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Serve One Another

  • President's Letter for May

     Fellow Serrans,

    What a wonderful time of the year. Spring is upon us and there is a beautiful array of colors in the trees and green, plush lawns. What a welcome sight. Likewise, we have finished the journey into Easter, and now celebrate the most beautiful and meaningful part of our faith; the resurrection, and the promise of forgiveness, hope, and love. And we get to share these gifts with our family, friends, and with everyone. Hope you all have a great Easter season.

    As you know, May is when we transition to our new officers and board members. For this upcoming year, we are blessed to have a complete slate of board members, very capable of directing our club into the future. We welcome incoming President Ed Connolly and President-Elect Lee Crutchfield, as well as new trustees Pat McAnany, John Gillcrist, Dave Jones, and Rich Leyden. We extend our best wishes and support for them for this coming year.

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  • It takes an Archdiocese

    With the addition of the 17 men who were ordained by Archbishop Naumann in June 2017, we now have 40 permanent deacons in active ministry serving the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

    We have at least one deacon serving in 30 of our parishes, and even more our deacons are making their presence—and in a deeper sense the Church’s presence—felt in prisons and jails, hospitals and nursing homes, and really anywhere the mercy of God is most needed. We are proud of the growth of the diaconate in the Archdiocese, and I’ve frequently heard the Archbishop praise our formation program.

    As I reflect on all this, I truly believe that the growth of the diaconate in our Archdiocese is a singular grace given to us at this time. It also reflects the gifts of our Archdiocese at this moment in our local Church’s history.

    For example, each month our deacon candidates receive phenomenal instruction from professors from Benedictine College in Atchison. Very few deacons programs in the United States have a Catholic college within their boundaries with such a cadre of exceptional teachers of the faith.

    We also have Kansas City-based School of Faith under the leadership of Mike Scherschligt and Troy Hinkel providing catechetical and spiritual formation for our deacon candidates, complemented by the spiritual assistance of the Apostles of the Interior Life, whose U.S. headquarters happen to be here.

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  • Reflection - The breaking of the bread

    Their eyes were opened and they recognized him. (Luke 24:31).

     It had been a long day of walking, but Cleopas and his friend wanted more time with their traveling companion. The mysterious stranger seemed ignorant of the turmoil of the past few days, but he could explain the Scriptures like no one they had ever heard before. Wanting to hear more, they urged, “Stay with us” (Luke 24:29). So he stayed and shared a meal. Then, with a simple gesture and a simple prayer, he broke bread and gave it to them. And suddenly, their eyes were opened: they recognized their broken Lord, their risen Lord.

    Imagine what must have flashed through their minds: “Wait —-that’s what Jesus did! Could this be him?” It was Jesus, who had broken bread, saying , “This is my body” (Mark 14:22). It was Jesus, who prayed, “Father, forgive them” as he hung on the cross (Luke 23:34). It was Jesus , whose promise to rise from the dead shone in their hearts once again. All this came flooding back to them in the moment when he broke the bread.

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Pope Francis' intentions

May 2019

The Church in Africa, a Seed of Unity
That the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent.


To see a list of seminarians adopted by KCK Serrans click HERE

To search priest's birthdays by last name click HERE.

  • Coming Events

    District Master Planning Calendar here

     May 18, 2019
    Transitional Deacon Ordination
    Information here

    May 22, 2019, 6:15 PM
    Seminarian Trivia Night
    More information here

    May 25, 2019
    Ordination to the Priesthood
    Information here

    May 30, 2019
    "The Al Bukaty"   Priests, Seminarians
    and Deacons Golf Outing
    Information here

    June 19-23, 2019
    Serra International Conference
    Mexico City, Mexico
    More information here

    June 28, 2019
    Sisters, Servants of Mary Golf Outing
    Information and signup here

    June 28-30, 2019
    International Tennis Championship for Priests
    Lincoln, NE
    More information here

    July 5, 2019
    Pitching for Priests Softball Game
    More information here

    August 11, 2019
    Religious Sisters' Appreciation Day
    St. Patrick's Parish Center
    Registration here

    Nov. 1-3, 2019
    Region 9 Serra Convention
    Conception, MO
    More information here

    Fall 2019
    Kenrick-Glennon Seminary visit

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