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y friends, Jesus is the Lord of risk, of the eternal ‘more.’ Jesus is not the Lord of comfort, security and ease. Following Jesus demands a good dose of courage, a readiness to trade in the sofa for a pair of walking shoes and to set out on new and uncharted paths.” — Pope Francis’ remarks during the prayer vigil for World Youth Day


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“God expects something from you. God wants something from you. God hopes in you. God comes to break down all our fences. . . . He is encouraging you to dream. He wants to make you see that, with you, the world can be different. For the fact is, unless you offer the best of yourselves, the world will never be different.” — Pope Francis’ remarks during the prayer vigil for World Youth Day

LETTER FROM THE REPORTER During the pilgrimage, God showed me in many ways that everything would work out. Whether being locked out of your section and thinking you would not get to see the pope, then somehow you end up front row twenty feet away from him, or whatever it may be, God always has your back and there is no need to worry. This pilgrimage was beautiful in many ways and one I will always cherish! Kylie Hutfles, 17, St. Leo, Horton

I have met many, both young and old, that share my faith — some quietly and some with gusto. I feel stronger about my mission in life, while also the edges of something new at the corners of my life. Time will tell what that might be. Ellen Baeten, chaperone, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Topeka

‘All of us returned home changed’


traveled to Krakow, Poland, with 107 very special people. They are students, seminarians, educators, youth ministers, priests and religious. They are moms and dads, brothers and sisters, young and old. They are from every corner of the archdiocese, and they have now all met people from every corner of the globe. As I learned early on in our trip, they are some of the most passionate, excited and cool people I’ve ever met. Even when covered in mud and rain. Even after walking 10 or more miles a day in the hot sun. Even when squeezed, shoved and smushed by crowds of over one million people trying to get a glimpse of Pope Francis. I witnessed as they carried each other’s burdens, both physically and spiritually. They lifted each other up in prayer and rejoiced in others’ spiritual transformation. They also carried one another’s physical burdens during the moments when we doubted whether we could go on. They shared food and water with one another, even when it meant going

a little hungry or thirsty themselves. In this special issue of The Leaven, Joe McSorley (my trusty right-hand man and Leaven photographer) and I want to paint for you a picture of our pilgrimage to Krakow: the torrential rainstorms that seemed to always catch us at the wrong time, the jam-packed days and restless nights, and our often Kafkaesque journeys through the winding streets of Krakow. More importantly, we want to share the moments that made us laugh and cry during our time in Poland. We knelt in a shrine where the history is so rich and the devotion so great that you can feel grooves in the marble ground from the millions of knees who have prayed in that sacred place. We met hundreds of Catholics from every cultural background and shared many laughs and stories. We stood in silence with tears in our eyes as we listened to the Holy Father’s messages of encouragement and hope. And all of us returned home changed. It was such a joy to join this special group of people and watch as they

The Krakow pilgrimage was a working holiday for Leaven reporter Katie Hyde, above, and Leaven photographer Joe McSorley, right. Whether it was interviewing her fellow pilgrims by day or uploading photos and stories by night, Hyde found the trip fabulous — and exhausting. But she wouldn’t have had it any other way. encountered Christ in Krakow and in one another. And it’s a joy to be able

to share their stories with you. — Katie PHOTO BY EWA PŁONKA

THE REALITY OF WYD I came to this pilgrimage expecting nothing, but open to anything. . . . I have always been open to the idea of religious life, and there were so many opportunities to explore it. The afternoon we spent with the Little Sisters of the Lamb was very impactful for me because I saw how joyful the Sisters were, even though they had next to nothing. It was so beautiful how simply they lived, and it was amazing for me to see and experience. Danielle Bittner, 14, St. Stanislaus, Rossville

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‘If it’s anything but utter chaos, we’re good’


e’d been warned that this was going to be a pilgrimage, not a vacation. But the point was first graphically illustrated when an already bumpy flight hit some serious turbulence on our flight from Washington, D.C., to Newark, New Jersey, and multiple travelers had to reach for those much-maligned but aptly named air sickness bags. No, this wasn’t your typical summer vacation. It wasn’t a cold drink on the beach. It was World Youth Day 2016. “If it’s anything but utter chaos, we’re good,”

said Rick Cheek, archdiocesan consultant for evangelization and Catholic formation of youth, who led the delegation to Krakow, Poland. This is his fourth time attending a World Youth Day. And near chaos seemed a distinct possibility, especially with this group. At 108 pilgrims, this year’s delegation from the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas was nearly double the number of travelers from years past. Why was there so much interest in this pilgrimage? “It’s Saint JPII,” explained Cheek. “It’s Krakow. It’s Poland. It’s Karol Wojtyla.”

Rick Cheek, archdiocesan consultant for evangelization and Catholic formation of youth for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, leads archdiocesan youth through the streets of Krakow, Poland. This was Cheek’s fourth time attending a World Youth Day.

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“In the face of evil, suffering and sin, the only response possible for a disciple of Jesus is the gift of self, even of one’s own life, in imitation of Christ; it is the attitude of service. Unless those who call themselves Christians live to serve, their lives serve no good purpose.” — Pope Francis’ remarks following the Stations of the Cross, attended by over 800,000 pilgrims


Father Wallisch keeps pilgrims’ eyes on the prize Pilgrims kick off World Youth Day pilgrimage with airport Mass


f the brief layover in the hectic Newark, New Jersey, airport taught the pilgrims anything, it was that they needed to get creative in order to celebrate their faith on the road. Using wine secured by a seminarian whom the pilgrims were careful not to question too closely, the archdiocesan World Youth Day delegation found a moment of peace in which to celebrate Mass. “This is the whole reason we’re [going to Poland],” said celebrant Father Scott Wallisch, vocation director for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, referring to the eucharistic celebration. According to Father Wallisch, this was not the first time he celebrated Mass on the road. He recalled in his homily the time he said Mass inside an airport terminal in Dubai. It’s important, he reminded

Jake McClure, 17, St. Paul, Olathe

Father Scott Wallisch, vocation director for the archdiocese, celebrates Mass at the airport in Newark, New Jersey, during a brief layover. Amid all the commotion of the international airport, Father Wallisch and the pilgrims were forced to get a little creative in order to celebrate Mass. (It wouldn’t be the last. Later in the trip, one Mass would be celebrated on a pingpong table.) the pilgrims, to take time to reflect and thank God. Especially amid the chaos of an airport. “Take time to remind

yourself why you’re doing this,” said Father Wallisch. “Why are you going on this crazy journey?”


