SUNDAY & WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE:

THE LORD'S DAY

SATURDAY VIGIL  4:30 PM  

SUNDAY10:00 AM, 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

MONDAY           11:45 AM

TUESDAY          11:45 AM

WEDNESDAY    11:45 AM &

                         8:00 PM (During the school year)

THURSDAY       11:45 AM &

                         8:00 PM (During the school year)

 

FRIDAY              11:45 AM

 

“The Eucharist is ‘the source and summit of the Christian life.’ ‘The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself...” — The Catechism of the Catholic Church

forms for student and permanent community parishioners

 
 

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Our Church

 
The Renaissance In 2013, St. Paul's upper-level was renovated, to create one larger church, upstairs restroom facilities, offices, classroom/cryroom and library.  Thanks to our generous benefactors, what was thought an impossible goal or a pipe-dream became a reality.  Look what is possible when people come together.    The current Church holds nearly 400 people, and also has a classroom that functions as a cry room for Sundays.  So all together, the Church can seat over 400 and everyone can see the Altar from every vantage point.

The Renaissance

In 2013, St. Paul's upper-level was renovated, to create one larger church, upstairs restroom facilities, offices, classroom/cryroom and library.  Thanks to our generous benefactors, what was thought an impossible goal or a pipe-dream became a reality.  Look what is possible when people come together.    The current Church holds nearly 400 people, and also has a classroom that functions as a cry room for Sundays.  So all together, the Church can seat over 400 and everyone can see the Altar from every vantage point.

Liturgical Furnishings: The Altar, the Ambo, and the Presider's Chair.  

The Liturgical Appointments draw upon the design of the Church, which is more contemporary in its design and the Liturgical appointments, elegantly made by Karl Freund (former w.s.u. student and craftsman), did well to express both the new and the old, the contemporary and the traditional, and therefore, keeping with the tradition of the church that the Church is always new, that is, always reforming.  It is not an easy thing to balance both elements in art: the traditional with the contemporary.  Yet the furnishings somehow hold both in equal tension to remind us that Christ calls us to bring the faith, the ancient faith into a new culture.  
The Tabernacle Our tabernacle is truly an inspiring Piece of Art, for the glory of God.  Art has two purposes, we are told: 1. to edify, 2. to teach.  Certainly this Tabernacle is edifying in its beauty and grandeur, but it teaches us too, what is most important to us, and that is the Eucharist, the most Precious Gift Christ left his Church.  St. Maximilian Kolbe said: "if angels could be jealous of men, that would be so only for one reason, the Eucharist (since angels do not have bodies, they cannot eat the very substance of Christ: Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.   

The Tabernacle

Our tabernacle is truly an inspiring Piece of Art, for the glory of God.  Art has two purposes, we are told: 1. to edify, 2. to teach.  Certainly this Tabernacle is edifying in its beauty and grandeur, but it teaches us too, what is most important to us, and that is the Eucharist, the most Precious Gift Christ left his Church.  St. Maximilian Kolbe said: "if angels could be jealous of men, that would be so only for one reason, the Eucharist (since angels do not have bodies, they cannot eat the very substance of Christ: Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.   

The Artwork, and under construction...

At the back of the Church, on the axis of the Altar, is a painting (by a former w.s.u. student and artist) of the Conversion of St. Paul, commissioned specifically or the rededication of the Church, which took place on the Solemnity of the Conversion of St. Paul, Jan. 25, 2013.  The Altar stone (the Granite top) was formally consecrated and the Church blessed on that date.  The Granite which was anointed with Chrism oil to consecrate it and set it apart for sacred use is now set inside a beautiful wood border.  St. Paul is known for his vehemence, tenacity, zeal, teaching, intellect and preaching.  Who better to be a patron for a college parish, with so many experiences, and the changing of directions, St. Paul is someone we can all relate, specifically in College.  The artwork is special because it is a unique rendering of this event in the eighth chapter of the Acts of the Apostles: the Conversion of Saul to Paul.  We are under construction ourselves, constantly in need of conversion.  The Crucifix on the east wall is painted by a famous benedictine monk, Dom Gregory DeWitt, O.S.B.  Dewitt, Painted Cathedrals and Churches throughout Europe, and while in Wichita, he painted for a friend of his, who was also the Chaplain of St. Paul, two pieces, Christ Crucified and the Resurrection.
 
