January/ February 2017

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January and February at
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  January/February 2017
 
 
 
Dear Friends,  
As we look back in this double issue to January and the start of a New Year, I am always reminded of the month's meaning. January is named for the Greek mythological figure Janus, who was able to look both to the past and to the future. As we are in the midst of another semester, we appreciate so much of the past and look forward with promise and hope to the future.

Some changes are underway and you'll hear more about them in the months to come. However, in this issue of the e-newsletter, we have an opportunity to look at so many good things that have been happening. As I mentioned before, in the previous newsletter, we had a record number of students attend the national gathering of college students in San Antonio known as SEEK. We also had a number of our students attend the Kansas Catholic College Student Conference held in Wichita this year. Both show the Holy Spirit inspiring our young.

As the new semester begins, our programs and offerings continue to meet the needs of our students. Bible study groups, women's group, men's group, our RCIA program, various classes, hospital ministry, and visiting the elderly, these are all wonderful things that our students are engaged in this semester.

In this e-newsletter you can read a little bit about the new class offered in medical ethics by Fr. Bob Barry who is very qualified in this area. Also, the pastoral ministry intern program which began a year ago continues to give our students an experience in "mentored ministry." This semester we bring on board two new interns. You will be able to learn more about them in this e-newsletter.

At the end of January, the last two weekends, we were able to have Archbishop Naumann and Bishop Kemme visit StIsidore's and preside at the Sunday evening Mass. It was the first visit for both prelates who commented on their hope to return next year. You'll be able to see a photo montage of their visits to St Isidore's.

Into February and our students hit to the ice, some more gracefully than others but it was a great evening. The Busy Student Retreat brought together six directors (priests and sisters) to allow our students an on the go retreat experience which was rich in God's grace. 

On a lighter note, the staff joined forces with the Leadership Team to entertain the many people who volunteer in so many wonderful ways here at StIsidore's at our Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. And finally as we drew near to Lent we had a Parish Mission, which was three days to reflect. These talks are available at our website www.stisidores.com.

January is a month of remembering the past and our hope for the future, February a time for love and Valentine sweethearts. Your support means so much as we recall the years gone by and rejoice in the years to come. 

Many thanks. God bless you!

Fr. Michael
 
 
 
 
 
Medical Ethics Class
 
More than 20 students and permanent community members have had the opportunity to learn about medical and bioethics from a Catholic perspective.

"I think people are interested in medical ethics because there are always new developments in medicine and medical research that they want to understand better, and they welcome new perspectives and viewpoints," Fr. Bob explained. "Also, a number of people know they will be confronting difficult judgments in medicine and ethics and they would like to be as informed as possible about them."

After offering classes on the Gospels and social justice, Fr. Bob said he hopes the class provides information that is relevant in a culture that often challenges Catholic ethics.
"My hope is that participants will gain a deeper understanding of the specifically Catholic views on various issues such as the sanctity of life, personhood, and the natural law," Fr. Bob said. "I hope they will see the remarkable consistency of Catholic medical ethics, for much of it flows from the principle that innocent human life is not to be attacked. It teaches a remarkable respect for life, moral integrity and intellectual honesty."

Mikaela Flax, a junior in biology and pre-medicine from Hays, Kan., said she was thrilled to learn that a class would examine bioethics.

"Last fall, I caught word Fr. Bob was going to be instructing a medical ethics class, and I was over the moon excited," Flax said. "Ethical dilemmas are present in every career field, and they specifically carry a certain weight in medicine. As an aspiring physician, I am eager to protect, heal, advise, and educate patients who will place their trust in my hands. With this responsibility, I want to make sure I have an understanding of the sanctity of life and how to approach difficult situations one will never find in a textbook." 

Flax also said the class has strengthened her personal faith because it combines two things she loves: the Catholic faith and the field of medicine.

"The first topic was 'Jesus the Healer,' and I was in awe of the significance of how Jesus healed people, specifically how healing relates to his mercy," Flax said. "Christ performed miraculous healing in a time where successful medical remedies were absent."

Fr. Bob said he started the classes by covering a basic foundation of theological and moral principles related to healing, and then the classes will get more specific. The classes will cover situations and issues that are prevalent today.

"We will discuss contraception, therapeutic and non-therapeutic abortion, neonatal euthanasia, technological reproduction, non-therapeutic research, withdrawal of nutrition and hydration, and physician assisted suicide," Fr. Bob said.

Flax looks forward to the next class sessions and learning about specific issues she will face as a physician.

"Although we have not dived into the depths of medical ethics quite yet, we began the course with a strong foundation and instruction of the importance of medicine and the healings wonders of our awesome God, and that's pretty cool," Flax said.
 
 
 
Bishop and Archbishop Visits
  
Throughout the school year, StIsidore's arranged for several Kansas bishops to come for a weekend Mass and reception. Bishop Weisenburger was the first to visit, and in January, we were happy to welcome Bishop Kemme from the Wichita Diocese and Archbishop Naumann from the Kansas City Archdiocese. Bishop Brungardt was unable to visit this year, but looks forward to coming next year.
 
These visits have been a great opportunity for students to meet with their bishop and a way for the bishops to learn more about how students from their area are growing in their faith at StIsidore's.
 
 
 
 
 
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner 
 



 

 
Once a year the StIsidore's staff takes time to recognize and thank all of the wonderful volunteers who help keep our programs running. With about 70 of our faithful volunteers in attendance, the StIsidore's staff served pork loin, cheesy potatoes, and a variety of homemade desserts to everyone before the entertainment for the evening started. This year, some celebrity judges (Fr. Mike, Fr. Bob, and two lucky students) evaluated several impressive talent acts. Students performed a swing dance, magic tricks, an Irish step dance, and a self-written rap song while our volunteers cheered them on. 
 
 
 
New Pastoral Ministry Interns
 
Three new pastoral ministry interns have joined the StIsidore's staff to help the center meet the needs of K-State students, staff, faculty, and permanent community members. Here are some details about these new members of the StIsidore's team.
 
Haden Botkin
Blue Rapids, Kan.
Sophomore in secondary education
 
Why did you want to be a pastoral ministry intern?
To gain experience in pastoral ministry in order to discern where God is leading me in this life and to help my fellow students maintain and strengthen their faith while at college. 

What are you most looking forward to?
Meeting new people who are at different places in their faith journey and helping advance the mission of StIsidore's.

What are a few of your responsibilities?
Coordinating the student-led Bible studies; working with the Praise & Worship team; and will be starting up a prayer group in the coming weeks. 
 
Jill Seiler
Valley Center, Kan.
Junior in agricultural communications and journalism and animal sciences and industry
 
Why did you want to be a pastoral ministry intern?
Over the past two-and-a-half years I have been involved in Izzy's through retreats and liturgical ministries, but this year I really wanted to get more involved and serve the community. Fr. Mike talks about the importance of lay people being involved in the ministry of the Church and how college is a vital time to start learning how to be involved in ministry. This really struck me as something I needed to do serve the community.

What are you most looking forward to?
I am most looking forward to working with the other interns and the staff of StIsidore's to offer opportunities for the students of the parish to grow closer to God in their faith.

What are a few of your responsibilities?
This semester I will be assisting Robbie Jennings and Maria Leiker with planning various retreats including Prayer and Action, the silent retreat and the busy student retreat. I am also responsible for organizing photos, putting together slideshows, helping with the website and social media.
 
