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Vocation Mass in the SSM Convent

Msgr. Mullen celebrating Mass and the Sister Servants of Mary chapel

Johnson County and KCK Serrans came together on January 7, 2018 for the annual Vocation Mass in the Chapel of the Sisters, Servants of Mary Convent in Kansas City Kansas, this year sponsored by the Serra Club of Kansas City in Kansas.

Click here for a short slide show of the Vocation Mass

Parents and Seminarian Luncheon 2017

Photo of Ryan Geris and parents
Ryan Geris and his parents, Joe and Tricia Geris

On December 29, 2017 a large gathering of Serrans met together with an even larger number of seminarians, parents, other family members, diocesan priests, and monks of the Benedictine Abbey in Atchison for the 20th annual Parents and Seminarian Mass and luncheon. Fritz Vertz, supported by Serrans from all clubs in the Archdiocese, did a magnificent job of organizing the event, providing ample space at the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and arranging for a delicious meal catered by Painted Hills Golf Club.

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Ben Zarda, Zarda Dairies and Serra

Photo of Ben Zarda

Joh Muelhberger, a long-standing friend of Ben Zarda, recently took me to meet Ben Zarda and some of his family at their comfortable home in Shawnee, KS. I was able to briefly interview Ben and take a few photos in his home. The story of Zarda Dairy as told to me that day is here, and a link to a page with the photos is here.

Chapter 4 in the History of Serra KCK!

Composite of 3 Serra KCK events mentioned in Chapter 4
Composite photo of 3 Serra KCK events mentioned in Chapter 4

Jim Wilson now has completed Chapter 4, the 1990s of his history of Serra KCK. This chapter tells about the early development of some of our vocation programs (Parent and Seminarian Mass and Luncheon, 5th Grade Vocation Day, and the Runnin' Revs basketball game), the arrival and impact of Archbishop Keheler, and the formation of new Archdiocesan Serra Clubs. And there is yet more to come!

If you would like to contribute anecdotes or longer bits of Serra KCK history contact Jim.

Click here to read Jim Wilson's Chapter 4, History of Serra KCK.
Click here to read Jim Wilson's Chapter 3, History of Serra KCK.
Click here to read Jim Wilson's Chapter 2, History of Serra KCK.
Click here to read Jim Wilson's Chapter 1, History of Serra KCK.

Ave Atque Vale

These pages are my final bow as webmaster. The February edition will be designed by Jim Wilson and Bob Yoksh. I will help where and when I can. My hand will not completely disappear from the website immediately, but will slowly fade out over time. I am so grateful to the help I have received from so many of you: proofreading, correcting my typos and outright error, pointing out links that do not work, offering ideas for topics and creating items for me to incorporate. Keep these coming. The website would not have been as good as it was without you. I know that KCK Serrans will continue to support the website as they have in the past.

As an example of Serrans contributing items to the website, John Jurcyk sent me this beautiful meditation our Church offers on the last day of the calendar year. It is entitled "Auld Lang Syne". You will find it here.

Is there Papal healing power in a kiss? Video and story below

Video courtesy of CBS news 2015

President's letter for January 2018

photograph of Gary McCoyThe President's letter is not available for January. His letter will return in the February website update.

God Moments

Image of Adeste Fideles cover"Adeste Fideles"is the latest "God Moment", actually 3 God Moments in rapid succession. You will find this as well as the most recent and all "God Moments" here or in larger print here.

Because we all have God Moments in our lives we welcome a short telling of a God Moment from each KCK Serran. This kind of faith sharing is one way to deepen our spirituality.

Papal kiss and the unfolding of a miracle

Pope Francis kissing baby with brain tumor Philadelphia 2015

During the Pope's visit to Philadelphia in 2015 the baby Gianna's father presented her to the Pope for a kiss. Baby Gianna had a brain tumor that was considered fatal by the physicians. CT scans after the Papal kiss showed a shrinking of the tumor and thereupon followed a series of events that lead to the baby's cure. A "miracle" that was occasioned by this gesture by Pope Francis.
See the video above and click here for the story.

USA Council of Serra International

Click here to see upcoming USAC Events and the current world-wide Serra membership.

Pope Francis' intentions for January 2018

That Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practise their faith in full freedom.

Want to participate in the Pro-Life March with Archbishop Naumann?

Archbishop Naumann will be in D.C. for the Pro-Life March. You can join him by participating in a digital pilgrimage, "9 Day for Life" by clicking here and then on "9 Days for Life" at the top of the page.

Thoughts of a newly ordained priest

"I never wanted to be a priest. But here I am. Newly minted Father Brendan, and still wondering how I got here. While most everyone around me seems happy enough to have celebrated my ordination, I’m still stumbling into the whole thing full of doubts and insecurities: How did I get here? What difference does it make."

Read the full story here.

Send a birthday greeting to your favorite priest or seminarian

January birthdays? Click HERE
February birthdays? Click HERE

To search birthdays in 2018 by last name click HERE.

To see seminarians adopted by KCK Serrans click HERE.


January Newsletter Click on the image to see the current and the previous 5 months of Serra KCK Newsletters. They will open in Adobe Reader (free download). Then print your newsletter directly from the Adobe Reader menu, if you wish.

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