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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 Antique 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.

A Christmas Show for Pope Francis

Video courtesy of EWTN Rome Reports

President's letter for January 2018

photograph of Gary McCoy.

Read the complete letter here .

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.

Brush Up on Your Bible Stories

Gates of Paradise:Creation of Adam and EVe

The "Gates of Paradise" on the Baptistry in Florence attract thousands of visitors eager to see Ghiberti's masterpiece. Well now, thanks to a generous donation to the Nelson Atkins museum you can see exact replicas of Ghiberti's work showing scenes from the Bible. Above, the birth of Eve.
Click here for more information.

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.

To the Priesthood by an Unusual Path

He’s gone from atheistic submarine sailor who used to poke fun at his Mass-attending wife, to becoming a Christian and Lutheran-Missouri Synod member who was called to ordained ministry, to conversion to Catholicism, to the call to Catholic priesthood in St. Louis, to a teaching job at Kenrick Seminary, and now to his new double-hat career as administrator of Christ the King Parish in Kansas City, and associate vocations director for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

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.


December 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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