Parish History

Sacred Heart Church is a parish of about 400 families in the Catholic Diocese of Wichita.

 

May 3, 1901: The first Catholic church in Colwich, Kansas was dedicated in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

   

November, 1901: First resident pastor, Fr. Joseph Manz, arrived

June 20, 1915: The white frame church was destroyed by fire

May 14, 1916: Cornerstone was laid for a new brick church

August, 1917: Church was completed enough to be used

June 9, 1918: Bishop Hennessy dedicated the beautiful church that still houses our worship of God today

   

Renovations Over the Years


1918


1936


1955


1976


2018

 

Pastors

Name Tenure   Name Tenure
Fr. Joseph Manz 1901-1904   Fr. Joseph Ernst   1904-1918
Fr. Joseph Grueter 1918-1923   Fr. Godrey Birrenbach 1923-1940
Fr. Anthony Hermann 1941-1946   Fr. Stanislaus Esser 1946-1955
Msgr. John Moeder 1955-1965   Fr. John Rusteika 1966-1985
Fr. Vincent Eck 1985-1990   Fr. John Dinan (Admin.) 1990-1991
Msgr. Denis Dougherty 1991-2000   Fr. John Sherlock 2000-2002
Fr. Brian Bebak 2002-2007   Fr. Ken Schuckman 2007-2016
Fr. Andrew Heiman 2016-2018   Fr. Dwight Birket (Admin.) 2018
Fr. Eric Weldon 2018 - Present      

 

 

Vocations from Sacred Heart

Native Sons

Name Ministry Ordination Death
Fr. Maurus Kennedy  Order of St. Benedict (Atchison, KS) 6/6/1925 1/10/1985
Fr. Matthias Gorges Diocese of Wichita 5/21/1932 5/18/1964
Fr. Daniel Suellentrop   Order of St. Benedict (Shawnee, OK) 4/7/1951 10/12/2009
Fr. James Spexarth Diocese of Wichita 5/3/1955  1/8/2018
Fr. Leroy Linnebur Diocese of Wichita   12/20/1961   9/18/2017
Fr. Joachim Spexarth Order of St. Benedict (Shawnee, OK) 5/23/1965  
Fr. Thomas Stroot Diocese of Wichita 5/30/1970  
Fr. David Linnebur Diocese of Wichita  5/15/1982  8/8/2008
Fr. Dan Spexarth Diocese of Wichita 5/26/1984  
Fr. Andrew Seiler Diocese of Wichita   5/28/1988    
Fr. Nicholas Ast Order of St. Benedict (Shawnee, OK) 6/22/2001  
Fr. Jerome Spexarth Diocese of Wichita 5/26/2001  
Fr. Michael Linnebur Diocese of Wichita 5/24/2008  
Fr. Aaron Spexarth Diocese of Wichita 5/24/2008  
Fr. James Seiwert Diocese of San Antonio 5/2/2009  
Fr. Clay Kimbro Diocese of Wichita  5/28/2017  

Native Daughters

Name Order
Sr. Mary Anthony (Florence) Winterscheidt Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph  
Sr. Mary William (Pauline) Colburn Adorers of the Precious Blood
Sr. Mary Theodora Majerus Adorers of the Precious Blood
Sr. Mary Servana (Margaret) Majerus Adorers of the Precious Blood
Sr. Mary Alice Majerus Adorers of the Precious Blood
Sr. Mary Louise (Anna) Suellentrop Sisters of The Sorrowful Mother
Sr. Mary Lioba (Rose) Suellentrop Sisters of The Sorrowful Mother
Sr. Mary Beatrice (Agnes) Wappelhorst Servant of the Holy Ghost
Sr. Mary Marcellina (Florence) Wappelhorst      Adorers of the Precious Blood
Sr. Mary Joachium (Felicitas) Wappelhorst Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph  
Sr. Mary Alicia (Martha) Blick Adorers of the Precious Blood
Sr. Mary Emma (Ida) Blick Adorers of the Precious Blood
Sr. Mary Benita (Sophia) Blick Adorers of the Precious Blood
Sr. Mary Ruth (Dorothy) Linnebur Sisters of The Sorrowful Mother
Sr. Mary Serena (Mary) Elsen Adorers of the Precious Blood
Sr. Mary Julitta (Pauline) Elsen Adorers of the Precious Blood
Sr. Mary Sylvia Gorges Adorers of the Precious Blood
Sr. Mary Evelyn Gorges Adorers of the Precious Blood
Sr. Mary Placid (Mary) Ewertz Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration
Sr. Mary Josephine (Dorothy) Ewertz Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration
Sr. Mary Marie Zoglman Adorers of the Precious Blood
Sr. Mary Annunciata (Agnes Marie) Spexarth Sisters of The Sorrowful Mother
Sr. Mary Generosa (Margaret) Spexarth Adorers of the Precious Blood
Sr. Mary Laeta (Mary Ann) Wetta Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary