August 2016

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August at
St. Isidore's
  August 2016
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,  
August has come with many blessings, our favorite being the return of students.  Our hearts are filled and inspired by the excitement in each freshman's eyes, as well as by the joy of each of our returning students as they share their summer adventures with us.  
We are excited to have a calendar that is filled with classes, activities and retreats and are looking forward to a very busy semester.  We ask that you keep all of us and our students in your prayers as we start our school year, and please know that you will be in ours.

Kimberly Fund
Stewardship Director
Welcome Back BBQ
Over 300 students filled Newman Hall and the St. Isidore's garden during this year's Welcome Back BBQ.  Each year, the Student Leadership Team organizes a BBQ for all of the students to attend.  This is a wonderful time for friends to reconnect after they have been gone for the summer, a chance to make new friends and for freshmen and other new faces to have a chance to meet other students and start relationships that will hopefully last a lifetime.  "This year's BBQ had a fantastic turnout.  It was so fun to reconnect with everyone and it was especially nice to have the IHM sisters come. I was also encouraged to see how our community is starting to grow so early on in the year."  reflected Maureen Graham, junior in dietetics from Lenexa, KS.
Pastoral Ministry Interns
Pictured L to R:  Alex Blechle, Alex Lutz and Meg Eilert
Last semester, St. Isidore's started a Pastoral Ministry Intern Program.  This program allows students the opportunity to work with the staff and the chance to lead several of the activities that are offered.  This helps the staff manage the wide variety of activities that are offered at St. Isidore's as well as helps prepare them to have an active role in their own parishes once they leave KSU.
"St. Isidore's has given me a foundation, a solid place when I am away from home.  It has allowed me to mature and grow in my faith and in all aspects of my life," expressed Alex Lutz.  Alex Lutz is a Junior in Construction Science from Andover, KS and is new to the the Pastoral Minister Program this year.  He is excited to lead the men's group, organize the Prayer and Action weekend and assist with several other retreats throughout the year. 
Alex Blechle, a Senior studying Theological Research at Manhattan Christian College, from Washington, Missouri is serving his second year as a Pastoral Minister Intern.  "Last year, I really appreciated being mentored by Nate and Michaela and getting acquainted with St. Isidore's.  This semester, I look forward to using my gifts, talents and education to help students grow in their faith."  Alex with be assisting with RCIA, teaching a class on apologetics, and coordinating the student-lead bible studies.
"St. Isidore's has been my home away from home.  A place where I can be fully human by practicing the truth that is Catholicism.  I look forward to serving the community in any way I am needed and hope to be as generous as St. Isidore's has been to me," reflected Meg Eilert, a Junior in Secondary Education from Beloit, KS. This is Meg's first year in the Pastoral Ministry Intern program and she will be leading the women's group, teaching a class on happiness, and overseeing food preparation at many of the student events.
  Freshman Retreat

The theme this year for our Freshman Retreat was 'Resting in Christ.'  However, these students did anything but rest.  With nearly 100 freshmen attending the retreat, a record number, the students were open to movements of the holy spirit during talks, small group discussions and opportunity for the sacraments.  They were able to build foundational friendships that will endure the trials of college life.  We look forward to witnessing their growth in faith and friendships as they begin their time here at St. Isidore's.  
"I'm so glad I had the opportunity to attend this retreat - I was able to meet the fantastic members of St. Isidore's and especially become friends with other freshmen.  The retreat provided great insight on how to practice my faith in college and ways to be an example of the Catholic faith on campus," reflected freshman Megan Bates in Kinesiology /Pre-Med from Beloit, KS.  
  Pathways Retreat
We are hosting our 23rd annual pathways retreat October 14th-16th. This is a special and unique opportunity for many of our students, to grow in their faith.  In order to keep the cost down for our students we would appreciate the prayerful and financial support of our Alumni, Parents and friends. The cost of the retreat is usually around $30 per retreatant and our goal is to keep the fee at a similar level this year. This retreat has a large impact on on not only the retreatants but on the St. Isidore's student community as a whole. 
If you would like to make a donation, please contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send your donation to St. Isidore's Attn: Pathways retreat, 711 Denison Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502.
In This Issue
Welcome Back BBQ
Pastoral Ministry Interns
Freshman Retreat
Pathways Retreat
Coming Next Issue
Learn more about the RCIA program
Dollar Dinner
Students gather on Sunday evenings once a month to enjoy dinner for just one dollar
Students and Permanent Community members come together to sing at all the weekend masses 