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The Sacrament of Reconciliation

30 minutes prior to every Mass, except for the 9:00 p.m.  

11:15am to 11:40am Monday,  Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.

On Wednesdays from 7:30 pm to 7:50 pm.

4:00pm to 4:20pm Saturday, 9:30am to 9:50am Sunday, 6:15 pm to 6:50pm Sunday.

LOOK AT THE AMAZING STUFF YOU CAN DO AT ST. PAUL

A View Of What We Do

Here's our Activities Booklet (pdf) which shows you what we do at St. Paul's for the intellectual and faith formation of our students.

Our Life and Mission

St. Paul University Parish facilitates the great encounter, where heart speaks to heart.  Encouraged by this encounter, the college student begins to see that the restlessness of the human heart is the insatiable thirst for truth, beauty and goodness.  The Catholic Student Center then becomes a chisel, at a singularly important moment in God's work of sculpting, so that the college student might always seek the divine will, and to know the joy the world cannot give. 

 

St. Paul Advisory Council

The St. Paul Advisory Council reflects the diversity of the demographic that we serve:  WSU alumni, community leaders, WSU faculty, Pastors of local parishes, staff & student representatives make up this advisory body.   The complexity of being a personal Parish with no boarders led to the decision to establish an instrument to assist the Pastor in the responsibility of governance of the temporal and financial operations of St. Paul University Parish.  Additionally, another unique layer is added to St. Paul, in that it is not a territorial parish like most every parish, but a personal parish.  Canon Law denotes two kinds of parishes: territorial and personal.  To be a personal parish means that St. Paul is a parish without borders, and technically a person (or family) can belong to both a territorial and personal parish.  St. Paul is unique in that the majority of the operating budget is raised outside the parish community (nearly 65% or $330,000 each year). 

The St. Paul Advisory Council assists the Pastor by committing to a three-year term of office, supporting the St. Paul Catholic Student Center through time, talent and treasure, and seeking opportunities to grow awareness to the importance of campus ministry within the local and universal Catholic community.   Over the past five years, the St. Paul Advisory Council has assisted the Pastor with the administrative responsibility by creating subcommittees for special projects, such as: fundraising, physical operations development, and other advising to secure the temporal needs of St. Paul Catholic Student Center. 

College ministry is assuming a new importance today, for the future of the Church, as many are beginning to see and understand that the battlefront of the New Evangelization is on the college campus.  Many factors generate converging complexities, which make it important for the Pastor to have a gifted collaborative body to assist him in identifying and actualizing the goals and mission of St. Paul University Parish.  The ideas generated and shared among this consultative leadership counsel has been a vital element to the programmatic success and development of a cohesive campus ministry program (both with our program at St. Paul's and our new outreach with FOCUS).

St. Paul Advisory Council Chairperson: Peg Tichacek

Peg Tichacek (Advisory Council Chair)

Peg Tichacek has worked as a health care administrator for many years leading strategic planning, marketing, communications and community health at BJC / Washington University in St Louis and at Via Christi in Wichita, Manhattan and Pittsburg,  Kansas.  She is currently serving as Chief Mission Officer at Via Christi.  This is a new step on a spiritual journey that started as a youth and was fueled by the Newman Center at the University of Tulsa.  Peg is an Associate of the Congregation of St Joseph and has served the  Wichita diocese and parishes for many years.  Her father, now 95, is a deacon in St Louis who has served the church for over 25 years and is a faithful prayer partner.   Peg has assisted St. Paul as the Chairperson for the five-year strategic plan called Go and Grow: Faith for the Future.  

Mary Ann Lickteig, a native Wichitan, grew up in a family of seven girls, attended Cathedral grade & high schools and then WSU.  She has worked as a secretary and in Commercial Real Estate Development.  “As my girls found a ‘home away from home’ in campus ministries in other colleges, I became interested and involved and am so grateful for its extension of friends and opportunities.”

