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May 2012

Priest trading cards now available

The second edition of St. John Vianney Priesthood trading cards is now available at participating bookstores.

The cards feature photos and facts about 148 archdiocesan priests, including Archbishop George J. Lucas and Archbishop Emeritus Elden Francis Curtiss.

Cards can be purchased at Tooley's Pharmacy in Columbus and Adoremus Books, the Cosgrave Co. and Gloria Deo, all in Omaha. The cards also can be ordered by emailing

Abbot Walsh to mark 60 years as priest

Abbot Raphael Walsh, the first abbot of Mount Michael Benedictine Abbey near Elkhorn, will mark the 60th anniversary of his ordination May 30.

A celebration is set for Thanksgiving Day, when the monks at Mount Michael traditionally observe the jubilees of ordination to the priesthood or monastic profession.

Ordained in 1952, Abbot Walsh came to Mount Michael in 1963 as prior, and a year later became the first abbot when the monastery was upgraded to an abbey. He served in that capacity for 25 years - from 1964 until he retired as abbot in 1989.

Schools raise money for Project Rachel

Thirteen Catholic high schools in the archdiocese used bake sales, dress-down days, school Mass collections and other fundraising to raise $4,235 for Project Rachel, an outreach program for men and women who have been wounded spiritually and emotionally from the effects of abortion.

Archbishop George J. Lucas and Greg Schleppenbach, who oversees Project Rachel-sponsored projects as state director of the Bishops' Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities, recently were presented with the checks.

'Panther Prowl' raises money for OLL

Kindergartners through eighth-graders at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Omaha recently raised $3,335 for the school during a "Panther Pride Prowl."

Students collected pledges in the weeks leading up to the event, which took place May 11. During the "Prowl," students and staff spent an hour walking, jogging or playing at the school's playground.

Archdiocese encourages full participation in school survey

A new, broad look at Catholic schools in the archdiocese will be enhanced by the participation of all parishioners in an online survey, said Tim McNeil, chancellor.

The goal is to develop a vision for Catholic education for the next 10 to 20 years, and the survey seeks opinions about the strengths and weaknesses, challenges and priorities of Catholic schools.

The consulting firm studying dozens of elementary schools and parishes in eastern Omaha, Wisconsin-based Meitler Consultants, is conducting the survey.

Creighton Prep places second

Members of the academic decathlon team at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha won second place in their division April 28 at the National Academic Decathlon competition in Albuquerque, N.M.

Senior Nathan DeMaria took first place with a perfect score in the science category and won a $4,000 national scholarship. Senior Michael Tritz was third in a writing competition for his essay on global imperialism. Each student competes in multiple categories, and senior Mitchell Kilborn was an overall top scorer for the team.


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