Phonathon Preview
Preparations are underway for our Fall fundraiser
... and much more!
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July 2016


July at
St. Isidore's
  July 2016
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,  
During the summer months at St. Isidore's, we typically take time to review the last school year and start plans for the upcoming year.  This summer, we are taking the preparations to another level by welcoming two new members, Maria and Robbie, to the St. Isidore's staff.  Maria will be responsible for adult faith formation and Robbie will be in charge of ministry and evangelization. It has been our pleasure to have Maria and Robbie here and I hope you enjoy learning a little about them in this months E-Newsletter.  It has been through your generosity, prayer and support that we were able to find such qualified individuals for us to add to our team. 

The summer however, has not been all work and no play.  A group of the St. Isidore's permanent community attended a Royals game in June.  Having an active permanent community is one thing that makes the St. Isidore's Student Center so unique, and we are thankful for it.

I pray that your summer has been filled with as many exciting changes and blessings as ours has.  We are looking forward to August when the students will return, and hope that it will bring many of you back to your home here at St. Isidore's for a visit. 

Kimberly Fund
Stewardship Director
Welcome Maria Leiker
Director of Adult Faith Formation
Maria first became involved at St. Isidore's when she attended K-State as an undergraduate student, and it quickly became a second home for her. After graduation, she was very thankful to serve on the St. Isidore's staff as a campus minister from 2010-2014. While on staff, she had the opportunity to participate in Catholic Extension's Young Adult Leadership Initiative, completing a Masters Degree in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. 

Maria enjoyed working in ministry tremendously, but she transitioned to being involved as a permanent community member in order to spend more time with her husband and son. During this time, she taught mathematics at Manhattan Area Technical College. 

Now she is overjoyed at the opportunity to return to work at St. Isidore's as the Director of Adult Faith Formation. In this role, Maria will coordinate the RCIA program, help with marriage and baptismal preparation, and work with a variety of other education and formation opportunities. "I am looking forward to working with the wonderful students, permanent community, and staff members that make up the St. Isidore's family. This is a such a vibrant place where we can journey together in faith; and the work that we do at St. Isidore's wouldn't be possible without the involvement and support of our permanent community, alumni, parents, and friends." 
Welcome Robbie Jennings
Director of Ministry and Evangelization
From California to Ohio, Rome, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and a walk across America, Director of Ministry and Evangelization, Robbie Jennings has now found another state, Kansas, to add to the list of places to call home. Robbie grew up in southern California and from there he has had many opportunities which have led him around the country.  
Robbie received his Masters in Theology from Franciscan University in Ohio.  During his time there, he spent four months in Rome with a study abroad program. This prepared him to be the Director of Religious Education for four parishes in Minnesota.  After his time in Minnesota, he became a missionary in Wisconsin with SPIRITUS, a retreat team program for youth, for three years.  During one of his summer breaks with SPIRITUS, he participated in a program called 'Walk across America'.  Robbie and his team mates spent three months walking across America, Monday thru Friday, stopping on the weekends to share the word of God.  
The last nine months Robbie resided at The Community of St. John Monastery in Illinois. During his time there, he learned of the opportunity here at St. Isidore's and is now a part of our team.  Robbie expressed that he is already enjoying how community minded and welcoming everyone has been.  "I am excited to be a part of a Catholic community where I can help inspire young adults to live a good Catholic life!"
St. Isidore's K-State Day at the K
This Summer St. Isidore's held their second annual K-State Day at the K.  Nearly 30 friends and family members of St. Isidore's traveled to Kansas City, Missouri to watch the Royals take on the Houston Astros.  Even though the game didn't end with a W being displayed, a good time was had by all.  
KSU Basketball Alum, Jordan Henriquez, throwing the first pitch.  
Photo Credit:  Quenten Troyer 
Wichita Social Event
Do you live in the Wichita area?  Are you interested in hearing more from Fr. Mike, Fr. Bob and several students about what is going on at St. Isidore's?  
Please join us August 17th at the Wichita Country Club for a chance to meet other St. Isidore alumni in your area and to have an opportunity to chat with our current Chaplains, students and Stewardship Director.  
This event is hosted by Rich and Hannah Kerschen.  Please RSVP by August 12th to Rhonda, 316-268-0200 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..