January 2016

 

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January at
St. Isidore's
  January 2016
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,  
Here in Manhattan Kansas the last week of January brings sun and an unexpected Spring in Winter.  Hard to believe that in just a few weeks Lent begins and the Church draws us into a journey which is spectacular, a journey from dust to destiny. 
 
As we begin a new semester, I am struck at just how powerful the Risen Lord is here in the community.  I am impressed with our new Pastoral Ministry Interns who have surpassed all my hopes. They have been able to reach out, build on and improve old programs, and create a sense of joy and hospitality that makes the St Isidore community a place of welcome and witness. 
 
A number of our students went to Washington DC for the March for Life, giving great witness to Catholic values and the sanctity of human life. Fortunately they were able to return before the snows trapped them in DC or on the road. Not only witness, but welcome, as the Student Leadership  Team held its Ice Skating Party. A number of our International Students from South America braved the ice, I wisely did not. You can read more in this month's newsletter. 
 
God Bless,

Fr. Michael, O.P.
Pastor, Chaplain
 
 
 
 
 
Welcome, Pastoral Ministry Interns
 
Left to right: Nate Hoffman, Michaela Gleason and Alex Blechle
 
The start of the New Year typically leads to many changes.  For some it is a change in their diet, gym routine, their prayer life, a hobby and much more.  For St. Isidore's our biggest change is the start of a new position, Pastoral Ministry Interns, which will be filled by three uniquely qualified individuals.  The interns will be filling the shoes of our two Campus Ministers who left at the end of the Fall semester.  
 
Alex Blechle  is a Junior attending Manhattan Christian College working on a Theological Research degree.  He is most excited about getting involved with the student led Bible program.  Alex is also looking forward to sharing many of the things he has learned from his classes and sharing that knowledge with others.
 
Michaela Gleason graduated last semester from K-State with a degree in Economics.  While she was a student, Michaela participated in many activities and events, one of which was the Busy Student Retreat here at St. Isidore's.  This coming semester she is looking forward to being responsible for and helping with this retreat. 
 
Nathan Hoffman is a Senior in Accounting and will be graduating this Spring.  Nate is the President of the Leadership Team and is looking forward to getting even more involved in planning the social events that have been hosted by the Team like Source and Summit and Dollar Dinner.  He is also excited to learn more about and lead the Social Justice ministries at the Hospital and Nursing homes since he has not had the opportunity to experience either of these in the past.
 
We are all excited to see the many wonderful gifts that each one of these individuals will bring to the St. Isidore's staff and where this semester will take us.  
 
 
 
March for Life
  
 
 
Although the trip didn't go as planned, 9 students made the journey from Manhattan, KS to Washington, DC in hopes to March for the Right for Life.  This year was Senior Rebecca Downey's 5th time going to DC for the March for Life.  "Because of the weather, my favorite part was the trip back on Friday.  We stood as best witness as we could on a bus, we had a quiet hour while people in DC were marching and had testimonies from those on the bus.  It was a different experience from actually marching, but I hope the prayers we prayed kept those marching safe and warm and helped march in spirit."
 
Rebecca, who helped organize this year's trip, is from Lewisburg, KS and is studying feed science and management.  "I was disappointed that we were not marching, but understood that our safety was important too.  Hearing the testimonies on the way home made me realize that although we did not get to march, we still made a difference.  We made a difference with our prayers and the way we acted where ever we were.  But no matter how the trip turned out, sometimes what we want to do is not always what God wants, and to recognize that and to stand for life in a different way than I ever have before, it was a great experience."
 
 
 
Ice Skating
 
Front row from left: Kaitlyn Simon, Allie Ozier, Sarah Hoffman, Gavin Sedlacek 
Back row from left: Shannon Keith, Konnor Thompson and Ethan Stuve
 
This semester the St. Isidore's leadership team kicked off their social activities with a trip to the ice rink.  "I love seeing everyone from St. Isidore's together just blowing off steam on the ice. It's also a great activity for people to invite other friends who haven't been involved at St. Isidore's. It's a "chill" night and a great "ice breaker"," shared  Allie Ozier a sophomore in Elementary Education. 
 
