May 2017 Doctors return to “second home” in Africa, published in Today’s Catholic

By Samantha Stratton
Universal Chastity Education, USA Director

With two duffels of donated equipment in tow and the firm conviction that the tenants of the Catholic faith are intended to be applied in a very tangible way in a fallen world, Drs. Ken and Kim Dernovsek of Pueblo traveled the over 8,000 miles from home to their “second home” in East Africa during the month of March 2017.

The reason for their visit is profound. They are on a mission to preserve and improve the lives of millions surrounded by a culture of death that thrives on widespread HIV/AIDS. Since the inception of Universal Chastity Education (UCE) in 2004, they have co-operated with the Lord’s guidance and the desperate pleas of God-fearing Africans to teach minds, young and old alike, about the life-giving benefits of chastity, practicing abstinence before marriage and faithfulness thereafter, empowered by the strength of Christ.

This time, the call came from Uganda, to visit, update and support UCE teams working throughout the year in the Catholic Dioceses of Kasese and Masaka, the latter being where the first case of AIDS was recorded. Upon their arrival, the doctors were quickly reminded of the sheer number of souls – 2 million in Masaka Diocese alone – in need of so many things, from basic tangible necessities to the knowledge that sets man free. Educating students about how and why to avoid sex before marriage and to stay pure in their hearts enables the youth to find the power united with Christ to live healthy lives and become productive, successful members of society. Along with the many school outreaches in which they spoke, Drs. Kim and Ken met with two leading priests, three local bishops, and one retired cardinal who are all vocal supporters of the UCE message.

For example, retired Bishop Nkaijanabwo expressed fond memories of the changes his country has experienced during the course of his 82 years, from the visit of Pope Saint John Paul II to the Diocese of Kasese in rural northwest Uganda to the many blessings which UCE’s outreach teams have brought on the ground there. Back in Colorado, supported generously by the Catholic Foundation, UCE is also transforming lives with Biblical messages of seeking true love, hope in purity, including secondary virginity, during outreaches in Pueblo and Trinidad.

To join UCE in our goal of 400,000 chastity commitments in 2017, visit www.uceglobal.org, email us at contact@uceglobal.org or call (719) 248-8828 for more information. With each rural African outreach costing only $250 to conduct, we ask you or your parish to become part of this life-saving effort to apply the Christian faith, through chastity, in that best practice of abstinence until faithful marriage.

 

Successful Chastity Talks in southern Colorado! Published in Catholic blast April 2017

Universal Chastity Education (UCE), a ministry based in southern Colorado, conducted several

outreaches this past month here in our diocese and abroad with the mission of educating young

people about the importance of abstinence before marriage and fidelity after. During their

outreaches, staff and volunteers stress the very real risks of sexually transmitted diseases,

including HIV in Africa, while encouraging students to pursue God’s vibrant plan for their lives.

Since its inception in 2004, UCE has witnessed nearly 400,000 youth and married couples sign

chastity commitment cards according to their stage in life. With the aid of UCE sports clubs and

accountability follow-up programs, three of those known to the ministry have also chosen the

celibate life of a religious vocation. Pictured left is Dr. Ken Dernovsek leading a group in

scripture study at St. Pius X parish, with Fr. Matthew Wertin, on April 2. Pictured right is Fr. Carl

Wertin and Samantha Stratton singing a duet on the difference between worldly love and the

love only God can provide at a Frassati event on April 6 in Trinidad.

Universal Chastity Education (UCE), a ministry based in southern Colorado, conducted several

outreaches this past month here in our diocese and abroad with the mission of educating young

people about the importance of abstinence before marriage and fidelity after. During their

outreaches, staff and volunteers stress the very real risks of sexually transmitted diseases,

including HIV in Africa, while encouraging students to pursue God’s vibrant plan for their lives.

Since its inception in 2004, UCE has witnessed nearly 400,000 youth and married couples sign

chastity commitment cards according to their stage in life. With the aid of UCE sports clubs and

accountability follow-up programs, three of those known to the ministry have also chosen the

celibate life of a religious vocation. Pictured left is Dr. Ken Dernovsek leading a group in

scripture study at St. Pius X parish, with Fr. Matthew Wertin, on April 2. Pictured right is Fr. Carl

Wertin and Samantha Stratton singing a duet on the difference between worldly love and the

love only God can provide at a Frassati event on April 6 in Trinidad.

January 2016 First Things | Ministries of Life

December 2015 The Pueblo Chieftain | Abstinence a healthier choice than condoms

August 2015 UCE featured on EWTN with Dana Scallon

December 2014 Chastity education reducing teen pregnancy in Africa, US

December 2014 Decade of promoting chastity in Uganda bears fruit

November 2014 Official links chastity, reduced rate of HIV/AIDS

December 2013 African nations prove waiting pays off

November 2013 Radio show and podcast with Bishop Michael Sheridan

September 2013 Meet the UCE Executive Director

January 2013 UCE now offering youth chastity outreaches in Colorado

December 2012 Universal Chastity Education: Seventh annual World AIDS Day agape meal and all-night prayer vigil

September 2012 Universal Chastity Education: Second annual African-style braai

September 2011 Chastity programme (Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala on why UCE should be supported)

December 2011 Bishop Sheridan Presents: Universal Chastity Education (link to broadcast interview of co-founders on the history of UCE)

November 2011 A Christian response to the HIV pandemic

December 2010 Battling AIDS through chastity education

October 2010 Embrace Universal Chasity Education (Cardinal Wamala)

July 2010 Wait to have sex until marriage (Cardinal Wamala)

November 2008 A Race at Risk

December 2007 Easy as A-B-C