Father’s Focus: Message From New Associate Pastor

We welcome Fr. Dan Duling to our Parish. Fr. Josh and I are very excited to have Fr. Duling as a third priest at SFA. Here is a message from Fr. Dan Duling:

Last October I had the privilege and honor of traveling with Bishop Kemme on Pilgrimage to Italy. Part of this pilgrimage included a trip to Assisi the birthplace of St. Francis. I can remember being there and walking the very place he walked, praying the places he prayed, but the highlight of the trip was seeing the very place St. Francis started the Franciscan order. While visiting there, I offered a special prayer for all the people of the parish of St. Francis Assisi in Wichita, I never dreamed I would be named the Parochial Vicar of the parish 8 months later. As in all things, God knew what he was doing when I remembered the people of St. Francis that day and that I would stop and pray for the people I would serve in my future. I am very much honored to be returning to the place I was baptized as a child, the place where my parents were married and the place where I began my journey in the faith.

After several years of working in high school ministry and the Bishop’s Office, I am very happy to be returning to parish life in which I have missed so much. I have been ordained for five years this May, served as Associate Pastor at St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita; Chaplain of Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School; Associate Director of Vocations; and will continue to serve as Priest Assistant to the Bishop and Diocesan Master of Ceremonies. I am a proud graduate of the Class of 2002 at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School.

I am very excited to be able to serve with Fr. Jarrod Lies who has a passion for the faith; I hope to learn a lot from him while serving you the people of the parish. Fr. Josh and I were in seminary at the same time and I am happy to be working with him and serving you the people of St. Francis. I have always heard great things about the parish and school of St. Francis but I am looking forward to getting to know both of them even better.

One of the highlights of my time in Assisi was offering Mass at the very tomb of St. Francis of Assisi with Bishop Kemme, my parents, grandmother, and some of my brother priests. I can remember offering Mass and asking God to give me the compassionate and pastoral heart of St. Francis. I hope that I am able in some way to be the caring and compassionate person that St. Francis was and in some small way lead you all closer to God. Please know of my prayers for all of you, and I look forward to beginning my new assignment. Please pray for me and all those priests who are in transition this time of the year.