Seminarian came prepared


s an Eagle Scout, former member of the Kansas Army National Guard, and fourth-year college seminarian for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, Ben Rogers knows a thing or two about being prepared. His physical and spiritual preparations for World Youth Day took a unique form: designing and crafting a leather backpack by hand, which he then carried throughout his pilgrimage to Krakow. During Lent, Rogers spent roughly 120 hours building that backpack that, according to his detailed research, can be

taken as a carry-on bag anywhere in the world except Japan. As Rogers drafted sketches of the bag, selected the materials and sewed the leather panels together, he prayed for World Youth Day and the pilgrims who would be attending it from the archdiocese. In reflecting upon the pilgrimage shortly before his return to the United States, Rogers was full of gratitude for the people of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. “My pilgrimage was supported in so many ways by the people of the archdiocese,” he said. “I am eternally

Publication No. (ISSN0194-9799) President: Most Reverend Joseph F. Naumann

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grateful for all the help they gave to the seminarians in prayers and financially. I carried them with me in all of my prayers.” Upon returning to America, Rogers is even more inspired by his experiences in Krakow to serve the Catholics of northeast Kansas. “The faith of the youth of KCK and around the world was inspiring,” said Rogers. “It makes me want to work even harder in formation to be an even better seminarian for them. The vastness of Polish Catholic history cannot do anything but make me try harder.”

After experiencing all of World Youth Day, I can say that I was surprised. I came into the trip thinking that I was going to have a smooth pilgrimage, but it was far from it. This trip was one of the biggest challenges I’ve experienced in my life. Every day provided more and more difficulties, with the reward of some great moments. It got to the point where I realized that I was being tested in my faith and that, no matter what, I would push through with Jesus in my mind. With this mindset, I was able to grow in my faith throughout this entire trip and get an experience I will never forget.

Ben Rogers, a fourth-year college seminarian for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, leads the rosary on the long bus trip from Berlin to Legnica, Poland.

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At first, I will admit I was just coming to see the pope. But along the way, things changed. On our journey to Poland, we had Mass at an airport with Father Scott [Wallisch], and in his homily he talked about all the places that we would have Mass. And that’s when it really hit me that I’m not just here to see the pope, I’m here to experience my favorite part of our Catholic faith — the Eucharist. As a church, we can go almost anywhere in the world and find a Mass and participate in the Eucharist. We may not be able to understand the words, but we can receive the foundation of our faith — Jesus Christ. Sami Fischer, 17, St. Stanislaus, Rossville

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“People may judge you to be dreamers because you believe in a new humanity, one that rejects hatred between peoples, one that refuses to see borders as barriers and can cherish its own traditions without being self-centered or small-minded. ” — Pope Francis’ homily during the closing Mass of World Youth Day

I came on this pilgrimage first as an adult chaperone, and secondly as a fan of St. Pope John Paul II. The highlight of the trip for me was praying in the same chapel he did as a child every day before school. Carol Manis, chaperone, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Topeka

My entire perspective on the future has changed. I’ve gone from having a hope that was more centered on waiting: waiting for Christ to come, waiting for the day when I can enter heaven. I now look forward to the future, to the rest of my future with excitement. I’m excited to go and live my vocation, to go and do God’s will and to have life and live it abundantly. Justin King, 19, St. Paul, Olathe

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, seminarians and pilgrims listen intently on their tour of Our Lady of Czestochowa, which features a replica of the famous icon more commonly known as the Black Madonna. (See page 9 for a closer look at the actual image to which many miracles have been attributed.)


Wadowice ‘offers a taste’ of what formed JPII

T When we say that we have one, holy, catholic and apostolic church in the Nicene Creed, it is not very often that we, as Catholics, are able to experience the one church. World Youth Day is definitely an event that helps Catholics to experience the big church and to see just how alive the faith really is. Something I really enjoyed about WYD is seeing the youth of my faith living with increasing joy for God. The mix of different cultures may create slight differences, but the common faith helped unify everyone. Jacob Benne, 17, Queen of the Holy Rosary, Wea

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he small town of Wadowice, about an hour outside of Krakow, brims with the history of its most famous resident: St. John Paul II. During their second day in Poland, pilgrims from the archdiocese were able to tour his childhood home, visit the church where he was baptized, and even try his favorite dessert. They were able to touch the baptismal font where he entered the faith, see the bed where he slept and walk through the kitchen where he broke bread. For many pilgrims for whom St. John Paul II’s papacy extended through most of their lifetimes, visiting Wadowice was a surreal experience. For Sister Karolyn Nunes, FSGM, traveling to Wadowice carried special meaning: She is his namesake. Though taking the name of Karol Wojtyla was not Sister Karolyn’s first choice when she

The Basilica of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Wadowice, Poland, is where St. John Paul II was baptized. Pilgrims from the archdiocese were able to visit the basilica, as well as the saint’s boyhood home. joined the order of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George in 2006, she has since been inspired to live with the same faith and compassion that characterized the saint’s papacy. “I feel like he chose me,” said Sister Karolyn. “I see now that God is calling me to grow into that identity and to walk in the footsteps of this great saint.” Though this was Sister Karolyn’s second time visiting Wadowice, this year’s visit held special significance, as her

namesake was declared a saint in 2014. As soon as she walked into the church where St. John Paul II was baptized, she was moved to tears. “When I was here before, he was still pope,” said Sister Karolyn. “This time, he was with me as a saint. I felt he was right there with me.” “It is so incredible to be in the church where he was baptized, where he received his first Communion, where he was confirmed,” she

continued. “While I was there, I prayed for his same courage, hope and zeal.” The experience of visiting Wadowice was similarly powerful for many other pilgrims. “We got a taste of what formed him: the deep faith of his community,” said Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann during his homily at Kalwaria Zebrzydowska following the visit to Wadowice. “He had a life of tragedy and could have become very bitter,” Archbishop Naumann continued. “But instead of becoming bitter, he was filled with gratitude and hope. He was a beacon of hope for the whole world.” Carter Zielinski, a seminarian at the Pontifical North American College in Rome and a parishioner of Church of the Nativity in Leawood, echoed Sister Karolyn’s and Archbishop Naumann’s amazement at walking in the footsteps of St. John Paul II. “It’s pretty surreal,”

he said. “It puts flesh on his life and upbringing. He lived in a parish, received sacraments like we all do. He grew up in a human way.” Experiencing the humanity of such an inspirational saint stuck with many pilgrims, especially the younger generation who are too young to remember him as pope. “Whenever you think of the saints, you don’t think of them as real people,” said Eleanor Melero, a parishioner of St. Joseph-Immaculate Conception in Leavenworth. “But to see his house and where he grew up made me realize that he didn’t come out of the womb a saint.” “It makes me realize that a deeper relationship with God is possible,” she said. May pilgrims, including Archbishop Naumann, were also able to connect with the former pope in another way: They sampled kremowka, his favorite Polish dessert, at a local bakery in Wadowice.

