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October 2007

New statue blessed at Christ Child

Father John Pietramale blesses a statue of Jesus with the little children, while surrounded by children of the Christ Child Society Sept. 18. The statue was donated to the society in recognition of two staff members who have been with Christ Child for more than 20 years. Father Pietramale, pastor at Holy Trinity Parish in Hartington, has been the spiritual adviser of the society since it was opened 20 years ago.

Mayor Fahey visits Catholic grade school

Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey reads "D is for Democracy" to Julie Jones' third grade class at Assumption-Guadalupe School Oct. 3 as part of a special unit on government for social studies. The students learned about different aspects of running a city and a bit about the mayor, who grew up in a Catholic parish in Kansas City, has a sister who is a nun and a nephew who is a priest.

Creighton gets new athletic facility

Creighton University in Omaha broke ground Oct. 16 for a new athletics center on campus at the northeast corner of Webster Street and Florence Boulevard.

Made possible by donations from Wayne and Eileen Ryan and family, and Dave and Peggy Sokol, The Ryan Athletics Center and D.J. Sokol Arena, a 46,000-square-foot facility, will house a gymnasium seating 2,500-3,000, women's basketball and volleyball coaches' offices, locker rooms, ticket offices, athletic training and meeting rooms, media workrooms and much more.

MCS announces 2007-2008 honor band

Forty-eight students from 15 Catholic schools have been named to the 2007-2008 Music in Catholic Schools honor band. Catholic school students selected include:

Flute: Emily Pachunka, St. Stephen the Martyr; Ellen Juracek and Abby Berg, St. Margaret Mary; Shannon Schrader, St. Wenceslaus; Tess McFadden, Mary Our Queen; Brenna Rossi, St. Robert Bellarmine; and Mary Friedt, St. Patrick, Elkhorn.

Creighton's president honored by Press Club

Father John Schlegel, SJ, president of Creighton University in Omaha, was inducted as the 114th "Face on the Barroom Floor" by the Omaha Press Club Oct. 11.

Hundreds of friends, family, Creighton alumni, faculty, staff and students as well as Omaha community leaders were on hand for the roast of the Creighton president and the unveiling of the caricature, created by Jim Horan.

Parishes combine to host national speaker

Four parishes - St. Patrick in O'Neill, St. Ludger in Creighton, St. Wenceslaus in Verdigre and Holy Trinity in Hartington - have teamed up to bring Catholic speaker and radio talk host Tim Staples to the Archdiocese of Omaha Nov. 3 and 4.

Staples will speak on four different topics in four different locations. Nov. 3 he will talk on Catholics and the Culture of War at 9 a.m. in O'Neill; Black and White: Moral Clarity in a World of Grey at 3:30 p.m. in Creighton; and Catholic Answers and Common Objections I at 6 p.m. in Verdigre.

Representatives attend conference

Seven representatives from the Archdiocese of Omaha traveled to Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 21-23 for the 53rd annual National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) convention.

Father Rodney Adams, moderator of the Omaha urban council, and Helen Kunz, archdiocesan president, were joined by Mary Lee Konz, Mary Kerwin, Rosella Meuret, Mary Ann Ziccardi and Barbara Vaughn.

Faithful citizenship conference scheduled

The ninth annual Faithful Citizen Conference will be held Nov. 10 at St. James Parish Center, 4710 N. 90th St., in Omaha.

Sponsored by the Omaha Archdiocese's Social Ministry Commission, the 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. event will feature a keynote address by Daniel Misleh, executive director of the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change and formerly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' world peace and development department.

Misleh will speak on Catholic social teaching and environmental justice.

Sister Kriegler, 77, loved working as archbishop's secretary

Sister Dolores Kriegler, OSM, former principal at St. Pius X School in Omaha and secretary to the late Archbishop Daniel E. Sheehan, died Oct. 11 in Omaha after suffering a stroke. She was 77.

A funeral Mass was held Oct. 15 at Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel at the Servants of Mary Motherhouse in Omaha. Presiding at the Mass was Father Rodney Adams, pastor of St. Rose Church in Omaha - Sister Kriegler's family parish. Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss attended the funeral, as did many priests.

Burial took place at the convent cemetery.

Faith and helping others bring healing to family

Twenty-one years ago in May, Joseph and Margaret Benak and 11 of their 13 children were celebrating the graduation of their son and brother, Danny, from Creighton Prep High School in Omaha.

Danny hugged his mom after the convocation, stopped home to change clothes and then headed to a friend's party across town with another friend and classmate, Tom Brown.

The night of joy, however, turned tragic. At the intersection of 72nd and Maple streets, a drunk driver ran a red light, his vehicle slamming into the boys' car.


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