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June 2012

New Knights insurance agents

Ted Morrissey, a member of St. Patrick Parish in Elkhorn, and Joseph Kaup, a member of St. Joseph Parish in Atkinson, are the newest insurance agents for Knights of Columbus Insurance as it serves members across the archdiocese.

Morrissey will serve councils in Valley, Fort Calhoun, Blair, Elkhorn and Tekamah and at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. James parishes in Omaha.

Kaup will serve councils in O'Neill, Creighton, Spencer/Butte, Atkinson, Verdigre and Stuart.

Forester agents receive awards

The Catholic Order of Foresters recently awarded Kelly Mauer, a member of St. Paul Parish in Plainview, and Rich Oligmueller, a member of St. Michael Parish in South Sioux City, with its Richard Tobin Benevolence Award.

The national award, given to top-producing insurance agents, includes a $500 donation to an organization of the recipient's choice. Mauer donated the money to his parish's religious education program and Oligmueller gave his to St. Michael School.

Deacon receives St. Joseph award

St. Joseph Parish in Ponca recently awarded parishioners Deacon Kent Sachau and his wife, Christine, its St. Joseph the Worker Award for their service to the parish.

Deacon Sachau was ordained last month, and the Sachaus are involved in religious formation classes, parish council, Legion of Mary, Knights of Columbus and Altar Society. Christine also is an extraordinary minister of holy Communion.

Humphrey native marks golden jubilee

Franciscan Father Vernon Olmer, a native of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Humphrey, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination June 17 with an open house at the church.

Father Olmer serves as parochial vicar of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Teutopolis and St. Rose of Lima Parish in Montrose, both in Illinois.

His previous assignments include serving as parochial vicar, pastor, assistant novice master and religion teacher in Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Parishioner elected to national organization

Linda Stryker, director of religious education at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Omaha, recently was elected to serve a three-year term on the board of directors for the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL).

"I'm excited and humbled to be representing people who work for the church," said Stryker, who most recently served five years on the NCCL's Representative Council.

The NCCL, based in Washington, D.C., develops catechetical programs for Catholic youth and adults.

Omahan to national 'That Man Is You!'

A member of St. Stephen the Martyr Parish in Omaha has been named national director of missions for "That Man Is You!" a men's leadership program popular in parishes across the archdiocese.

Beau Iske, 48, will serve on the board of directors and work with regional leadership teams. He had been part of the regional team for Nebraska and Iowa and was appointed to his new post in May, when he attended the program's national retreat in Colorado.

Columbus youth in national choir

Morgan Semerad, a member of St. Bonaventure Parish in Columbus, is one of 35 students selected to perform in the 2012 National Catholic Youth Choir June 12-25. Sponsored by Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minn., the choir will perform in churches in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Marian building new art center

Marian High School in Omaha broke ground May 24 for its Mary Joy and Tal Anderson Performing Arts Center.

The $7.4 million center will include a theatre, dance studio, band room and gallery to display student artwork. It is scheduled to open for the 2013 school year.

The center is part of a $12.1 million campaign that thus far has raised $9.6 million in donations and pledges, including an undisclosed donation from Mary Joy and the late Tal Anderson of Omaha.

Walk-a-thon helps student

St. Margaret Mary School in Omaha raised more than $30,000 through its "Heart and Sole" walk-a-thon May 21 to help cover occupational therapy costs for Jack Moser, who will be a kindergartner at the school this fall.

Moser, a member of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Omaha, was born with a rare birth defect and until recently was fed through a feeding tube. He is learning how to eat without such assistance.

The school is still accepting donations at


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