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“When it comes to Jesus, we cannot sit around waiting with arms folded; he offers us life. We can’t respond by thinking about it or ‘texting’ a few words.” — Pope Francis’ during the closing Mass of World Youth Day



Deaf pilgrim ‘hears’ Mass for first time

ecelia Grove, a parishioner at St. Paul in Olathe, was attending the opening Mass for World Youth Day when she noticed a group of pilgrims that were “hearing” the Mass in sign language. Grove immediately approached the group, as American Sign Language was her first language. Though Grove is not deaf, her older sister was born deaf and used ASL to communicate. Always wanting to be like her big sister, Grove learned ASL even before she learned English. Her sister, who was sick for most of her life, died three years ago. Following the tragedy of her sister’s death, Grove said her mother was nervous about her attending World Youth Day. But she ultimately acquiesced. “My mother knew that my sister would have wanted me to go,” said Grove. After meeting the group of deaf pilgrims from all over the world, Grove learned that one of the girls in the group was a 19-year-old from Pennsylvania. But the person who was signing for the girl was not a native English speaker, so the transla-

Cecelia Grove, a member of St. Paul Parish in Olathe, was pressed into action as an American Sign Language translator. Grove signed the Mass for a girl from Pennsylvania (in yellow) who had never had the Mass signed for her before. Assisting Grove is Stacey Raines, youth director at St. Paul. tion into ASL was choppy and incoherent. Noticing Grove’s perfect ASL, the translator asked if Grove would translate the Mass for the young American girl. Grove said yes. “At first, I was confused, because [the girl] didn’t seem to understand what was going on in

the Mass,” Grove said. “I would sign to her that she should respond, but she wouldn’t respond.” Then Grove realized why: The girl hadn’t ever had a Mass signed for her. “I couldn’t believe it,” Grove said. “Sign language is such a part of my identity and my culture. I

couldn’t believe she was 19 and had never had a Mass signed for her in her entire life.” “It was so humbling for me,” Grove continued. “I [helped] her experience the Mass for the first time in her life.” The experience immediately reminded Grove of her sister, who

was always a passionate advocate for the rights of deaf people. “During Communion, I kept thinking that [my sister] was there with me and helped me help this girl,” said Grove. “It was the most amazing thing I had ever been a part of in my life.”


Pilgrims carry the spirit of pilgrim who died before WYD


aniel Warner, a 16-year-old parishioner of Mother Teresa of Calcutta in Topeka, was so excited to go to World Youth Day in Krakow. But about a month before the group was set to depart, Daniel died tragically in a car accident. The entire group of pilgrims was devastated, but the loss was especially felt by the group from Mother Teresa. “Daniel was pretty much synonymous with energy,” said Nancy Ruoff, director of youth ministry at Mother Teresa. “Knowing Daniel made us all better people.” “I didn’t know Daniel that well, but he was always so happy,” said Anne Ginzel, a parishioner at Mother Teresa and member of the parish’s

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Taking a page out of Pope Francis’ devotion to Mary, Undoer of Knots, pilgrims were given a “Daniel Knot” — a small cord with two knots to remind them of Daniel Warner. Warner, a member of Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Topeka, died shortly before he was to make the pilgrimage with the archdiocesan group. youth group. “He just had that smile that made you want to smile.” Ginzel was invited to fill Daniel’s spot in the archdiocesan World

Youth Day group following his death on June 27. “At first, I felt kind of guilty going,” said Ginzel. “It hit really close.” But Ginzel, along with

many other pilgrims, held Daniel in her prayers while in Poland. Each pilgrim received an orange “Daniel Knot” — a small rope with two knots in it in Daniel’s favorite color — as a physical reminder of his life. As Daniel’s story spread throughout the archdiocesan group and groups from all over the world, prayers for Daniel and his family increased. One foreign pilgrim, upon seeing the group’s orange “Daniel Knots,” mentioned that they had heard about Daniel’s death and prayed the Divine Mercy chaplet for him. When the group visited the Jasna Gora Marian shrine, Ruoff — along with thousands of other pilgrims — venerated the miraculous image of Mary on her knees.

She took out a picture of Daniel that she carried with her throughout the World Youth Day pilgrimage and held it in her hands. Then, wanting to take a photo of the beautiful shrine, she reached for her phone. Daniel’s contact information was lit up on her phone screen. “It was my ‘Daniel moment,’” said Ruoff, with tears in her eyes. “The whole time I was on my knees, I was bawling. When I pulled out my phone, I gasped so loudly that the kid behind me, Logan (Ruddy), thought something was wrong.” It was the one-month anniversary of Daniel’s death. “Daniel has been with us in Poland,” Ruoff said, “just not in the way we imagined he would be.”

A month before our trip, Daniel Warner passed away. When I first heard about it, I was shocked beyond belief; I didn’t know what to do except cry. I didn’t want to go on the trip at all because Daniel and I were such close friends. We were supposed to be roommates, and I knew it wasn’t going to be the same. I knew Daniel wouldn’t want me to miss out on this so I decided to go for him. There were very special moments during this trip that I will cherish for a very long time. My favorite things were looking at the relics, having Mass with the pope, and the John Paul II home museum. When we went to the relics, I felt the Holy Spirit just going through my whole body. It was just amazing seeing all the saints’ relics and praying for their help and comfort. I also felt that when we went to look at the relics, Daniel was right there by my side praying with me, and I just had to cry. . . . There are many people who didn’t get the chance to celebrate God’s love with over two million people, and I am beyond blessed, humble and thankful [God] gave me this opportunity to help me get closer to him and share the love of Christ with others! Logan Ruddy, 17, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Topeka

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“Dear young people, we didn’t come into this world to ‘vegetate,’ to take it easy, to make our lives a comfortable sofa to fall asleep on. No, we came for another reason: to leave a mark. ” — Pope Francis’ remarks during the prayer vigil for World Youth Day


‘Pope of Mercy’ greeted with cheers, tears

W When I get back home, I want to start thinking about what I can do — not something that is a world-changing act, but something in my school that we can change. I may not have the power of the whole world like the pope, but at least I have power to change something that could help others in need. . . . Something that I can share when I get back is the joy of helping others as the pope brought joy to me. Brianna Marstall, 13, Immaculate Conception, St. Marys

I prayed where St. Faustina prayed, as well as where St. John Paul II did. I felt and prayed for the suffering victims in Auschwitz, praised God and experienced God’s mercy with Catholics from all around the world. Being in the presence of so many other cultures and listening to all of the different languages spoken was something truly amazing, because it was our faith and the presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist that took us all there. Natalie Crimmins, 18, St. Matthew, Topeka

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hen I asked the pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas what they were most excited to see in Poland, one response was almost universal: Pope Francis. And when I asked pilgrims from around the world the same question, the answers were similar: Papa Francisco, Papa Francesco, Pape François, Papst Franziskus, Papiez Franciszek. During every event where the pope made an appearance, the chants were the same: ¡Viva Papa Francisco! Long live Pope Francis! ¡Esta es la juventud del Papa! We are the pope’s youth! And whether it was serendipitous seating arrangements or the grace of God, the archdiocesan group found itself less than 30 feet away from Pope Francis more than three times during the pilgrimage. “I was right at the gate when the pope drove by,” said Breanna Davis, a parishioner at Most Pure Heart of Mary in Topeka. “I was trying so hard not to cry. Hearing everyone scream his name was awesome. “A lot of the time, when you tell people about your Catholic faith, they’re like, ‘OK.’ Hearing everyone else scream Pope Francis’ name and be as excited to see him as I was was incredible.” “It was amazing being that close to Pope Francis,” said Anne Ginzel,

