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GARDEN PLAIN-Bergkamp, Brian Age 24, died July 9 2016. He was born January 13, 1992 in Wichita, KS, to Ned and Teresa (Weber) Bergkamp. Brian was a Catholic Seminarian for the Diocese of Wichita. He is survived by his parents, Ned and Teresa; 3 brothers, Deacon Andrew, John, and Peter; 3 sisters, Sarah, Amy, and Janelle; grandfather, Norbert Bergkamp; and brother seminarians. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joseph and Frances Weber, and Celestine Bergkamp. A Memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita, KS. A Memorial has been established in a Seminary Burse in Brian's memory with the Diocese of Wichita, KS. Wulf-Ast Mortuary Garden Plain, KS.

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Published in Wichita Eagle on Jul. 17, 2016.
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July 12, 2017
According to Pope Francis' new criteria for Sainthood, yes! Brian a martyr for heroic charity! Intercede for for dear brother, from your place with Gid!
Fr. Tim, o.oraem
Fr. Tim Shillcox
June 19, 2017
I did not know Brian, but saw the article about the Carnegie Hero Medal. My brother, Dale Wittich, was awarded the Carnegie Hero medal 44 years ago when he did at age 21 in an oil field accident trying to save his fellow co-workers. I just inherited his medal from my mother when she passed last year.

What a great loss, but what an honor for you. We also had a replica of the medal attached to Dale's tombstone. pic attached.

So sorry for your loss.
Darryl Wittich
October 3, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss May God bless and comfort you and your wonderful family.Brian is a very special person of God.He is home now. May he rest in peace.
Hugs and love to all .
peggy langeslay
September 2, 2016
Dear Sarah, May God bless you and your family during this most sad time in you and your family's life. I wish I could see you to give you a big hug, and tell you how very sorry I am to see that you have lost your brother. He is one of God's hero's.
Your friend from Lawrence Memorial,
Rita Lindsey, RN
Rita Lindsey
August 4, 2016
Brother Brian Rest in Peace.
Peter Roshan
August 3, 2016
We do not know Brian or any of his family. But, have been extremely touched, awed and humbled by this story....an incredible young man and family.

All of you remain in our prayers. May God continue to strengthen and heal each of you.

Colleen & Tom Dondlinger
August 3, 2016
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Bergkamp family. May the Lord console you in your heartache. May He also guide you to rejoicing.
August 1, 2016
Ned and Teresa, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Nancy Bereman (Mason)
July 29, 2016
I did not know Brian but have followed his story. I will pray for your family and for the soul of Brian. What a beautiful act of love and charity, an example of how to live for all of us. It sounds as though his life was lived in a way that demonstrated this love daily. In this time of sorrow, may your family find peace in knowing Brian rests in the arms of his Lord.
New Mexico, USA
July 24, 2016
I worked with Brian at the Lord's Diner Tuesday before the accident. I enjoyed him so much. He was so kind and helpful. May he rest in peace. God bless his family also. You are all in my prayers.
Judy Lashley
July 21, 2016
My prayers continue for the Bergamps. Through His resurrection He makes all things new.

God Bless you Brian and thank you for your life.
Rachel Rogers
July 19, 2016
During a period of such upheaval and uncertainly in our earthly world this young man reminds us all of the sacrifice of a devoted and loving Christian. May God bless and comfort his family and friends in the days to follow.
Susan Ballow
July 19, 2016
I met Brian just one month ago while volunteering for the Lord's Diner. I was so blessed to have worked with him for that short time, and shocked when I learned of his passing. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends - he will truly be missed. Be assured of my prayers for all of you.
Christi Weber
July 19, 2016
What friend he was I was not blessed to have known him. God Bless you.
Camie Carney
July 19, 2016
I pray that his family will understand in the coming days, that this was part of God's plan. He died so young, as did Christ. In the supreme act of sacrifice, as did Christ. And yet, his sacrifice will resonate, like an ocean without a shore - as did Christ's.
Tom
July 19, 2016
May The Immaculate Heart of Mary enwrap you with Her Motherly love. Thank you for your immense witness to God's love.
Gianpaolo Mosconi
July 18, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with Brian and his family during this time of loss. Brian was a model seminarian at Conception Seminary and I greatly enjoyed working with him during his time at Conception.
Skip Shear
Conception Seminary College
July 18, 2016
You will be missed very much. You were always a joy to work with. Our prayers are with your family.
The Kitchen at Conception Abbey
July 18, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bergkamp family during your time of sorrow and loss. Brian's life example and sacrifice has been an inspiration and model to many. He has given many pause for reflection.
Mark Dold
July 18, 2016
It is difficult to understand such an accident. I can only assure you of my prayers and sympathy. Brian was such a good person and will be missed by many
Fr. Kenneth Reichert, OSB
July 18, 2016
Brian died in an heroic act of charity. This act would remove any sins on his soul, and admit him immediately into heaven. Surely Brian will continue his ministry in concern for the diocese of Wichita, Conception abbey and Seminary, and the Church!
Fr. Richard J. Cleary, O.S.B.
July 18, 2016
May the Lord welcome you into his kingdom and my prayers to the family. Blessings.
In Christ,
FR Andres Moreno
Presentation Parish
Lees Summit MO
July 18, 2016

Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord
and let perpetual light shine upon him.

May he rest in peace. Amen.

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Amen.

My deepest sympathy to friends and family.
Marianne
July 17, 2016
May his perpetual light shine upon you
July 17, 2016
His body, not yet recovered, our prayers for Brian and for his family.
Ahead of his priestly ordination, he offered Christ's Sacrifice in himself.
A 'First Mass' of epic proportions!
May his example not be lost on any one of us!
Thank you young brother!
Rememebring you warmly from the Lenten Retreat at CSC in 2010.
God be good to you forever!
Fr. Tim, o.praem
Fr. Tim Shillcox
July 17, 2016
Always faithful and full of joy. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Kenneth Lauer
July 17, 2016
My sincere condolences. May the God of all comfort give you the strength to cope. Psalm 145:18.
N S
July 17, 2016
My heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Brian's family. Wishing you God's comfort and peace.
Patty Lane
July 17, 2016
RIP Father Bergkamp, may your family be at peace with our heavenly Father. Prayers are with you always.
Connie Force
July 17, 2016
May the blessing of Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, come upon his immortal soul, and remain forever. Amen.
Mike and Marilyn Keating
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