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Archdiocese of Omaha honors four ACD members with awards

A longtime member of the Archbishop's Committee for Development (ACD) - Helen Clare Murphy - was among the honorees May 25 at the annual ACD Recognition Dinner.

Murphy was recognized by Archbishop George J. Lucas for her 25 years of service on ACD.

Archbishop Lucas also cited Dr. James McGill, Gerald Petersen and Fran Root for their service and contributions to the Archdiocese of Omaha. They all serve on the membership committee.

Over the years, Murphy and her husband, the late Joseph F. Murphy, supported Catholic education providing tuition assistance and scholarships to Creighton Preparatory High School, Madonna School, Mercy High School, Marian High School, and Roncalli Catholic High School, all in Omaha; Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School in Bellevue; and Mount Michael Benedictine High School in Elkhorn.

They also supported their parish, Christ the King in Omaha, and the archdiocese.

McGill, a member of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Omaha, is in his 12th year as an ACD member. A radiologist, he has been active in many medical and professional associations as well as at Creighton University and Creighton Preparatory High School.

McGill and his wife, Ann, are the parents of 13 children.

Petersen is in his 16th year as an ACD member and the chairman of the membership committee. He works on many Christians Encounter Christ weekends and is a member of Archdiocese Heritage Society. He's a supporter of KVSS and spent many years volunteering at St. Mary Church in Osmond. He is a 50-plus year member of the Catholic Order of Foresters.

A member of St. Patrick Parish in Battle Creek, Petersen was general manager and president of Petersen and Son, a hybrid seed business with three stores. He and his late wife are the parents of five children.

Root, a member of the ACD for 18 years, started the Institute for Career Advancement Needs (ICAN) in Omaha 30 years ago. She has been an active volunteer at Omaha's Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, Creighton Preparatory High School and Boys Town.

Root and her husband, Emmet, are members of St. Margaret Mary Parish and have four sons.

The ACD was established in 1972 and currently has 174 members. It provides leadership and expertise to the archbishop of Omaha on Catholic education, stewardship, estate planning, and development and finance.

Past award recipients attending the evening's celebration were Archbishop Emeritus Elden F. Curtiss, Richard Croker, Charlie Diers, Allen Dvorak, Bill Fitzgerald, James Moylan, Dennis O'Neal, Doug Quinn, Lyle Strom, Roman Uhing, and Jeff and Amy Schmid.

A record 150 people attended the event at the Omaha Country Club.

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