Alex Lutz
Andover, Kan.
Senior in construction science and management

Why did you want to be a pastoral ministry intern?
I wanted to serve the church in a more tangible and effective way. I knew I would not have an opportunity like this after graduation so it seemed like perfect timing.

What are you most looking forward to?
I am looking forward to helping with the preparation for the Prayer and Action Retreat in April.

What are a few of your responsibilities?
I mostly help facilitate and support the men's group. I also serve as president of the Leadership Team.
 
 
 
Ice Skating

 

The Leadership Team kicked off their social activities with a trip to the ice rink. A group of about 60 students met at the ice rink at Manhattan's City Park on February 10.




 
 
 
 
Busy Student Retreat

This year the theme for the Busy Student Retreat was based on the writings of St. Therese: "Spiritual Childhood: The Way of Confidence and Abandonment." About 40 students participated and had the opportunity to meet individually with one of the directors for 30 minutes each day in addition to 30 minutes of personal prayer time. We had six spiritual directors join us for the retreat: Sr. Barbara Ellen Apaceller, Sr. Barbara Smith, Sr. Vicki Lichtenauer, Fr. Bill Krause, Fr. Quentin Schmitz, and Fr. Daniel Schmitz.
 
 
 
 
Parish Mission
 
StIsidore's hosted a parish mission at the end of February. Fr. Allan White, O.P., the former Provincial of the English Dominican Province, was the guest preacher at the weekend Masses during the weekend of February 25-26, and he made special presentations on the evenings of February 26-28.
 
During his presentations, Fr. White focused on God searching for us, how we make the journey of discipleship, and how to turn our minds more toward Christ. 
 
If you would like to listen to his presentations, please visit our website at www.stisidores.com.
 
In This Issue
Medical Ethics Class
Bishops Visits
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
New Pastoral Ministry Interns
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November/ December 2016

 
 

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November/ December at
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  November/ December 2016
 
 
 
Dear Maria,  
Saint Isidore's is a very special place!
 
As a university parish we know the ebb and flow of our congregation is unlike most parishes. Eight months out of the year we are at our fullest, but during the other months, when the students are gone, and only our permanent community is present, you get a sense of what makes Saint Isidore's so special: It is that mix of students from all across Kansas, America, and even the globe, as well as those dedicated parishioners who have for years provided a core community.
 
This is very evident during Christmas break when the last week of Advent turns over to Christmas. While most students and many faculty and staff "get away," you see the people who year after year remain to welcome new faces, serve in the various ministries, and support from their resources the parish's needs. What also makes Saint Isidore's special is our "extended community," all of you who in your prayers and donations help us to meet the enormous needs of being a university parish.  In this special issue of the E-Newsletter I am happy to share with you just a few of the great things that have happened.
 
Our students have a great sense of service to the community. Many serve as religious education teachers, spend time visiting the elderly here in Manhattan, or bring communion to those at Via Christi Hospital. Every December a group goes caroling and brings special cheer to those in assisted living. Another St. Isidore's tradition is that each semester the members of the parish's Annual Giving Committee help our students face the start of exam week with the very popular Pancake Feed. This mix of students and permanent community are part of what makes Saint Isidore's special. 
 
But if you want to know the bottom line, it is the people. Each semester we see new students come and others graduate and move on. All of their stories are real blessings to us and we always try to highlight them for you so you can see how much your help means. This December we said goodbye to many great students and we are able to share a bit about one of our grads, Cristina Law, from Texas, who studied in Spain for her junior year, was a leader on the Pathways Retreat, and is off to the Peace Corps for two years. Cristina represents so many of our great young adults ready to face the world. 

This time of year, with the ending of a semester and the turn to Advent and Christmas, I am struck by the many blessings given in 2016. As we gather week after week in the chapel around the altar, I imagine the countless generations that have stood in the same spots, thought very similar thoughts and now like you keep us in prayer from afar. May 2017 be a year of peace and hope and blessing.
 
God bless you!

Fr. Michael

 
 
 
 
 
Graduating Senior Profile: 
Cristina Law
 
Four and a half years ago, Cristina Law left her home in Houston, Texas, and began her college experience in Manhattan. Her dad left her on the steps of St. Isidore's on her first day at K-State.
 
Now that she has graduated with her degree in bakery science and management, she finds herself overjoyed at her future, but sad to leave St. Isidore's.

"As I leave Manhattan, I can't help but get choked up over how much this place [St. Isidore's] means to me. The friends I've met, the experiences, and the growth that's taken place here," Law said.

At St. Isidore's, Law was active in attending and helping with the Pathways Retreat, Student-Led Bible Studies, and Source and Summit.

Law said some of her favorite memories are of the fun moments with the people she met.

"Two memories that will always stick with me are when I was cooking with Michaela Gleason at the first-ever Dollar Dinner and we had so many people show up that we had to borrow a jar of Fr. Jarett's spaghetti sauce to help feed everyone," Law remembered. "I also loved being the director of support staff for Pathways and having dance parties in the kitchen while we worked."

Law's future plans include heading to Zambia in February 2017 to be an agriculture specialist with the Peace Corps.
Though she'll be half a world away, Law says St. Isidore's built up her faith and made her a better person.

"The apologetics classes from Fr. Jarett helped me to defend my faith," Law said. "The leadership roles have shown me how to handle decision making and high stress situations, and the community strengthened me in knowing I'm not alone in this faith journey."
   
 
 
Christmas Caroling
  
 
About 25 students spent an evening Christmas caroling to local retirement and nursing homes on December 6.

Robert Jennings, Director of Ministry and Evangelization, said he hoped the event helped the students gain more compassion for our older brothers and sisters.

"Our main goal is to bring good cheer to others and help our students realize that this holiday season is about recognizing that these people who are lonely are part of our family and deserve love and kindness," Jennings said.

Students caroled at Stoneybrook Health and Rehab, Good Shepherd Hospice House, and Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community. Meadowlark Hills offered a special treat: Students were able to visit with longtime St. Isidore's permanent community member Velma Kuhn.

Amanda Braun, a senior in secondary education from Victoria, Kan., said she wanted to share joy with the elderly during the Advent season.

"I enjoyed the smiles on the faces of the people we sang to," Braun said. "For that moment at least, we were able to spread peace and joy."

After caroling, students returned to St. Isidore's and decorated Christmas cookies. Members of the Leadership Team baked the cookies before the event, and several RCIA participants joined the students later in the evening.

Ross Niehues, a senior in agricultural technology management from Seneca, Kan., said cookie decorating was a great way to get to know other St. Isidore's students, and the decorating got a little serious.
"My favorite thing was watching the cookies get decorated like tractors by Joseph Neville and Kenan Reeh," Niehues said. "It was fun to watch." 
 
 
Pancake Feast Before Finals
 


The Annual Giving Committee invited all students to enjoy a free pancake feast while studying for finals on December 11 in Newman Hall. More than 100 students attended the feast.
 
Aaron Gleason, a junior in mechanical engineering from Meade, Kan., said he has attended every pancake feast during finals weeks since he came to Manhattan five semesters ago. "I appreciate all of the community that this event creates for both the permanent community and the students. It gives the students a chance to see the faces that help St. Isidore's run so well."
 
 
 
Changing Liturgical Seasons 
Around St. Isidore's
 
Miss seeing the change of seasons around St. Isidore's? Many students, alumni, and supporters don't have the opportunity to see the change in decorations that mark the transition between Advent and Christmas. When the students leave at the start of winter break, it is Advent, but when they return, the Christmas season is typically over. Here is a look around the chapel during Advent and Christmas.


