Newman University, Via Christi Health and the Diocese of Wichita joined together to celebrate the achievements and career of Monsignor Robert Hemberger at a reception June 9 that drew a standing room only crowd. Hemberger is retiring after a 44-year career.
Newman hosted the event in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center. Attendees included members from the Newman community, Via Christi Health and the diocese, as well as members of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, Sisters of St. Joseph and Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother. The event included remarks by Jeff Korsmo, President & CEO of Via Christi Health, Inc.; Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D., President of Newman University; The Most Rev. Eugene Gerber, Bishop Emeritus, Diocese of Wichita; Helen Bergkamp, who helped establish the Marriage Encounter location in El Dorado, Kan.; Father Kent Hemberger, brother of Monsignor Hemberger and Pastor, St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, and Margaret Nugent, CSJ of the Congregation of St. Joseph.
Hemberger formally left the diocese June 10. He has moved to the St. Augustine, Fla. area.
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