Friars To Leave Hays Parish For Salina
Associated Press / KSAL Staff - Mon 08:22 AM 05/21/2012
After 134 years of service, the Capuchin-Franciscan friars will return the ministry of a Hays parish to the Diocese of Salina.
The Mid-America Province of Capuchins will continue to serve St. Joseph's Parish until new Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger appoints a new pastor.
The friars will continue serving parishes in Victoria, Catherine, Antonino, Schoenchen, Walker and Vincent. They also will continue to help with Catholic education at Thomas More Prep-Marian and rest home and retreat ministries.
The Capuchins arrived in western Kansas to serve German immigrants in the late 1870. The Catholic Diocese established the Capuchins in Ellis County to serve as priests for the new communities. The St. Fidelis Friary was established in what is now the town of Victoria.
Associated Press information from: The Salina Journal