank, provides a payday/title loan refinance program. This program gives participants a new, low-interest loan — currently 6 percent — that allows them to pay off their high-interest payday or title loan balances and get out from under their predatory lending policies. To be eligible for this program, the total amount of payday or title loans must be no more than $1500; the participants must have a stable, traceable income; and their budgets must reflect the ability to make monthly loan payments. In addition, they must submit to monthly case management for the duration of the loan and attend financial education courses. “We act as financial coaches that help clients find the strength within themselves to solve their financial problems,” Dutton said. “We are banking case managers here to provide a hand up. We’ll help you see where you are at and support you as you discover your inner strength.” Dutton encouraged those needing assistance to call the KLPP hotline number at (785) 233-0133. “The phone is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year,” Dutton said. “If you leave a message, we will get back to you within

Pay off your payday loan For help refinancing your payday loan, call the Kansas Loan Pool Project (KLPP), a payday/title loan refinance program of Catholic Charities in conjunction with Capital City Bank. Call (785) 233-0133, day or night, seven days a week.

four business days.” Guilfoyle explained that Catholic Charities also offers a food pantry and emergency assistance for rent and utilities, so hopefully people won’t have to resort to predatory loans. Green, a participant in the KLPP, explained that he was not prepared for a financial emergency and would have been paying on his payday loan “forever” without this program. Now he expects to be debt free in a year. Pryor told of working with legislators to advance laws changing Kansas’ permissive attitude toward payday and title loans. Dutton also noted that the film and panel discussion will be presented again in the fall.


LOCAL NEWS TOOLS FOR FAMILIES Growing as Disciples of Jesus

Make your home a holy sanctuary Pope Francis calls our households the “domestic church.” Lately, we’ve been changing how our house is arranged so that it reflects more of what a church looks like. We don’t have a TV on our main level. (I know, we’re weirdos). We staged our family room with café chairs and coffee tables having places to read/study ARTWORK BY NEILSON CARLIN, 2015 without distraction. How could you rearrange some things to reflect God in your domestic church? — Ray Martin, family life, Church of the Ascension, Overland Park



St. Dominic, Holton Address: 115 E. 5th St., 66436 Phone: (785) 364-3262 Pastor: Father Marianand Mendem Mass times: Saturday, 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Email: Website: MORE PHOTOS AND A VIDEO TOUR of this church can be seen online at:


Sisters of Charity learn about the influence and relevance of St. Vincent de Paul


EAVENWORTH — In 1617, Vincent de Paul, a Catholic priest in France, had two conversion experiences. These dramatically shaped his life and spirituality, and subsequently influenced many religious congregations and organizations that trace their roots to him, including the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. In this 400th anniversary year of the Vincentian charism, or spirit, two Sisters of Charity spent a month in France walking the path of St. Vincent de Paul and absorbing his spirituality. Sisters Margaret Finch and Peg Johnson participated in the program hosted by the International Formation Center for St. Vincent de Paul based in Paris. From April 25 through May 24, they joined 22 other persons from around the world in prayer, conferences, pilgrimages, song and laughter. Participants, directors and presenters included other women religious, priests, brothers and laypersons. Sister Peg was impressed by one of the speakers who stressed that living the virtues espoused by St. Vincent has the potential to transform the world. These virtues include humility, simplicity, charity, zeal, joy, gentleness, justice and others. “Vincent preached and lived being on fire with love of God and service to the poor,” Sister Peg said. “This is at the heart of the Vincentian charism.” Sister Margaret saw parallels in the work that St. Vincent did in the 17th century and the services provided by his followers today. He collaborated with others to provide shelter for the homeless, youth in need and displaced persons. Sister Margaret plans to return to all the information she received during the spirituality program and pray with it to learn more about St. Vincent and the charism. She found the pilgrimages to so many holy places fascinating. In the church where St. Vincent was ordained, the priest celebrating Mass with the group used the saint’s own chalice. The pilgrims saw original papers documenting the 17th-century founding of the congregations of priests and

Sisters Peg Johnson, left, and Margaret Finch stand beneath a statue of St. Vincent de Paul during their trip to France for the Vincentian spirituality program. Sisters who ministered outside monasteries to serve both the spiritual and physical needs of people. St. Vincent established the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian priests) and worked with St. Louise de Marillac to found the Daughters of Charity. Sister Peg came away from the entire experience appreciative of the fact that she and the Sisters of Charity are part of the larger worldwide

Vincentian family that includes lay and religious men and women who share a common spirit. Sister Margaret agreed, adding that she is grateful for all that she was able to see, hear and do. “This opportunity enriched my prayer life and will continue to do so as I revisit the memories and review my notes,” she said.

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LOCAL NEWS Statement Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann has granted a leave of absence to Father Shawn Tunink, pastor of St. Philip Neri Parish, Osawatomie; Sacred Heart Parish, Mound City; and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, La Cygne. The leave of absence was recommended after a psychological evaluation was conducted to assess depression, emotional health, failure to maintain professional boundaries, as well as physical health issues such as weight management. Father Tunink will be enrolled in a program to assist him in addressing these issues. Father Tunink’s leave of absence is not related to any misconduct with a minor or by any financial misconduct in his role as pastor. The archbishop has appointed Father Francis Burger, a retired priest of the archdiocese, to serve as parochial administrator of St. Philip Neri Parish, Osawatomie; Sacred Heart Parish, Mound City; and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, La Cygne. The appointment was effective June 13. The archbishop asks the faithful of the archdiocese to remember Father Tunink in their prayers during his time of leave.

TEC gathering set for July in Wichita BEL AIRE — The Teens Encounter Christ movement will come together for its annual gathering at the Spiritual Life Center in the Diocese of Wichita from July 7-9. Each year, members of local TEC communities meet for three days of fellowship, resources, prayer and networking. Anyone 18 or older who is involved in TEC, past or present, is invited to attend the event. Registration prices range from $100$235 depending on room selection. Online registration for TEC Encounter 2017 and additional event information can be found at:

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Sister Mary Kamperschroer, SCL LEAVENWORTH — Sister Mary Kamperschroer, 76, a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth for 57 years, died May 26 at the motherhouse here. Born on March 21, 1941, in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Mary Catherine Kamperschroer grew up in Billings, Montana, where she met the Sisters of Charity. She entered the religious community in August 1959 and professed first vows as Sister John Therese. She later returned to her baptismal name. Sister Mary spent the first part of her religious life as an elementary school teacher in Los Angeles; Topeka; Independence, Missouri; Kansas City, Missouri; and Butte, Montana. She then became a medical technologist and applied her scientific mind

in Sisters of Charity hospitals in Butte; Denver; Santa Monica, California; Grand Junction, Colorado; and Leavenworth. From 1996 to 2011, Sister Mary worked as a technology director and administrative assistant with Sylvan Learning Centers in Los Angeles. Since 2012, she volunteered her time at Saint John’s Health Center, the public library and an animal shelter in the Santa Monica area. From her early childhood, Sister Mary had a great love of animals. On her return to the motherhouse, she was comforted knowing that her friends in Santa Monica had found good homes for her cat Princess and other pets. Sister Mary loved nature and was a gifted photographer. She was a happy, active and curious person with a positive outlook.

