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May 2007

Omaha nuns help battle osteoporosis

By the end of the first eight-day session of the Omaha Nun Study in 1967, Sister Rosalina Wilkinson was sick of chocolate bars.

The Sister of Mercy had eaten one chocolate bar each day.

"I only picked the chocolate bar because it was on the list they gave me and I thought it sounded good," Sister Wilkinson told the Catholic Voice. "Boy was that a mistake."

in the next issue 5/18/07

St. Peter Claver Cristo Rey School: A spotlight on the new Omaha school opening in fall 2007.

Ordination preview: Biographical sketches of the six men to be ordained to the priesthood and transitional diaconate this summer.

Mercy High School Day of Discovery: The students of Mercy High School in Omaha spend a day discovering new things.

When does the church say the death penalty is acceptable?

The Nebraska Supreme Court rescinded Carey Dean Moore's death warrant May 2. His execution had been set for May 8.

The court delayed Moore's execution to study questions about the constitutionality of the electric chair.

The 49-year-old Omaha man was found guilty of killing two cab drivers in 1979. He was sentenced to die in the electric chair and has been on death row since 1980.

Moore's electrocution would have been the state's first execution since 1997.

Death penalty once again in spotlight

The case of Carey Dean Moore has capital punishment once again in the spotlight. He was scheduled to die in the electric chair May 8.

Moore - convicted of killing two cab drivers in 1979 - decided in recent weeks against any further appeals, but the Nebraska Supreme Court rescinded his death warrant May 2 to give the court time to study questions about the constitutionality of the electric chair.

Senior Spirituality

Mary Eileen Andreasen might be considered a little biased when it comes to senior citizens. She is, after all, coordinator for aging and disabilities ministry in the archdiocese's Family Life Office.

But she believes there is a special spiritual dynamic that emerges as a person ages.

"The tremendous value of age is to get to a different place spiritually," she said.

Family-teachers receive Spirit of Family Award

Two Girls and Boys Town of Omaha family-teaching couples - Rob and Jeannie Wright, and Scott and Tricia Carl - received the Spirit of Family Award April 24.

Presented during a program at the D.C. Centre, the award recognizes individuals who prove children live better lives when their families are strong.

A family teaching couple since 2001, the Wrights have two daughters and currently care for 10 boys.

Roncalli names alum of year

Sue (Griffith) White has been named the Roncalli Catholic High School Alum of the Year.

A 1977 graduate, White serves on committees for the school's major fundraisers including Festa del Leone, the golf tournament and High Tea. She also is an active member of the Booster Club and assists with Post Prom activities.

She is the mother of three children, all of whom either graduated from Roncalli Catholic or are currently attending.

Book published by Omaha principal

An Omaha educator has authored a book on the value of Catholic education.

Dr. Pam Schiffbauer, principal of St. Richard School in Omaha, wrote "The Catholic Elementary School Principal: Continuing the Tradition of Excellence in the 21st Century" and presented it April 12 at the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Convention in Baltimore, Md.

The book, which was published by the NCEA, discusses the role of the Catholic elementary school principal in spiritual formation, staff relations, community relations and major trends in Catholic schools.

Tour to begin at Omaha parish

Landmarks, Inc. will lead a one-mile walking tour of significant buildings in South Omaha May 12.

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Church, which was designed by Thomas Kimball and originally built as a cathedral in 1908.

Nancy Calinger will lead the tour and present an oral history of Little Italy, noting the more recent transformations including a new condominium development.

Other stops on the tour include Cornish Residence and Santa Lucia Hall.

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