Peg Began Her Term As Chair of the St. Paul Advisory Board on September 11, 2016

Jerry & Jan Aaron

Jerry and Jan, a retired corporate attorney, are happy to be a part of the St. Paul’s Newman Center Board of Directors. Jerry also serves on several civic and Catholic Boards in Wichita. They are long-time active members ofBlessed Sacrament Catholic Church and are Charter members of the Wichita Chapter of Legatus, International--a group of Catholic executives and spouses whose intent is to live and spread the faith. They are blessed with five children and five grandchildren.

Mickey Armstrong 

Mickey McCoy Armstrong (Mrs. Pete) attended Wichita University and graduated in 1945. She was very active in many and varied organizations and was a member of the new organization (1936) called the Newman Club which was an organization for Catholic students. She is still active—off campus. Pete and Mickey have four daughters and eight grandchildren, none living in Wichita.

Father Jim Billinger

Father Jim is the Pastor of Holy Savior Catholic Community in Wichita.  He serves on the Presbyteral Council and the Diocesan Building Commission.  Father played football at Wichita State University and attributes the discovery of his vocation to the Priesthood in large part to his involvement at the Wichita State Newman Center.  He attended Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  Father has served at St. Elizabeth Anne Seton Catholic Church and as Vocations Director for the Diocese of Wichita.  

Mike & Kathy Burrus 

Mike Burrus was born and raised in Wichita, and attended Blessed Sacrament, Kapaun Mt. Carmel and Wichita State.  He is a CPA by profession, and spent his early years in a career in public accounting.  Then, after serving in various executive positions in the business world, he spent 12 years as president of Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School and recently accepted the position of Executive Director of Catholic Charities.  He and Kathy have four children and four grandchildren.

Dan & Gayla Carney

Dan is a graduate of Wichita State University.  Dan and Gayla are charter members of the Board of Directors.   Dan Carney is a well-known community entrepreneur and founder of "Pizza Hut".  In God's Providence, the original Pizza Hut building is located directly to the North of the St. Paul Catholic Student Center.  Dan and Gayla have been married for 16 years and both, Dan and Gayla, are active in the various ministries of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita and in the wider Wichita community.  Gayla has been very instrumental in the success of the Lord's Diner in Wichita, and is very involved there.  Dan is a board member and has worked with the Cerebral Palsy Foundation in Wichita.   

Janie Carney 

Janie and her husband Frank have been long-time Wichita State University supporters.  Frank is a graduate of Wichita State.  Janie is passionate about youth ministries in the Church, and has been particularly interested in the college ministry efforts at Wichita State through St. Paul Catholic Student Center.  Both Janie and Frank are involved in the Catholic Diocese of Wichita and in the greater Wichita community.

Marty and Jenae Cornejo

Marty and Jenae Cornejo joined the Board of Directors in October 2016.

Dr. Greg and Peggy Duick

Greg is the co-founder, President and Chairman of the Board at the Kansas Heart Hospital. He retired from the clinical practice of cardiology in 2010 after thirty-three years during which time he also served as the Director of the Cardiovascular program at Via Christi: St. Francis from 1979 - 1999.He received his undergraduate degree from Knox College, his medical degree from tLoyola University, Stritch School of Medicine and his residency and fellowship in cardiology at USC.  

Peggy graduated from the St. Francis School of Nursing in Evanston, Illinois and worked as a nurse in both the Intensive Care and Coronary Care Units at Northwestern University and Glendale Memorial Hospital in California. Upon moving to Wichita, she has worked in many community service related organizations including the Center of Hope Board, the Arts Partners Board and Victory in the Valley Board. She continues to actively volunteer at Meals on Wheels and the Cancer Center at Via Christi. Currently, Peggy is the Coordinator of the He Heals Advocates at St. Thomas Aquinas Church. In 2002, Peggy served as the Chairperson for the American Heart Association Heart Ball and founded the Sweetheart Program which promotes community service for sophomore girls in Wichita. She has also chaired the Arts Partners annual benefit event. Previously an active member of the Junior League of Wichita, she is now a Sustainer Member and works on health issues related to Junior League activities. She and her husband, Greg, have been married for 43 years. They have a son, Michael and a daughter, Carrie. Both are married and have one grandchild.

