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On May 25th at the Church of the Ascension, Archbishop Naumann ordained six men to the priesthood.  Our new priests are Nicholas Ashmore, Kenn Clem, Colin Haganey, Joel Haug AVI, Mark Ostrowski and Dan Weger.  A photo slideshow follows.  All photos courtesy of the Archdiocesan Vocation Office.

Archbishop Naumann ordained Travis Mecum and Anthony Mersmann to the Transitional Diaconate on May 18th at Holy Spirit Church in Overland Park.  A brief slideshow follows.  All photos courtesy of the Archdiocesan Vocation Office.  

The 13th Annual Serra Blisters for Sisters  walk was  held at St. Thomas More Parish on May 4th, 2019.  170 sisters representing 20 Religious orders from both dioceses attended.

The 2019 Serra USA District 12-2C Spring Leadership Planning Conference (SLPC) took place April 27, 2019 at Church of the Ascension in Overland Park, KS. Twenty (20) representatives from all three district clubs attended. Atchison (1), Johnson County (8) and Kansas City in Kansas (11).  The day began with Mass celebrated by Monsignor Tom Tank. After Mass, Monsignor Tank addressed the attendees and thanked them for their support for vocations and agreeing to be leaders of their respective clubs. He also expressed his personal commitment to Serra reminding all of that in the past, he was chaplain for the KCK and JOCO clubs.

2019 Serra, Priest, Seminarian, Deacon, and Deacon Candidate Golf/Dinner

 We had a beautiful day for the “Al Bukaty” golf outing. There were fourty two golfers with a mixture of priests, seminarians, deacons, deacon candidates, and serran’s  playing. Thanks to the Bukaty Insurance Co. and the K. C., Ks. Serra Club we gave out $750 in prize money. Fr. Mark Mertes won the top prize of $100. All the priests who participated in golf took home at least $75 each.

FOUR STARS LIGHT UP THE KINGDOM

On March 27th, four Sixth Grade students from our Catholic Elementary Schools rendered enlightening and edifying messages.  Their essays truly reflected off the stars of our saints in heaven.  After preparation began last September among boys and girls within seventeen schools, steady composition and research were developed in these thoughtful essays.

A very nice crowd of Serrans and spouses attended the retreat given by our Chaplain Monsignor Mullen at the Savior Pastoral Center. The theme was the Beatitudes from the Gospel of Matthew 5:3-12.

The Runnin' Revs were victorious over the Serra All Stars 41-39 in an excitement-filled game at Bishop Miege field-house.   In this photo Coach Msgr. Michael Mullen shares some of his wisdom, gleaned from countless hours poring over scouting data, with his team of priests and seminarians from the archdiocese.  

The Ben and Betty Zarda 5th Grade Vocation Day Luncheon was held on March 5th at The Church of the Ascension school. There were 25 Serrans in attendance to help our co-ordinator, John Muehlberger, assemble and serve the luncheon.  A total of  750 5th Graders from throughout the archdiocese attended this event. 

At the regular meeting on January 23rd, Msgr. Mullen inducted five new members into our club. 

Monsignor Mike Mullen Celebrated the Mass on February 13, 2019 at the Valentine Mass and dinner. 


Making it a family affair.  Together these gentlemen represent families with a total of twelve generations helping the Sisters Servants of Mary by hosting the spaghetti dinner.

The annual SOS Benefit Dinner was a great success. Held at Union Station on Friday, January 25th, the activity benefits seminarians from our Archdiocese, the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and Conception Seminary. Setup volunteers included eight members from our club. We were also well represented at the dinner.  See the photos at the end of this article. 

The Serra Valentine Mass and Dinner will be held on Wednesday, February 13th at Milburn Country Club in Overland Park.  Registration information is on the calendar page.


John Bartolac (wearing a "We love the Sisters" apron) with Sisters Servants of Mary

Since 1990 Super Bowl Sunday in KCK has always been associated with the annual Spaghetti Dinner orchestrated and supported by three families and their friends. Serrans are among their supporters either by helping out at the Spaghetti Dinner or by purchasing tickets for the meal and/or the various raffles offered.  See the calendar for details.

Archbishop Naumann always attracts a large crowd of Serrans and this was no exception. Other honored guests included Fr. Scott Wallisch, archdiocesan co-director of seminarians, Fr. Dan Morris, archdiocesan vocations director, Jerry Malone, president of Johnson County Serra club, Nancy Gibson, past district governor and Matt Fassero, president of the Atchison Serra Club.

Fr. Dan gave a brief update first. The archdiocese has seven men currently with applications to seminary. While it’s good to have that many, he cautioned us that they still have to go through the discernment process. The Archbishop’s Quo Vadis retreat will be held Dec. 21-23 for young men who are interested. Entitled “In Mercy Chosen” it will be lead by Fr. Bill Bruning.

Jim Burns, member of Serra KCK and District Governor, Region 9, District 12-C reviewed his goals and the current status of the District for new members of Serra KCK and for those attending our Regular meeting on November 28th. He gave us important insights into District 12-C and on the organization and value of Serra International and the USA Council of SI.

Attending the Memorial Mass and Dinner for deceased Serrans, why was "Ubi Caritas et Armor, Deus Ibi Est" constantly running through my mind? Those Latin words mean "where charity and love prevail God is ever present". The gift of the Memorial Mass followed by Dinner given to the widows of deceased KCK Serrans was received with love by the widows who, in turn, shared it, as you see in the photo above, with old and new friends. And God was present there in our midst.