The Totus Tuus teams will offer an adapted Totus Tuus program for people with special needs beginning July 24-27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Queen of the Holy Rosary Parish in Overland Park. This Totus Tuus program is for persons ages 6 to adult with intellectual/developmental disabilities. The fee is $30 per person or $50 per family. Registration deadline is July 1. Volunteers are also needed for the program. For more information, contact the archdiocesan office of special-needs ministry by email at: or call (913) 647-3054. To register, go online to:

St. Joseph Medical Center opens new senior clinic KANSAS CITY, Mo. — St. Joseph Medical Center will officially open the Sister Margaret’s Senior Clinic here, led by a dedicated team of experts with specialized training and expertise in geriatric services. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for June 27 from 3 to 6 p.m. at 1010 Carondelet Drive, Suite 120. From senior relevant educational classes to a specialized emergency room and disease management services geared toward the special needs of seniors, the Senior Clinic at St. Joseph Medical Center will bring renowned comprehensive health care services to the entire senior community. “We are committed to bringing the best health care to seniors, to help ease the burden of illness on patients and their family,” said Kirk Sloan, MD, chief medical officer. “The new inpatient and outpatient senior program will offer patients coordinated medical services, all in one convenient setting.” To schedule an appointment or take a tour of the clinic, call (816) 943-5755.

Sister Regina Mary Link, SCL LEAVENWORTH — Sister Regina Mary Link, 90, a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth, died on June 4 at the motherhouse here. She was known as a quiet, gentle woman of faith with a heart of gold. Marcella Theresa Link was born March 3, 1927, in Yates Center, one of five children of John J. and Frances (Denner) Link. She graduated from Cherry Creek Grade School and Yates Center High School. She received a degree in elementary education and later a master of librarianship from Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia. She entered the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth on Aug. 19, 1954, and, as Sister Regina Mary, professed vows on Aug. 22, 1956. She was a

Sister of Charity for 62 years. Sister Regina Mary taught before becoming a Sister of Charity and continued teaching primary grades in her early years as a Sister in Leavenworth, Los Angeles and Kansas City, Kansas. In 1965, she transitioned to a new ministry as a high school librarian. She served at schools in Helena and Butte, Montana, and spent a combined 23 years as librarian at St. Pius X High School, Kansas City, Missouri. The high school presented her with the 1995 Giuseppe Sarto Award for dedication to students and Catholic education and named its library in her honor. She returned to the motherhouse in 1997 and was librarian there until she retired in 2015.

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LATHE — Deacon Jim Lavin slowly and considerately approaches an elderly, wheelchair-bound woman at Villa St. Francis here. He says her name, looking for a glint of recognition in her eyes. Finding none, he sits beside her anyway, talking softly so that only she can hear him. He finishes with a prayer, gently touches her shoulder and says his goodbyes — for now. He moves on and deliberately repeats this delicate process with four other patients.

and that he or she has a disease or a Deacon Lavin serves as a chaplain condition that will result in continued with Catholic Community Hospice, decline. a ministry of Catholic Charities of “We want to make them, above all, Northeast Kansas. On this day, he has comfortable — free of anxiety and ag22 patients and their families to look itation as much as possible,” he said, after and console. The day before, he “and to give them the best quality of had 25, but three patients died overthe life they have left.” night. He has been on the job since And, Deacon Lavin added, we Feb. 1, having previously worked for work to help both the patients and the archdiocese as a web specialist. their families “be spiritually prepared A friend recently asked him how for this.” he liked his new duties. “We have social workers, case manDeacon Lavin said simply, “I love agers, nurses and home health aides it. who come in and help “Then I thought bathe the patient, trim about that afterward If you have a family member fingernails, fix hair and realized that or loved one nearing the end and groom the pasounds strange,” he of his or her life and would tient,” he continued. added, “because it like more information about Music and massounds like you enjoy Catholic Community Hossage therapy are also hanging out with the pice, call (913) 621-5090 or available. The patient dead and the grieving. visit the website at: catholic can decline any of the “But in a sense, I services that are prolove it because it’s a vided. ministry. It’s importBut the spiritual part is an integral ant ministry work — and I can be part of all the services, Deacon Lavin a messenger of hope in the faith to said. so many people who need it at this “We’re not fighting the disease time.” anymore,” he said. “We’re fighting the Deacon Lavin is one of three chapfear and resignation that sometimes lains of Catholic Community Hoscomes when facing the end of life.” pice. The others are Sister Judith Catholic Community Hospice proJackson of the Sisters of Charity of vides hospice care at no cost to the Leavenworth, and Tracy MacClempatient because of coverage by Medient, a Presbyterian minister. All care, Medicaid and many insurances, three chaplains serve patients of all Deacon Lavin said. Some other hosfaiths, not only in Kansas, but in Mispices work on a for-profit basis, he souri, which does not have a Catholic noted. hospice. Because of this emphasis on both the patient and the family, Deacon Lavin said, a bereavement coordinator will stay in contact with family members up to a year or longer after the patient has died. Hospice represents a type of care that a patient chooses when he or she has a long-term, life-threatening illness and no longer wants to go through aggressive treatments, Deacon Lavin said. To qualify for hospice services, a doctor has to certify that the paThe process for Deacon Lavin tient has less than six months to live begins when he gets notified he has