Bob & Maura Geist

Bob Geist was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. He graduated from East High School in 1959 and from Wichita State University in 1964 with a degree in industrial psychology. He has been a Pizza Hut franchisee since 1964, and also involved in oil exploration and the aircraft industry. He married Maura Lynch in 1965 and has four children and 11 grandchildren.  Maura Lynch Geist was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. She attended Catholic schools in her youth. While attending Wichita State University she met and fell in love with Bob Geist. They married in 1965 and are blessed with four beautiful children and their spouses. They have been honored with 11 huggable grandchildren.

Fr. Adam Keiter 

Fr. Adam is serving as the Rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.  Fr. Keiter brings with him to the Board and extensive experience in college ministry.  Before beginning his service at the Cathedral, Fr. Keiter served five years, as the Chaplain of the only other Catholic Student Center in the Diocese of Wichita, located at Pittsburg State University--St. Pius X Catholic Student Center.  During those years, he became convinced of the importance of serving this age group in the Church, and St. Pius X saw much growth under his leadership.

Jim & Sarah Pirtle 

Jim & Sarah Pirtle have been married almost 38 years and have six children. Jim has been in the printing business for 39 years, while Sarah raised all the kids, and kept tabs on Jim. Jim is currently the owner of Documents on Command Services, and he and Sarah are members of Blessed Sacrament Church, where Sarah served on School Board.

Bob and Anne Simpson 

Anne and Bob Simpson have been married 31 years and our members of St Catherine of Siena parish. Both are graduates  of Newman University and they have four adult children and three grandsons. Bob is president of Simpson Construction Services and Anne is owner of Carney Girl LLC  a property company. They enjoy their  Lake house in Eastern Kansas and like to travel and learn to golf.

Father Dan Spexarth 

Father Dan is Pastor of St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church in Northwest Wichita.  Father sits on the Presbyteral Council in the Diocese of Wichita.  He has served at Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School, St. Peter's, Schulte, and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Wichita.  Father Spexarth grew up in Colwich, KS and attended seminary high school and finished at Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Dale & Alice Wiggins 

Dale Wiggins received his undergraduate degree from WSU in 1964 and his MBA in 1970.  Alice Wiggins received her undergraduate degree in nursing in 1985 from Newman University.  They have four children and thirteen grandchildren.  They serve on various charitable organization boards and committees in Wichita.

 

 

PERMANENT COMMUNITY MEMBERS

REGISTRATION FORM BELOW

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It all started when...

the diocese began a mission of evangelization and support for the university environment in a systematic way by 1949.  Although there is a great deal of evidence to show that there was a Catholic presence and involvement in the life of the university much earlier, a consensus has been reached that the diocesan coordinated effort for a more consistent presence was sometime close to the year of 1949.  

As the Catholic community at Wichita State University grew, it was determined that in the spiritual best interest of those students, faculty and staff in the university environment, an university parish would be established.  Bishop David Maloney erected St. Paul to be a University Parish at Wichita State on February 10, 1970!  Canon Law makes a provisions to establish parishes where it is beneficial to people who have affiliation with a particular place or movement, however, these parishes are qualitatively different in that they have no borders or boundaries and therefore, canonically are referred to as "personal parishes."   People become parishioners through association and/or registration.  

The permanent community members at St. Paul are pillars of the community.  In a place that serves a great number of youth, and where there is a high volume of turnover, it is a wonderful blessing to have a community of individuals and families to support and provide stability in the important apostolate of our parish, which is to serve as a Catholic Student Center (providing a place of faith & formation for those within the university life).  While our apostolate and mission is obviously focused on college students, there are events for the whole parish, as well as specific events geared toward the permanent community members (both social and formational).  

