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December 2006

Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart marks 125 years

For the past 125 years, Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart has been a prominent educational institution in Omaha, teaching thousands of young women academic excellence, commitment to Jesus, social responsibility and personal growth.

Now a college-preparatory high school for girls, Duchesne Academy was established in 1881 by the Society of the Sacred Heart and is one of 21 Sacred Heart schools in the United States.

More than 200 girls are enrolled at the academy and 66 students are enrolled in the preschool.

Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart marks 125 years

For the past 125 years, Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart has been a prominent educational institution in Omaha, teaching thousands of young women academic excellence, commitment to Jesus, social responsibility and personal growth.

Now a college-preparatory high school for girls, Duchesne Academy was established in 1881 by the Society of the Sacred Heart and is one of 21 Sacred Heart schools in the United States.

More than 200 girls are enrolled at the academy and 66 students are enrolled in the preschool.

Mercy students help Omaha's hungry

Students at Omaha's Mercy High School recently collected thousands of canned food items for hungry families in the area.

The 373 girls at the all-girls school collected more than 8,800 cans of food. All the food was given to Operation Others, a charity project involving Catholic schools in Omaha. The food is distributed to needy families the week before Christmas.

Mercy's student council sponsored the contest to see which class could tally the most canned corn and green beans - the most needed vegetables for Christmas meals.

Retired priest gets hole in one

Msgr. Tom Furlong, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Omaha in residence at St. Matthew the Evangelist Parish in Bellevue, got a hole in one Nov. 20 while golfing at Benson Park in Omaha.

It was the third hole in one for the priest, who was with his brother, Jerry Furlong, and friends, Jim Lastovica and Fred Pisasale, when he shot the 132-yard hole in one.

In order for a priest to get a hole in one, several factors must be in place, Msgr. Furlong said.

Top volunteers recognized for assistance at refuge

Girls and Boys Town Family Teachers Chris and Carolyn Haack and the boys in their home were recently recognized for their volunteer work by The DeSoto Wildlife Refuge as the Girls and Boys Town Volunteer House of the Year.

The family was presented with a traveling trophy at a recent ceremony for their 55 hours of volunteer work at the refuge.

During their volunteer efforts, the Haack family worked to clear two acres of brush overtaking native habitats and picked up litter.

Documentary features leadership of Creightons

The television premiere of "The Creightons: Building the Dream," a documentary showcasing the lives of the Creighton family, is scheduled for 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Dec. 4 on NET1 and NET-HD.

Produced by NET Television, the documentary follows the lives of the famous Nebraska entrepreneurs, philanthropists and leaders, and their role in the development of Omaha and other points west.

Hibernian Order elects new officers

The Father Edward Flanagan Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians of North America elected new officers to serve 2006-2007 terms. They are John Farnan, president; Keith McCormick, vice president; Tom Lynch, recording secretary; Terry Devlin, financial secretary; Bill Gaughan, treasurer; Jamie Dugdale, standing chairman; Sean Murphy, sentinel; and Mike Addy, marshal.

Christmas at Cathedral concert set for Dec. 1-2

The Omaha Symphonic Chorus and the Omaha Symphonic Orchestra will return to St. Cecilia Cathedral Dec. 1 and 2 at 8 p.m. for the 11th annual Christmas at the Cathedral.

Under the direction of Dr. Greg Zielke, artistic director and conductor of the Omaha Symphonic Chorus, the chorus will feature two movements from "Ode to St. Cecilia's Day" by G.F. Handel in honor of St. Cecilia Cathedral's 100th anniversary.

Other selections include "Joy to the World," "For Unto Us" and "O Holy Night & Silent Night."

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