This was the second time that K-State student Allie, was able to join the St. Isidore's group in the ice skating activity.  "Last year I decided to latch onto one of the better ice skaters (Sean Quinn) and let him guide me around by way of me holding onto the back of his shirt. Some of my friends started recording it because they thought it was funny. Towards the end of the video, I stopped and turned around to see poor, unsuspecting Abby Donart get toppled over by none other than Father Jarett. It was the greatest moment in all of ice skating history."  Luckily, Allie and many of the other students had a little more experience on the ice this year and there were no casualties to report.
 
A group of about 100 students joined Allie to kick off the activity-filled semester.
 
 
In This Issue
Welcome, Pastoral Ministry Interns
March for Life
Ice Skating
 
Coming Next Issue
 
 
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
St. Isidore's Staff takes time to thank all the volunteers for everything they do
  
KCCSC
A recap of a convention organized just for Kansas Catholic College Students
 
 
... and much more!
    
 
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December 2015

   

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December at
St. Isidore's
  December 2015
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,  
Hard to believe it is already the end of December and the semester, like the year, draws to a close. The last exams have been taken, and students head home to be with family and friends for the Birth of Our Lord.  It is a special time of year, a turning of sorts as one year turns to another, one semester to another and one season to another.
 
It is also a time of good-byes as we bid farewell to our graduating students and this year as we bid farewell to two staff members, Jenna Koster and Breanna Elley, who will be much missed. Career changes and choices come when opportunities and circumstance call, and though we will miss all those who will be leaving we rejoice in the journey that is theirs. You can read more in this newsletter as Cheyenne Becker begins her career and spotlights the stories of our many graduates.
 
Christopher West's presentation was outstanding, and the Christmas Caroling both show the spirit and energy our students have to learn about their Catholic Faith, and more importantly to share it in love and joy.
 
As we celebrate this Year of Mercy, may this Christmas and New Year be a rich blessing to all.  May our students, faculty and staff find it a time to be renewed, and may their vacation journeys' ends bring them safely home to us at St. Isidore's for the Spring Semester.
 
God bless you this Christmas and in the New Year,

Fr. Michael, O.P.
Pastor, Chaplin

 
 
 
 
 
Graduating Senior Spotlight
 
Cheyenne Becker
 
Cheyenne Becker, from Pratt, Kansas graduated this semester with a dual major in Kinesiology and Gerontology.  "My short-term plans are to continue with a research project in the K-State FIT Lab, work at Meadowlark Hills, and shadow medical occupations.  My long-term goal is to enter an accelerated BS to RN (nursing) program and work in Hospice care," explained Cheyenne.

Cheyenne was able to be very involved at St. Isidore's during her time at K-State.  "St. Isidore's is a home away from home.  Their doors are always open, and there is always someone who selflessly listens and consoles during the hard times in life and shares in the joy of life's many blessings with me." She continued on to explain what she would miss most about St. Isidore's, "'Love is what makes a house a home', right?  I think the same can be said especially about the house of God and the home that I found at St. Isidore's.  I will miss the community; those I have grown with and share in Love with.  But, praise be to God for His goodness, for I know that as we all partake in his Holy Body, I will see this community again in the Eucharistic sharing of our Catholic faith!"
During Cheyenne's college experience she felt that she could take on her Catholic faith for herself.  "Reflecting on this time in my life when I was trying to figure out where I stand, who I am, what's my purpose, and (during many late nights studying) what am I even doing here, I am ever so thankful for the Church's guiding hand through these questions.  I may not have it all figured out when I finally receive my diploma, but I feel for the most part a peace with these essential questions and a person prepared for the mission ahead in the "real world.""
 
If she could offer one piece of advice to current students, it would be this, "I spent too many hours worrying about the future, and life wise words conclude: today's worries are enough.  But in the same breath, I challenge those to not just be content with the here and now.  If we take to heart what we believe, there should be comfort in that we are immortal souls.  So don't burden yourself with worries, but let the joy of our salvation lift you high.  Don't just live for the day, rather lift your eyes to the horizon and see that you are meant to live for eternity."  
 
 
 
 
Christopher West
 
Christopher West  during his presentation.  Photo credit: Fr. Jarett Konrade
 
It is not every day that St. Isidore's has a best selling Catholic author come to give a talk, so when students learned of Christopher West coming to K-State to give his talk on "God, Sex and the meaning of life" they were excited to attend the event.  Around 450 people filled Forum Hall and listened to the 2 hour presentation by Christopher West, which also included a few songs written and performed by Mike Mangione.

