April 2016

 
 

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April at
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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 at
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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 at
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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 at
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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 at
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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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Our Phonathon is almost here!

Between November 2-17 Catholic K-State students will be calling on behalf of St. Isidore's as part of our annual Phonathon.
 
Like the cause, but not the call?
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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April 2015

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

 

As another finals week quickly approaches and another academic year nears its end, I suppose this year takes on quite a different significance.  As I've come to learn as chaplain of St. Isidore's, the end of each year brings with it many goodbyes.  A goodbye to the graduating seniors, a goodbye to students as they move on to summer jobs and activities, and this year for me, (if you haven't heard) a goodbye to the St. Isidore's community. 

 

Just a few weeks ago we announced a new transition for St. Isidore's from diocesan priestly ministry to the ministry of two priests from the Dominican order.  Without going into the details (they are included in the article below) I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to this wonderful St. Isidore's family that I have had the pleasure of being a part of these last three years.  I know it wasn't easy accepting the transition of a new chaplain three years ago, but so many of you have done so much to welcome me into your lives and to this community and for that I am truly grateful.  

 

I know the transition away from Manhattan and the St. Isidore's community will be a difficult one for me, but I also am reminded as a priest of the Salina Diocese, I'm not saying "Goodbye" but rather, "See you later."  Thanks for all you do, I will pray for you in this transition and invite you to please pray for me.  


 

In Christ's Love,

  

Fr. Jarett Konrade

 

 
 
 
 
Retreat Team
Student Spotlight: Sarah Hoffman
 
Spotlight Student Sarah Hoffman is front row third from the right
 
 

Sophomore Sarah Hoffman, from Wichita KS, is one of the 15 students who helped with this year's St. Isidore's retreat team.  Over the school year, the retreat team was able to host five retreats for either junior high or high school students.  The retreats were in Junction City, Colwich, Salina and even one here at St. Isidore's.

 

"My favorite part about being on retreat team was being able to interact with young people who were so on fire with the faith. It's amazing to see so many high school students so interested in the faith and wanting to hear about our experiences with it. Being surrounded by so many young people who are in love with Jesus Christ is an experience unlike any other and I am grateful to be part of it," explained Sarah.  

 

Sarah decided to join the retreat team after seeing how much her brother enjoyed being on it.  Sarah loves talking about her faith and sharing it with others, and so this was a great opportunity for her. "I think it's a great way to get involved in St. Isidore's, learn more about the faith, and meet some amazing individuals,"  reflected Sarah.  This was her first year on retreat team and she hopes to be a part of it next year as well. 

Sarah concluded, "Being surrounded by so many incredible Catholics has  helped me to grow in my faith exponentially. Hearing talks and testimonies from other members of the team has helped build relationships with the other team members. Those relationships rooted in Christ have helped me on my faith journey and are important to any young Catholic." 

 

 
 
 

 

Men's Group

Student Spotlight: Weston Loehr


 
Every Thursday around 16 men meet and gather for evening prayer and a meal. "The evening is fun and relaxed with no planned discussion or set agenda to adhere to.  Once a month, Fr. Jarett shows a small video clip to help stimulate deeper discussion on various aspects of our faith," explained first year grad student, Weston Loehr from Wichita, KS.  They have also had a few guest speakers come and are discussing the idea of trying to do a men's retreat next year. 

 

When asked why he liked having a men's group, he answered, "I think it has strengthened the fraternal community here at St. Isidore's.  It brings guys together who may not be in the same social circles.  I also think it provides a great way to invite guys who may not be living out their faith to St. Isidore's."

 

One of his favorite things about men's group is cooking the meal.  "While cooking, I have built some great relationships with all the guys who have volunteered to help.  I have also gained a lot of tasty recipes and valuable experiences in the kitchen too."

