From left to right, the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City Bishop John Brungardt, Director of Development Mark W. Roth, and the Coronado Museum’s Executive Director Joanne Mansell stand and listen to Dorothy as she gives a tour of the museum. L&T photos/Victoria Calderon
By VICTORIA CALDERON
• Leader & Times
Sometimes, even the bishop just needs a day to get away and relax.
And relax is exactly what he and the rest of his staff from the Dodge City Catholic Diocese got to do. Bishop John Brungardt, who presides over the Catholic parishes in the Southwest Kansas regions, took his Chancery Staff to Liberal on Friday. The staff consisted of various directors and chairmen of the diocese in Dodge.
During their day trip, the Bishop’s staff were given the opportunity to tour Liberal. They had lunch and attended mass at St. Anthony’s Church, and then got to see the Mid America Air Museum, Baker Arts Center and the Coronado Museum.
On their visit to the Coronado Museum, the group was given special tours of Dorothy’s House and the Land of Oz as well as the museum.
“Everybody has been very hospitable, and we got a great sense of the culture and history of our area,” Brungardt said. “I’m not interested in going back east to the national cultural sites, I want to go right here in Liberal and see the great sites.”
The bishop’s staff takes a day off every year in June. They go on a day trip to a town in the area. Last year, they went to Larned.
“It’s just a way to relax and enjoy each other’s company after many months of hard work, so it’s a morale builder and a fun day for my staff,” he explained.
Not only did the staff get a chance to relax, but they learned a thing or two in Liberal.
“We learned how Liberal got its name,” the bishop said. “S.S. Rogers was very generous with his water. It works here in Liberal; everyone is very generous.”