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a new patient. The patient might be homebound or in a facility, such as Villa Saint Francis, or a hospital. It may be someone who is not expected to live more than a few more days. He’s had a patient for less than eight hours. Depending on their cognitive level, his ability to communicate with them can be challenging. “I meet with the family in person or call them to get more information about the patient,” Deacon Lavin said. “One of the things that Sister Judith taught me was to minister in a way that is meaningful to them. “We serve people of all faiths — or no faith. There’s a reason the family chose Catholic Community Hospice. So, one thing I do is minister in a way that is meaningful to them.” If they are Catholic, Deacon Lavin determines if they have a favorite devotion, like the rosary, the Divine Mercy chaplet or other special prayers. He also contacts a priest if they need the sacrament of the anointing of the sick. If they are Protestant, he finds out if they would be willing to pray with him or would like a visit from their own minister. “Sometimes, I coordinate that,” Deacon Lavin said. “Same with priests. I’ve called some priests and

Deacon Jim Lavin offers comfort to hospice patients at Villa St. Francis in Olathe. Deacon Lavin serves as a chaplain with Catholic Community Hospice, a ministry of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. Despite the nature of his work, he finds his ministry very rewarding.

had them come anoint the patient. “If the patient has little or no faith, I still want to minister in a way that is meaningful to them, which is called being a minister of presence. Being there. Being social, talking about things they can relate to, holding their hand, but respecting their faith, their affiliation and background. “We don’t proselytize,” said Deacon Lavin. “But if they’re Catholic, we touch on faith, hope and love.” Catholic Community Hospice recently held its annual memorial service, which is for all the patients who have died in the previous year. “All the loved ones are invited,” Deacon Lavin said. “It’s not a Mass, but it’s a powerful, moving service to help with closure and to remind the family that they are not alone, that they are loved and that we’re all in this together.”

Hospice care isn’t just for the last moment By Steve Buckner Special to The Leaven


nn Kressin wants to proclaim a message to families in need of hospice care: Don’t wait until the last moment to call Catholic Community Hospice. “It’s important to reach out to hospice as soon as you know it’s time,” she said. “The support that they give you over the long run really helped with our grieving after we lost our father.” Hospice care can begin as early as six months out if that fact is certified by a doctor. “A lot of people wait until they have three days left, but it’s amazing what hospice can do for you,” Kressin said. “They can help you with everything from medical equipment to communicating about medicines. They even provided a massage for my father to alleviate his severe neck pain.” She added that Deacon Jim Lavin created a relationship with her father, Gordon Flack, who loved it when the deacon visited him. “My father was a very private man, and he appreciated Deacon Jim coming by and talking with him,” Kressin said. “Even when my father couldn’t speak anymore, you could tell he was relieved and felt at peace when he heard Deacon Jim’s voice.” The family, she said, wanted to support their father in his final days “by surrounding him with people who could be faithful, loving and kind and help us carry out his wishes in a way that he would want us to.” Deacon Lavin had help in this regard. “Our nurse, Bronwyn Ruffalo, supported not only my father, but me or anyone else who happened to be there visiting him,” Kressin said. “She was always available to take our calls and was always calming, very respectful and very willing to share information about what was going on,” she continued. “We never felt like we didn’t know what was happening. “And then at the end, there’s the spiritual support he received throughout his journey. At the end, there was Deacon Jim who prayed with us, which was an amazing closure to what had been a very, very wonderful journey.” She said that she thought the work Deacon Lavin and Ruffalo did was “a calling wrapped in faith,” instead of a job. “If you’re Catholic or belong to another religion, you know your loved one will be cared for and, by extension, you will be cared for as well,” Kressin said. “I feel very grateful to Catholic Community Hospice, and particularly to Deacon Jim and Bronwyn. “They were our advocates for us. They were amazing. I can’t say enough great things about them.”




U.S. Catholic honored as physician working in Sudan war zone By Josephine von Dohlen Catholic News Service


ASHINGTON (CNS) — Hidden in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, a war zone for the past few years, a U.S. Catholic missionary, Dr. Tom Catena, ministers to a village of 750,000 people as the single medical doctor in the area. He says his faith is the primary motivation for his work and that he relies on his faith to keep up with the unrelenting nature of his work. “We have very clear directives from our Lord as to how to treat our brothers and sisters who are ‘the least of these,’” Catena said in a June 5 email to Catholic News Service. Catena received the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity May 28 in Yerevan, Armenia, for his work among the people in Sudan. The Aurora Prize has been awarded annually since 2015 “to an individual whose actions have had an exceptional impact on preserving human life and advancing humanitarian causes,” according to the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative’s website. Catena assists as many as 500 patients in one day. While he remains the only permanent doctor in the area, other volunteers have been able to assist for short periods of time. Their secluded location in the Nuba mountains, as well as their proximity to the war front, makes it difficult for others to assist. “The most difficult part is having your patients die,” Catena told those in attendance at the Aurora Prize ceremony. “It is the most excruciating pain imaginable. A child that was hit with an incendiary bomb, burns over 60 percent of his body, dies in your arms. In the female ward, a woman with terminal breast cancer dies. “A woman who had a leg amputation dies. A pregnant woman with pre-eclampsia dies during childbirth,” he continued. “A mother is screaming in grief because her baby has just died from measles. In the male ward, a soldier you operated on dies and you are trying to explain to the family what happened. And that’s just a typical day.” His remarks at the ceremony were released by the Catholic Medical Mis-


Dr. Tom Catena checks on a young patient in a wheelchair outside Mother of Mercy Hospital in Gidel, Sudan, in 2012. Catena, a U.S. Catholic physician and missionary who serves in Sudan, has received the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity. sion Board, known as CMMB, in its announcement of him receiving the prize. The Nuban people in Sudan have been suffering since April 2012 when the Sudan government began a bombing campaign against those they assume to be associated with Nuban rebels. Since then, the Sudan government has

dropped 4,802 shrapnel bombs on civilians, according to Nuba Reports, an online news site. The bombings have left civilians suffering and injured. Along with the award, Catena receives a $100,000 grant and $1 million prize, which he has given to three organizations, one being CMMB. The

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organization has assisted Catena in his efforts as well as the hospital where he works, Mother of Mercy Hospital, with donations of pharmacy goods as well as financial and other aid. Bruce Wilkinson, CMMB president and CEO, said the organization is proud to be partners with Catena. “Dr. Tom inspires all of us by his selfless dedication to bringing healing and hope in a forgotten and war-ravaged part of the world,” Wilkinson said in a statement. “His humble and longterm service sets an example for humanitarians everywhere and challenges them to recommit to the struggle for justice and protection for the most vulnerable.” Co-chair of the Aurora Prize Selection Committee, George Clooney, the Academy Award-winning actor, said Catena is a role model to all. “As violence and war continue to threaten people’s spirits and perseverance, it is important to recognize, empower, and celebrate people like Dr. Catena who are selflessly helping others to not only survive, but thrive,” Clooney said in a statement. Word of Catena’s work has been spreading as he was named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People,” in addition to being featured in the film “The Heart of Nuba,” directed by Ken Carlson. While war wages on, Catena is determined to remain with the people he serves. “My decision to stay here was a simple one,” Catena said. “As the only doctor at the only major hospital in the Nuba Mountains, I could not leave in good conscience. Also, as a lay missionary, I felt it was important to show the presence of the church in this time of need — to show that the church does not abandon her people when a crisis arises.” He said the Catholic community can assist him and provide support to the Sudanese people through prayer. “There is incredible strength in a worldwide community showing solidarity with us through prayer,” Catena told CNS. “We are very encouraged when we receive messages from all corners of the world that people are praying for us and are with us in our struggles. Catholic nurses and doctors can help us by putting their faith into action and coming to assist us in whatever way they can.”

