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May 2009

Change comes from just people not just new laws

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, in a recent speech to the Economic Club of Washington, said the global economic crisis is unprecedented. No, it is not.

"Never before in modern times has so much of the world been simultaneously hit by a confluence of economic and financial turmoil such as we are now living through," Geithner said.

There is precedent for almost any event, a point often overlooked in an era when nostalgia begins where the last decade ends.

It has happened, but until communication made it known, it wasn't known.

Pope receives lesson in politics of interreligious dialogue

JERUSALEM - On his first day in Jerusalem, Pope Benedict XVI received a double lesson in the politics of interreligious dialogue. At the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial May 11, his graceful and at times poetic speech left some Jewish leaders dissatisfied because it failed to talk about the Nazi perpetrators and the church's own failings during World War II.

Graduates ready for a leap of faith

Dear graduate,

I know how you're feeling: light headed and faint hearted. You're trying to process the culmination of four long years that flew by, trying to smile pretty and keep it straight - left hand takes diploma, right hand shakes, tassel flips from right to left.

You've managed to master biochemistry and the sociology of the cafeteria, Professor Martin and two inexorable roommates, and yet, these simple instructions have you feeling crisscrossed.

Schools raise funds for Project Rachel

Seventeen schools raised $4,590 for Project Rachel through penny wars, dress down days, bake sales and Mass collections held during the school year.

The schools presented a check to Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss and Greg Schleppenbach, the Bishops' Pastoral Plan for Pro-life Activities state director. Schleppenbach oversees Project Rachel sponsored events.

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

Students gather for vocation awareness

Nearly 300 sixth grade students from 16 Catholic elementary schools in the rural archdiocese gathered at St. Benedict Center near Schuyler April 15-16 for Vocation Awareness Days.

Students and teachers listened to presentations from priests and members of the consecrated life communities.

Father Paul Hoesing, archdiocesan vocation director, told the students to stay close to God and pray daily to the Holy Spirit to discover their vocations in life.

Archdiocese to begin children's choir

The St. Cecilia Institute has announced plans for a new archdiocesan children's choir being organized this summer.

Choir members will sing for liturgies or at events in parishes around the archdiocese. Members also will sing at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha and for special archdiocesan events and concerts.

Auditions for the choir are open to children who will be in grades four through eight during the 2009-10 school year.

Gross graduate designs mosaic

Andrew Conzett, a 2005 graduate of Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School in Bellevue, designed and created a mosaic for a small church outside Rome during a spring semester study-abroad program through Iowa State University.

Conzett, a fourth-year architecture student, is one of 35 ISU students taking part in the program. As part of an extra credit project, students were asked to create a piece to leave behind for the community.

Omaha doctor receives honor

Dr. Thomas Hilgers, an obstetrician-gynecologist and founder and director of the Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha, was recognized by Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Fla., with the Honorary Degree, Doctor of Science May 9.

He also delivered the commencement address.

Catholics recognized at CU commencement

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Omaha District Council; Elizabeth Kish, head of school at Marian High School in Omaha; and Dr. Thomas Kelly, associate professor of systematic theology at Creighton University, will receive special recognition during Creighton's spring commencement ceremonies May 16 at Omaha's Qwest Center.

Kish will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters and the St. Vincent de Paul Society will receive a Presidential Medallion for helping the poor and marginalized in the Omaha area.

Intercessor of the Lamb to be ordained transitional deacon

Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss will ordain Brother John Michael Voithofer, a member of the Intercessors of the Lamb since 2005, a transitional deacon May 29.

The public is invited to attend the 7 p.m. ordination Mass and reception at Bellwether, home of the Intercessors of the Lamb, 4014 N. Post Road in Omaha.

The ministry of the transitional deacon is intended to give the seminarian parish experience as he prepares for ordination to the priesthood the following year.

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