 

 
 
 

 

Leadership Change Announcement

  

As many of you have now heard, in July Fr. Jarett will be reassigned from St. Isidore's to St. Nicholas of Myra in Hays, KS.  Due to the priest shortage in our diocese and the heavy schedule that is required of the chaplain at St. Isidore's, the Bishop has invited two priests from the Chicago Province of the Dominican Order to lead St. Isidore's.  Click here to read the letter from Bishop Weisenburger about this transition and decision.  

 

 

 
 
In This Issue
Retreat Team
Men's Group
 
Coming Next Issue
 

 

Graduating Senior
Learn more about one of St. Isidore's graduating Seniors
  

Pancake Feast

Food, fellowship and fun!


 

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March 2015

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


Holy Week is underway!  How has your Lent 2015 gone?  Remember, that whether good or bad, Holy Week provides a special opportunity to recommit ourselves to the purpose of this season.  Especially as the Triduum begins shortly, an opportunity to truly participate in the saving foundations of our faith in Jesus Christ; namely his passion, death and resurrection.  

 

As we here at St. Isidore's are blessed and busy with final preparations for Seder meals and Triduum liturgies, including our 35 catechumens and candidates coming through the Easter sacraments on Saturday, we are also reminded of all the blessings.  Not least of which is the prayer and support provided by so many of you that make our ministry here at St. Isidore's reality for so many K-State students.  Thank you and may God richly bless your Holy Week, Holy Triduum, Easter and beyond.


 

Blessings in Christ,

  

Fr. Jarett Konrade

 

 
 
 
 
Busy Student Retreat
Student Spotlight: Rylan Laudan
 
 
"This was the "Busy Student Retreat" and the name fit my lifestyle very well! I am noted for being extremely busy, and though I do my absolute best to find time for retreats and things like this, it is very difficult to fit into my schedule. However I absolutely loved the flexibility that the retreat offered for crazy kids like me who seem to have very little free time. I also was blessed to have Sister Marie Therese as my spiritual director for the week. She gave me a lot of insight on my own life and spiritual well being that I'd never really thought about or looked into. Her wisdom and guidance was amazing and was timed perfectly with the recent events in my life!"    Rylan Laudan, a Sophomore in Elementary Education from Paola, KS, expressed.  
 
Fifty-eight students met once a day with one of the seven spiritual directors for four days and worked through a booklet that guided them through the retreat.  The theme for the retreat was "The Living Body of Christ".  "This retreat helped me immensely! Though I frequently attend daily Mass and participate in other sacraments, I really enjoyed the one-on-one meetings with Sister Therese. I think the advice helped me look deeper into my relationship with Christ, and I was very impressed with what she had to say to the many questions I had for her. The booklet from the retreat has also been something that I have used in reference when talking to others as well as using it in the Bible Study I lead. There are just a lot of resources I gained from this retreat that have been good for me to have to reference in my prayer life" reflected Rylan. 
 
This was Rylan's first year participating in the Busy Student Retreat and he plans to be a part of it in years to come. "No matter how busy you are, there is always time for prayer and for God, and those are two things someone should never go a day without!" advised Rylan. 
 
 
 
 

 

Spring Break Alternative

Student Spotlight: Alicia Kilian

  

This year, St. Isidore's sent eight students and two campus ministers up to Omaha, Nebraska for our annual Spring Break Alternative (SBA) trip.  While in Nebraska, the group spent time in service at Hillcrest Health and Rehab, The Heart Ministry Center and The Hope Center for Kids.  "I really enjoyed helping at Heart Ministry Center, stocking shelves and having the opportunity to speak with so many people in the community,"  reflected Alicia Kilian a senior in Bakery Science and Management from Wamego, KS.  

 

This was Alicia's first time going on the SBA trip.  "What really struck me was how at each place we volunteered, the staff and other volunteers really placed the dignity of each person as high priority.  Each person was valued and the staff really worked hard to do anything they could to make the people they were serving and their families feel comfortable and cared for," she explained.  

