History

Construction of Resurrection

Church of the Resurrection Parish was formed in 1965 by Bishop Leo Byrne to serve the communities in northeast Sedgwick County, including Bel Aire, Kechi, Park City, and northeast Wichita. The church and rectory were built and dedicated in 1966. The church was designed with the plan to eventually convert it into a parish school. That dream became a reality when Resurrection Catholic School was established in the fall of 1992 offering kindergarten through second grade. As school planning proceeded, plans were also drawn up to build a new church so that the growing school could eventually utilize the existing church building. Groundbreaking for the new church was on Easter Sunday, the patronal feast of the parish, March 30, 1997. The new church was dedicated July 19, 1998. During the summer of 1998, the old church was remodeled to accommodate the expanding school.

The parish has grown from 55 families in 1965 to over 590 families in 2007, under the leadership of Fr. Thomas McGread, Fr. Robert Larson, Fr. Thomas Scaletty, Fr. George Kruzick, Fr. William Carr, Fr. Paul Coakley, Fr. Sherman A. Orr, Fr. Ken Schuckman, Fr. Sherman A. Orr, and currently Fr. James F. Weldon.

The list of priests as pastors of Church of the Resurrection

1965-68 Msgr. Thomas McGread
1968-76 Robert Larson
1976-85 Fr. Thomas Scaletty
1985-89 +Fr. George Kruzick
1989-95 Fr. William Carr, now Msgr. Carr
1995-98 Fr. Paul Coakley, now Archbishop Coakley
1998-2001 Fr. Sherman A. Orr
2001-07 Fr. Kenneth Schuckman
2007-2011 Fr. Sherman A. Orr
2011-present Fr. James F. Weldon