REPORTING ABUSE If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, you should make a report to the Kansas Department for Children and Families Protection Report Center by calling (800) 9225330. If you or someone you know has been abused by a cleric, employee or volunteer of any archdiocesan parish, school or agency — regardless of when the abuse may have occurred — call the archdiocesan confidential report line at (913) 647-3051 or Dr. Dennis Schemmel, victim assistance coordinator, at (913) 909-2740, after calling local law enforcement. The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas places the protection of children as its first priority. Furthermore, the archdiocese respects the sincere concerns of all individuals who report misconduct, and is thus committed to conducting thorough investigations of all such allegations.




Vatican releases online questionnaire for youth By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service


ATICAN CITY (CNS) — To involve young people in preparations for the Synod of Bishops on youth in 2018, the Vatican has released an online questionnaire to better understand the lives, attitudes and concerns of 16- to 29-year-olds around the world. The questionnaire — available in English, Spanish, French and Italian — can be found on the synod’s official site: synod2018/it.html and is open to any young person, regardless of faith or religious belief. The general secretariat of the synod launched the website June 14 to share information about the October 2018 synod on “Young people, faith and vocational discernment” and to link to an online, anonymous survey asking young people about their lives and expectations. The answers to the questionnaire, along with contributions from bishops, bishops’ conferences and other church bodies, “will provide the basis for the drafting of the ‘instrumentum laboris,’” or working document for the assembly, synod officials said in January. Young people from all backgrounds are encouraged to take part in the questionnaire because every young person has “the right to be accompanied without exclusion,” synod officials had said. The list of 53 mostly multiple-choice questions is divided into seven sections: general personal information; attitudes and opinions about oneself and the world; influences and relationships; life choices; religion, faith and the church; internet use; and two final, open-ended questions. The write-in questions are an invitation to describe


World Youth Day pilgrims cheer as Pope Francis speaks during the welcoming ceremony in 2016 at Blonia Park in Krakow, Poland. The October 2018 Synod of Bishops at the Vatican will focus on young people. a positive example of how the Catholic Church can “accompany young people in their choices, which give value and fulfillment in life” and to say something about oneself that hasn’t been asked in the questionnaire. Other questions ask about living arrangements; self-image; best age to leave home and have a family; opinions about education and work; measures of success; sources of positive

influence; level of confidence in public and private institutions; and political or social activism. The Vatican’s preparation for a synod generally includes developing a questionnaire and soliciting input from bishops’ conferences, dioceses and religious orders. This is the first time the Vatican’s synod organizing body put a questionnaire online and sought direct input from the public.

A synod’s preparatory phase seeks to consult “the entire people of God” to better understand young people’s different situations as synod officials draft the working document. The synod on youth will be looking for ways the church can best and most effectively evangelize young people and help them make life choices corresponding to God’s plan and the good of the person.