 



 
 
 
 
Leaf Raking

 
Maintaining the grounds around St. Isidore's takes many hours of hard work, and students join the effort every fall by raking leaves to make the garden and lawn ready for winter. Though the leaves fell later than usual this year, the students found plenty of work to do and fun to have. 

 
 
In This Issue

Graduating Senior Profile
Christmas Caroling
Pancake Feast
Changing Seasons
Leaf Raking
 
Coming Next Issue
 
 
 Phonathon Thank You
A recap of Phonathon 2016
 
Welcome the New Pastoral Ministry Interns

Ice Skating
 
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October 2016

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  October 2016
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,  
The leaves are changing and their is a hint of Fall in the air.  One of my favorite things about living in the 'heartland' is the changing of the seasons.  However, all of us here at St. Isidore's are blessed to count on one thing that never changes, the out pouring love and support that each of you share with us.  Please enjoy reading about a few of the things that have been keeping us busy here this past month.
 
Blessings,

Kimberly Fund
Stewardship Director
 
 
 
 
 
K of C Chili Feed
 
 
Several times a year, the Knights of Columbus host a breakfast to raise money for a variety of good causes.  This year, the Knights decided to also host a chili feed.  The Knights prepared 5 different styles of chili for individuals to choose from.  The chili feed was a great success with about 40 people in attendance.  They are looking forward to hosting another chili feed again next year.
 
Grand Knight Ronnie Sullivan reflected, "The Chili Feast was a refreshing opportunity to enjoy the essence of Fall among the St. Isidore's community! About 6 Knights cooked their own chili and competed for bragging rights as to whose was the most popular. I'm not sure who won, but they all tasted great! We appreciate everyone who attended for supporting the Knights of Columbus as we seek to serve our community."
 
 
 
 
Pathways
  
Pathways retreatants 
 
For many, the annual Pathways retreat is a time for personal and spiritual growth, and this year was no different.  "The Pathways Retreat was a great way for me to strengthen existing friendships, as well as make many new ones. It made me realize how lucky I am to have so many people around me who truly love and care about me. The retreat was a great way to take a step back from life, and just enjoy the presence of Christ that is in all of us" explained Elise Gallant, a sophomore in Secondary Education and Mathematics from Wichita, KS.
 
The retreat has a lasting impact on the retreatants and leaders alike.  Jeffrey Albers, a graduate student in weed science from Oakley, KS shared, "My favorite part about helping with the Pathways Retreat was how everything came together in the end.  With a large retreat there are often many things that can 'go wrong' or things you plan for but just don't know how they will work out!  Being part of the retreat and seeing the way everything just seemed to work out really elevates our minds and hearts to God; because there is no way that all the good beautiful work done in so many hearts is accomplished without the loving, guiding hand of our Lord."
 
 
 
 
Bishop Weisenburger
 


Throughout the school year, St. Isidore's has arranged for several Kansas Bishops to come for a weekend Mass with a reception to follow.  We are very excited that many of the Bishops were able to accept our invitation.  The first Bishop to visit was Bishop Weisenburger from the Salina Diocese. This is a great opportunity for the students to meet several Bishops, as well as a chance for the Bishops to meet many of our students and see the active community of students from their diocese here at St. Isidore's.  
 
 
 
 
In This Issue
K of C Chili Feed
Pathways
Bishop Weisenburger
 
Coming Next Issue
 
 
Mens Group
Read how this group of men use their faith and fellowship
  
Womens Group
Students and permanent community members gather
 
Thanksgiving Dinner
Students and Seniors share a meal

Phonathon Thank You
A recap of Phonathon 2016
 
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September at
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  September 2016
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,  
With the start of weekly 24 hour adoration, bible studies, a class on happiness, retreat planning meetings, RCIA, men's group, women's group, Source & Summit, Dollar Dinners and much, much more, it is ever apparent that the semester is well under way, and the students are filling their hearts and schedules with all things Izzy's.  It is a blessing to have the lights on from dawn until much past dusk nearly every evening; and to have so many of our parents and alumni visit and help fill our chapel making our 'overflow' spaces turn into 'standing room only' on home football game weekends.  As one recent graduate shared when he was back for the first home game of the season, "I was once told that home is where your wi-fi connects.  It is true, when I walked back in the doors of St. Isidore's, I felt at home, looked at my phone, and my wi-fi was connected."  Please be sure to come home to St. Isidore's and stop by for a visit if you are in the area.
 
Blessings,

Kimberly Fund
Stewardship Director
 
 
 
 
 
RCIA
 
Haden Botkin journaling during class
 
September marked the start of a memorable faith journey for the 26 candidates and catechumens who are going through this year's RCIA here at St. Isidore's.  Once a week for 90 minutes these individuals, along with their sponsors and the RCIA team members, will meet and listen to lectures, watch videos and have discussions to assist them in the process of becoming a full member of the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil Mass. 

This is Maria Leiker's first year as the coordinator of St. Isidore's RCIA program.  "I am looking forward to embarking on this journey with everyone involved in the RCIA process as we grow in faith and learn more about the Catholic Church" reflected Maria.  Maria, Fr. Mike, Fr. Bob and a few guest speakers will be giving lectures throughout the course in conjunction with materials from the Symbolon series which are provided on the FORMED website.
 
Haden Botkin, a sophomore in Secondary Education went through the RCIA program last year and is now returning as a sponsor for an individual looking to further their knowledge of the Catholic faith.  Haden shared, "The RCIA journey is an important stepping stone to reach where God is calling us, and that is the Body of Christ. Whether you're just discerning becoming Catholic, or you're a Catholic that's fallen away from the faith, or you're a cradle Catholic that simply wants to learn more, there's a place for all of us in RCIA. As our Lord tells us time and time again in scripture: be not afraid."
 
Please keep the RCIA Catechumens, Candidates, Sponsors, Team and all involved in your prayers as they open their hearts to God's word and will for them.  
 
 
 
 
 
Dollar Dinner
  
Pictured L to R: Brandon Fisher, AJ Haney, Steve Stockman and Joseph Neville
 
Once a month, the St. Isidore's Student Leadership team hosts a Dollar Dinner on Sunday evening after the 4:30 Mass.  As the name suggests, it is requested that students give a donation of just one dollar for dinner and dessert.  This is a very popular activity that promotes faith, fellowship and fun and is also very helpful to many students who live in the dorms or Greek houses that don't provide dinner on Sunday evenings, or are just looking to not have to cook that night.  Brandon Fisher, a freshman in Mechanical Engineering, from Midland, MI shared, "I enjoyed the dollar dinner and the opportunity to spend time with new friends. The food beat the dining halls, no doubt."
 

Pictured L to R: Grace Volker, Jessica Maly, Rachel Schwindt and Ben Heath
 
 
 
 
 
 Choir
 


Frank Schmeidler, St. Isidore's Director of Worship for the last 21 years, has been involved in choirs since elementary school.  "When I was in second grade, Sister Barbara started a choir that consisted of 2 students from each grade level (1-6, so there were 12 of us).  As we learned pieces, we sang at Mass - my recollection is Christmas and Easter" he shared.  Under Frank's direction, the choir has had opportunities to travel to Europe to sing, made several CD's and fills the chapel with beautiful sounds of song and praise each weekend.  "I love liturgical music, and feel blest to be able to share that love with the musicians here at St. Isidore's as well as with everyone at Mass.  Music has a way of helping God touch someone's heart, mind, and soul, many times in ways that I will never know," Frank explained.  Amanda Braun, a senior in Secondary Education and Biology from Victoria, KS, has been a member of the choir for five years.  She shared, "Choir is amazing because of the people. Frank leads us with so much talent and passion. Seeing the joy on everyone's face during rehearsal and mass fills me up for the whole week!"
 
