The Diocese of Wichita is a Safe Haven Diocese
Announcement

Safe Haven Sunday will be observed on February 25-26, 2023

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Dear brothers and sisters,

The Internet and other technological advances have made pornography more accessible than ever before. This means that for many people, pornography is only seconds away anytime, anywhere. This, combined with Internet pornography’s affordability and anonymity has unleashed online sexual consumerism, supplied endless sexual novelty, and created an ethos of instant sexual gratification. As a result, pornography use, even among children, is more prevalent and normalized than at any time in human history.  

The Safe Haven Sunday initiative has allowed us to pass on to the faithful information that can be used to protect their homes and tips to have key conversations with young children. Because of Covid, we did not pass booklets for the last two years, but I'm happy to announce that Safe Haven Sunday will be back in 2023. We are going to run the third year of implementation for Safe Haven Sunday, during the first Sunday of Lent, weekend Masses on Feb 25-26. The theme for this year will be "Safety through Connection." We want to also continue to create awareness of the 7-day Safe Digital Challenge where anyone can TEXT "SECURE" TO 66866 and immediately have at their finger tips resources to assist them in setting up tools like Google Safe Search, YouTube Safety mode, iOS restrictions, etc to create a safe haven in the home.

The booklets will be available once again through the Office of Marriage and Family Life both in English and Spanish. Contact Jake Samour at [email protected] or call him at(316) 685-5240 and he will be glad to assist you.

We know that the use of pornography by anyone in the home deprives the home of its role as a safe haven and has negative effects throughout a family's life and across generations. It is my hope that the resources provided to you on Safe Haven Sunday will both encourage and teach all individuals and families dealing with the effects of pornography that loving support is available. It’s worth battling pornography for wholeness and purity for your home and the future of everyone in our diocese.

Faithfully in Christ,

Most Reverend Carl A. Kemme
Bishop of Wichita, Kansas

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Parents


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Faith-Based Email Challenges And Internet Safety Videos 

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Ministry Leaders


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Ministry Tools To Help All Move Beyond Pornography

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Men


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Healing from Addiction, Brain Science, And Accountability

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Women


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Healing from Personal and Spousal Addiction, Brain Science, And Accountability

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Clinical Therapists


Do you know of someone who is struggling with an addiction?

Jason Scheck, LSCSW, LCAC, CSAT

Address

The Therapy Center
6606 W Central
Wichita, KS 67212
United States

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Mark D. Glover, DMin, LCMFT, LCAC, CSAT, CPTT

Address

4290 N Monroe
Hutchinson, KS 67502
United States

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Katelyn Aguiar, LCP, CPTT

Peter Kleponis

Address

101 West Elm Street
Conshohocken, PA 19428
United States

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Catholic Therapist Group

Address

250 N Rock
Wichita, KS 67206
United States

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Cana Counseling

Address

437 N Topeka
Wichita, KS 67202
United States

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CatholicTherapists.com

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PO Box 1276
Huntington, NY 11743
United States

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Your Diocesan Contacts


Jake Samour

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Director, Marriage and Family Life
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Becky Knapp

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Program Coordinator, Natural Family Planning
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Sharon Witzell

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Program Coordinator, Senior Adult Ministries
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Nika Sykes

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Secretary
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Additional Links


Fight the New Drug
https://fightthenewdrug.org/
Internet Protection and Resources for Adults
https://www.lincolndiocese.org/internet-protection-pornography/home
Entertainment guide for safe viewing, gaming, and reading choices
https://www.pluggedin.com/
The Porn Effect
https://theporneffect.com/
Sexaholics Anonymous of Wichita, KS
http://www.sawichita.org/
RECLAiM God's Plan for Sexual Health
https://reclaimsexualhealth.com/
Integrity Restored
http://integrityrestored.com
The My House Initiative
https://www.archkck.org/myhouse
Center for Healing - My House Initiative
https://centerforhealingkc.com/myhouse/my-house-initiative
Dirty Girl Ministries - Support for Women
https://dgmcommunity.com/
Pure Freedom Ministries - For Women
https://dannahgresh.com/
Don't Fight It Alone
https://www.dontfightitalone.com/
Diocese of Lincoln - Freedom from Pornography & Internet Protection
https://www.lincolndiocese.org/internet-protection-pornography
National Center on Sexual Exploitation
https://endsexualexploitation.org/
Sexual Addiction Screening Test
https://www.recoveryzone.com/
Internet Accountability and Filtering
https://purehope.net/
Enough Is Enough: Making the Internet Safer for Children and Families
https://enough.org/
For those struggling with sexual and relational problems
https://desertstream.org/
For men and women who experience same-sex attraction
https://couragerc.org/
12 Steps & the Beatitudes with Fr. Sean Kilcawley
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtH79kJz4tVBsbtN2T5n1vA3s_Qh4ZMJ3