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Youth minister - Church of the Ascension is seeking a full-time co-youth minister with a solid faith and strong organizational and pastoral skills to join the youth ministry team. The goal of the youth ministry program is to provide high school and junior high youth with a solid faith formation. Additionally, the candidate is expected to provide activities that promote and develop Christian fellowship and growth of the youth in the spirit of Jesus, while encouraging them to take an active involvement in the life and mission of the parish and archdiocese. The candidate must have the ability to work effectively as a team player, be able to develop, create, oversee, carry out and be held accountable for youth activities and faith formation. Email cover letter and resume to Joe Passantino at: findithere@ Salary negotiable, commensurate to experience. Business manager/accountant - St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kansas City, Kansas, is seeking a business manager/accountant. This position is responsible for managing parish and school facilities and for all payroll functions, managing deposits, financial reports and budgets. The ideal candidate will be a practicing Catholic in good standing; have at least five years of accounting experience; and demonstrate effective communication skills, written and verbal. Position requires a bachelor’s degree; CPA preferred. A complete job description, application and benefits information are available on the archdiocese’s website at: Interested individuals should mail a cover letter, resume and application by June 30 to: Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, Office of Human Resources, Business Manager/Accountant Search, 12615 Parallel Pkwy., Kansas City, KS 66109, or send via email to: Respite care program coordinator - The special-needs ministry of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas is seeking a motivated and enthusiastic individual to serve as the program coordinator for a new respite care program. Respite is the gift of time. Respite care events provide parents or caregivers temporary relief from the responsibilities of caring for individuals with physical or intellectual disabilities. The position will be responsible for family registration, assigning volunteers, setting up and supervising the respite event. Respite events will be held one Saturday evening per month. The program coordinator will work approximately 40 hours per month. Candidates will have previous experience in working with children and young adults with moderate to severe intellectual/development disabilities in an educational or recreational setting. A B.S. in special education or related field is preferred. The program coordinator must be Virtus trained and will receive training in respite education and support tools. 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General ledger accountant - The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas is seeking a deposit and loan/general ledger accountant. This position reports to the director of accounting and performs professional accounting work, including analysis and reconciliation of general ledger and subsidiary accounts, revenue and expenditure accounts, and the preparation and distribution of monthly reports to departments. This position also maintains deposit and loan system records and prepares monthly statements for account holders; and prepares financial statements, budgets and year-end audit schedules. Ideal candidate is a practicing Catholic in good standing; has at least five years of accounting experience; and demonstrates effective written and verbal communication skills. Position requires a bachelor’s degree; CPA preferred. A complete job description, application and benefits information are available on the archdiocese’s website at: Interested individuals should mail cover letter, resume and application by June 30 to: Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, Office of Human Resources, GL Accountant Search, 12615 Parallel Pkwy., Kansas City, KS 66109, or send via email to: Part-time accountant - St. Pius X Parish in Mission is seeking an accountant. Accounting degree preferred with proficiency in QuickBooks. Average 10 hours per week, flexible hours. Hourly pay commensurate with experience. Send resume and cover letter to SPX office at 5500 Woodson Rd., Mission, KS 66202. Teachers’ aide positions - St. Ann Young Child Center in Prairie Village is interviewing for aide positions for preschool and Kids’ Day Out for the 2017-18 school year. Hours are from 9 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. Monday - Thursday and 9 a.m. - noon on Friday. Great for moms with kids in school! An aide’s position for the after-school program: Monday through Friday from 3 - 5:30 p.m. We are also looking for substitutes. Competitive pay. Great environment to work. For more information, call Tati at (816) 716-4676. Director of religious education - Holy Spirit Parish is seeking a director of religious education (DRE) to coordinate our school of religion program (1st-8th grades), Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program, and vacation Bible school. The DRE plans and organizes faith formation activities for children and their parents and provides support to catechists and other volunteers. The DRE works in collaboration with the youth ministry, RCIA and adult education programs, as well as with Holy Spirit School staff for sacramental prep. This position is 40 hours per week. Interested candidates should have a degree in catechesis, theology or elementary education. A full job description is available at: DRE-1.pdf. Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to: Lead extended-care teacher - St. Patrick Early Education Center, Kansas City, Kansas, is seeking a full-time lead extended-care teacher. The qualified candidate must be an active, practicing Catholic who loves working with preschool-age children. Experience and education is preferred, but will train the right candidate. Responsibilities include: supervising children; parent communication; cleaning and organization of classroom. Hours are 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday - Friday. We follow St. Patrick School schedule and are closed holidays, spring break and summer. Pay is hourly. For more information, send an email to: or call (913) 299-3051. Director of Christian formation and evangelization - St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Leawood is seeking a director for our Christian formation and evangelization department. This director will collaborate with the pastor, RE coordinator, youth ministers, and RCIA/ adult education coordinator to formulate and execute a comprehensive plan of evangelization. This will include pre-evangelization, outreach, invitation and faith formation with a goal of making intentional disciples. The preferred candidate will be a prayerful, faithful, practicing Catholic; a dynamic teacher with experience in the field; articulate and confident in matters of faith with an obvious passion for evangelization. Also vital to this position are excellent organization, communication and collaboration skills, plus the interpersonal skills and personality necessary to motivate their staff and a team of volunteers. A master’s degree in religious education, religious studies or theology is preferred, but we will accept a candidate with a bachelor’s degree who also has experience in leading faith formation programs. For additional details and a complete job description, please go to and click on “About Us/Employment Opportunities.” Family development specialist - Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph is offering a rewarding career opportunity to individuals interested in work as a parttime family development specialist. To learn more about this opportunity and to apply, visit our website at: www. Assistant teacher - Our Lady’s Montessori School is seeking an assistant teacher. The position is year-round, M - F and offers competitive pay. Email resume to: Sarah Howard, Program Director at: Check us out at: or on Facebook!

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CALENDAR MEXICAN FIESTA St. John the Evangelist Parish 1234 Kentucky, Lawrence June 23 from 6 - 11:30 p.m. June 24 from 6 - 11:30 p.m.

This 37th annual event will include entertainment by Mariachi Girasol and the St. John Fiesta Dancers, and live music by Paradize Band on Friday and Grupo Picante on Saturday. There will be authentic Mexican food, a bounce house and activities for children. Visit the website at: for more information.

CHURCH PICNIC St. Mary Church 9208 Main St., St. Benedict June 25 at 5 p.m.

Come enjoy a meal of farm fresh fried chicken. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 4- 10. Takeout meals will be available. Stay for the auction featuring quilts and other exciting items. Games, inflatables and concessions are also part of this event.

DAUGHTERS OF ISABELLA LITTLE FLOWER CIRCLE 503 Christ the King Parish (Yadrich Hall) 5973 S.W. 25th St., Topeka June 25 at 12:30 p.m.

There will be a mother/daughter banquet with covered luncheon and baby shower. An open meeting will follow. If you know of a member or their family member in need of prayer, contact Theresa Smith-Lawton at (785) 6401403. If you are interested in or would like more information about the Daughters of Isabella, call Marilyn Unrein at (785) 230-8448 or Cindy Keen at (785) 228-9863.

COMPASS’ INAUGURAL DECADES PARTY: ’80S THEMED PROM St. Thomas Aquinas High School 11411 Pflumm Rd., Overland Park June 24 from 7 p.m. - midnight

Breakout the skinny ties, taffeta dresses and Aqua Net. It’s ’80s prom time. Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas Compass support group is hosting this fundraiser for the adoption program. Visit the website at: for more information and to buy your tickets. There are also sponsorship opportunities. This is a 21-and-over event.

ALUMNI MASS Holy Spirit School and Parish 11300 W. 103rd St., Overland Park June 25 at 10:30 a.m.

All alumni, come join the Holy Spirit community for Mass as we pray for you and your intentions. Then join us in the St. Isidore Room for refreshments and a chance to reconnect with old friends. If you are unable to attend, send your contact information for future events to:

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SUMMER FESTIVAL 8745 James A. Reed Rd., Kansas City, Missouri June 25 from noon - 5 p.m.

There will be games, live music, a bake sale, a silent auction and a raffle with great prizes, including a $5000 cash prize. Parking will be available next door at St. Regis Parish with a bus to bring you to the fun and back. All proceeds benefit the home run by the Little Sisters of the Poor. For more information, call (816) 761-4744, or visit the website at: www.

RELIC DISPLAY Strawberry Hill Museum 720 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kansas July 1 - Sept. 20 Sat. and Sun., noon - 5 p.m.

BEGINNING EXPERIENCE Savior Pastoral Center 12601 Parallel Pkwy., Kansas City, Kansas July 7 - 9

This is a weekend away for those who are widowed, separated and divorced — those suffering the loss of a love relationship and feel left out by their church and uneasy around married friends. This weekend offers an opportunity to focus on an experience of positive growth and turn the pain of loss into a new beginning. For more information, go to the website at: www.beginning; or call Lori at (913) 9807966; or send an email to: register.bekc@

CHRISTMAS IN JULY AND VENDOR FAIR Christ the King Parish 5973 S.W. 25th St., Topeka July 8 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

A large variety of craft and vendor booths will be displaying and selling items and showcasing their businesses. Proceeds go to Christ the King Early Education Center. Interested vendors are encouraged to call Dawn or Melissa at (785) 272-2999 or send an email to:

YARD SALE Strawberry Hill Museum 720 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kansas July 8 from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

There is an opportunity to donate items to the museum by calling (913) 371-3264 and making arrangements to drop them off. On Saturday, July 8, come to the museum and purchase treasures. All proceeds go to the ongoing care of the museum.