Josie Hays, a senior in Accounting and Finance, from Jetmore, KS, is one of the nearly 100 members of this year's St. Isidore's choir, "I've always connected with my faith through music. I love being a part of a choir that is so much fun and appreciated by everyone who attends St. Isidore's. It's such a great way to get away from school once during the week and an awesome way to participate during Mass!"  This is Josie's third year singing in the St. Isidore's choir.
 
 
 
 
In This Issue
RCIA
Dollar Dinner
Choir
 
Coming Next Issue
 
 
Knights of Columbus Meals
Read about the K of C breakfasts and chili feed
  
Pathways
Learn about the impact of the Pathways retreat
 
Bishop Weisenburger
Bishop comes to spend time with the St. Isidore's Students 

Phonathon
Are you ready for your call? Find out when we will be calling you.
 
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  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.
 
Blessings,

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
FORMED
 
Coming Next Issue
 
 
RCIA
Learn more about the RCIA program
  
Dollar Dinner
Students gather on Sunday evenings once a month to enjoy dinner for just one dollar
 
Choir
Students and Permanent Community members come together to sing at all the weekend masses 

Phonathon Preview
Preparations are underway for our Fall fundraiser
 
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July 2016

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  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. 
 
Blessings,

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..

June 2016

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  June 2016
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,  
June is ending and it's hard to believe that July is here already.  In this month's newsletter, Kimberly profiles two important aspects of our St. Isidore family.  Those who are here year round providing a solid base for the parish to flourish, we fondly call "the permanent community." The annual summer BBQ is just one of the ways the larger community is able to foster the fellowship and sense of family that means so much to our students during the year.  Another exciting aspect is the growth of the Cor ad Cord 21+ group which reaches out to the needs of our graduate, post-grad and young professionals.  I am very impressed with the level of genuine care and love that St Isidore's is able to extend to so many.  Tertulian, who lived at the end of the second century noted how the love of the Christians most impressed the pagans.  He said that the pagans say "see how they love one another" and I would agree.  This love truly is a hallmark of the Christian community.  While these summer days are fleeting, it is a blessing to know that the love found here at St. Isidore's is timeless.  I hear from so many past parishioners who express such fondness for their time here that it makes me proud of all those who even to this day say of St. Isidore's "see how they love one another."
 
God Bless,

Fr. Michael, O.P.
Pastor, Chaplain
 
 
 
 
 
Summer BBQ
 


St. Isidore's Summer BBQ hosted by the Annual Giving Committee had another successful turnout.  Nearly 80 of St. Isidore's students and permanent community gathered in the gardens and enjoyed visiting while filling up on hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and cookies. St. Isidore's, with the help of the Annual Giving Committee, enjoys offering opportunities like the Summer BBQ to help provide a time for the various demographics of our parish to come together and enjoy each others company while building our faith community.  Thank you to all who attended and made this event a success!
 
 
 
Cor-Ad-Cor 21+
  
 
 Cor-Ad-Cor 21+ is an active group of Catholic young professionals and post-grad students.  The name was chosen from the Newman motto, heart to heart.  This group meets every Tuesday evening to discuss the upcoming weekendliturgy, every Saturday for a social activity, every other Saturday for a book club and once a month on Thursday for adoration.  They have also put together weekend retreats and other spontaneous activities during the year.  
 St. Isidore's is happy to offer a growing number of activities for this valued population of our community.  The Cor-Ad-Cor 21+ group has now expanded beyond the St. Isidore's parish and now includes members from the two other parishes in Manhattan as well. 
 

May 2016

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  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

 
 

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  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
 
 
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March 2016

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  March 2016
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,  
 
Christ is Risen!  Alleluia!  We celebrate this on chilly but beautiful spring days and give thanks for the mercy and love God showed us in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Late winter and early spring saw St. Isidore's alive with activity. The always-excellent choirs sang and sang, new groups such as "Cor ad Cor 21+" and "Symbolon" formed, Bible studies in many different forms reappeared with lively responses.  The RCIA program picked up again with 26 catechumens and candidates, and our student retreat team traveled Kansas to give retreats.  The Lenten season was full with many activities from praise, prayer, liturgy and worship, to song, retreats, education and social events.  Our Silent Retreat in the beginning of he Lenten season brought spiritual renewal to many, and our "Busy Student Retreat" gave spiritual direction to many more. The Spring Break Alternative trip had ten of us in St. Louis on a mission trip to serve at Catholic Charities, a community, women's shelter and a nursing home.  The Knights of Columbus kept on recruiting, and the students kept piling in to our "Dollar Dinners".
 
We thank all of you for your prayers, kind support and generosity, and we pray that the grace, blessings and peace of this joyful season may be yours.
 
Blessings in Christ,
 
Fr. Bob Barry, O.P.
Parochial Vicar, Chaplain 
 
 
 
 
Busy Student Retreat
 
Pictured from left to right are the Spiritual Directors for our Busy Student Retreat: Fr. David Voss, Sr. Serena Deters, Sr. Barbara Apaceller, and Fr. Ted Stoeklein. Not pictured is Fr. Andrew Rockers.
 
This year the theme for the Busy Student Retreat was 'Fruits of the Sorrowful Mysteries'.  Forty students participated and had the opportunity to meet individually with one of the directors for 30 minutes each day in addition to 30 minutes of personal prayer time.  
 
"I really enjoyed how convenient it was to get spiritual direction," expressed Ethan Meyer, a sophomore in Civil Engineering from Andale, Kansas.  "The Busy Student Retreat really set well with my style of learning and helped me to grow as a Catholic."  This was Ethan's first year participating in the Busy Student Retreat and he is excited to participate in the retreat again next year due to his experience.
 
 
 
Spring Break Alternative Trip
Student Spotlight: Amanda Braun
  
 
Student Leader Amanda Braun is in the back row 4th from the left. 
 
Amanda Braun, a Senior in Secondary Education and Biology from Victoria KS, helped organize and lead this year's Spring Break Alternative trip.  Amanda, Fr. Bob and 8 other students packed up and went to St. Louis for a week of fun and service.  "One great memory I have from the trip is when we
 went to Little Sisters of the Poor and put on a St. Patrick's Day skit for the elderly residents.  We got to be silly and creative, and we could tell how much the residents enjoyed watching!  Fr. Bob even got to pretend to be a leprechaun!"
 
Amanda has been on four Spring Break Alternative trips with St. Isidore's and feels fortunate to have attended all four years.  "If I could attend again, I would, but I will be graduating in December.  However, I'm confident that this will not be my last mission trip," reflected Amanda.  

"My favorite service activity was providing child care for mothers at Our Lady's Inn.  The children were adorable and the mothers really appreciated a break."  The group also served a hot lunch to the homeless and sorted clothes donations at the St. Patrick Center, tilled and weeded thecommunity garden and played with local children on the playground at Midtown Center.  They made Easter baskets and served dinner, along with providing the child care at Our Lady's Inn.  They were also able to clean the grounds, make cookies, perform the St. Patrick's Day skit and visited with and served the residents at Little Sisters of the Poor.


"Not only did we grow in service to the poor, but we grew in service and in faith with one another through one another.  We learned from those whom we served and those whom we served with," shared Amanda.
 
