My recent trip to KC – images

Some of you might recall that I recently had an all too brief trip to Kanasas City, MO, to visit friends, see the sites, and attend a banquet to raise funds for seminarians.

Here are a few images of the trip.

First, the blognic.  My host had set up a time and place (well advertised in advance on this blog despite some sour grousing that got posted post factum).  I had brought my laptop to this coffee shop thinking I was going to be sitting alone for a while, but to my great surprise and pleasure, quite a few great folks dropped in and out during the period from about 8:30-11:30.  There was great conversation.

I had the good fortune to be able to attend Holy Mass in the older form at the ICK temporary location Our Lady of Sorrows. 

Our Lady of Sorrows is pretty much surrounded by the world headquarters of Hallmark (the greeting card company).  It was pointed out to me that, even though the founders of Hallmark were not Catholic, it may be that the logo of Hallmark, the famous crown, may have been inspired from the altar of this Catholic church.


Given the Hallmark connection and the fact that the 1962 Missale Romanum is used in this church, one might just quip:

"When you care enough to pray the very best!"

I had the chance to see some of the other churches in the KC area, including the Cathedral.  The thing that impressed me most about the Cathedral was this detail of its architecture.


"But Father!  But Father!" you could be thinking. "That’s not so impressive.  What’s so great about a confessional in a Catholic cathedral?"

Here is a detail.

The weekly bulletin listed Bishop Finn’s schedule for hearing confessions.  This impressed me enormously.

I met Bishop Finn during the visit and was as impressed by him in person as I have been through what he has written and what I have heard he has done in that diocese.

Moving on… I didn’t realize there were so many fountains and bronze statues in the city.  There is also the national WWI Memorial, which I would like to visit more at length on a future visit.


At last it was time to depart, but before I headed off to the airport, my kind hosts, who made sure we dined well while I was there, provided a little goodbye sip of wine, a stupendous 1993 Ridge Cabernet, of which very few barrels were made.  Yum.


The wine was definitely up to date, as were the other things I saw in KC.

Thanks to everyone for a wonderful weekend visit.

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  1. danphunter1 says:

    I am glad that you had a great time in KC.
    What a beautiful church and confessional.
    Just thought I’d let you know in case that was a Starbucks coffee parlor you were in : Starbucks financially supports Planned Parenthood.
    I was told this by Father Eautenauer of Human Life International.

  2. RBrown says:

    I am glad that you had a great time in KC.
    What a beautiful church and confessional.
    Just thought I’d let you know in case that was a Starbucks coffee parlor you were in : Starbucks financially supports Planned Parenthood.
    I was told this by Father Eautenauer of Human Life International.
    Comment by danphunter1

    If it was Starbucks, why does the sign say “Latteland”?

  3. thomas tucker says:

    Next, come to Austin, TX, please.

  4. KK says:

    It was not Starbucks but LatteLand – a locally owned chain of coffee shops. It should also be noted that Bishop Finn had those confessionals (2) made to replace the “Reconciliation Room” that existed in the cathedral prior to his elevation.

  5. danphunter1 says:

    I said, “in case it was Starbucks”, I saw no such sign that said “Latteland”.
    Maybe the photographs that I have to view on WDTPRS are different than your photos.
    Man, you are anal!
    Deo Gratias

  6. For pity’s sake! Starbucks is irrelevant to this entry and I will delete comments that mention it from this point on.

  7. Thomas: I am happy to accept concrete invitations when possible.

  8. danphunter1 says:

    Father Zuhlsdorf,
    I extend to you a concrete invitation from the Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina to come offer Holy Mass here during Lent and give a conference on penance.
    God bless you.

  9. dan: That is very kind. However, I think such an invitation should really come from the pastor of a parish… someone who really can make such an invitation.

  10. RBrown says:

    If you have the stone’s, speak like a man and do not hide behind jabber.
    May the sweet Lord protect you.
    Comment by danphunter1

    It’s very simple: When you say that I am anal, you are in fact describing yourself.

  11. Mark says:

    That is amazing news about the Bishop hearing Confessions. I wish there was more of that!

  12. I heard a good time was had by all! I am not grousing – but I am sorry I missed the “blognic.” Confessions went long and I wasn’t sure there would still be anybody there by the time I finished the morning Mass and drove down. I should like to visit with you next time you are in Kansas City. Better yet, perhaps, as a pastor, I should extend an invitation to you to preach and offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at my parish – in the extraordinary form, of course! Such concrete invitation will be extended in the future.

  13. Craig says:

    Glad you had a good time Fr. I hope you can come again soon, perhaps we can get you into a few more nifty places here in KC

  14. Craig: Yes, thanks. There are still some churches (and restaurants) to visit. I would also like to get up to Conception Abbey and perhaps to the Truman Library in nearby Independence, and other places too. Perhaps ICK could have me sing a Mass there next time.

  15. David Cheney says:

    Fr Z.

    If you do make it up to Conception, set aside some time to visit the Monastery in Clyde (a couple of miles from Conception). It is a very different style than Conception and utterly beautiful. It also has an extraordinary collection of relics on display.

  16. Austin Welsh MD says:

    It was an absolute delight to meet you, Father, and I look forward to seeing you again when you get into town. If you want a free trip to Fayetteville, Arkansas, to celebrate Holy Mass on St Joseph’s Day, March 15th this year, that can be arranged too. As I mentioned, we are having a little trouble getting priests of traditional congregations to celebrate on that rare but nontraditional date, and the Mass is to be in St Joseph’s Church, the first celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass after 15 years of petitioning. Everything is set up; permission of the diocese, schola, altar boys, materials, congregation, but no priest. Perhaps there is one among your readers who wouldn’t mind the trip?

  17. Different says:


    Are you in any of the photo’s???

    Does anyone who went have photo’s with Father?

    Just curious!

    Come and visit Chicago sometime.

  18. Fr, just a humble suggestion that the next time you come to KC you visit the Benedictines of Mary, and perhaps even take advantage of their Benedictine charism to offer hospitality (ie, room & board) to clerics.

    The fact that I will be entering this order, God-willing, on June 11th this year is, I admit, another motive for me to invite you to come sometime! :)

  19. Christopher says:


    I got my Picture taken with Father but it was only with my Camera phone. Its Decent Picture.

    Thanks for Asking!

  20. Margaret says:

    Father– how are things going in KC for Bishop Finn? I remember reading awhile back that he was “cleaning house” in the diocese. I’m sure it ruffled some feathers…

  21. Margaret: He seems to be doing very well.

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