 

The group was able to enjoy some time together beyond their ministry duties as well.  Alicia expressed that she was really grateful for the opportunity to get to know other students from St. Isidore's and to have time to just relax and talk at the end of the day. 

 

 

 

 

 
 
In This Issue
Busy Student Retreat
Spring Break Alternative
 
Coming Next Issue
 

 

Retreat Team
Read how our students help educate others about the Catholic faith
  

Men's Group

College men meet to discuss their role in today's world


 

... and much more!
    
 
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February 2015

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


 

We are already finishing the First Week of Lent as February comes to a close.  A little over two months from now, we will be drawing to a close yet another K-State school year.  It's been wonderful to see so many students so actively involved in so many ways here at the student center.  Just last night we had almost 150 come out to listen to Catholic musician Luke Spehar at our monthly Source & Summit (who by the way is amazing and you should check out on ITunes or YouTube).  Other areas of early Spring semester excitement are the 38 catechumens/candidates preparing for the Easter Sacraments in just a few weeks, over 100 at our volunteer appreciation who enjoyed a great meal and an opportunity to get to know a little more unique information about each of the St. Isidore's staff. We also have a number of students attending our spring semester studies on the Theology of the Body and Matthew Kelly's "4 Signs of a Dynamic Catholic".  


 

As always, thanks so much for all your prayers and support making possible our ministry to the students of Kansas State University.  Next time you are in the area, stop in and say hi, we'd love to see you.


 

Blessings in Christ,

  

Fr. Jarett Konrade

 

 
 
 
 
KCCSC
 

KSU students attending KCCSC 2015
 
This year St. Isidore's hosted the Kansas Catholic College Student Convention.  We were thrilled to have nearly 300 students participate, 114 of which were KSU students.  Fr. Gale Hammerschmidt was the MC for the weekend and gave a talk on Saturday night.  Cooper Ray from Dallas, Texas, was the guest keynote speaker for the weekend.  "KCCSC 2015 was an incredible experience. I feel so humbled and blessed to have worked on this convention with a great team and to see the year of planning, preparation, and prayers come to fruition," reflected co-director Bridget Winter.
 
"It was a rewarding and inspiring experience to see so many students from across the state come for the same purpose - to grow and prosper in their faith.  We are spoiled to have something so great every year, I think too many people take it for granted." expressed co-director John Bergkamp.  The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic by Matthew Kelly was the inspiration for the weekend, and all of the students who attended received a copy of the book. 
 
 
 
 

 

Mardi Gras

 

 

Nearly 50 students gathered in the St. Isidore's basement for this year's Mardi Gras celebration. During the celebration they played card games, catch phrase, had various ping pong tournaments and much more.  The students really enjoyed being able to gather and find good fellowship and fun before this year's Lenten season began.

 

 

 
 
In This Issue
New Year's Resolutions
Liturgical Ministry
 
Coming Next Issue
 

 

Busy Student Retreat

Read how our busy students squeeze in time for a unique retreat 

  

Spring Break Alternative

A group of students spend time in Nebraska helping others


 

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January 2015

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January at
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  January 2014
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,


 

"Come after me..."  These words from the gospel for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time have been a wonderful reminder as the hectic schedule of the spring semester gets underway.  In all that we strive to accomplish as human beings is it with trust behind the leadership of our Lord, or do we tend towards paving our own way?


 

"Come after me." - Always an inspiration are the 42 catechumens and candidates making their way through RCIA to the Easter Sacraments.


 

"Come after me." We are excited that over 100 of the 295 participants in this year's Kansas Catholic College Student Convention (Hosted by St. Isidore's in Manhattan) are K-State students.


 

"Come after me." Almost 70 students are signed up for an hour of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament each week in St. Isidore's Library.


 

We will also have studies on "The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic', "Freedom to Love: Theology of the Body", as well as an introduction to the Augustine Institutes new Symbolon program all happening this semester at St. Isidore's.  