 
 
 
In This Issue
Busy Student Retreat
Spring Break Alternative Trip
 
Coming Next Issue
 
 
Prayer and Action
Students making an impact in the Manhattan Community
  
Dumb Ox Brown Bag
Fr. Mike leads a class over the lunch hour
 
 
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February 2016

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  February 2016
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,  
As we end the month of February and Spring seems around the corner, as we immerse ourselves in this Lenten journey in preparation for Easter, I find myself grateful for many things. February has had an abundance of blessing from our second Marriage Prep Retreat, to the Rite of Sending and Enrollment of our 26 RCIA women and men who will be received into the Church this Easter, to the Silent Retreat, in addition to two more things this newsletter will share.

Earlier this month I joined our students, along with students from throughout the state, to attend the annual Kansas Catholic College Student Convention which was hosted by St. Lawrence CSC in Lawrence (yes you got it, that place, but as Catholics we are all on the same team). Newman Centers and Campus Ministries from around the State of Kansas sent representatives for this weekend gathering. It was an amazing opportunity for prayer, for friendship and for deepening in understanding the Catholic Faith.  All of this made for a great experience which I enjoyed. I was very impressed with our students and their participation in the overall experience. At times it's important for me to take time away from Saint Isidore's so that I can be with the students, and this was one of those great opportunities.

Another marvelous thing just recently was our Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, which was an impressive evening when the staff of St. Isidore's showed our thanks to all of the people who volunteer in various ministries and service.  To see so many people who do many wonderful things to help build up our community come together for an evening was one of the highlights of the month. I can honestly say that we are truly blessed by the Holy Spirit in the manifold gifts found in so many individuals who serve the needs of others. This is what the Church is all about, being the Body of Christ.

Finally, I would like to offer a personal word of Best Wishes to Andy and Kimberly Fund (our Stewardship Director). In the next few weeks they will be part of the miracle of life as they welcome a new child into the world, along with their son Joshua.  On behalf of all of us here, we extend our prayers and blessings to the Fund Family.

I hope you enjoy reading this month's newsletter and the wonderful things going on here at Saint Isidore's.

Blessed Lent and God bless you,

Fr. Michael

Pastor, Chaplain
 
 
 
 
 
KCCSC
 
K-State Students at KCCSC
 
This February 58 students joined 142 other Kansas Catholic college students at the KCCSC 2016 retreat hosted by the University of Kansas at Prairie Star Ranch.  The key speakers were Richard Cross, Kenneth Howell, Daniel Toma.
 
Kaitlyn Barnes, a Junior in Biological Agricultural Engineering from Baldwin City, KS was one of our students who attended this year.  "My favorite part of the retreat was attending Mass and getting to know other college students who are striving to live holy lives.  The beauty of the Mass along with celebrating it with 200 other college students was special among itself."
 
This was Kaitlyn's second year attending KCCSC, and she is looking forward to hopefully attending the retreat again next year.  "The weekend at KCCSC was definitely an opportunity for me to grow in my faith.  With a good balance of prayer, adoration and truly meaningful conversations with other students, I learned the importance of stepping outside my comfort zone in order to grow in my Catholic faith.  Deepening my relationship with friends and making new ones gave me the encouragement to do this.  I learned about the lives of various orders of religious sisters, new methods of prayer, and the importance of spending time with God in order for him to reveal what he has in store for me," reflected Kaitlyn.
 
 
 
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
  
  
 
Once a year the St. Isidore's Staff takes time to recognize and thank all of the wonderful volunteers who help keep our programs running.  With well over 100 of our faithful volunteers in attendance, the St. Isidore's Staff served roast beef, cheesy potatoes, salad, roll and a variety of homemade desserts to everyone before the entertainment for the evening started.  Traditionally the staff puts together some form of entertainment, however this year we welcomed our volunteers to get involved.  We took volunteers from the crowd, split them up into 4 teams and had them participate in 'Minute to Win it' inspired games.  A good time was had by all.

 
 
 
 
In This Issue
KCCSC
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
 
Coming Next Issue
 
 
Busy Student Retreat
Students squeeze in time to meet with Spiritual Directors during their busy week
  
SBA trip
Helping others in St. Louis over Spring Break
 
 
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January 2016

 

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  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
 
 
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December 2015

   

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December at
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  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
 
 
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November 2015

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  November 2015
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,  
Wow! November really is a time of gratitude and Thanksgiving. It is a time of harvest. It is also a time of realizing not just the good things of this earth, but the bounty of good people, the blessings of community, and the generosity of hearts.

This past month our students have been doing an incredible job for the phonathon. Each night I was impressed to see their dedication and to hear them recount the support of so many of our family, friends and alumni.  For some it was their first time calling people, strangers really, but through these "old fashioned phone calls" a shared history was recounted, a shared sense of mission was discovered, and a shared vision of the good things that happen here at St. Isidore's was felt across the generations. Thanks to everyone who made the phonathon such a success.

There have been many amazing events this month, but one in particular stands out to me and that was the Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Dinner. It was a great way for our students to celebrate with some amazing individuals 4 to 5 times their years. But what was really fantastic was that, regardless of the years, everyone had a good time, really enjoying one another in celebration and thanks.  The food was great, the entertainment outstanding, and the event was fantastic.

November is about God's generous bounty, and it is so important for us to take not of life's richest harvest which is found in friends, in a loving community, and in the good we do for one another. 
 
God bless,
Fr. Michael, O.P.
Pastor, Chaplin

 
 
 
 
 
Thanksgiving Dinner for Senior Citizens
Everyone enjoying that musical entertainment
 
Earlier this month, senior citizens and students joined together and enjoyed a delicious feast of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, green beans, roll, salad and desserts while also sharing stories and memories with each other. 

"I enjoy the Thanksgiving Dinner and look forward to it every year.  It's a great opportunity to interact with the senior citizens who have so much to offer in wisdom and joy.  It is wonderful to serve those who have spent their lives serving others and to have the chance to learn a little from them in our short time together," reflected Michaela Gleason who is a Senior graduating this semester with a B.S. in Economics.

There were about 60 seniors and 25 students who attended this year's Thanksgiving dinner. 

Frank Schmeidler our choir director, Kelli Veach a Freshman in Business, Grace Volker a Freshman in Vocal Performance and Matt Fox a member of the military were also there to provide entertainment by performing some of the choir's favorite songs and then leading the group in a sing-a-long.
 
"This is an event that both groups look forward to every year.  It is a chance for the students to give back to the community by serving the senior citizens, and a chance for the senior citizens to share wisdom and stories with the students.  It is also a way for both to experience family with strangers.  Most college students are away from home, and many of the senior citizens may not have many family members in town," explained Campus Minister Breanna Elley.  
 
 
 
 
Phonathon Thank You
 
Thank you to our parents, alumni, and friends who pledged a donation to our 24th annual Phonathon!
 
If we didn't catch you at home when we called, be watching your mail for a response card and a return envelope if you would like to participate in this annual fundraiser for the Center.
 
From all of the students at St. Isidore's, thank you!
 
 
 
Finals Week Care Packages
 
If you have a student at KSU and would like to send them a care package for finals week through the St. Isidore's Knights of Columbus, please contact Quenten Troyer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by December 1. 
 
