Bob Shelby, 54, will celebrate his first year as a Christian during Christmas. It’s hard, he said, to go into your first Christmas after prison. “I’m scared,” Shelby said. “I don’t know where I fit. I long for my family, but I’m happy because I have a new family, and this new family shows me more love than I’ve ever had.” Shellby spent 25 years in prison for indecent liberties and enticement of a child. He violated parole several times, going back to prison. (Video by Bo Rader / The Wichita Eagle)
1st Christmas as a Christian
Church asks for the return of stolen baby Jesus statue
He stopped a church shooting with his hymnal
Prayer vigil held outside of restaurant that burned
Lutherans imbibe and sing in celebration at River City Brewing Co.
Local pastor wins major gospel music award
Greek iconographer comes to Kansas
Beatification of Father Stanley Rother documentary trailer
Ten new priests ordained into Wichita Diocese
Holy Fire arrives in Kansas
Local pastor talks about exorcism service offered by his ministry
Local pastor says murder suspect sought an exorcism before decapitation
The baby Jesus statue was resting in a manger filled with hay when it was stolen from the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Wichita, and the church says this is why it can’t have nice things. (Video by Candi Bolden)
In 1988, Jerry Waddell stopped a church shooting by hurling a hymnal at the shooter who had already killed one and injured a number of others. Waddell chased down and body-slammed the shooter; others helped hold him down until police arrived. Today, he thinks churches need to take the possibility of violence seriously and is actively working to made his church more secure. (Video by Bo Rader / The Wichita Eagle) (November 27, 2017)
A prayer vigil was held outside of the restaurant Petra near 21st and Woodlawn on Friday. The restaurant was destroyed in a fire earlier this week and the words “Go Back” were found spray-painted behind the building. The owners of Petra are from Syria and Jordan. The cause of the fire still has not been determined. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)
Greek iconographer Theodoros Papadopoulos spent the week sharing his knowledge and talents through a workshop held at the Catholic Diocese of Wichita’s Spiritual Life Center. Those images are not decorations, he says. Rather, they are a way of “meeting with the divine.” (Video by Bo Rader / The Wichita Eagle)
Fr. Stanley Rother was officially recognized as a martyr in 2016 and will be beatified this September in Oklahoma City. He is the first American-born martyr and the first U.S. priest to be beatified. He is expected to eventually be declared a saint.
Ten seminarians were ordained as priests during a ceremony at the Church of the Magdalen on Saturday. Ten is an unusually high number and helps the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, which before Saturday had 96 priests for 114,000 parishioners.
Holy Fire said to be from Jesus’ tomb makes its way from Jerusalem to St. George Orthodox Christian Cathedral in Wichita. This is the first year that the fire is confirmed to have traveled from Jerusalem to the United States. (Video by Bo Rader / The Wichita Eagle)
Pastor Terry Fox of Summit Church says Rachael Hilyard sought out his services for a possible exorcism in the days before she was accused of beheading 63-year-old Micki Davis. Fox said he visited with Hilyard in her home to evaluate her claims of possession just a few days before the alleged crime occurred. (Video by Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)
Pastor Terry Fox of Summit Church talks about a part of his ministry that deals in the paranormal and offers exorcisms to individuals that he and his team determine are possessed and in need of help. (Video by Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)
Mark Ivicic creates intricate Ukrainian Easter eggs and describes the process of using a kistka to spread wax on the pysanka egg. Ivicic will show his eggs at the Bellefonte Art Museum. He creates the eggs in honor of his late aunt.
The Rev. Jackie Carter of the Table of Hope Metropolitan Community Church offered ashes and communion at the curbside of its church on South Kansas Avenue on Ash Wednesday over the noon hour. Nita Young received the ashes Wednesday from the passenger seat of her car since she wasn't able to negotiate the steps into the church. (Video by Bo Rader / The Wichita Eagle)