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April 2008

CAMERON-Russell M.

CAMERON-Russell M., 80. Funeral April 4 at St. Philip Neri Church. Inurnment April 5 at St. Mary Cemetery, Mapleton, Iowa. Preceded in death by parents, Lyle and Marie Cameron; wife, Maisel; step-son, Gary Clausen; brothers, Jerome and Earl; sister, Dorothy. Survived by son and daughter-in-law, Kent and Kristie Cameron; friend; two granddaughters; step-children and spouses, Tom Richardson, Jerry and Ann Richardson, and Janet and Bernie Maslowsky; brothers and spouses, Clarence and Evelyn Cameron, Charlie and Norma Cameron, and Carol and Harry Mindrup; 12 step-grandchildren.

Calligraphy brings beauty to written word

To hear Abbot Theodore Wolff talk about calligraphy is similar to listening to a sommelier talk about fine wine. He points out the varying thicknesses of the letters such as h, a, g and b.

"The art comes from the thick and thin, but the hand doesn't always want to do that," he said. "That's the discipline of it, and that's where the practice comes in."

Calligraphy is one of his passions. He learned the art as a jun-ior at Conception College back in the 1940s when he sat beside the late Father Norbert.

Calligraphy brings beauty to written word

To hear Abbot Theodore Wolff talk about calligraphy is similar to listening to a sommelier talk about fine wine. He points out the varying thicknesses of the letters such as h, a, g and b.

"The art comes from the thick and thin, but the hand doesn't always want to do that," he said. "That's the discipline of it, and that's where the practice comes in."

Calligraphy is one of his passions. He learned the art as a jun-ior at Conception College back in the 1940s when he sat beside the late Father Norbert.

'Best volunteer in the world' works in West Omaha

On any given day, those driving by St. Vincent de Paul Church in Omaha might notice a man moving mulch, pulling weeds or just picking up trash.

As often as not, that man is likely to be Jack McDermott, patrolling the grounds of his parish with the gait of a man easily 20 years his junior.

"He is absolutely the best volunteer in the world," said Bob McClellan, director of operations at St. Vincent de Paul. "He's a guy who sees what has to be done and does it like it's his own house - as it is. It really belongs to all the parishioners."

NASA engineer brings theories to life at former grade school

It's not every day one gets to speak to an astronaut or have a "rocket scientist" demonstrate scientific theories, but that's what students at Holy Family School in Lindsay were able to do.

Terry Nienaber, a 1992 graduate of Holy Family School, spent March 28 with the students at his former school. During his visit, he explained his job as a NASA engineer.

Catholic Rural Life Conference gets new director

DES MOINES, Iowa - Bishop Ronald Gilmore, president of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference (NCRLC), named James F. Ennis, executive director of the non-profit organization.

"We look forward to Jim Ennis' professional experience, business skills and faith experience to help NCRLC apply the teachings of Jesus Christ for the social and economic development of rural America," said Bishop Gilmore of the Diocese of Dodge City, Kan.

Ennis is currently director for Food Alliance Midwest, a St. Paul, Minnesota-based affiliate of the national Food Alliance.

Summer programs set at youth camp

Young campers...get ready to sign up to experience faith, friends and fun this summer at the Elden F. Curtiss Youth Camp and Retreat Center.

Starting in June, three camps will be offered - Camp Drexel, Camp Spiritus and SWAT (Spirituality, Worship, Adventure, Teamwork) - for students in fifth through 12th grade.

'Growing the Faith Among African Americans' planned

Members of the National Black Catholic Congress of the Archdiocese of Omaha have scheduled a workshop "Growing the Faith Among African Americans" Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jesuit Middle School in Omaha.

Father John T. Judie, a priest from the Archdiocese of Louisville, Ky., will be the guest speaker. An expert on evangelization among African Americans, Father Judie's talk will look at the early history of the Catholic Church in Africa and at how people of African descent have much to offer the church.

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