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Manhattan Catholic Community Connected




Manhattan Catholic Community Connected, or MC3, is a newly formed cooperative organization consisting of members of the three area parishes:  St Isidore’s Catholic Student Center, St Thomas More Catholic Church and Seven Dolor’s Catholic Church.

Over a hundred and fifty members of these parishes came together on the evening of July 9 for the inaugural MC3 Summer Social at the Blue Moose restaurant in the Town Center Mall.  

Father Frank Coady, Pastor at St. Thomas More Church, Father Gale Hammerschmidt, Pastor at St. Isidore’s Catholic Student Center and Father Kerry Ninemire, Pastor at Seven Dolor’s Catholic Church attended the event and encouraged their parishioners to enjoy an evening of fellowship and a presentation by Dr. Bernard Franklin, Special Assistant to the President, Kansas State University. 

Rita Keating, Chair of the MC3 Steering Committee kicked off the evening with introductions and shared the goal of building a stronger more interconnected Catholic community. The stated purpose of MC3 is “Together, we seek to grow in faith, build fellowship and impact identified needs in the Manhattan community.”

Father Hammerschmidt lead the crowd in an opening prayer and introduced Dr. Franklin “as a man who brings incredible knowledge and insightful personal experience as a role model to each audience he touches.”  For over 30 years Bernard has worked with foundations, colleges and universities and businesses across the nation; to help people imagine or see their worth, potential and future that inspires them to pick themselves up from where they are and get moving to accomplish their goals.

At a young age Bernard demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and strong ambition. He was elected as the first African American President of the Student Government Association on a predominately white campus in the U.S. At the age of 24 Bernard went on to make Kansas history by becoming the youngest person ever appointed to the Kansas State Board of Regents, and the youngest Chair of the Board at age 28.

As a recent convert to Catholicism, Bernard shared his personal life experiences of loss that lead him on a faith journey to the Church.   “I’m thankful for my pain as it brought me to the beauty and mystery of the Church. I’m passionate to make sure my family and friends witness my change of heart and behavior,” Bernard said.  Bernard’s presentation was powerful and inspired participants.

Father Ninemire closed the evening with prayer and requested that guests attend the next MC3 event planned for Monday, November 5 at the Blue Moose restaurant in the Town Center Mall. 


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At Seven Dolors, we have a year-round RCIA process, which means you may contact us at any time you are called to join us in your journey of faith. We ask that you make an initial meeting with the RCIA Director to discuss the process and what it would look like for you personally. The process is an experience of community including weekly sessions on Sunday mornings and various liturgical experiences. Each weekly session includes prayer, formal instruction, small group discussion, and a time fellowship. For further Information, contact Rosie at the Parish Office  785-565-5000.

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