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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 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
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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
 
 
... and much more!
    
 
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