CHURCH PICNIC Sacred Heart Church 357 3rd St., Baileyville July 9 at 5 p.m.

Father Tim Haberkorn will have his more than 240 relics of saints and martyrs on display. For more information, go to the website at: and click on events and exhibits.

A roast beef and ham dinner will be served. The cost will be $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 10 years and under. There will be fun and games for everyone. An auction will be held at 9 p.m. and includes handmade quilts.

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Residential lifts - New and recycled. Stair lifts, porch lifts, ceiling lifts and elevators. St. Michael’s parishioners. KC Lift & Elevator at (913) 327-5557. (Formerly Silver Cross - KC)

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REAL ESTATE For sale - Reduced price, maintenance-provided home. Monthly HOA $132. Two BR, 2.5 BA, backs up to Ascension Church, open floor plan, one-level living. Call for appointment at (913) 669-8178. For sale - Attention: St. James Academy families: Walking distance to St. James. Stunning 3-year-old reverse 1.5 with 5 BR, hardwood floors, granite countertops, plantation shutters, detailed woodwork and beautiful finishes. Sale price is $479,500. For more information or to tour the home, contact the listing agent Rita Dickey, ReeceNichols, at (913) 269-4786.

FOR RENT For rent - All-brick ranch in Shawnee. Three BR, two BA, high-end stainless steel appliances and granite countertops in kitchen. One floor, double-car garage, screenedin patio on level lot. No pets. $1475 per month. Close to St. Joseph Parish. Call Al at (816) 898-2592.

FOR SALE For sale - Single vault at Gate of Heaven mausoleum, located in the main central chapel. Current value is $7700; selling price is $5500. Call (913) 721-1068.

For sale - Double lawn crypt at Resurrection Cemetery in Lenexa, Garden of Hope section, double lawn crypt, lot 78 C, space 4. Conveyance fee included. $8100. Call Lou at (512) 294-2869. For sale - Tandem vault located at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Kansas City. Patio II, tier C, crypt 105. Eye level with peaceful view and surroundings. Includes perpetual care. Current market value over $10,000. Selling price is $8,000. Call (913) 208-2703. For sale - Three individuals plots located at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Kansas City. Located in section 3, old lot 195, spaces 10, 11 and 12. Current value is $2070 per space. Selling price is $1280 per space or $3500 for all three. Call (913) 208-2703. For sale - Two individual plots located at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Kansas City. Plots are in the southeast quarter, old lot 149, spaces 3 and 9. Current value is $3040 per space. Selling price is $1000 per space or $1800 for both. Call (925) 575-0683.

WANTED TO BUY Will buy firearms and related accessories - One or a whole collection. Honest evaluation and top prices paid. Contact Tom at (913) 238-2473. Member of Sacred Heart Parish, Shawnee. Wanted to buy - Cucina LLC is an entity that buys commercial real estate. Lou Serrone, a member of Good Shepherd, and Tom Disidore, a member of St. Agnes, are members of Cucina LLC. Tom and Lou are licensed brokers in both Kansas and Missouri. If you are a seller of commercial real estate, call Lou at (913) 219-9924. Wanted to buy - Antique/vintage jewelry, lighters, fountain pens, post card collections, paintings/prints, pottery, sterling, china dinnerware. Renee Maderak, (913) 475-7393. St. Joseph Parish, Shawnee



Catholic HEART has camps every summer that come work on projects in the area. They do yard work, minor home repair, cleaning, painting, etc. They bring their own lunches and drinks. If you know of anyone who is in need of assistance, call Sandra or Sarah Fleissner at (402) 306-9043 or send an email to:

CHURCH PICNIC St. Augustine 1948 Acorn Rd., Fidelity July 16 at 4:30 p.m.

A chicken/ham dinner will be served family style. The cost is: $10 for adults; $5 for kids ages 4 - 10; and kids ages 3 and under eat free.

TOTUS TUUS FOR THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS Queen of the Holy Rosary Parish 7023 W. 71st St., Overland Park July 24 - 27 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Totus Tuus (“Totally Yours”) is an exciting and fun catechetical program, geared toward evangelization through the Gospel. Registration can be found online at: www.

CARD PARTY LUNCHEON Holy Cross Church 8311 W. 93rd St., Overland Park July 25 from 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The card party/luncheon will be hosted by St. Benedict’s Circle. The cost to attend is $12 per person. Men are welcome. For more information or to RSVP, call LuAnn at (913) 888-5534 or Judy (913) 732-2435.

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CAREGIVING Experienced RN - Seeking a part-time position. Provides nursing, companion and respite care. Johnson County area. Call Mary at (913) 710-5412. Caregiving - We provide personal assistance, companionship, care management, and transportation for seniors in their home, assisted living or nursing facilities. We also provide respite care for main caregivers needing some personal time. Call Daughters & Company at (913) 341-2500 and speak with Laurie, Pat or Gary. Looking for assisted living at home? - Before you move, call us and explore our in-home care options. We specialize in helping families live safely at home while saving thousands of dollars per year. Call today for more information or to request a FREE home care planning guide. Benefits of Home - Senior Care, www.benefits or call (913) 422-1591. Experienced RN - Seeking a part-time position. Provides nursing, companion and respite care. Johnson County area. Call Mary at (913) 710-5412.

