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September 2006

Executive decisions from the archbishop

After consultation with the Priests' Personnel Board of the archdiocese, and in accord with canons 539, 547, 565 and the Pastor Tenure and Priest Assignment policy of the archdiocese, Archbishop Elden F. Curtiss has made the following appointments, effective Sept. 21, 2006, unless otherwise noted:

Rev. Gregory A. Baxter, pastor of St. Anthony's Parish, Omaha, is named administrator of St. Margaret Mary Parish, Omaha, with continued duties as Moderator of the Curia.

Christ the King surpasses campaign goal

Parishioners of Christ the King Church in Omaha have donated more than $6 million to the parish's capital campaign.

Of the nearly 1,000 active families in the parish, 750 have made pledges so far, said Father Steven Stillmunks, pastor.

The original campaign goal was $5.8 million, but as of Aug. 26, the last day of the first phase of the campaign, the parish had committed more than $6 million, he said. They have collected $1.5 million so far.

Archbishop addresses incorrect statistics

Incorrect statistics in the page one story in the Omaha World-Herald on Sunday, Sept. 3, (Archdiocese has faith it can fill ranks), prompted Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss to send a letter to priests with the correct number of priests and parishes in the Archdiocese of Omaha.

The World-Herald article noted that the archdiocese has 126 active priests and 138 parishes.

Are you just a consumer of services, or a good steward?

By Tim McNeil
Returning God's Gifts

            A college buddy of mine recently made a summer visit to Omaha. True to his previous sojourns, we lunched at a pastiche Old Market restaurant and reconvened that same evening at his parents' sprawling west Omaha home. The next morning, he was on a return flight to New York. It will be two years before I see him again.

We will never forget...five years after 9/11

            Editor: The following unsigned editorial appeared in the Aug. 31 issue of Catholic New York, newspaper of the Archdiocese of New York.

            No, we will never forget.

            Whether or not we suffered a personal loss, the nearly 3,000 people who died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, have touched us all. In this community, in the nation, they are as special to us as they are to those who knew them and loved them.

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