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February 2011

Creighton holds Founders Week

Creighton University in Omaha recently celebrated its founding in 1878 with several events honoring students, faculty and administrators.

Founders Week began Feb. 5 with 62 students and four honorary faculty members inducted into the international honor society, Alpha Sigma Nu.

The Founders Week Mass was held Feb. 6 at St. John Church and included presenting the 2011 St. Ignatius Award to Maryanne Rouse, professional ethics adviser in the College of Business, and Sue Selde, academic success coordinator for the School of Nursing.

Priests and musicians take up chanting

Father John Pietramale stood in front of about 100 priests, musicians and liturgists at St. Cecilia Institute Feb. 12, looked hard at the text and launched into the chant: "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."

"Not bad," said Marie Rubis Bauer, director of music for the archdiocese and organist at St. Cecilia Cathedral, before urging Father Pietramale to step away from the sheet music.

Father Pietramale, pastor at St. Pius X Parish in Omaha, stood straighter and looked out at the audience. The chant was fuller, more inviting.

Students at Skutt Catholic High School give Valentine's Day response to Evert's message

Students at V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha received a special Valentine's Day message when they arrived at school Feb. 14.

Earlier that morning, 25 members of the Pure Love/Skyhawks 4 Life club placed white rose fliers on the more than 700 lockers at the school. The flier read, "You're Worth Waiting For" - which is the group's slogan.

Knights councils reach families with Jason Evert appearances

After seeing packed houses greet Jason Evert's third visit to Omaha, Dan Bleyhl is convinced anew that a divine impulse led him and other members of the Knights of Columbus to first invite Evert to the area eight years ago.

More than 4,000 people Feb. 2-4 heard the popular Catholic Answers speaker implore young people to embrace God's plan for sexuality and relationships over the secular culture's permissive, promiscuous attitudes.

College of Saint Mary welcomes FOCUS

Two Catholic missionaries and the College of Saint Mary in Omaha may, at first glance, seem like an unexpected combination.

After all, the Catholic campus provides a faith-centered environment for its more than 1,000 students, faculty and staff. But members of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) say having missionaries from their organization on Catholic campuses is not unusual.

Katie Maguire, one of the two missionaries at the College of Saint Mary, said FOCUS operates on secular and Catholic campuses of all sizes.

Pro-life forces preparing for 40 Days for Life effort

Caroline Parys is committing her time and prayer this Lent to the pro-life cause during the 40 Days for Life, an international pro-life campaign running from March 9 to April 17.

Omaha's chapter of 40 Days for Life will join with Nebraskans United for Life to coordinate volunteers to pray every day outside an Omaha abortion clinic operated by Planned Parenthood, and an abortion clinic owned by Dr. LeRoy Carhart in Bellevue.

Creighton Jesuit priest to lead St. Louis seminary

A co-founder of the Institute for Priestly Formation (IPF) at Creighton University, will leave Omaha this summer to serve as rector and president of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis.

Jesuit Father John Horn, who has been on the IPF staff since it began, was appointed by Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis Feb. 9. His appointment is effective July 1.

Abbot Walsh to retire as president of Mount Michael

After eight years at the helm, Abbot Raphael Walsh will retire as president of Mount Michael Benedictine High School at the end of the school year.

But retirement doesn't mean students and faculty won't see Abbot Walsh around the all-boys school near Elkhorn.

"I intend to stay very much involved in the school in the sense that I want to work in public relations and development," Abbot Walsh said. "I want there to be a Benedictine presence. I love being a monk and a priest, and I want to serve that way as long as the Lord gives me good health."

Black Catholics celebrate faith

Small in numbers but solid in faith, parishioners at St. Benedict the Moor Parish in north Omaha have persevered for nearly 100 years - and they're still going strong.

The predominantly black parish in northeast Omaha holds to a minority faith within a minority population, which several parishioners said can be frustrating as they struggle to have their views heard.

But they continue to reach out to the broader neighborhood and the broader Catholic population in the Archdiocese of Omaha.

St. Peter Claver Cristo Rey High School cancels fundraiser; efforts redirected to tuition assistance

A Feb. 26 fundraiser for St. Peter Claver Cristo Rey High School has been cancelled and supporters are being asked to redirect donations toward a scholarship fund to help students enroll in one of eight Omaha-area Catholic high schools, officials with the Archdiocese of Omaha said.


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