 
In This Issue
Thanksgiving Dinner for Senior Citizens
Phonathon Thank You
Finals Week Care Packages
 
Coming Next Issue
 
 
Graduating Senior Spotlight
Hear about one of our seniors plans after Graduation
  
Christmas Caroling
Students sing at local nursing homes
 
Christopher West
A well known Catholic speaker visits KSU
 
 
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October 2015

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October at
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  October 2015
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,  
My first summer in Kansas is drawing to a close here and it is certain that the last days of October have  been beautiful.  There have been deep blue skies, spectacular sunrises and sunsets and gentle breezes have been daily visitors.  We have been graced this fall with the beauty of Frank's gardens, yielding a new and different flower each week of the month, as well as his choirs embellishing our prayers with song. 

Rich harvests seem to be in the offing, and at St. Isidore's, we have seen them already.  And while growth and new life are waning in nature, spiritual growth and new life are everywhere to be found here.  "Source and Summit" filled the chapel once again, and students continue to populate the chapel at their late evening Masses.  As is the custom, "Pathways" was an extraordinary experience for the students, and far greater numbers than expected attend Bible study.  Hundreds are appearing for Sunday Masses, "Dollar Dinner" and Knights of Columbus pancake breakfasts.  Student ministries are in full swing.  A number of students are visiting hospitals and nursing homes regularly to be with and pray with the sick and elderly.  Students are organizing and giving retreats to high school students in the area, and they are seen just about everywhere planning programs, relaxing together at social events and building their lives of prayer.  
 
Even though the Thanksgiving holiday is about a month away, we certainly have much to be thankful for right now.
 
God bless,
Fr. Bob Barry, O.P.
Associate Pastor 

 
 
 
 
 
Pathways XXII
The Pathways XXII staff and retreatants loading onto the bus 
 
Every Fall St. Isidore's offers a once in a lifetime retreat for Catholic KSU students.  There is a limit of 30 spots for retreatants, and the Pathways staff prepares for a whole year to be ready for them.  
 
Freshman Justo Santacruz from Paraguay was one of the students who attended the retreat this Fall.  "This is my second semester in K-state, and my first semester I went to daily Mass a lot. Since I was far from home, going to daily Mass gave me support and helped me a lot with school and just affronting the experience of being far from home. After Mass, I always saw everybody talking in their groups, and I didn't want just to interrupt and began to talk to them. A few times I got to meet them and to talk to them, but there wasn't enough time to build relationships if you know what I mean. In this retreat, I finally saw all this people that went to daily Mass and it was so awesome to have a lot of time to talk and get to know each other. In the retreat I met great people, and I can say that they are my friends now. Being Catholic is a lifestyle, and it's so comforting having friends that share your faith, because once you decide to live the fullest as a Catholic, God becomes the center of your life and you try to do everything for Him. And trying to be a saint is hard, and it has its difficulties and obstacles, but once you have God and community; a group of people that is living for the same purpose, the way becomes easier because you have people that will understand you better since they are fighting for the same thing. And whenever you fall and feel down, they are there for you to cheer you up and help you stand up. And also whenever your friends in Christ feel down, you are there to give them a hand and help them to stand up again" reflected Justo.
 
For Justo and many of the students and Pathways staff who attend the retreat, it is a great time to build their faith, strengthen friendships and also to have some fun.  
 
 
 
 
Your Phonathon Call is Coming! 
 
Between November 2 and November 17, Catholic K-State students will be calling parents, alumni and friends on behalf of St. Isidore's as part of our 24th annual Phonathon.  
 
Why is the Phonathon important?
  • We receive no financial support from the Diocese of Salina or Kansas State University.
  • Gifts to the Phonathon account for one-third of our annual operating budget.
  • The Phonathon provides over 100 students with the opportunity to actively participate in raising funds needed to support their student center.
We're looking forward to connecting with you!
 
 
 
Finals Week Care Packages
 
If you have a student at KSU and would like to send them a care package for finals week through the St. Isidore's Knights of Columbus, please contact Quenten Troyer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by December 1. 
 
 
In This Issue
Pathways XXII
Your Phonathon Call is Coming
Finals Week Care Packages
 
Coming Next Issue
 
 
Thanksgiving Dinner for Senior Citizens
Students serve senior citizens a Thanksgiving style dinner
  
Phonathon Thank You
A recap of Phonathon 2015


 
 
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September 2015

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September at
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  September 2015
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,  
 
In the Middle Ages, before google maps and gps apps, travel was a challenge.  A person needed to rely on things that could be seen at great distances to find their direction. Landmarks like mountains and rivers helped, but to spot most towns people relied on their church steeple to bring folk home.  Spires and towers served as beacons to travelers.  In a similar way modern day travelers in the spiritual life rely on signs, and this month's newsletter reminds us of this. Some signs are physical, telling us the name of a building or its address.  Some signs are memorials, reminding us of a person or event. And some signs are living and life-giving.  These signs make present a reality and are sacramental; they make us mindful of the sacred.  The waters of baptism, the oils of confirmation, the bands of marriage, or the bread and wine of the Eucharist are all signs of a reality beyond what we can see.

Two signs of a sort are found in this month's newsletter.  The new sign that stands on the corner of Denison and Anderson is a reminder of one of our parishioners, John Graham, whose dedication and service on the Newman Foundation Board helped to build up St. Isidore's. Our students are another sign. I can't tell you the number of people who have commented to me on our students' presence at Mass, their celebrations of being Catholic, and their love for the Church.  I would agree 100%!  The young have been described as the spes gregis, the hope of the flock.  In our students I see the men and women who in 10-15 years will be vibrant members of parishes near and far.  The many activities we provide for our students with your support are the foundation stones on which their adult faith will build. One such event has been the "Praise and Worship" that you can read about in the newsletter.

In the New Testament the people asked Jesus for a sign, and in John's gospel he tells us that "these signs have been written down so you might believe..." (20:31).  I am so pleased in the manifold signs all around us that even today help us to find our way.  Like the medieval spires and steeples, they are on our horizons; we just need to look for them.
 
God bless,
Fr. Michael Demkovich, O.P.
Pastor/Chaplain 

 
 
 
 
 
Praise and Worship
The Praise and Worship band.  Senior Spotlight Stephanie Andra on the far left.
 
 
On Thursday nights you can hear the St. Isidore's Praise and Worship team leading students in song and prayer.  Praise and Worship meets for an hour in the chapel where they praise God together through music.  Also, during the evening a student shares a reflection with the other students who are in attendance. 
 
"I love singing, and I take every opportunity to praise God through song that I can! I started attending Praise and Worship my freshman year at K-State, and I was able to join the band my sophomore year. It's been a huge blessing in my life to use the gifts God gave me to glorify Him" reflected Stephanie Andra, a Senior in music education. 
 
 
 

 St. Isidore's New Sign


 
Both the new and old sign during the construction process

 

After the completion of the interior renovations the Summer of 2014, it was determined that the  St. Isidore's sign outside needed an update as well.  The family of our former Foundation Board President, Dr. John Graham, generously offered his memorial funds to complete the project.  

 

"When asked if the memorials given in remembrance of John could be designated for a much needed new St. Isidore's sign our family thought it was a perfect fit.  John always said 'St. Isidore's is a welcoming place where everyone, especially K-State students, can find comfort and peace'.  We know he is pleased!" explained Mary Lee Graham.  

 

The sign was re-positioned slightly from where the old sign was located so it could be more visible at the intersection of Denison and Anderson.  It was designed and built with stone similar to St. Isidore's Chapel and accented with a small replication of our bell tower.  The new sign was designed by parishioner Ralph Diaz. 

 

Completed new sign. Back Row: Fr. Michael Demkovich, Middle Row: Mary Lee Graham and daughter in-law Kristen Graham, Front Row: Grandchildren Libby and Myles Graham.