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COMMENTARY TWELFTH WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME June 25 TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Jer 20: 10-13 Ps 69: 8-10, 17, 33-35 Rom 5: 12-15 Mt 10: 26-33 June 26 Monday Gn 12: 1-9 Ps 33: 12-13, 18-20, 22 Mt 7: 1-5 June 27 Cyril of Alexandria, bishop, doctor of the church Gn 13: 2, 5-18 Ps 15: 2-4b, 5 Mt 7: 6, 12-14 June 28 Irenaeus, bishop, martyr Gn 15: 1-12, 17-18 Ps 105: 1-4, 6-9 Mt 7: 15-20 June 29 PETER AND PAUL, APOSTLES Acts 12: 1-11 Ps 34: 2-9 2 Tm 4: 6-8, 17-18 Mt 16: 13-19 June 30 The First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church Gn 17: 1, 9-10, 15-22 Ps 128: 1-5 Mt 8: 1-4 July 1 Junípero Serra, priest Gn 18: 1-15 (Ps) Lk 1: 46-50, 53-55 Mt 8: 5-17 THIRTEENTH WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME July 2 THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 2 Kgs 4: 8-11, 14-16a Ps 89: 2-3, 16-19 Rom 6: 3-4, 8-11 Mt 10: 37-42 July 3 THOMAS, APOSTLE Eph 2: 19-22 Ps 117: 1b-2 Jn 20: 24-29 July 4 Tuesday Gn 19: 15-29 Ps 26: 2-3, 9-12 Mt 8: 23-27 July 5 Anthony Zaccaria, priest; Elizabeth of Portugal Gn 21: 5, 8-20a Ps 34: 7-8, 10-13 Mt 8: 28-34 July 6 Maria Goretti, virgin, martyr Gn 22: 1b-19 Ps 115: 1-6, 8-9 Mt 9: 1-8 July 7 Friday Gn 23: 1-4, 19; 24: 1-8, 62-67 Ps 106: 1-5 Mt 9: 9-13 July 8 Saturday Gn 27: 1-5, 15-29 Ps 135: 1b-6 Mt 9: 14-17


A change of perspective will see you through

his comedian has said on numerous occasions that he hates Kansas City. That’s one strike against him. Also, his humor is very adult, and often scatological and brutal. Those are strikes two and three. But before counting Louis CK out, I recently came across another side of him via a YouTube video from several years ago. In an appearance on the Conan O’Brien talk show, he made this thought-provoking statement, “Everything is amazing right now, and nobody is happy.” Louis CK described growing up using a rotary phone “that you had to stand right up against.” Now, he noted, we live in an amazing world and we’re all spoiled. He used the example of a smartphone. When it doesn’t respond immediately to what we want it to do, we roll our eyes and sigh. His response: “Give it a second! [The signal] is going to space! Can you give it a second to get back from space?!?” There’s no better place to witness this sense of entitlement, he added, than flying on an airplane. People often complain about air travel being




FATHER MARK GOLDASICH Father Mark is the pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Tonganoxie. He has been editor of The Leaven since 1989.

“the worst,” lamenting numerous delays or sitting on the runway. All of this is astounding to the comedian because what happens next is often taken for granted: “Did you fly through the air — incredibly — like a bird?!? Did you partake of the miracle of human flight?!?” Louis CK said that everyone on a plane should be clutching their armrests and constantly shouting, “WOW!” He concluded with: “It’s amazing! You’re sitting in a chair . . . in the sky!” He is so on point about how much we take for

granted, even when it’s right in front of us. Here’s a favorite story of mine that deals with this phenomenon: There was once an old woman who crossed the Brazilian frontier every week on a motor scooter with a sack of sand behind her. Eventually, the customs officer at the border became suspicious. He stopped her one day and asked, “What have you got in that sack?” “Only sand, sir,” replied the woman. Skeptical, the officer emptied the sack and, sure enough, it contained nothing but sand. He watched this behavior for months and finally could take it no longer. “Look,” he said, “I’m retiring next week. Quite honestly, you’ve been driving me crazy.

Now, I won’t arrest you or say anything to anybody else, but tell me: Are you smuggling or not?” “Yes,” the woman replied sheepishly. “But I’ve diligently checked that sand bag every time! What are you smuggling?” he asked. With a wide smile, the woman pointed beneath her and said, “Motor scooters!” (Adapted from Paul J. Wharton’s “Stories and Parables for Preachers and Teachers.”) Yes, so many times we fail to really see what’s right in front of us. From the miracle of human flight to the astounding things our smartphones do, our sense of entitlement stifles our sense of wonder. We fail to live, as a delightful sports headline read in The Kansas City Star, “in the precious present.” We could all use a healthy change of perspective. For example, crying or rambunctious kids at Mass sometimes bother people. I ask them to think about all of the parents sitting at the bedsides of kids in Children’s Mercy Hospital or other parents who are grieving the death of a child or who are unable to have children, who would absolutely welcome the “activeness” of a healthy

kid. When viewed from this perspective, those “vocal” kids don’t seem so bad after all. Or we complain about having to wait in line at the grocery store. We’re blind to the fact that we have the ability to get to the store by ourselves, choose from an extensive variety of foods and have the money to purchase those groceries. But how can we see something amazing in the less pleasant experiences of our lives, like going to the dentist? For starters, we can be grateful that we even have access to a dentist, let alone get a choice among them. And we can be thankful for all of the advances in dentistry that make the experience a relatively painless one for the most part. So, if you find yourself less than happy lately, maybe it’s high time to rediscover the power of being amazed and living in the precious present. Summer and its delights are a perfect place to start. And the next time you find yourself on a plane, grab that armrest and at least say “WOW” in your mind . . . and don’t forget to thank that amazing God who has made it all possible.

Fear not even martyrdom, Jesus tells apostles

n the sports world, before an important game, a coach will often give the players a pep talk. In a sense, that is what Jesus is doing in Sunday’s Gospel reading, Mt 10:26-33. He wishes to encourage the apostles before sending them out on mission. He knows that they will face many difficulties, so he wants to strengthen them for their work. Jesus tells the apostles three times not to be afraid. He also supplies reasons for them to have courage. First of all, God loves them and will protect them: “Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid.” Secondly, those who oppose them cannot do any permanent harm:


FATHER MIKE STUBBS Father Stubbs is the pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Overland Park and has a degree in Scripture from Harvard University.

