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Brothers oversee rival schools

August 18, 2001

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— The brothers are Fathers, and now they're rivals, too.

The Rev. Eric Weldon, 35, and the Rev. Jim Weldon, 29, both priests of the Diocese of Wichita, have been assigned as chaplains to Wichita's two Catholic high schools Bishop Carroll and Kapaun Mount Carmel.

But don't try to extend the long and well-known rivalry pitting the two Catholic high schools to the priests.

"People are razzin' us about the rivalry," Father Eric says as he breezes through the Carroll gym on the way to his new office. "We're pretty tight."

The Weldon brothers hope that as the students go back to school 820 students at Kapaun on Friday and 950 at Carroll at the end of next week they get to know their cross-town peers better because of the sibling connection.

In their roles as directors of pastoral care at the high schools, the priests will teach religion classes and also celebrate Mass, hear confessions and be pastors to students and staff, reaching beyond the confines of administration as liaisons to a higher power.

And in their new roles, both priests see a chance to pontificate which, Father Eric explains, means to build bridges.

"I think it might be neat to trade classes," Father Jim says.

"And extend greetings to each other at sporting events, lead a prayer together," Father Eric says.

Students at both schools already take part in spiritual retreats together, and the brothers will be looking for ways to expand the mingling even more.

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