 
In This Issue
Praise and Worship
St. Isidore's New Sign
 
Coming Next Issue
 
 
Pathways XXII
Students reflect on a memorable retreat
  
Phonathon
Are you ready for your call? Find out when we will be calling you.


 
 
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Between November 2-17 Catholic K-State students will be calling on behalf of St. Isidore's as part of our annual Phonathon.
 
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Donate early and we won't call you this year!  Send your donation to St. Isidore's with "Phonathon 2015" in the memo line or make your gift online.
    
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August 2015

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August at
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  August 2015
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,  
Inspiring! That's the word that describes what has been happening here at St. Isidore's.  As the students returned and our programs have gotten underway, one really senses the Spirit of God "breathing into,"  in-spiring Divine life into our works.  The Welcome Back weekend was packed, and I could see for the first time how much we need to plan for a larger worship space! It is strange not to have the Sunday assembly assembled, but scattered in different parts of the building viewing the Mass via monitors in remote locations.
 
The Welcome Back BBQ was a huge success as well. You can read more about it in the newsletter.  What a great time it was, and the Student Leadership Team did a fantastic job prepping, serving and cleaning up. The readings that Sunday were about service, and it was a delight to see these young men and women being of service, as well as the entire parish registering, signing up for various ministries -around 1600 people and still more!
 
The Knights of Columbus here at St. Isidore's highlights just one aspect of dedication and service that our faith calls us to make real. The Knights have had a long tradition of service throughout the U.S. since their founding in 1882 at St. Mary's Church in New Haven, Connecticut.  That church is today staffed by the Dominicans, and together with the Knights they care for the shrine of the venerable Fr. Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights. 
 
The Dominicans, who now serve at St. Isidore's, are part of an international order almost 800 years old. This allows us to tap into some of the many resources that Order provides.  One such event took place in conjunction with the International Dominican Foundation with our hosting an internationally known scholar, Fr. Marcel Sigrist, O.P., the Director of the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem.  You may read more about this in the newsletter.
 
As I said "inspiring" is the word that describes all that is going on here at St. Isidore's. I hope you will be able to get a sense of this "inspiration" through these great monthly newsletters that Mrs. Kimberly Fund works so hard to provide us with. Or better yet, when you are next in Manhattan, stop by and see for yourself. You will be inspired!
 
God bless,
Fr. Michael Demkovich, O.P.
Pastor/Chaplain 

 
 
 
 
 
Welcome Back Picnic
 
Students enjoying the picnic
 
 
Over 300 students filed into Newman Hall after the 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm Masses for our annual Welcome Back Picnic the Sunday before classes started.  The Student Leadership team and several seniors served BBQ sandwiches, chips, veggies and cookies to the students who attended.
 
The Student Leadership team assists with several activities throughout the year.  Some of the other events they help plan and promote are the monthly Source and Summit event, a monthly Dollar Dinner as well as several social activities during the Fall and Spring semesters. 

 

 
 
 

 

Knights of Columbus


 

The St. Isidore's K of C Council 8511 is the only council in the state of Kansas to earn the Quadruple Star award from the Supreme Council last year. Primarily they qualified for this award because of their outstanding membership numbers. Council 8511 has 94 members, 47 of which are students.  Joe Roth, Grand Knight and Senior in Kinesiology, explained why he initially got involved with the K of C, "It's a family thing for me, my Dad is a current State Treasurer and my Uncle is a past State Deputy."  Joe also appreciates that it is a great way to meet lots of other students and some of the permanent community members as well.

 

Each school year the St. Isidore's K of C has a very busy schedule.  They host 3-4 pancake breakfasts, a meatless soup supper during Lent, offer care packages during Finals week, gather donations during a Tootise Roll Drive and serve dinner at four Marriage Preparation weekend retreats. Through all of these activities, Council 8511 has donated 2,340 hours of service within the community and collected over $10,000 to donate to different needs.  $700 was given to support 11 different seminarians, 6 who are KSU graduates and the other 5 spent time here at KSU before joining a seminary.  The other $300 was given to help with Religious Education.  Council 8511 has also donated to: The Flinthills Breadbasket, KCCSC, Keep Christ in Christmas Bulletin Board on Fr. Riley Blvd, Special Olympics, Big Lakes, March for Life and Catholic Charities. "We try to help better the community in as many ways as possible" explained Quenten Troyer, Financial Secretary for Council 8511.  

 

 
 
 

 

Fr. Marcel Sigrist


 

 Fr. Marcel Sigrist, a distinguished Dominican biblical scholar, presented talks 'The Dominican Presence in the Holy Land: 1250 to Today' and 'Jesus and Joseph, the Hidden Story' at St. Isidore's and St. Thomas Moore this past week.  Fr. Marcel is the Director of the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem and is one of the world's leading scholars on Catholic Biblical research and on the Holy Land.  

 

Over 75 students and Manhattan area Catholic permanent community gathered at St. Isidore's to listen to Fr. Marcel's presentation.  After the presentation Fr. Marcel enjoyed visiting with several students in the lobby.

 


 

 
 
 
 
In This Issue
Welcome Back Picnic
Knights of Columbus
Fr. Marcel Sigrist
 
Coming Next Issue
 

 

Praise and Worship
Students gather in song and prayer
  

Phonathon Preview

Preparations are underway for our Fall fundraiser



 

 

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July 2015

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July at
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  July 2015
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,  

 

It has been a month of new and exciting changes here at St. Isidores as Fr. Bob Barry and I have begun our ministry here on behalf of the diocese. I have been blessed in meeting a number of parishioners, both past and present students, friends and family members, who have extended welcome and warm wishes to us. Transitions are graced moments of both leave taking and of welcome. In the last five years the parish has parted with two amazing priests, Fr. Keith and Fr. Jarett. The bittersweet beauty of the priesthood is that we know such transitions are a time to cherish what our ministries have meant and to allow God to bring the good that was begun in you to completion (Philippians 1:6). 

 

July was a blur but a very pleasant one as we hit the ground running, at times playing catch up with the many good works taking place. I think both Fr. Bob and I were delighted to see so many people turn out for the summer (that is sweltering summer) BBQ. I am grateful for the huge turnout, the "warm" welcome, and the good sense to hold it in doors this year.

 

As we move into August and the celebration of the feast of the Assumption, we have been enriched by the special program dedicated to Our Lady (you may read more about in this newsletter).  May the intercession of Our Lady  bring you every blessing, watch over you in every need and safely bring our students home to start the new year.

 

God bless,

Fr. Michael Demkovich, OP

Pastor/Chaplain 


 

 
 
 
 
Welcome Fr. Mike and Fr. Bob
 
Fr. Michael Demkovich O.P. (left) and Fr. Robert Barry O.P. (right)
 
 
As most of you are aware, we have been blessed with the gift of having two priests assigned to St. Isidore's starting July 1.  We are thrilled that both Fr. Mike and Fr. Bob have joined our staff and are excited to see what the future holds.  I would like to share with you a little about these two men, and hope that many of you will be able to come join us for a weekend Mass sometime soon to have the chance to formally meet them. 
 
Fr. Mike was ordained on May 2, 1981, and has worked at 5 student centers during that time.  "My  priesthood has been with students in both teaching and preaching," explained Fr. Mike.  Fr. Bob, ordained on April 7, 1973, is also no stranger to student centers as he has worked at 7 locations prior to St. Isidore's.  
 
