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President's Message
May 2018

photograph of Jim BurnsFellow Serrans,
It is with great pleasure and honor to greet you all each month with our club activities, announcements, and progress, as well as some inspiration. May was a busy and eventful month and June looks like it will be equally as busy. We began May with the Blisters for Sisters, and outstanding event that raises funds through donations and clothing drive, as well as getting some exercise and conversation with the sisters. What a wonderful day! This annual event continues to show us how our support for the vocations is not only appreciated but exemplifies the power and scope of the goodness we all share.

On May 9, our club installed our new officers and board members for 2018-19. I feel blessed to be surrounded by dedicated and capable members that have volunteered to help in the leadership of our club. Our goal is to maintain our vocations programs, masses, and events and consider new ways of supporting our religious community. We would like to focus on new members, deeper involvement in our local parishes, and keep us financially stable. I am excited to have Carroll Macke as our new Vice President of Membership as he has some great ideas for us to grow. Welcome also Larry Ruder as the new Vice President of Programs, who will keep us listening to great speakers at our luncheons. We have a very capable person in Bob Yoksh who will be overseeing our website along with 3 new trustees. We are also blessed to have Ed Connelly as our President Elect who will do an outstanding job.

We had a wonderful vocations mass on May 6th at St. John Paul parish in Olathe. And on May 19th we had a beautiful mass and ordination for 5 Transitional Deacons, that will become Ordained next year. To close out the month of May, we had the Al Bukaty Golf Outing for priests, deacons, deacon candidates, and seminarians. We had over 100 golfers, on a beautiful day and concluded at St. Patrick’s with The Famous George Gorman Dinner. What a wonderful day of fun, relaxation, socializing, and fellowship. This event gives us the opportunity in a casual setting to show our support with the priests, deacons, and seminarians and to confirm our mission of support for the religious life. What a blessing it is to mingle with Archbishops, Monsignors, priests, seminarians and all that attended. Our sincere thanks to John Muehlberger for his great organization and to Rick Wiseman for the fabulous steak dinner.

A bit of news, by the reassignments from the Archbishop, we are fortunate to keep Monsignor Mullen as our club Chaplin although he has been reassigned to St. Joseph parish in Shawnee, along with Fr. Scott Wallisch, our current Vocations Director. Fr. Scott will become the pastor of St. Joseph with Monsignor as an associate. Both will continue to be involved with the development of vocations. There is a new Vocations Director for the Archdioceses , Fr. Dan Morris, who will replace Fr. Scott. He will become our clubs main contact for vocation activities. I do not have any contact information for him at this time.

For June and even July, I would have you refer to our calendar page for our upcoming events. Please take note of June 22, Sisters Servants of Mary Benefit Golf Classic (another wonderful day for us to support). June 30, for the Ordination to the Priesthood for Viet Nguyen and Carter Zielinski. This is an extraordinary event, please plan to attend. Also, June 28-July 1 is The Serra International Convention in Nashville, so looking forward to hearing about the speakers, programs, and overall experience. And on July 6th, will be the 5th annual Pitchin’ for Priests baseball game at T-Bones stadium. This is such a fun event and a great fund raiser. Some real competition!

And so for now, God bless all of our Serra members and their families. God bless all of those in religious life that we pray for. God has many great things in store for us all. It is important to remember that as we pray for vocations, for the growth and health of the church, and for peace among all nations, it also important that we pray for ourselves. We are a link in the chain for the support of vacations, and we pray that we remain vibrant, strong, and for the growth and wellbeing of our Serra Club. Have a wonderful and blessed month.

Tom Spencer