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President's Message
February 2018

photograph of Jim Burns Gentlemen,

While many of you are busy preparing for the coming season of Lent which begins on the 14th of this month I want to take this opportunity to look at the accomplishments of our club and many of our members during a busy month of January.

On the 7th in spite of the brutal cold weather and some freezing rain we gathered for our first Vocation Mass of the year with our good friends the Sisters Servants of Mary. Just being in the presence of these ladies at their convent is truly heart warming as well as a spiritual gift from God. I hope many of you had the opportunity to view the movie at the Glenwood theatre this month which was based on the life of their founder Saint Maria Soledad who was born in Spain. The Sisters are celebrating their 100th anniversary in our Kansas City, Kansas community which is one of only six areas their work and serve in the the U.S.

We have also been blessed recently by participating in two events honoring our Seminarians. The first was the Parent/Seminarian luncheon at the Sacred Heart Parish in Shawnee which was attended by Archbishop Naumann, Abbot James along with some 200 Priests, Seminarians, their family members and Serrans from three of our clubs.

Then last week we participated in the annual Support Our Seminarians event at Union Station which generates some $150,000 to support the seminarians from the Diocese of Kansas City in Kansas, the Diocese of Kansas City in Missouri and those at Conception Seminary.

I attach a report of our 2017 club results which i think you will find of interest and be proud of all that we as a club and together as Serrans of Kansas City in Kansas did accomplish last year. Clear here to see the Summary of Serra KCK accomplishments in 2017.

As i mentioned at the outset we have a very busy season ahead of us this month beginning next week when we meet at Milburn Country Club on the 7th to celebrate our Valentine Day Mass. Please note that this event is a week earlier then normal as the 14th is Ash Wednesday. We will also celebrate our second Vocation Mass of the year at Nativity Parish on the 25th at their 9:00 Mass.

Also please make note on your calendars of two events in early March. First on the 5th is the annual Priest/Seminarian basketball game known as the Runnin Revs which takes place at Bishop Miege. Then on the 10th Msgr Mike will hold a Lenten Retreat for us at Savior Center with the focus on the Holy Spirits presence in our lives.

Before closing I want to thank both Jim Wilson and Bernie Dierks for the information and history highlights they provided in last months letter regarding the beginning of our club back on February 16 in 1970. We, as a club have come a long way and the future of our ministry as Serrans owes a lot to the men who have paved the road for us with their prayer, energy and commitment to our mission in service of vocations.

God bless, Gary McCoy