 "I have been delightfully surprised at two things.  The first was how warm, friendly and hospitable people in Manhattan are.  Second, I was surprised at the level of activity and involvement at St. Isidore's.  I knew it was active, but I did not realize it would be as big as it is," Fr Bob expressed.  
 
Both Fr. Mike and Fr. Bob are looking forward to the arrival of the students.  Fr. Mike additionally expressed his excitement with experiencing K-State football and being a Wildcat Catholic fan.  "I am looking forward to celebrating the sacraments with all and being involved with the students and community in their faith journeys this year," added Fr. Bob.
 
 
When asked what part of their faith they are looking forward to sharing, Fr. Mike responded, "One of my favorite passages from St. Paul is found in Romans 12:2 - "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, so that you may know God's will, what is good, pleasing and perfect".  As a Dominican it is a love of study and prayer that delights my heart, and when others come to those "Aha" moments of God in their life, then I sense I have been a good servant with the few gifts I have."  Fr. Bob explained that he is looking forward to preaching and opening up the Scriptures for the community and students.

 

 
 
 

 

Summer BBQ



 

Each Summer the St. Isidore's Annual Giving Committee hosts an event for the permanent community and summer students so they have a chance to gather for fellowship and good food; this summer was no exception!  Fr. Mike and Fr. Bob also enjoyed the opportunity to meet so many new faces and to experience the abundant amount of participation and support that we have from our permanent community.  

 

 
 
 

 

Marian Consecration Class


Campus Minister, Breanna Elley, is working with 15 permanent community members and students this summer guiding them through a Marian Consecration series by Fr. Michael Gaitley.  Each individual has a small amount of independent reading and reflection each day for 33 days, and then the group gathers once a week for a video clip that helps prepare them for the upcoming week.  During their weekly meeting time, they are given the opportunity to gather into small groups and reflect on the past weeks readings. 

 

 
 
 
 
In This Issue
Welcome, Fr. Mike and Fr. Bob
Summer BBQ
Marian Consecration Class
 
Coming Next Issue
 

 

Welcome Back Picnic
Welcoming students back from Summer break
  

Knights of Columbus

Read more about the KofC chapter here at St. Isidore's

  

 

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June 2015

 

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June at
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  June 2015
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,  
 

The month of June is now behind us, summer is quickly disappearing, and that means that St. Isidore's is gearing up for a new school year, but also I have to write my final goodbye's.  I have to be honest, I'm not always great at internal reflection.  However, with any big transition in my priesthood, there is a natural reflection that takes place (usually at unexpected times amid sadness and tears.)  Recently, I found myself watching our updated 2014/15 slideshow (special thanks to Jenna Koster's iMovie skills) that plays in the St. Isidore's lobby and found myself overwhelmed with emotion and gratitude for these three short years at this wonderful place.  Sure there were times of stress, exhaustion and even frustration, but when all is said and done, I can't imagine a better place to serve the people of God as a Catholic priest.  With the vibrancy of life, music, prayer, fellowship, activity, and laughter, St. Isidore's is a real treasure of our Catholic faith living and active. If you've never visited or it's been a while, please stop by.  If you are blessed to call this place home, you are truly blessed, and try not to take it for granted. 

 

All of what makes St. Isidore's Catholic Student Center the "Home away from Home" that it is for so many is in no small way thanks to you.. for sending your children here...or thanks to you...for supporting our ministry...or for keeping us in thought and prayer as we strive to be God's instruments on this K-State campus.

 

I will truly miss this unique community of faith, and I want to say thank you for welcoming me into this beautiful (and big) St. Isidore's family.  Now I get to join so many of you in prayer and support of St. Isidore's from the outside perspective.

 

(I gotta say, I'm looking forward to my first E-newsletter!)

 

In Christ's Love,

  

Fr. Jarett Konrade

 

 
 
 
 
Farewell, Fr. Jarett
 
 
As this month came to an end, so did Fr. Jarett's short time here at St. Isidore's.  Good byes and farewells are never easy, so instead please take a second to watch this short recap of Fr. Jarett's time while he was here at St. Isidore's.

 

 
 
 

 

The Catholic Faith Explained


School may be out for the summer, but St. Isidore's is still offering classes. During the month of June, campus minister Jenna Koster lead students and permanent community in a class using the Symbolon series.  The class covered 'God's Love Letter to Humanity', 'Who is Jesus?' and 'Why do we need the Church?'. 

 

 
 
 
 
In This Issue
Farewell, Fr. Jarett
The Catholic Faith Explained
 
Coming Next Issue
 

 

Welcome Fr. Mike and Fr. Bob
Getting to know the new chaplain's at St. Isidore's
  

Summer BBQ

A St. Isidore's welcome and  Summer social event

 

Marian Consecration

A chance to read and reflect on four great Marian giants


 

 

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May 2015

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May at
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  May 2015
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,
  

Where has the month of May gone?  We just said goodbye to the seniors and students, celebrated Memorial Day, and just a few days ago I celebrated 10 years of priesthood. Three of those years were a great blessing for me here in Manhattan as the chaplain of St. Isidore's.  I look forward to the next 10 and wonder what many experiences and blessings the Lord might have in store.

 

I also want to say thanks to all of you for your continued support of the ministry this student center provides for the students of K-State.  I know the ministry will continue to be in good hands as well as continue to be backed by the prayers and support of so many of you.  Many Thanks.

 

In Christ's Love,

  

Fr. Jarett Konrade

 

 
 
 
 
Graduating Senior
Student Spotlight: Patrick Bergkamp
 
Graduating Senior Patrick Bergkamp
  

Patrick Bergkamp from Andale, KS graduated this semester with a degree in Agronomy and will be working for Crop Quest in Ulysses, KS.  It wasn't just his time in class, however, that prepared him for what the future holds. "I am looking forward to the next stage of my life.  Taking what I've learned in college and applying it to my career and taking the growth and progression I have had in my faith and continuing it outside of St. Isidore's," Patrick explained, "St. Isidore's was a constant presence in my life at K-State.  It was a place that no matter when I went, I saw people I knew and found a connection with.  To me, St. Isidore's was a place that really opened my eyes to the Catholic faith."

 

"St. Isidore's challenged my college experience and really helped me to mature in my faith and take it seriously.  This translated into other parts of my college life as well, and it all vastly improved my experience at K-State," reflected Patrick.  He then explained that the Pathways Retreat was his favorite activity here due to the impact it had on his life, one that he stayed involved with throughout his time at K-State by either working on the staff and also as a Director. 

 

When Patrick was asked what he would miss most he said "I will miss the people most at St. Isidore's.  Not just the staff, who are always friendly and helpful, but the community of students as well.  It's something that is difficult to find anywhere else."  He also wanted to offer this one piece of advice, "Take advantage of the Student Center at St. Isidore's and be involved.  It's something that I was apprehensive and unsure of at first, but once I got involved, it turned into one of the best experiences of my time in college." 

 

 
 
 

 

Pancake Feast


There may be no rest for the weary, but at least there were pancakes!  As students prepared for the last big push of the semester, the St. Isidore's Annual Giving Committee provided an all-you-can-eat pancake feast to help the students gear up for the week of studying for finals ahead.  
 

 

 
 
 
 
In This Issue
Graduating Senior
Pancake Feast
 
Coming Next Issue
 

 

Farewell to Fr. Jarett
Taking a few moments to say goodbye to Fr. Jarett
  

The Catholic Faith Explained

Hear more about the summer class that is using the Symbolon series


 

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