 

In all this we hope and pray that you too are allowing God to lead and guide you as He invites us all to follow after him.  Thank you for being a continued part of what we do here at St. Isidore's, making our ministry possible to so many K-State students.

 

Blessings,

  

Fr. Jarett Konrade

 

 
 
 
 
New Year's Resolutions
 
 
"My New Years resolution is to read about a different saint each week in order to take their examples to heart to achieve holiness."  - Amanda Braun 

 
 
 
 
 


 
 "I am really trying to be intentional about talking about Jesus and having faith conversations with people besides my friends." - Weston Loehr
 
 
 
 
 
"My resolution this year is to grow in my faith by reading more spiritual books, and to continue staying involved with activities at St. Isidore's!" - Sarah Zey
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
"My resolutions for the year are to show Christ's love through small acts of kindness and to be content with this humbling smallness." - Stephanie Horsch
 
 
 
 
We offer a variety of opportunities to our students here at St. Isidore's, because it has always been a priority of ours to have at least one activity that will appeal to every student who walk through our doors.  We are continuing to add new ways for students to get involved and deepen their faith.  We love seeing new faces and having renewed participation, especially with the start of the new semester.  
 
 
 

 

Liturgical Ministry

 

 

St. Isidore's is blessed to have 180 students and permanent community members who serve as liturgical ministers for weekend Masses.  During one typical weekend, we rely on at least 54 people to volunteer their time serving as either Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion, Hospitality Ministers or as a Master of Ceremonies.  One of the unique benefits of serving as a Liturgical Minister is not only to have a close connection at Mass but to also develop a connection with other students and permanent community members.  "I enjoy ministering because it makes me feel closer to God" reflected permanent community member, Dona Koster.    

 
 
In This Issue
New Year's Resolutions
Liturgical Ministry
 
Coming Next Issue
 

 

KCCSC

A look back at a spiritually refreshing weekend conference 

  

Mardi Gras

Students enjoy a night of fun before the start of Lent


 

... and much more!
    
 
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December 2014

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December at
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  December 2014
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,

  

As I write this, I just noticed the light in meeting room 1 is turned off for just about the first time in over a week.  That's not due to carelessness in energy consumption, but rather because there have been students in there studying for finals this week around the clock.  That's right, as of this afternoon, the last finals will be completed and K-State Fall Semester 2014 will officially come to a close. Preparations have already begun for Spring and as we shift our focus to the New Year, I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued prayers and support making St. Isidore's what it is for so many K-State students - an oasis for formation, prayer, sacrament, and a quiet place with snacks and drinks during the chaos of finals week.  Thank you, Merry Christmas, and may God richly bless your 2015. 

 

Blessings,

  

Fr. Jarett Konrade

 

 
 
 
 
 
Graduating Senior
Ryan Sutton
 
 
   

Ryan Sutton from Oxford, KS graduated this semester with dual degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics.  He will begin working for GE Aviation here in Manhattan, KS.  Ryan hopes to begin graduate school next fall in Mathematics.

 

As Ryan reflected on his time here at St. Isidore's he expressed, "St. Isidore's was always a place of peace for me.  Many of my greatest revelations in my growing faith happened there, especially with the Pathways retreat.  It's always been a stronghold for my faith."

 

During his time here at KSU, Ryan was able to forge many lasting friendships and memories that will stay with him for the rest of his life.  "Throughout my college experience, my Catholicism was and is an integral part of my life.  St. Isidore's was in the center of many aspects of my life, including my social as well as my spiritual life."

 

"I always enjoyed both daily Mass as well as singing in the choir at Sunday Masses.  Daily Mass always provided a way to end my day with Christ, and singing in the choir allowed me to express myself through song and prayer for the congregation."  Ryan went on to explain that if he ever does leave the Manhattan area, singing in the choir will be something that he will dearly miss.

 

If he could offer one piece of advice it would be this, "Don't give up on your faith and especially don't think that you can do it all on your own.  Reach out to your friends and family when you need to, and reach out to God always."