Archdiocesan youth get an up-close and personal look at Pope Francis as he passes by them on his way to the World Youth Day vigil Mass on July 30. sation with a beloved in a box. Pope Francis friend or mentor. just incinerated the box. “He’s like a third “He tells us that anygrandpa,” said Sarah Jo thing is possible with Schwinn, a parishioner God.” at Immaculate ConcepDavis echoed Ginzel’s tion - St. Joseph in Leavlove of Pope Francis’ enworth. “He takes a difmessage. She was espeferent approach. He’s so cially touched by his enhumble. You just want couragement to live life him to sit with you and to its fullest, particulargive you life advice.” ly after the death of her The pilgrims also felt close cousin. encouraged and inspired “I was touched when by the pope’s challenges he said, ‘Don’t give up so For those pilgrims without a clear view of Pope Francis, giant to live a life of service early, don’t retire early,’” screens and enhanced sound helped convey the pope’s mesand sacrifice. said Davis. “As young sage to youth. “His message was so people, we have so much simple and so profound,” to live for. So much to live a parishioner of Mother off of him.” For many young said Ginzel. “What I love up to. Teresa of Calcutta Parish about Pope Francis is that “I want to honor the in Topeka. “As soon as people of the archdioI saw the white car, this cese, Pope Francis’ mes- he loves the people wher- people of my past, live joyfully in my present, wave of joy came over sages to the crowds of ever they are and encourto set the road for my me. You could just see millions felt much more ages us to be better. “Sometimes, I put God future.” the love and joy radiating like an intimate conver-



Medical condition almost keeps pilgrim home

essica Luna, a parishioner of All Saints Church in Kansas City, Kansas, and an incoming freshman at Benedictine College in Atchison, almost missed out on coming to World Youth Day. After working with a Totus Tuus Catholic catechetical camp all summer, Luna began feeling sick. A doctor’s visit revealed evidence of a potential kidney disease. The day before the group left for Poland,

Luna had a kidney biopsy. Then she received some heartbreaking news from the doctor: She could not go on the trip due to her uncertain medical condition and the potential of complications while abroad. After the doctor had left Luna to ponder the news, a nurse walked into the room. The nurse told Luna that she knew of another nurse who was making the World Youth Day trip. She said that this nurse would look after Jessica while

she was traveling. She would be able to go to World Youth Day in Poland after all. “At first, I thought God was just saying, ‘OK, fine, you can go,’” said Luna. “But now, I think that I’m here to offer up all the pain I’m feeling on this pilgrimage. I’ve been praying with all the saints from Poland — St. Maria Faustina, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. JPII. “I’m here for a reason, even if I don’t know it yet.”

Jessica Luna proudly displays an American flag at World Youth Day. A medical condition almost kept her home, but she was able to go when a fellow pilgrim turned out to be a nurse and volunteered her help.

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“At times in our lives, we aim lower rather than higher. At those times, it is good to realize that God remains faithful, even obstinate, in his love for us. The fact is, he loves us even more than we love ourselves. He believes in us even more than we believe in ourselves. He is always ‘cheering us on’; he is our biggest fan.” — Pope Francis’ homily during the closing Mass of World Youth Day


‘You find a new patience here’

Crowds, rain and interminable hikes teach patience, solidarity


s any veteran World Youth Day pilgrim will tell you, traveling across the globe with millions of other people is an lesson in patience. That lesson was frequently underscored in Poland, where long lines, longer bus rides and endless crowds all tested the sunny dispositions of the Kansan pilgrims. One group of pilgrims, for example, spent nearly four hours walking to an event that was less than three miles away. Another group got helplessly lost in Krakow and spent hours wandering the city looking for somewhere familiar. A number of weary pilgrims waited nearly three hours in a line for food rations after having hiked nearly 10 miles in one day, only to learn that the food had run out. Poor choices in footwear led to aching legs and cringe-worthy blisters. And Krakow’s incessant rain showers seemed perfectly timed to drench the archdiocesan group. Even the most athletic of pilgrims is still, even now, recovering from the extreme physical demands of the journey. But as all of the pil-

When organizers warned the Poland trip would not be a vacation but a pilgrimage, they weren’t kidding. The pilgrims encountered long lines, longer bus rides, endless crowds and a hike to the final Mass site that was more than nine miles long. Then, of course, they had to walk back . . . in the pouring rain. could see people with ioner of Prince of Peace grims found during new appreciation for the love and joy, following in Olathe. “Through the the journey, there is a comforts of home. and worshiping Jesus. It painful food line, I felt the “[When I get home], moment in which the pain of refugees. was so beautiful.” trials and exhaustions I will appreciate the “Through hunger, I felt For some, the arduous stop being a pain in the little things: water, food, for the poor. Through the hikes and food shortagneck and start being, well, transportation, shelter es were reminiscent of language barriers, I felt and quiet,” said Tamara funny. Even grace-filled. loneliness.” “Even though there are Walters, a parishioner Pope Francis’ call for sol“I no longer feel like idarity with the millions of St. Paul Church in so many crowds, everyof the world’s refugees a completely ignorant one is happy,” said Sarah Olathe who attended American because these Jo Schwinn, a student at World Youth Day with and internally displaced experiences taught me people. Maur Hill-Mount Acad- her son. “I grew immense- on a very tiny scale what “The vigil was so hard. emy in Atchison. “You find a new patience here. The walk was long and ly in solidarity and un- it means to be human You’re happy because hard,” she continued. derstanding of others’ around the world,” con“They didn’t have plain cultures and social and cluded Rhodes. you’re all here for Jesus.” political situations,” said Along with the trials water and it was so hot. “Yet, all around us, you Helen Rhodes, a parishof the pilgrimage came a


‘It is only because of the Polish people that we are Catholic’


udeep Kodigandla has dreamed of visiting Poland for nearly 15 years. That is because Poland is the entire reason he is Catholic. Furthermore, Poland is, by extension, the primary reason Kodigandla is now a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis. Polish Catholic missionaries came to his village of Chennammanayuni kota in the Anantapur district of India over 50 years ago. Kodigandla’s grandfather, a young boy at the time, was the first member of the family to convert to Catholicism. “[The missionaries] are the reason we got the

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Archdiocesan seminarian Sudeep Kodigandla finds a quiet place even amid the two million pilgrims at World Youth. Kodigandla’s family became Catholic because of Polish missionaries. faith,” said Kodigandla. “I am the fifth generation of people born Catholic in my family. It is only because of the Polish people that we are Catholic.” These missionaries not only brought the faith, but education,

financial support and medical assistance to his village. And though this rural Indian village was far different than Poland, the missionaries approached their assignment with zeal and love. “They lived with the

community, ate with the community, lived without bathrooms or showers,” said Kodigandla. “But they still came back every six months.” It was due to the sacrifices of these missionaries that Kodigandla was

eager to travel to Poland and give thanks for his faith and his vocation, all of which he owes to the great Catholic spirit of Poland. “I wanted to come here and thank the missionaries and these great people for giving us the faith,” said Kodigandla. “I’m here just to pay them back — to pay it forward,” he added. The group’s bus had no more entered Poland than Kodingandla was struck by the moment. “There were tears in my eyes,” said Kodigandla. “This country brought out my emotions.” “I was filled with joy that I finally made it here to Poland,” he added.

