Archbishop Curtiss to celebrate 30 years
|ARCHBISHOP ELDEN FRANCIS CURTISS|
Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss celebrates the 30th anniversary of his Episcopal ordination on April 28.
This year also marks his 13th anniversary as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Omaha.
The archbishop said he is 'amazed" how quickly 13 years have gone by since he arrived in Omaha.
'These have been challenging years for me, but also very rewarding years," he said.
During his time in Omaha, Archbishop Curtiss presided over the Archdiocesan Eucharistic Congress on April 27, 2003 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. The Eucharistic Congress "“ the first in the area since 1930 "“ drew more than 5,000.
He also promulgated the 'Archdiocesan Synod 2004 "“ Called from Worship into Service" at the St. Benedict Center in Schuyler July 11-13, 2004. It was the fifth synod of the church of Northeast Nebraska and the first synod since Omaha became an archdiocese.
The synod was attended by more than 100 delegates, who made recommendations for future action by the archbishop in the following areas: leadership and collaborative ministry, liturgy and prayer life, faith formation, vocations, ministry to aging members, and outreach to people and inclusion in the mission of the church.
In addition to his duties as leader of the church in Northeast Nebraska, Archbishop Curtiss is chairman of the Board for the Catholic Mutual Insurance Group, headquartered in Omaha, and chairman of the Nebraska Catholic Conference. He also is a member of the Catholic Church Extension Society, located in Chicago; member of the Pontifical Council for the Family that meets in Rome; and a consultor for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Marriage and Family Life.
His Episcopal service began on April 28, 1976, when the former president/rector of Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon was ordained as the seventh Bishop of Helena, Montana. At 43 years of age, Bishop Curtiss was one of the youngest bishops to head a diocese in the United States. Seventeen years later, in 1993, he was transferred by Pope John Paul II to Omaha as archbishop.
Archbishop Curtiss said he plans to stay in Omaha after the pope accepts his resignation 'in a couple of years."
He said he 'really appreciates this archdiocese and its people," and he will be happy to serve here as long as the Lord allows him to do so.