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May 2007

Youth ministers are unsung heroes for sharing talents

I'm not a bowler. Nor am I a night owl. But I can be "owly." So what brought me to a bowling alley in northwest Omaha at midnight in such a sour mood? I was picking up my son from his youth group activity - cosmic bowling.

I can't intelligently describe cosmic bowling. It has something to do with bowling in the dark. The activity typically takes place late at night. I'm not certain, but I think the pins glow in the dark. Or maybe the lanes do. Or maybe it's the narrow cardboard-like shoes the bowlers wear.

Official schedule - May 18 through June 7

Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss' activities over the next three weeks:

May 18

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Confirmation, St. Peter Parish, Omaha.

May 20

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Confirmation, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Omaha.

May 21

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Shepherd's Corner, KVSS radio station.

May 22

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Office appointments.

May 23

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Outstanding Ministers' Recognition Ceremony, St. Patrick Church, Fremont.

May 24

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Schola board meeting.

Is religion a threat to democracy and freedom? Some secularists claim it is

This past Feb. 13, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago delivered a speech on democracy and secularism at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. He addressed some of the issues that are currently surfacing regarding religion in American life. He is concerned about aggressive secularism that is attempting to push religion out of the public forum in our country.

St. James/Seton honors Sister Miller

The technology center at St. James/Seton School in Omaha now bears the name of a former staff member known for her interest in technology, Sister Peggy Miller, OSM.

The Sister Peggy Miller Computer Lab was dedicated in a ceremony May 4 at the school.

Sister Miller taught technology at the school from 1985 to 2002, and during that time every room was wired for Internet, two mobile MAC ibook labs were added and an e-click program was started.

Prep teacher accepted to institute

Dave Powers, history department chairman at Creighton Prep High School in Omaha, is among 60 teachers from throughout the country who will travel to Washington, D.C., next month to attend the Supreme Court Summer Institute.

The institute, open to teachers who demonstrate outstanding ability in the field of law-related and civic education, is co-sponsored by Street Law, Inc. and the Supreme Court Historical Society.

It offers teachers the opportunity to study recent Supreme Court cases in detail and learn innovative teaching methodology.

Casual Day raises funds for ALS

Drake and Logan Vincentini, students at St. Bernadette School in Bellevue, lost their grandmother, Sandy Howard, to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig's Disease in 2005.

With their grandmother's memory in mind, the students rallied their classmates April 27 to help raise more than $400 to support the efforts of ALS in the Heartland.

The students raised the money by holding a casual day at the school.

ALS in the Heartland is an Omaha organization dedicated to helping patients, family members and caregivers who are affected by ALS.

Gates Millennium Scholar from Gross

Brittany Faulkner, a graduating senior at Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School in Bellevue, has been awarded a Gates Millennium Scholarship.

The renewable award will fully fund Faulkner's undergraduate career at the college or university of her choice. She will study psychology at Creighton University in the fall and plans to join the women's crew team.

The program was established in 1999 with a $1 billion grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Sister assigned to Tanzania

A missioning ceremony will be held Saturday, May 26, for Sister Rosann Ocken, OSB, who is assigned to Peramiho, Tanzania, for the next five years.

Held at Immaculata Monastery in Norfolk, the ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. and will feature Tanzanian cultural dancing and singing.

A reception after the ceremony will include a presentation about the mission and the works of the sisters there.

Sister Ocken has held many leadership positions in her order as well as in the Archdiocese of Omaha.

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