So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Monday, May 29, 2017

Listen up Bishops! Wichita ordains 10 priests. Additional ten ordinations next year!

Compared to Wichita, most dioceses are dry wells. Perhaps more dioceses might consider paying attention to the common denominators that help produce an abundant harvest for the Lord:
  • strong Catholic families who practice the Faith
  • Catholics schools that actually teach the Faith
  • faithful priests who model the Faith
The above signs indicate a robust formation in the orthodox Faith, which necessarily includes authentic liturgy, liturgy that forms confident identity that builds a culture for God to draw men into service. Families confident in the Faith nurture a love for the Lord that inspires joyful commitment. Confident Catholic schools build confident communities. Confident priests are good fathers to whom others look for leadership. What makes a confident priest? A priest who is humble enough to allow the Lord Jesus Christ to permeate his existence, to guide his celebration of the Sacraments with fidelity shaped by Truth, Goodness and Beauty.
“People really do live their faith here (in Wichita: 120,527 Catholics in 91 parishes) in a strong way.”
Deo gratias! To God be all thanks and praise for His many blessings.

Good Farmers

I can think of at least two important witnesses to orthodoxy, conduits of God's grace, who may have had something to do with forming a generation of fervent Catholics: Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Wichita 2001 - 2003; and (Arch-)Bishop Michael Jackels (2005 - 2013). Note: Bishop Jackels worked for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome for eight years under Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI).

Bishops - take note!
As number of Catholic priests declines in U.S., Wichita ordains 10
One by one, 10 men had their hands anointed with oil, symbolizing their participation in Christ’s priesthood. Soon, the newly ordained priests stood at the front of the Church of the Magdalen, administering the Eucharist for the first time.
In the United States, the number of priests has been declining even as the number of Catholics has increased.
Saturday’s ordination of 10 new priests in the Catholic Diocese of Wichita goes against the grain. Next year, another 10 priests who became transitional deacons last week will also be ordained.
Those 20 men will bring roughly a 20 percent increase to the number of active priests in the diocese.
A survey of the men newly ordained across the United States this year found they were more likely to have attended Catholic school than U.S. Catholics in general.

Kemme said Wichita is no better than any other place, but that he has found a “dynamic” Catholic life in the diocese.

“That’s one, if not maybe the most important, component in the fostering of vocations to the priesthood and religious life,” Kemme said. “People really do live their faith here in a strong way.”

Newly ordained priest the Rev. Andrew Bergkamp said there’s no magic formula to having so many people interested in ordination, but that it comes from having strong families and good examples set by local priests.

He also pointed to Father Emil Kapaun, currently being considered for canonization, as perhaps playing a role in the blessings of the church.

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