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March 2008

Pope will find that NYC is still full of immigrants

NEW YORK - On Super Bowl Sunday, most of Transfiguration Church in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn had an answer for Father Tony Hernandez when he asked where they'd be for kickoff.

The New York Giants were playing the New England Patriots in a matter of hours, and Transfiguration's congregants, many of them from Latin America, were not missing the big game.

Catholic radio to expand broadcast reach

Spirit 88.9 FM - KVSS, Omaha's Catholic radio station, announced plans to increase the broadcast reach from 662,000 to nearly 1.2 million people.

"We're elated about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity which will provide in-home reception not only throughout Omaha, but will include all of Lincoln and surrounding areas as well," said Jim Carroll, KVSS executive director.

KVSS will be partnering with Kolbe Media, a lay-run group from Lincoln. Kolbe Media announced plans to launch a Catholic radio station last year.

Columbus students win spelling contest

Carly Cremers and Blake Schroeder, two students at St. Anthony School in Columbus, placed first and second at the Platte County Spelling Contest Feb. 23.

The spelling contest was sponsored by The Columbus Telegraph and the Platte County Board of Supervisors.

Cremers is the daughter of Jim and Marlene Cremers, and Schroeder is the son of Kim and Kelly Schroeder.

Omaha school to honor archbishop

Roncalli Catholic High School in Omaha will honor Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss April 12 at the 19th annual Festa del Leone dinner and auction.

Archbishop Curtiss will be recognized with the Pope John XXIII Award, which is given annually to an individual who exhibits dedication to Catholic education and to the mission, values and program of Roncalli.

A benefit for the students and the tuition assistance program, the event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour and silent auction, followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m.

100 cans for 100 school days

To mark the 100th day of school this year, students at St. Cecilia School in Omaha recently brought in 100 cans of food to be donated to the Cathedral's St. Vincent de Paul parish pantry and the Sienna/Francis House.

The project was started by the kindergarten and eighth grade class, but spread to the entire school.

Msgr. Kerwin to receive award

The Institute for Priestly Formation will recognize Msgr. Eugene Kerwin March 29 with its 2008 John Paul II Priesthood Award.

"Msgr. Kerwin, founding pastor of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, will be honored for his many years of exemplary service," said Father Richard Gabuzda, national executive director of IPF.

Msgr. Kerwin will receive the award at IPF's annual Celebration of Priesthood Dinner at the Mainelli Center of St. Robert Bellarmine Church in Omaha.

Pfeifer Agency is sales leader

The Pfeifer Agency - Nebraska Knights of Columbus Insurance Agency - topped the 133 agencies in the United States and Canada in long-term care insurance sales for 2007.

Last year was the sixth in a row the agency was the sales leader in that category.

Kevin Pfeifer, general agent, received the honor on behalf of the 23 agents who serve Knights of Columbus families in Nebraska.

The Pfeifer Agency also finished the 2007 year ranked 10th nationally for life insurance sales.

Notre Dame fundraiser planned for March 30

The 2008 Notre Dame Sisters development dinner - Celebration of Spirit: Hope for All Seasons - will be held March 30 at Roncalli Catholic High School in Omaha.

The 4 p.m. event will include a social hour, silent auction and raffle, followed by dinner.

The Mother Qualberta Krivanec Service Award will be presented to Randall Korth.

Tickets are $75 and can be obtained by calling the Notre Dame development office at 455-2994.

Volleyball coach to headline banquet

John Cook, University of Nebraska head volleyball coach, will be the keynote speaker at the 41st annual Boys Town booster banquet May 1.

Cook, a two-time national coach of the year, has led the Nebraska volleyball team to two national titles. The Huskers captured their national titles in 2000 and 2006.

In eight seasons with Cook at the helm, the volleyball team has a record of 250-16, won seven Big 12 titles and produced 22 All-Americans and 10 academic All-Americans.

CU to host town hall meeting on health care

Creighton University School of Law will hold a town hall meeting on health care March 22 at the law school on Creighton's campus.

Law students are researching past and current legislation in order to find solutions to today's problems, and would like real life input from the public.

The students are interested in proposing legislation that will make a difference.

For more information, contact Shad Beavers at (719) 205-5207.


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