May 2016


May at
St. Isidore's
  May 2016
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,
The month of May kicked off with a whirlwind of end of the semester activities, and our meeting rooms filling with students studying for finals, followed by students stopping by to say farewell for the summer or as they leave Manhattan.  It is always difficult to say 'good bye', whether it be for the summer or longer, but we look forward to hearing about all of the wonderful things our students will experience in the future.  
All of us here at St. Isidore's are praying for a blessed start to your summer.  We hope that if any of your travels bring you through Manhattan, you will stop in for a visit.
God Bless,

Kimberly Fund
Stewardship Director
Graduating Senior Spotlight:
Emilee Strecker

Photo provided by Emilee Strecker

Emilee Strecker from Wichita, KS graduated this semester with a degree in Elementary Education and will be moving to Beloit, KS to teach 2nd grade at St. John's Catholic Elementary School. She is also excited to announce her engagement to Mark Stadler. They are planning to be married this upcoming November 2016.  
"When I first got to K-State, I think I tried to be involved in almost every activity offered, everything was so great! But, the ones that really stick out are the Phonathon, Pathways, and Retreat team. Phonathon was great because it was a fun time to spend with friends while helping out the Student Center, not to mention the extra pocket change and free t-shirts were an added bonus. Pathways was time consuming and a lot of work, but it was always rewarding after each retreat to see how our hard work paid off. It was something I was involved in from my freshman year through senior year; it has been cool to see how the retreat has evolved over the years, and I am excited to see how it will continue to flourish. Lastly, retreat team was a grand time. I felt so blessed to have such a solid foundation in my faith that I wanted to share it! We gave many retreats around the Salina Diocese. It truly opened my eyes to what some of the youth was dealing with and it was challenging, yet so rewarding! Also, I got to work with some awesome college students, shout out to you guys!"

One of Emilee's favorite memories, however, is from finals week at the end of each semester, "We all were hung up on cramming for tests and wanting to spend as much time as possible with friends before the long breaks. St. Isidore's became a great place to hang out all of finals week. Whether we were munching on cheez-its and donuts and sipping coffee, or actually studying, I loved having all my friends in one building for a week straight."

"St. Isidore's has been a true, glorifying gift in my college career. It was a place where, at first I knew to be in order to fulfill my Sunday obligation, however over time it became a place where my faith grew and I gained some of the very best friends. I will mostly miss the people and community I relied on to get through all the things college swung my way. I am thankful for all it has given me and all the people who helped support it to make it what it is. St. Isidore's has a special place in my heart and always will!"
Graduating Senior Retreat
Fr. Mike gathered with seven graduating seniors for one final retreat.

Photo provided by Fr. Michel Demkovich, O.P.
L to R back row: Jon Murphy, Austin Jueneman, Fr. Mike Demkovich, 
Jesse Ochs, Jeffrey Albers
L to R front row:  Danielle Yadon, Joseph Langer, John Heiman
Pancake Feast

Photo provided by Jamie Bosse

As students prepared to study for their final exams, the St. Isidore's Annual Giving Committee provided an all-you-can-eat pancake feast.  
After the feast, Newman Hall was quickly cleaned and rearranged so that students could take advantage of the 24 hour quiet study space offered during finals week. The students also appreciated the snacks that were so generously donated by the permanent community that keep them fueled during their hours of studying.
Even though the pancake feast can be a bitter sweet event for the graduating seniors as this is their last St. Isidore's activity, a good time was had by all.

April 2016



April at
St. Isidore's
  April 2016
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,
As May approaches, students are beginning to buckle down as they complete projects and prep for exams as well as making their summer plans.  April seems to have flown by as invitations to graduation parties start appearing.  Even though students experience a heavier load, I was impressed by the Prayer and Action Retreat that took place here at St. Isidore's with students from various other Catholic student centers across Kansas.  Not only was it time to pray, to reflect on what their faith is all about, but to put that faith into action.  There were numerous individuals and some institutions that benefited from the youthful energy and dedication of these students. 

At St. Isidore's, the art of being Catholic penetrates into so many dimensions of a person, and we work to provide opportunities for social, spiritual, emotional, intellectual formation that young adults need to face the future.  In addition to the regular Bible Study groups and the monthly Source and Summit this month, we added a lunch time opportunity to learn about one of the great doctors of the Church, St. Thomas Aquinas.  It was a great opportunity to share with others the life, teachings and spiritual wisdom of my Dominican brother, St Thomas.

There are many other things going on these days, and I hope we can share more in the next newsletter, but for now I ask your prayers and support for our students as they take on the challenges, stress, and anxiety of the end of the year.
God Bless,

Fr. Michael, O.P.
Pastor, Chaplain
Prayer and Action 2016
Students who were involved in Prayer and Action 2016
Nearly 60 students from K-State and a few other schools participated in the 2016 Prayer and Action weekend.  This year, the students were able to help 11 families in the community and St. Xavier's in Junction City.  For their projects, the students split up into 12 teams and worked on raking, yard clean-up, weeding, mowing, trimming bushes, hauling limbs and trash, painting and washing windows.  The students had a great time getting out and enjoying the nice weather and helping those in need.  
Dumb Ox Brown Bag Lunch Series
This semester Fr. Mike offered four classes over the lunch hour to share information about the Dominican, St. Thomas Aquinas.  Each class had a different topic and revealed a little more about this Catholic saint who was commonly taunted as being a "dumb ox."  The four classes were: Aquinas the Person, Aquinas the Philosopher, Aquinas the Theologian and Aquinas the Mystic.  This was a unique opportunity for students and permanent community members to meet, participate in a class together and to have their mind, body and soul fed during the work/school week.
In This Issue
Prayer and Action
Dumb Ox Brown Bag Lunch Series
Coming Next Issue
Graduating Senior Spotlight
Senior, Emilee Strecker, shares about her time here
Graduating Senior Retreat
A final retreat for seniors before they leave St. Isidore's
Pancake Feast
Students fill up on pancakes to kick off finals week
... and much more!
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