 
 
 
 

 

Christmas Caroling

 

 

Every year students gather for some festive Christmas caroling and cookie decorating.  This year they went to Meadowlark Hills and the Good Shepherd Hospice House and sang a few carols for the residents.  After the caroling, the students came back to St. Isidore's and decorated cookies and socialized for a while.  

 
 
 
 
End of Year Giving 

 

Approaching the Christmas season motivates some to think about giving, while others like to plan their charitable contributions to coincide with the end of the tax year. 

 

If you would like to give an end of the year gift to St. Isidore's, please mail it to 711 Denison Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502 or make a gift online.

 

Thank you for your continued generosity throughout the year!

 

 
In This Issue
Graduating Senior
Christmas Caroling
End of Year Giving
 
Coming Next Issue
 

 

New Year's Resolutions

Students starting the new year off with a new resolution

  

Liturgical Ministry

Serving at Mass


 

... and much more!
    
 
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November 2014

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November at
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  November 2014
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,

  


 

Recently, someone asked me what has been the highlight of my time as chaplain of St. Isidore's Catholic Student Center.  Now, I'm not naturally an introspective person, but during this time of year when we are all encouraged to consider our many blessings, I thought I would share some of those thoughts.  Certainly there are many highlights (daily working with amazing people, large groups of people considering the Catholic Church in RCIA, and prepping many couples for the Sacrament of Marriage) but I would have to say the greatest is the unique opportunity as a priest to see the direct action of the Holy Spirit in the lives of college students.  It is such a blessing to see a young man or woman come through our doors seeking counsel or the sacraments, and by means of God's grace they are transformed, making a commitment to a change of lifestyle.  They will typically start coming to daily Mass, regular confession and many of our St. Isidore's events.  I have had the privilege of seeing a number of these types of students coming through our doors and it truly is a blessing.  During this Holiday season, what are the highlights of your own vocation?  Where is God active and what are you thankful for?  I truly am thankful for my vocation to the priesthood and to each of you for your continued commitment to St. Isidore's.  Because of you we are able to be God's instruments in the lives of K-State college students.  Thank you and blessings this Holiday Season.

 

Blessings,

  

Fr. Jarett Konrade

 

 
 
 
 
 
Dollar Dinner
 

   
Once a month one hundred or more students gather in St. Isidore's Newman Hall for a home cooked dinner and dessert.  Students are asked to pay only one dollar to help cover the cost of the meal.  St. Isidore's leadership team wanted to be able to provide a time for students to gather for a good, inexpensive meal and also to provide a time to socialize.  The meal is planned, prepared and served by students on the leadership team.  At this dinner, students are informed of some of the upcoming events so they have an opportunity to sign up and stay involved. 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Thank You!

 

Thank you to our parents, alumni, and friends who pledged a donation to our 23rd 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!

 
 
In This Issue
Dollar Dinner
Thank You!
 
Coming Next Issue
 

 

Graduating Senior

A Senior's reflection on time here at St. Isidore's

  

Christmas Caroling

St. Isidore's students spreading Christmas Cheer


 

End of Year Giving

Learn more about giving opportunities at 

St. Isidore's

 

... and much more!
    
 
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October 2014

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October at
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  October 2014
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,

  

When should we turn on the heater?  Fall weather is officially here and if you are familiar with old style heating systems, it's an all or nothing type of decision.  Last year we waited too long and students on the annual Pathways retreat had a spiritually warming and physically chilling weekend.  However, if this is one of the bigger questions of concern as October wraps up, I think we are in good shape.  The Pathways retreat has now come and gone as well as our Fall Marriage Prep weekend, and we find ourselves starting to look towards the end of the Fall semester and planning for the next one. Phonathon starts up next week, so most likely you will be hearing from one of our students soon.  On that note, as a Student Center that receives no outside funding from the University or Diocese, all that we offer the Catholic students of Kansas State comes from alumni, family, and friends like you.  Thanks for being a part of the St. Isidore's family, for all your prayers, and for all you do to make what we do possible.  Blessings and prayers as we begin the final sprint of 2014.