This trip increased my love for Jesus in the Eucharist. And seeing beautiful, consecrated people and married couples living out their respective vocations was extremely touching and profound for me. This trip was filled with hardships, blisters, burned skin and frustrations, but more than that, this trip was filled with laughter and pierogis, praise and worship, and love and mercy — all of which led me to a greater love of the Lord. It has exceeded my expectations and I am so thankful that God allowed me to experience his great love and mercy for me in the city of Divine Mercy! Cecelia Grove, 18, St. Paul, Olathe

Before the pilgrimage, I was very nervous about traveling to Poland and not knowing anyone very well. I thought I was making this journey alone, but now I can see that, in fact, I wasn’t alone. Jesus was right there with me the entire pilgrimage. He walked with me and rejoiced with me! God blessed me with a wonderful experience and with many new friends who made me feel like I am a part of their family. Not only did I make new friends, but I also got to see my sister, who was also in Poland making her own pilgrimage. That was one of those small moments when I knew God was looking out for me. Kirsten Erickson, 16, Curé of Ars, Leawood

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wo million youth gathered peacefully for any reason makes news. Two million gathered in Poland to honor that country’s native son and recent saint — and to answer the call of his successor to follow “the Lord of risk” — makes history. The Leaven’s Joe McSorley was there. Photos by Joe McSorley


Many found the visit to Our Lady of Czestochowa (the Black Madonna) their most powerful religious experience of the pilgrimage. Here, pilgrim Ali Crawford venerates the relics behind the altar. In the foreground are other archdiocesan pilgrims, approaching the venerated site on their knees.



The ubiquitous smartphones and selfie sticks made it possible to document this World Youth Day better than any oth some a challenge. Here, Jordan Bittner, of St. Stanislaus Parish in Rossville, frames a photo with her friends. While pilg security. On the days in which he was included in the pool of photographers selected to cover the pope's events, McSorley was subject to multip event tickets, time and time again. He was also frequently patted down and asked to prove that his camera was actually a camera by taking a pho everyone else was holding up rosaries and medals for Pope Francis to bless, he held up his Nikon. Perhaps it will help on the next trip.

The frequent rain was so much an issue one day that photographer Joe McSorley left his second lens behind and wrapped his “baby” (camera) up in three separate layers of a poncho, a raincoat and a borrowed backpack cover. Fortunately, he got it out and uncovered just in time to capture two parishioners of St. Matthew Church in Topeka — Natalie Crimmins (left) and Jaimie Seiss (right) — demonstrating their puddle-jumping skills.

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The Poles were taking no chances with the safety of the Father. While the pope's own security is seen flanking the all the venues were also thick with roaming groups of Polish police and military. At the vigil Mass official in the foreground, of the Polish Secret Service, was coordinating the effort.

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Only Sister Karolyn Nunes (back to camera) could find a familiar face in a crowd of one million — time and time again! Sister Karolyn is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George and was joined on the pilgrimage by Sister Bridget Martin of the same order.

better than any other. Many at home could see what pilgrims were doing in real time through social media. Only spotty Wi-Fi made communication for er friends. While pilgrims traveled light, traditional photographers still lugged the multiple lenses and big camera bags, which attracted the attention of was subject to multiple searches of his camera bag and backpack and was required to show his passport, WYD registration, Leaven credentials and papal mera by taking a photograph and showing it to the authorities. But victory was his in the end. Not only did McSorley get the photos he wanted, but when next trip.

ith the safety of the pilgrims or the Holy y is seen flanking the popemobile (above), ry. At the vigil Mass, it appeared that the fort.

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Mandy Mroszczak, of Sacred Heart-St. Casimir Parish in Leavenworth, receives a warm welcome from a Little Sister of the Community of the Lamb, when the community hosted the Kansas pilgrims for a pizza lunch at their monastery.

The greatest challenge to much of the photography on this trip, said McSorley, was getting out in front of a photo opportunity that he could see was developing. Here he caught, from left, archdiocesan seminarian Arturo Hernandez, Sister Karolyn Nunes, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Sister Bridget Martin, and seminarians Anthony Gerard and Dean Wheeler lead the group of pilgrims out after a Mass at Our Lady of Czestochowa.


Another of the photographic challenges of the trip was capturing moments like this one — of Archbishop Naumann in prayer before the image of the Black Madonna — in a way that did not distract other pilgrims.

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“The Lord doesn’t want to remain in this beautiful city, or in cherished memories alone. He wants to enter your homes, to dwell in your daily lives: in your studies, your first years of work, your friendships and affections, your hopes and dreams.” — Pope Francis’ homily during the closing Mass of World Youth Day

FIND YOUR CALLING The biggest blessings of this trip, for me, were the times when God’s great plan was revealed to us in moments of pure joy and simple beauty — dancing together to “Blessed Are the Merciful” when we had no idea what they were saying in Polish; getting shut out of our section on the night of the official opening, then our waiting spot turning out to be just feet of where the Holy Father turned to go to the stage. . . . Moments like these were countless, and I pray that they will always remind me to look beyond hardships, appreciate every moment and trust in [God’s] beautiful plan. Jesus, I trust in you. Angie Bittner, rural youth outreach coordinator

When I thought about World Youth Day 2016 in Poland, I was thinking about the most exciting things I would see in Poland, and I’d say to myself, “Yay, I’m going to be able to meet the pope!”(which was pretty cool might I say). But I never imagined what more things I would encounter on my pilgrimage this summer. I never thought about the excitement and rush from meeting new people, not only from the state that I had grown up in my whole life, but what electrifying and imaginative people from across the world that I would have the privilege of meeting. Haley Bitner, 16, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Topeka

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Archbishop encourages discernment of religious life


ecalling his own story of discernment, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann encouraged the pilgrims of World Youth Day to prayerfully consider their own vocations while walking in the footsteps of the great saints of Poland. As Archbishop Naumann recalled, he was “floating along in my discernment” until a sixweek retreat during his sophomore year of high school seminary inspired him to take a good look at his own doubts and struggles in his vocation. After eight days of silence at the culmination of the retreat, Archbishop Naumann emerged confident not only of God’s presence in his life, but also of his own vocation to become a priest. Building off of his own story, he encouraged the pilgrims of World Youth Day to take time in Poland to reflect on their own callings. And he asked the two Franciscan Sisters and 23 archdiocesan seminarians to share their stories of discernment with the young pilgrims. “During these days of pilgrimage, I encour-

Above, archdiocesan seminarians Cruz Gallegos (eyes closed) and Arturo Hernandez take a moment to soak in both the grandeur and the deep history of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, a shrine integral to the personal history of Pope John Paul II. At right, seminarians George Rhodes (left) and Anthony Mersmann participate in Mass at Tauron Arena in Krakow. age you to say your ‘fiat,’ your ‘yes’ to the Lord,” said Archbishop Naumann during Mass in the Marian shrine of Jasna Gora. “Ask what Our Lord is calling you to do. Be

open to this calling,” he continued. “Our Lord needs great disciples in every field and area on earth. “Ask for the grace in this place to say yes to the Lord’s calling.”



