pre-planning for your legacy

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Coordinated by the Office of Stewardship and Development.

The faithful of the archdiocese are invited to attend this FREE conference to hear six engaging and expert speakers on topics relevant to pre-planning for your legacy and preparing for end of life.

Learn valuable, spiritual and practical tools to finishing faithful at the end-of-life.

“Our lives are measured by time, in the course of which we change, grow old and, as with all living beings on earth, death seems like the normal end of life. That aspect of death lends urgency to our lives: remembering our mortality helps us to realize that we have only a limited time in which to bring our lives to fulfillment.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1007                 


8:30 – 9:00 AM: Check-in

8:45 AM – 9:15 am Check-in at St. Benedict’s School.

Light Continental Breakfast sponsored by Catholic Community Health and the Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas.


Receive your name tag and folder. Get door prize tickets. Visit resource tables.

9:00 AM:

  • Opening Prayer: Fr. Meinrad Miller 
  • Welcome and MC: Bill Maloney, Director of Stewardship and Development
  • Conference Introduction: Terri M. Lynn, Planned Giving – Office of Stewardship and Development, “What it means to finish faithful.”

SESSION 1: 9:00 am - 9:45 am: Fr. Meinrad Miller
Topic: "Suffering and Finishing faithful"

Father Miller joined the Benedictine Abbey in Atchison after his sophomore year at Benedictine College in 1985. He professed first vows as a monk July 11, 1986 and graduated from Benedictine College in 1989 with a degree in Religious Studies and a minor in music (voice) Father professed solemn vows July 11, 1989. He was first Director of Student Activities at Benedictine College 1989-1990. I was chaplain of the college from 1994-2001. Ordained as a Deacon June 11, 1993 and ordained as a priest June 4, 1994. He served as Subprior, vocation director, Choirmaster, Novice Master of the Abbey. Father is currently the Oblate Director of the Abbey amd Parochial Vicar of St. Benedict parish in Atchison, Kansas, State Chaplain of the Kansas Knights of Columbus, part time Chaplain at Valley Hope, and Theology Instructor at Benedictine College

Break on your own

SESSION 2: 9:45 am - 10:20 AM - Fr. Anthony Williams

"Knowing the Church's teaching on human life and eternal destiny allows us to approach end-of-life decisions with wisdom." (Catholic Guide of End of Life and Establishing Advance Healthcare Directives)

Fr. William's presentation will follow the guide. Fr. Williams is native of the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. He was baptized a Roman Catholic on October 20, 1974, at Korat Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand.

He attended St. Thomas Seminary College, Denver, CO, and received my Master of Arts Degree from the Catholic University of America, Washington DC. Father was ordained priest by Archbishop Strecker (May 26, 1983).

He served as a USAF military chaplain for ten years and served in Hospital Chaplain Ministry for seven and one-half years and was board certified. He was invited by Archbishop Naumann to join the Archdiocesan Ethics Advisory Council.

Father recently retired from full-time pastoral ministry at Sacred Heart in Ottawa and is assisting at Most Pure Heart of Mary in Topeka.

SESSION 3: 10:30 AM - 11:00 pm - Michael Podrebarac "Liturgy Options for Planning Your Funeral and Burial"

Michael will go over Church teaching on the types of Catholic burials and the funeral rite so you can plan how to be interred and make your plans part of your estate plans.

Mr. Michael Podrebarac has served in the Office for Liturgy and Sacramental Life since 1997. He grew up in Emporia and earned a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and a master’s degree in History from Emporia State University. He did post-graduate studies in musicology at the University of Kansas and in liturgical studies at St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN. He has served as an adjunct instructor for the Holy Family School of Faith and the St. Meinrad Seminary Deacon Formation Program, and has taught in various RCIA ministries throughout the Archdiocese.
Since 1990 he has served as music director for his home parish, Sacred Heart in Emporia, as well as for the Didde Catholic Campus Center at ESU, Holy Spirit in Overland Park, the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center at KU, St. Ann’s in Prairie Village, and presently serves at Christ the King in Topeka.

He and his wife, Karen, together have eight children.


SESSION 4: 11:00 am - 11:15 am - John caton
the Gift of life insurance

John Caton has served on the legacy society committee for St. Ann's parish in Prairie Village and St. Paul's in Olathe. He served on the Board for the Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas. In this session, he will go over ways to save taxes with a gift of life insurance. No products will be sold.

SESSION 5: 11:25 AM - NOON - Michelle Buzzard
when is hospice needed and why?

SESSION 6: NOON - 1:00 pm - Lunch Presentation
Catholic Cemeteries of Northeast Kansas

1:00 pm Conclusion: Bill Maloney, Director of the Office of Stewardship and Development will wrap-up and give away the door prizes.