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June 2008

Archbishop celebrates 50th jubilee

Our shepherd is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his priesthood.

To commemorate the golden jubilee of Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss, the Catholic Voice is publishing a 24-page special section in this issue. Included in the section is a letter of congratulations from Pope Benedict XVI, an extensive interview with the archbishop, stories highlighting his support of vocations, stewardship, Catholic schools and religious formation for people of all ages plus congratulatory messages from businesses and organizations.

Social justice ministry director bids farewell

There are many things yet to be said about the social mission of the Catholic Church and those things will need to be voiced by the many believers who are undaunted by changing times.

As we live further into our post-modern times with endless wounding, war, devastation, entitlement, selfishness, greed, and a secular heroism that lifts up athletes over teachers and nurses, we need our faithful voice to speak the truth to power.

Youth Steward of the Year shares time and talent

Carolann Marrero works for the Henry Doorly Zoo. She rotates between the zoo's three gift shops. Marrero, who describes herself as an upbeat and happy person, can relate to the toothy smiles children wear when they turn away from the checkout counter hugging one of the gift shop's many stuffed animals. She also can relate to the children who leave the gift shop empty handed with tears streaking down their cheeks. The 18-year-old knows what it's like to be heartbroken.

A Vatican view on finer points of global food crisis

As world leaders were meeting in Rome to work out a response to the global food crisis, the Vatican weighed in on two levels - morality and macroeconomics.

Pope Benedict XVI laid out the moral principles in a message June 3 to the World Food Security Summit, saying that hunger and malnutrition were unacceptable in a world that has sufficient levels of agricultural production and resources.

The pope said a chief cause of hunger was lack of solidarity with others, and he emphasized that protecting the right to life means helping to feed the hungry.

Faith lessons taught at Vacation Bible School in Verdigre

Vacation Bible School was held this month at St. Wenceslaus Church in Verdigre. The theme was "God's Big Backyard: Where Kids Have a Blast Serving Jesus." Along with creative snacks, crafts and singing, this year's school had three youth-oriented service projects. First, children packed a bag of personalized trail mix with which to "serve family." To "serve community," the youth and staff held a car wash (see above picture) and raised $150 for the Wildwood Acres Playground Fund.

Catholic schools fight abortion

Project Rachel has $3,453, thanks to the generosity of area Catholic high schools.

Representatives from 13 high schools presented a check to Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss and Greg Schleppenbach, state director of the Bishops' Pastoral Plan for Pro-life Activities. Schleppenbach oversees Project Rachel-sponsored activities.

Project Rachel is an outreach program that helps men and women who have been wounded spiritually and emotionally from the effects of abortion.

Freshmen given ALUM awards

Six freshman girls from Omaha's Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, Marian and Mercy were awarded $2,500 three-year renewable awards from Ann Louise Urzendowski Micek.

The ALUM Award, totaling $7,500 per girl, is given each year to two freshman girls from each of the all-girl, Catholic high schools in Omaha who practice their faith through service in their parish and school.

Jesuit ordained at St. John Church

More than 150 fellow Jesuits celebrated with Phillip T. Cooke, SJ, when he was ordained a priest June 6 at St. John Church on the Creighton University campus in Omaha.

Father Cooke's ordination was the high point of the annual gathering of the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus. Nearly 300 Jesuit priests and brothers and lay colleagues met at Creighton University for discussions, information and celebrations June 4-6.

The Most Rev. Terrence Prendergast, SJ, of the Archdiocese of Ottawa, Canada, was the ordaining prelate.

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