Pilgrims bring a bit of Kansas to Krakow

hough roughly 0.05 percent of the 200,000 Catholics of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas were able to attend World Youth Day in Poland, the 108 pilgrims that were able to make the trip made a big impression on Krakow. Many of them brought a bit of Kansas to Krakow; others took a bit of Krakow back with them. And though the group was more than 5,000 miles away from home, Kansas was never far from their thoughts. Many pilgrims remembered their Kansas communities by bringing something back home as gifts for others, including prayer cards, icons and rosaries blessed by Pope Francis. Kathy Rhodes, principal of St. Patrick School in Kansas City, Kansas, remembered her school community by bring-

Polish photographer Ewa Płonka wears a Kansas City Royals World Series championship hat, one of the many gifts exchanged between pilgrims from all over the world. The Kansas City Royals donated almost 200 hats to archdiocesan youth to be used in exchange. ing 500 Divine Mercy medals to be blessed at the Divine Mercy Shrine in Krakow where the miraculous image of the merciful Jesus is found. This upcoming school

year, each student will get a medal on his or her birthday. Other groups carried their Kansas communities with them in prayer. After two years of

fundraising for World Youth Day, the pilgrims from Immaculate Conception - St. Joseph Parish in Leavenworth had one final request for the parish community

before heading to Poland: Give us your intentions. Nearly 1,000 parishioners responded with written prayers and intentions. Pilgrims from all over the archdiocese prayed for these intentions, then placed them at holy sites in Krakow. For all of the pilgrims, especially those from Immaculate Conception - St. Joseph, it was a reminder not only to pray for their communities back home, but to give thanks for the spiritual and financial support of the archdiocesan community that made World Youth Day possible for them. “For us, it was the parishioners who were with us on the journey,” said Francisco Melero, an Immaculate Conception - St. Joseph parishioner at who organized the effort.

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President - Rockhurst High School, a Roman Catholic, nonprofit, college preparatory school for young men, sponsored by the Society of Jesus in Kansas City, Missouri, seeks an enthusiastic and visionary leader to serve as president starting July 1, 2017. As the chief executive officer, the president will build on Rockhurst High School’s rich tradition of faith-based college preparatory education and formation, and boldly lead the institution into the future. The primary purpose of the office of president is to provide both spiritual and educational leadership for the school’s achievement of its mission as a Jesuit school. The president is hired by, and responsible to, the school’s board of trustees, which in turn is responsible to the Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus. 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A chicken dinner and all the trimmings will be served from 4 - 7 p.m. The cost is $8 for adults; $4 for children ages 12 and under. Carryout dinners may be picked up before 3:30 p.m. There will also be kids games and rides. Fancy work will start at 5 p.m.; cash drawings at 8 p.m. There will be a garage sale open for those attending the picnic as well.

HOLY ROSARY RALLY IN HONOR OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA Holy Family Parish 274 Orchard, Kansas City, Kansas Aug. 14 from 3 - 4:15 p.m.

We will pray the joyful, sorrowful and glorious mysteries of the rosary. Benediction will follow, as well as an opportunity for attendees to enroll in the brown scapular. For more information, visit the website at: www. rosaryrallieskc.org.

CHURCH PICNIC Sacred Heart Church 1031 S. 12th St., Sabetha Aug. 14 at 4:30 p.m.

A family-style chicken and ham dinner with all the trimmings will be served. The cost is $10 for adults; $5 for children ages 10 and under. There will also be games for all ages, bingo, raffles, a food stand and more.

SUICIDE AWARENESS EDUCATION AND RESOURCES Keeler Women’s Center 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas Aug. 16 from 6 - 8:30 p.m.

This program is presented by Courtney Ryan, MPA, in partnership with Mental Health America of the Heartland.

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— Pope Francis’ remarks during the prayer vigil for World Youth Day

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CALENDAR PICNIC AND REUNION Immaculate Conception Church 208 W. Bertrand, St. Marys Aug. 14 at 4 p.m.

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WANTED TO BUY Wanted to buy - Antique/vintage jewelry, lighters, fountain pens, post card collections, paintings/prints, pottery, sterling, china dinnerware. Renee Maderak, (913) 631-7179. St. Joseph Parish, Shawnee 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 - I’m Mark Edmondson, a local parishioner at Holy Trinity, and I buy and sell houses in any condition. If you have a house “situation,” call me. I might have a solution for you. (913) 980-4905.

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“God counts on you for what you are, not for what you possess. In his eyes, the clothes you wear or the kind of cellphone you use are of absolutely no concern. He doesn’t care whether you are stylish or not; he cares about you, just as you are! In his eyes, you are precious, and your value is inestimable.”

HEALING MASS Curé of Ars (Father Burak Room) 9405 Mission Rd., Leawood Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

There will be Mass with prayers for healing, sponsored by archdiocesan charismatic prayer groups. For more information, call (913) 649-2026.

‘COPING WITH LIFE ALONE’ St. Patrick Church 1357 N.E. 42nd Terr., Kansas City, Missouri Beginning Aug. 18 Corpus Christi Parish 6001 Bob Billings Pkwy., Lawrence Beginning Aug. 23

This is a Beginning Experience grief support program that meets each week for seven weeks. The program helps those who have lost a love relationship — due to death, divorce or separation — move through the experience of grief and loss into a future with renewed hope. For information and to register for the Missouri sessions, call Donna at (816) 305-3760. For information and to register for the Lawrence sessions, call Jerry at (785) 766-6497.

CYCLONE NIGHT St. Mary-St. Anthony (parish hall) 615 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kansas Aug. 19 from 6 - 8 p.m.

Bishop Ward is resurrecting the “traditional” Cyclone Night event for those 21 and over. There is no cost to attend the event. Food and beverages will be served. Current and former parents, former students, alumni, coaches and administrators will be present for this meet and greet. W Club memberships can be renewed/purchased and 201617 athletic event passes will be available. Send an RSVP to: gduggins@wardhigh.org. GO CYCLONES!