 

Blessings,

  

Fr. Jarett Konrade

 

 
 
 
 
 
Source and Summit
 

   
One of our new activities this year is our Source and Summit evening.  Source and Summit is on the first Thursday evening of the month and includes praise & worship, a guest speaker, adoration, Mass and a social time.  The idea of this evening is to give students an evening packed full of various activities to help deepen their faith and fellowship in a unique way. 
 
So far, the Source and Summit evening has been a big hit!  With over 100 students in attendance each time, we feel that it has been a great success.  We are looking forward to all of the guest speakers that we have lined up and look forward even more to the growth of faith and fellowship that emerges from each gathering.
 
 
 
 
 

 

Mini Golf

   

  

One of the annual fall activities is a trip to play a round of mini golf at Wildcat Creek.  About 30 students came and enjoyed the evening. Two IHM sisters joined the students and put their 'hole in one' skills to the test.  A good time was had by all. 

 

 

 
 
 

Your Phonathon Call is Coming! 

 

Between November 3 and November 13, Catholic K-State students will be calling parents, alumni and friends on behalf of St. Isidore's as part of our 23rd 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!

 
In This Issue
Source and Summit
Mini Golf
Phonathon
 
Coming Next Issue
 

 

Dollar Dinner

A home cooked meal on a college budget

  

Phonathon Thank You

Recap of Phonathon 23


 

... and much more!
    
 
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September 2014

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September at
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  September 2014
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,

  

September has come and gone and that means the school year is cruising in high gear.  Gone are the hot summer days, the renovation projects (except for a few touch ups on some of the pews), and the "Welcome Back" activities and greetings. There have been so many exciting activities and events in this first full month of the academic year that it is no wonder it has so quickly come and gone. We hosted our first "Source & Summit" with around 130 college students gathering for an evening of social time, praise & worship, adoration, and a talk given by a visiting speaker.  We had around the same number of students turn out for our first "Dollar Dinner", another social opportunity with the added bonus of an inexpensive Sunday night meal ($1) and a quick update on the goings on around St. Isidore's.  We currently have around 45 in RCIA and our highest regular attendance for our 10 p.m. weekday Mass and Tuesday/Wednesday confessions.  Let's just say the students are keeping me busy.  We have so much to be thankful for and not the least of which is your continued prayer and support making possible the ministry we do here at St. Isidore's.  Thanks and have a blessed Fall 2014.


 

Blessings,

  

Fr. Jarett Konrade

 

 
 
 
 
 
Freshmen Retreat
 

   
This year nearly 50 students attended the St. Philip Neri Retreat for freshmen.  This was a one day retreat which provided students an opportunity to meet other freshmen, learn more about their faith and all the opportunities St. Isidore's has to offer.   
 
Some of the activities were Biblical charades, prayer stations, time in the St. Isidore's garden, Mass, activity discussions, Q&A and discussion groups with other students who are in the same major.
 
The students enjoyed letting loose and acting out different stories in the bible and going around to multiple stations learning about different ways to pray either through the Saints, with the Bible, using technology, journaling or using a spiritual book. Fr. Jarett was glad to have the opportunity to spend time with the students and answer some of the many questions they had.  
 
All of the students had a good time, and we were thrilled to have so many new faces around the center.
 
 
 
 

 

HIS

Hearts Inspired by the Spirit

   

  

HIS is a women's group that meets once a week at St. Isidore's on Tuesday nights.  Typically around 25-30 women come to share in the evening.  Once a month the group invites a speaker to come and give a talk.  The other weeks the young women have topical discussions while working on a craft of some kind.  They are hoping to add a service activity during the year as well. Many of the young women participate in a prayer chain between the meetings.  This is a fun way for them to pray for each other and support one another while not knowing who is praying for them.