We hope that you will consider becoming a part of this vibrant parish community, which seeks to grow in Christian discipleship through hospitality, prayer, formation and service.  Our university parish family is centered around the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy, specifically the Eucharist.  St. Paul has a unique and precious mission to support and serve the youth at a particularly important time in their life, and because we believe as the Fathers of the Church taught that our prayer shapes our belief and our belief shapes our life, careful attention is given to the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy, particularly the Eucharist, so that the splendor of Catholicism might be evident and the encounter with Christ made more readily accessible. St. Paul focuses a great amount of energy in preparing the Sunday Liturgies and in the celebration of all the Sacraments, but most especially the Eucharist and Reconciliation.  This is why we provide four Sunday masses, with Reconciliation available prior to each Mass (except before the 9 pm).

 

 

The Robert A. Geist Library 

The Maura and Robert Geist Family Library contains over two thousand books of philosophy, theology, spirituality and the lives of the saints. Students have access to the library/conference room for individual or group study. We hope that you enjoy the new space!

 
Please consider a tax-deductible gift and 100% of your gift goes to the benefit of our college ministry program!

Many ways to give, many ways to make a difference:

1. Building Maintenance and Mission Fund:

A foundation to promote the brick and mortar, through which St. Paul builds disciples for Christ.

The St. Paul maintenance and mission fund, cares for the brick and mortar of St. Paul University Parish, with a sense of preservation and mission to promote the reality that it is within these sacred walls that heaven and earth meet in the Eucharist. 

You can help us!

Be a part of something great with your gift...

Note: When making a designated gift for any item or for a specific use (please click one-time gift) and in the notes write-in what the gift is to be used for. You can also give regularly by selecting that option, and even choose the day on which you want to make your monthly or weekly gift. God bless you and thank you very much for your support!
Be a part of something great with your gift... Note: When making a designated gift for any item or for a specific use (please click one-time  gift) and in the notes write-in what the gift is to be used for.  You can also give regularly by selecting that option, and even choose the day on which you want to make your monthly or weekly gift.  God bless you and thank you very much for your support!

Be a part of something great with your gift...

Note: When making a designated gift for any item or for a specific use (please click one-time  gift) and in the notes write-in what the gift is to be used for.  You can also give regularly by selecting that option, and even choose the day on which you want to make your monthly or weekly gift.  God bless you and thank you very much for your support!

2. Make a gift to the Fugate Chair of Catholic Thought fund and support our formation program that provides a presence and support to college students, at a time of life, when they face many pressures.

 

 

3. Fund-the-Need Opportunities:

AN URGENT NEED FOR OUR BUILDING & MAINTENANCE FUND. (location drawing below, and official construction drawing forthcoming)

St. Paul will soon be announcing plans for work on the Rectory and a new Rectory Garage to accomplish 5 objectives:

1. Make use of our current garage as a maintenance storage shed (currently we have no storage for Christmas, flowers, and maintenance items).

2. Currently, due to the small nature of the rectory, it is at capacity with two priests, and so we hope to add a bedroom and bathroom for a seminarian, deacon or guest.

3.  Remove items currently stored in the room between the confessional and office door, originally intended as a second Confessional (more acute need now that we have a much-needed second priest)

4. Provide appropriate hospitality to a second priest with a covered garage, so that when it ices or snows and there's an emergency he can leave without delay.

5. Currently, there is no place near the rectory for priests and other guests coming to the rectory to park. 

 

About Giving and Tithing: Rick Warren offers some awesome insights into this important part of the Christian Life.

Rick Warren offers some good insights into the difference between a worldly management of money and a disciple's management of money, and he acknowledges the way that it is counter-intuitive, because our first instinct is store up for ourselves:  

Here is how the world tells us to manage our money:                     

  1. Earn our money.
  2. Enjoy it. Usually we over-enjoy it, which lands us in debt.
  3. Repay our debt from overspending.
  4. Save for future needs once you're out of debt.
  5. Give, if and when anything is left over!