— Pope Francis’ homily during the closing Mass of World Youth Day

RUMMAGE SALE Holy Family Parish 820 Birch St., Eudora Aug. 19 from 5 - 8 p.m. Aug. 20 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This rummage sale is being held to sell many of Father Pat Riley’s belongings. The proceeds of the sale will benefit the Father Pat Riley Memorial Education Center.

MEMORIAL LITURGY Curé of Ars Parish 9405 Mission Rd., Leawood Aug. 20 at 8 a.m.

Following Mass, the bereavement ministry will have a grief support meeting in the Father Burak Room. Liz Luck will speak on “Living Life after Death.” For more information, call (913) 649-2026.

tion and to RSVP, call Penny Lonergan at (913) 651-5265 or send an email to: ploner gan@kc.rr.com no later than Aug. 19. The suggested minimum donation is $30.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL Christ the King Church 3024 N. 53rd St., Kansas City, Kansas Aug. 27 at 5 p.m.

There will be hot dogs, homemade Polish sausage, pulled pork sandwiches and more. There will also be bingo, raffles, a povitica booth, carnival games and a DJ. Everything will be by ticket only this year.

MAJOR MILESTONES CELEBRATION St. Benedict Parish 1001 N. 2nd St., Atchison Aug. 28 at 10:30 a.m.

Admission is free. Traditional Croatian food and cold beverages will be available for purchase. There will be children’s and family booths. A dance will begin at 9 p.m. For more information, send an email to: SJBfestival20 16@gmail.com.

Three of the four churches that comprise St. Benedict Parish are celebrating major milestones: 150th cornerstone of St. Patrick Church (2015); 150th of the cornerstone of St. Benedict Church (2016); and the 125th of the cornerstone of Sacred Heart Church (2017). In addition, the new pastor, Father Jeremy Heppler, OSB, will be installed during Mass with Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann on Aug. 28 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Benedict. For more information, contact Matt or Megan Fassero at (913) 426-7424 or send an email to: mjfassero@yahoo.com.

FALL FUNDRAISER Strawberry Hill Museum 720 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kansas Aug. 26 from 6 - 8:30 p.m.

PARISH PICNIC Sts. Peter and Paul Parish 411 Pioneer, Seneca Sept. 4 at 4:30 p.m.

CROATIAN FESTIVAL St. John the Baptist (parish grounds) 708 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kansas Aug. 20 after the 4 p.m. Mass

The Greater Kansas City Alumni Council of the University of St. Mary is sponsoring its fall fundraiser to benefit student scholarships. Join us for an evening in Dubrovnik, including: museum tours, a silent auction, music provided by the Hrvatski Obicaj Combo, Croatian wine tasting and regional appetizers and desserts. For more informa-

A roast beef dinner will be served. The cost will be $10 for adults; $5 for children. Takeout meals will be available. Bingo, concessions, games, a beer garden, a live auction and a teen dance will follow.

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LOCAL NEWS Jim and Sally (Dick) Campion, members of the Cathedral of St. Peter, Kansas City, Kansas, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 30. A dinner with their children and grandchildren was celebrated on July 28. The couple was married on July 30, 1966, at Blessed Sacrament Church in Kansas City, Kansas, by Father James Wright. Their children are: Christine Saysoff; Beth Dean; Amy Maloy; Molly Patterson; and Matthew Campion. They also have nine grandchildren.


Growing as Disciples of Jesus

“How do we have a memory? It’s by talking to our parents and elders, and especially with our grandparents. If we want to be the hope of the future, we have to receive the torch from our grandfathers and their grandfathers.” — Pope Francis to World Youth Day organizers and volunteers

August planning priorities August is time for calendar-making. Unfortunately, most of us let our calendars dictate our lives, instead of our lives dictating our calendars. If our lives are really about God, spouse and children, then we must spend our lives there. August shouldn’t be a time to plan activities . . . but to plan priorities. • View the calendar. What unnecessaries can we say “no” to? • Review the calendar. Where can we spend daily time on God, spouse and kids? — Kristi Dennihan, School of Love



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Religious Sisters appreciation day — St. Patrick, Kansas City, Kansas Aug. 15 Feast of the Assumption – Holy day Aug. 16 Envisioning Team meeting — Chancery Vespers and dinner with priests ordained in the last five years

Aug. 18 Catholic radio tower blessing — Kansas City, Missouri Eucharistic adoration with high school teens — Cathedral, Kansas City, Kansas Aug. 19 American Heritage Girls Camp Americana — Prairie Star Ranch Aug. 20 Reception of vows for Joel Haug, Apostles of the Interior Life — St. Lawrence Center, Lawrence Kelly Youth Rally — St. Bede, Kelly Aug. 21 Rite of Candidacy for deacon cohort — Savior Pastoral Center Aug. 22-23 Jesus Caritas bishops’ retreat


EAVENWORTH — Sister Charles Marie Beeby, 86, a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth, died on Aug. 1 at the motherhouse here. Kathleen Beeby was born on Oct. 2, 1929, in Hays, one of nine children of Charles and Mary (McCarthy) Beeby. She attended Assumption and Holy Name grade schools in Topeka, and St. Mary’s Academy, Leavenworth. She entered the religious community of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth on Aug. 19, 1948, and, as Sister Charles Marie Beeby, made her profession of vows on Aug. 15, 1950. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from St. Mary College, Leavenworth, and a master’s in counseling and education from Eastern Montana College, Billings, Montana. After profession, Sister Charles Marie taught in schools in Kansas, Missouri and Montana for over 30 years. She was principal at Sacred Heart School, St. Patrick School, and North Central Junior High School, all in Butte, Montana. She began her ministry in health care and social services in 1988. Sister Charles Marie was the director of pastoral care at St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center, Grand Junction, Colorado; administrator/ coordinator at Ross Hall, Leavenworth; and worked tirelessly at Mercy Housing, Kansas City, Kansas. Later, she became the mission director for Seton Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Upon retiring in 2012, she could be found basking in volunteer work wherever she was needed.

Aug. 14 Installation of Father Adam Wilczak — Holy Angels, Garnett

“Giving the Basics” tour — Kansas City, Missouri

William J. and Joan (LoScalzo) Donnelly, members of Prince of Peace Parish, Olathe, will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Aug. 13 with their family. The couple was married on Aug. 11, 1951. Their children are: Joan Shay; Bill Donnelly; Mary Vaught; and Michael Donnelly. They also have eight grandchildren (one deceased) and three great-grandchildren.

Sister Charles Marie Beeby, SCL


From left, Benedictine Sisters Marilyn Schieber, Maria Heppler and Alberta Hermann celebrate 50 years as Benedictine Sisters of Atchison.