“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.” Thirdly, Jesus offers a reason which may


People cannot sit back and be indifferent or unresponsive to growing poverty in the world as a privileged minority accumulates “ostentatious wealth,” Pope Francis said. “God created the heavens and the earth for all; yet, sadly, some have erected barriers, walls and fences, betraying the original gift meant for all humanity, with none excluded,”

very well surprise us: “Fear no one. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed.” In other words, the truth will out. For some, this might be a frightening prospect, but not for the apostles. For example, human dictatorships attempt to suppress the truth. They will frequently resort to censorship, because they fear the truth. That is why the apos-

tles will eventually face imprisonment, why the early Christians will face persecution. They are spreading the truth. And despite the opposition they encounter, the truth of the Gospel will be made manifest. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed. The mission that the apostles are carrying out is unstoppable. The efforts of the apostles to reveal the truth may well lead to their martyrdom. But that is not a reason for them to fear: “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.” In announcing the truth, the apostles will be doing the will of God. That will win them God’s favor: “Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my

the pope said in a message for the first World Day of the Poor. The newly established commemoration and the period of reflection and action preceding it are meant to help Christians develop and maintain a more consistent and sincere lifestyle built on sharing, simplicity and the essential truths of the Gospel, the pope said in the message released June 13, the feast of St. Anthony of Padua. The World Day of the Poor — to be marked

heavenly Father.” That gives another reason for them not to fear. Jesus’ exhortation to the apostles not to fear echoes the message to various individuals in the Bible. Early on, God says to the man who eventually will be called Abraham, “Fear not, Abram” (Gn 15:1). Later, when the archangel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will become the mother of Jesus, he tells her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God” (Lk 1:30). In other words, a caution against fear often accompanies the message that comes to us from God. If God sends us on a mission, God wishes to strengthen us to carry it out. That means: Have no fear.

each year on the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time — will be celebrated Nov. 19 this year and will focus on the apostle John’s call to love “not with words, but with deeds.” There are so many forms of material and spiritual poverty that poison people’s hearts and harm their dignity, the pope said in his message, and “we must respond with a new vision of life and society.” — CNS




ome people may wish to donate their body to science after they die. Such a gift of themselves can be objectively good and praiseworthy, provided that their body would contribute to meaningful research or study, and that it would not be used in a disrespectful or otherwise inappropriate manner. There are a number of potentially laudable projects that can benefit from a person’s decision to donate his or her body to science. A human cadaver can be useful for anatomical studies, to help train medical students to save lives later. It can be of assistance in carrying out basic biomedical research or in developing new medical instruments. It can be used as a forensic tool to help solve crimes, such as studying advanced states of bodily decay. It can assist with the training of surgeons, and can even help with the development of various types of safety or protective gear, like helmets, automobile airbags or bulletproof vests.

Can I donate my body to science? MAKING SENSE OF BIOETHICS

FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk serves as the director of education at the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia.

In 1956, Pope Pius XII noted that consenting to “damage to the integrity of the corpse in the interest of those who are suffering is no violation of the reverence due to the dead.” St. John Paul II wrote in a 1995 encyclical that one way of nurturing a genuine culture of life “is the donation of organs, performed in an ethically acceptable manner, with a view to offering a chance

of health and even of life itself to the sick who sometimes have no other hope” (“The Gospel of Life,” 86). The U.S. Catholic bishops have given similar guidance in their policy document called “The Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services”: “Catholic health care institutions should encourage and provide the means whereby those who wish to do so may arrange for the donation of their organs and bodily tissue, for ethically legitimate purposes, so that they may be used for donation and research after death” (63). Although there are not any fundamental moral objections to donating

our bodies to science, certain details of how the donation is carried out are important. First, bodily remains should be properly interred in the earth at the conclusion of their use. The body should not be surrendered to researchers and then merely “left in limbo.” Often, a university or research institution will oversee and pay for the cremation of the body after the research is completed, so the family can then be given the ashes. This may be specified in the agreement signed by the individual ahead of time. Assuring appropriate respect and reverence for the body would thus include arranging for burial in consecrated ground afterwards. A second consideration of importance for Catholics involves the offering of prayers, and particularly the sacrifice of the Mass, on behalf of the deceased. Father Edward McNamara, a well-known writer and liturgy professor in Rome, offers some practical guidance in this regard: “Since it is usually impossible to have

a funeral with the remains shortly after death, as this would render the body unsuitable for research purposes, a memorial Mass without the body can be celebrated so as to entrust the soul of the deceased to God and offer the family the opportunity of mourning together. When the remains are released to the family, another Mass may be offered.” A third potential area of concern involves the possibility that certain cells or tissues derived from the human body may be inappropriately used in research. To consider one instance, it is possible to harvest sex cells, or their progenitor cells, from corpses even up to a few hours following death. Some researchers might be tempted to use these cells, for example, to create human embryos in the laboratory for biomedical research. Although such practices are uncommon, if an individual believed that his or her cells were likely to be used in this unethical way by a research institution, they should


not agree to donate their bodies after death. Those contemplating the possibility of donating their bodies to science should weigh a fourth consideration as well — namely, whether others in their family are open to their body being utilized in this way. They should find out whether their spouse, children or others close to them would have any objections or concerns. At the end of the day, there may be some family members who, in the words of one commentator, can’t quite get past the idea “that you will be dissected over a period of months in anatomy class, or cut up and divided among different programs (brain to an Alzheimer’s study, joints to an orthopedic surgery training).” Careful vetting of the details ahead of time helps avoid resentment, pain and surprises after a loved one passes on. With these caveats and considerations in mind, donating a body to science can indeed allow someone to “give back” or “contribute to society” after death.



Archdiocesan priests stand for the national anthem during the fourth annual Pitching for Priests softball game on June 2.

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann throws out the first pitch.


Brother Leven Harton, OSB, slides safely into third base for the archdiocesan team.


The archdiocese rallies in the final inning to win the fourth annual Pitching for Priests game


ather Dan Morris connected on a dramatic tworun walk-off home run in the sixth and final inning of the fourth annual Pitching for Priests softball game on June 2 to lead the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas past the Diocese of Kansas CitySt. Joseph 18-17. The archdiocese never lead in the game until Father Morris dove headfirst into home plate with the winning run. The archdiocese found themselves in PHOTOS BY a hole early as the Diocese of St. Joseph LORI WOOD exploded for six runs in the first inning, HABIGER followed by four in the second and five in the third. The archdiocesan offense kept the game within striking distance, but found themselves down 15-10 at the end of the third inning. But after the third inning, the archdiocesan defense stiffened up and held the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph to one run in each the fourth and fifth innings and no runs in the sixth. At the end of top of the sixth inning, the archdiocese found itself behind 16-17. Down one run in the last inning, the archdiocese’s first three batters failed to get a hit. They finally broke through when Father Anthony Ouellette, aided by a pinch runner, connected for an infield single. That brought up Father Morris who ended the contest with a solid line drive over the head of the center fielder.

Father Andrew Strobl urges the crowd to get loud as the archdiocesan team tries to rally for the win.

Father Dan Morris is mobbed by his teammates after scoring the winning run at Pitching for Priests.

Father Mitchel Zimmerman has last-second thoughts about giving Archbishop Naumann a victory shower.

06 23 17 Vol. 38 No. 41  

The Leaven is the official newspaper for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

06 23 17 Vol. 38 No. 41  

The Leaven is the official newspaper for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.