Here is how a disciple manages money:

  1. Earn our mone
  2. Give first
  3. Save
  4. Repay
  5. Enjoy

 

It's not easy and all of us, no matter who we are, whether ordained, religious, Single Lay person or Married...our first instinct and most basic desire is to look out for ourselves.  It is counter-intuitive to look to give first.  This is how Christ asks us to live! 

Gifts of Stock, Bequests, Monthly Giving Society and more...

Real Estate/Bequests

Have you thought of making a planned gift?  To this day, St. Paul has not received a gift of real estate or a bequest.  But these are ways of helping St. Paul secure the future of our college ministry program.   

IRA GIFTS

Naming St. Paul Catholic Student Center as a beneficiary of an IRA or other qualified retirement plan may save your heirs and your estate a potential tax burden. The gift can be made simply, by using your beneficiary designation forms.

Charitable Trusts

There are several types of charitable trusts that you can create to support St. Paul.  A charitable trust is an attractive way to sell a highly appreciated asset tax free, and reinvest it to provide you with a lifetime of income. A charitable trust can also be flexible to allow you to make future contributions and receive additional income tax deductions.

Gift Donations

Today college students face unprecedented challenges and obstacles to living their faith.  as a college parish, our role is to offer a helping hand.  St. Paul walks the awesome adventure that is college with the students, through all of the joys, pressures, sorrows that youth encounter, we are here with Christ through our liturgical life, student social life, formational opportunities of classes for-credit and non-credit, bible studies and just a place to relax and kickback. That's what it means to be a college parish to, as Pope Francis says: Journey together toward the Lord!

Contact Us

Please feel free to call us at (316) 684-6896

or you may email the Office Manager at brenda@stpauluniversityparish.com 

or you may reach out to one of the priests: 

frjohn@stpaulunviversityparish.com (pastor)

frdominic@stpauluniversityparish.com (parochial vicar)

 

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MEET THE ST. PAUL STAFF!

Father John N. Hay, Pastor Fr. John Hay was ordained a Priest for the Catholic Diocese of Wichita on May 26, 2007.   Fr. John was installed as Pastor of St. Paul University Parish on September 29, 2010, the Feast of the Archangels, Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.  frjohn@stpauluniversityparish.com

Father John N. Hay, Pastor

Fr. John Hay was ordained a Priest for the Catholic Diocese of Wichita on May 26, 2007.   Fr. John was installed as Pastor of St. Paul University Parish on September 29, 2010, the Feast of the Archangels, Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. 

frjohn@stpauluniversityparish.com

FATHER DOMINIC (SEKHAR) POTNURU, PAROCHIAL VICAR FR. DOMINIC WAS ORDAINED TO THE PRIESTHOOD IN INDIA IN 2006 AND HAS SERVED IN THE DIOCESE OF WICHITA FO RONLY A FEW MONTHS.  

FATHER DOMINIC (SEKHAR) POTNURU, PAROCHIAL VICAR

FR. DOMINIC WAS ORDAINED TO THE PRIESTHOOD IN INDIA IN 2006 AND HAS SERVED IN THE DIOCESE OF WICHITA FO RONLY A FEW MONTHS.  

Ben Ornelas, Director of Hospitality & Liturgical Formation ben@stpauluniversityparish.com

Ben Ornelas, Director of Hospitality & Liturgical Formation

ben@stpauluniversityparish.com

Brenda Beckham, Administrative Assistant to the Priests & Office Manager brenda@stpauluniversityparish.com

Brenda Beckham, Administrative Assistant to the Priests & Office Manager

brenda@stpauluniversityparish.com

Caleb Kuestersteffen, Assistant Office Manager and Project Coordinator Email: caleb@stpauluniversityparish.com

Caleb Kuestersteffen, Assistant Office Manager and Project Coordinator

Email: caleb@stpauluniversityparish.com

MEET OUR FACULTY RECOGNIZED STUDENT ORGANIZATION ADVISOR!

Dr. Michael Jorgunson, St. Paul's Registered Student Organization Faculty Advisor, and Associate Professor in the College of Engineering

Dr. Michael Jorgunson, St. Paul's Registered Student Organization Faculty Advisor, and Associate Professor in the College of Engineering