Three honored for 50 years as Benedictine Sisters


TCHISON — On July 10, Sisters Maria Heppler, Alberta Hermann and Marilyn Schieber celebrated the 50th anniversary of their monastic profession at the monastery here with the other Sisters, family and friends. Sisters Maria and Alberta had been taught by Benedictine Sisters at Christ the King in Kansas City, Kansas, and St. Teresa in Westphalia, respectively. They met as high school classmates at Mount St. Scholastica Academy in Atchison. Sister Marilyn was raised in Conception Junction, Missouri. In addition to being taught by the Sisters, she had several relatives in the community. All three began their religious life as elementary teachers but,


as more fields opened to them, they chose three different paths of service. Sister Maria is a counselor who has been director of the School Consultation Program with Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas for over 30 years. Sister Alberta trained as an occupational therapist and has worked in home health and at the Atchison Hospital. She currently works in pastoral care at Dooley Center, a care facility at Mount St. Scholastica. Sister Marilyn went into parish ministry, having responsibility for such tasks as religious education, pastoral care of the sick and worship planning. From 1995 until 2013, she was a pastoral associate at Christ the King Parish in Kansas City, Kansas. She is now in Atchison, serving as director of human resources for Mount St. Scholastica’s lay employees.

Ursuline Sister celebrates 50 years

APLE MOUNT, Kentucky — Sister Angela Fitzpatrick, a native of Emporia, is celebrating 50 years as an Ursuline Sister. Sister Angela was a Ursuline of Paola before the order merged with the Ursuline Sisters of Maple Mount here. She was a teacher at Queen of the Holy Rosary School, Overland Park, from 1970 to 1971. She served in parish ministry for 29 years, including as a pastoral associate at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Kansas

City, Kansas, from 1975 to 1978, and pastoral associate at Sacred Heart and St. Casimir parishes, Leavenworth, from 1985 to 1986. She was administrative assistant at Bishop Ward High School, Kansas City, Kansas, from 2001 to 2006. She was chaplain/bereavement coordinator for Hospice Care of Kansas/Midwest, Lenexa, from 2008 to 2010. She was a caregiver in metropolitan Kansas City from 2006 to 2007 and returned to that role in 2010, where she still serves.

Aug. 25 Hayden auction dinner — Archbishop’s residence

ARCHBISHOP KELEHER Aug. 14 Mass — Federal prison camp Aug. 19-20 Deacon aspirants retreat — Savior Pastoral Center Aug. 21 Mass — Federal prison camp

USM to offer lifeguarding and swim classes


EAVENWORTH — Lifeguarding classes are being offered by the American Red Cross and the University of Saint Mary starting on Aug. 24 at Berchmans Hall indoor heated pool at the main campus at 4100 S. 4th St. here. Classes run for 10 weeks from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. Lifeguarding candidates must be at least 15 years old by the course’s end date and pass a prerequisite test that includes a 300-yard continuous swim. USM also offers Red Cross swim lessons for ages 4 and up, with evening classes held every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:15 p.m., beginning Aug. 30, for four weeks in the Berchmans Hall indoor pool. The cost is $45 for a four-week session. Enrollment is ongoing. Go online to: stmary.edu/ aquatics for more information. Visit the website at: stmary.edu/aquatics to view the schedule or print registration forms. Call director Janet Loewenstein at (913) 682-5151, ext. 6622, for details.

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I traveled to Italy and visited the Vatican in eighth grade. At that time, I was unable to see the pope. This trip has given me an experience I’ll never forget. But one thing Father Scott reminded us was that this pilgrimage was not about seeing the pope, but instead about coming closer to Christ. This trip has been a huge blessing to me, and I really enjoyed the people that we journeyed with. Ian McAsey, 17, St. Dominic, Holton


“Today the church — and I would add, the world — looks to you and wants to learn from you, to be reassured that the Father’s mercy has an ever-youthful face and constantly invites us to be part of his kingdom. — Pope Francis’ remarks at World Youth Day opening ceremony

Music was one of the things that made the miles go faster on the long hikes that every World Youth Day entails. And songs featured prominently when a group of pilgrims from one country encountered a group from another, as did chants of “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie,” for example, and “USA, USA.”


I Every day provided something new to think about for my faith: sometimes, simple things like how much God loves us, and some greater, like what is my vocation in life. Then there was the message of the jubilee Year of Mercy. The message of mercy was everywhere, as it should be. Kolbe Madden, 15, Most Pure Heart of Mary, Topeka

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One big, loud, crazy Catholic family

t was in Jasna Gora, a world-famous Marian shrine in Czestochowa, Poland, that many of the pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas got an important lesson in the diversity of the Catholic family. Packed with thousands of pilgrims from all over the world, the shrine was filled with the sounds of voices praising in different languages . . . loudly. Even during Mass celebrated by Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, the songs of pilgrims celebrating joyfully outside of the shrine were heard, accompanied by tambourines, drums and guitars. And while many pilgrims were initially tempted to become frustrated at the potential distraction, they began to recognize the beauty of the moment. “I felt their praise was adding to ours,” said Sara Jo Schwinn, a parishioner at Immaculate Conception - St. Joseph in Leavenworth. The archbishop echoed a similar appreciation for the jubilant and universal celebration of the faith in his homily.

A group of Italian pilgrims ham it up for the photographer on their way to World Youth Day’s opening Mass. “It’s beautiful that Our Lady and her Son have brought us together from so many different places,” he said. “But more importantly, what brings us together is our love of Mary and her Son.” Coming to appreciate the diversity and richness of the Catholic Church — even in occasionally frustrating circumstances — was an important moment for each of the pilgrims. For Stacey Raines, youth director at St. Paul Church in Olathe, watching her youth group members encounter the universality of the church in Poland was inspiring. “[Pilgrims from other countries] are loud and

jubilant, and it was wonderful,” said Raines. “Our culture in KCK is more reverent. But there really is an interplay between both there. We see these differences in styles of worship. “But it’s still one church.” “At Steubenville [summer conferences] and NCYC, [the pilgrims] are able to experience that the church is big,” Raines continued. “Here at World Youth Day, they experience that not only is the church big and full. . . . It’s huge! “But it’s the same faith. It’s the same Mass. That’s such a valuable appreciation [to have] — to know that it is the same experience across the world

and that God works in you wherever you are.” Aside from this realization, all the pilgrims came away from World Youth Day with some amusing memories of cultural exchange as well. Archdiocesan pilgrims can now tell you that Australians call McDonald’s “Maccas.” And that Brazilians are some of the friendliest people on earth. The pilgrims can now say “hello” and “How are you?” in Polish, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French. And they are all remarkably adept at having conversations without any words at all, relying on hand motions and

facial expressions to get their point across. With these experiences comes a new appreciation for cultural differences in the Catholic faith, as well as the unity that transcends ethnic, cultural and national borders. “[People from other cultures] are definitely crazy and they’re not afraid to be themselves,” said Logan Ruddy, a parishioner at Mother Teresa of Calcutta Church in Topeka. “They sing all the time, and we Americans never do. “But the way I see it, you’re my brother or sister. We’re all just one, big, Catholic family.”

Kansas pilgrims found that their fellow pilgrims were remarkably adept at having conversations without any words at all.

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