Marie Feldpausch, a Senior in Bakery Science and Management from Hastings, Michigan, is an officer on the Leadership Team that helped organize and promote the event.  "Christopher West was very personable.  He truly cared about each person and their individuality.  I got to talk with him one-on-one and see him sign autographs, and he wanted to know about each person and hear feedback from them.  For being such a well-known man, he was very humble," reflected Marie.  She thinks it would be great to see more events like this in the future, as she believes it will help Catholic students develop in their faith.  "This presentation helped me gain a greater appreciation for the beauty and truth of Catholicism.  It helped me increase my love for Christ in the Eucharist," Marie continued to explain.  "It helped me better understand the meaning of the Eucharist, Mary's role as Mother of the Church, and the vocation of consecrated religious as celibates."
 
When Marie was asked if the event was what she expected she replied, "Honestly, as I had already heard a lot about Theology of the Body and seen Christopher West present on video, I didn't have very high expectations as I thought it would be a repeat of what I already knew.  However, I was completely blown away by his talk at K-State!  He covered so many topics and presented Theology of the Body in a simple way, but then delved into the more intricate meaning of Catholic tradition. He brought the topics full circle and answered all the questions that had come up in my mind during his talk.  It was simply wonderful and I wish every student could've heard his talk!"  
 
If you are interested in watching the talk that Christopher West gave at K-State, click HERE to view the presentation.   
 
 
 
Christmas Caroling
 
 
This year over 50 students gathered for an evening of Christmas caroling and cookie decorating.  They caroled at Meadowlark Hills, Stoneybrook and the Good Shepherd Hospice House.  After the caroling, the students came back to St. Isidore's and decorated cookies, enjoyed hot chocolate, and spent time socializing.
 
 
 
 
Farewell Campus Minister, Jenna Koster
 
 
Jenna Koster has been one of our Campus Ministers here for the last 3.5 years.  She has spent numerous hours working with students involved in hospital and nursing home ministry, women's group, Spring Break trips, educational classes and much more.  We have been blessed with all of the wonderful work and time that she has given to St. Isidore's.  "What I enjoyed most about my time here was getting to know and working with the students.  I will miss that the most," reflected Jenna.  

Abby Donart, a senior in secondary education expressed, "For the past three and a half years, I have loved being able to stop by St. Isidore's during the day to work on homework and swing by Jenna's office to say hi. She has always been there to help me procrastinate, feed me candy, and just chat. I truly appreciate all she has done for the center and will miss having her around so much!"
At this time, Jenna is planning to stay in the Manhattan area.  Although she will miss the time with students, she is looking forward to having extra time in the evening and on the weekends to spend with friends and family.
 
 
 
Farewell Campus Minister, Breanna Elley
 
 
 
Although her time here has been brief, campus minister Breanna Elley will be greatly missed.  "Breanna has impacted St. Isidores with her joy and passion. She radiates the love and beauty of God, through her thirsting desire to enter into an intimate relationship with Christ. Her capacity to love is great because she relentlessly poured her heart and soul into this parish. I speak for the students when I say that she, after Mary's own heart, will be deeply missed. However, when we are in the presence of the Eucharist, we become one body, the church. Through this sacrifice on the cross, our hearts will always be united,"  expressed Meg Eilert, sophomore in secondary education.  

Breanna has been at St. Isidore's for a year and a half and during that time has been involved with teaching classes, retreat team, the Busy Student Retreat, the Silent Retreat, the Senior Retreat, Praise and Worship group, Prayer in Action and much more.  Breanna was asked to reflect on her time here and responded, "I am truly blessed that God called me to St. Isidore's even if it was for a short time. I cannot thank the community and students enough for their welcoming arms and support, but most importantly teaching me how to love without limits. In the words of Pope St. John Paul II, "Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure," and I can't wait to see what He has for me next. See you all in the Eucharist!"

Breanna is moving back to her home state of Nebraska where she earned her Bachelor of Nursing degree.  She is sad to leave so many of the students that she has gotten to know, but is looking forward to getting back into the medical field and putting her credentials to use.
 
In This Issue
Graduating Senior Spotlight
Christopher West
Christmas Caroling
Farewell, Jenna Koster
Farewell, Breanna Elley
 
Coming Next Issue
 
 
March for Life
Students travel to Washington, DC for the annual walk for life
  
Ice Skating
Reconnecting with friends after the break
 
Welcome Pastoral Minister Interns
Meet the new faces that will be leading our students this semester in retreats and activities
 
 
... and much more!
    
 
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