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September 2012

Mount Michael teacher honored

A 22-year veteran and recently retired journalism teacher at Mount Michael Benedictine High School near Elkhorn has been honored by the Journalism Education Association (JEA) with a lifetime achievement award.

Sharleen K. Ball will be honored at the fall JEA/National Scholastic Press Association National High School Journalism Convention in San Antonio Nov. 15-18.

Institute's training expands to Poland

Last month, Omaha-based Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction took its education programs outside of the United States.

From Sept. 8 to 15, 100 doctors and natural family planning (NFP) teachers from 11 countries gathered in Poland to learn the Creighton Model FertilityCare System form of NFP and NaProTechnology, a women's health science, both created by the institute.

It was one of two educational sessions the institute holds each year for national and international students.

Seminarians attend Boys Town program

Nine seminarians from around the world worked this summer in the Boys Town Summer Youth Supervisor Program to learn Boys Town's childcare teaching model.

The men, on campus from May 15 through Aug. 15, were from Poland, Uganda, Myanmar, Columbia and the Philippines. They attend seminaries in Illinois, Minnesota, New York and Ohio.

"Our founder, Father Flanagan, wanted to extend his heart and hands to children across the world. This is one way we can do that," said Father Steven Boes, executive director of Boys Town.

Nature's Beauty

This Marian grotto, with its flowers, plants and trees, is among the gardens and other natural attractions at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Omaha that recently earned the campus designation as an accredited arboretum. It is the first church in the state and one of four such sites in Omaha to receive the designation from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. The engagement, generosity and stewardship of St. Robert parishioners made the award possible, said Mary Buttell, director of stewardship and development at the parish.

Seven themes in Catholic moral teaching help form consciences and guide voting

To fulfill our responsibility to teach Catholic principles and to assist Catholics in the formation of a good conscience, the bishops of the United States have published a document titled "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship." This document is not meant to be a voter's guide, listing individual candidates and their position on issues. Our Catholic teaching is rich and covers a range of issues that must always be important to us.

Official Schedule

Archbishop George J. Lucas' scheduled activities:

Sept. 21-23
» Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre annual meeting, Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.

Sept. 25
» Jesus Light Our Way steering committee reception, Omaha.

Sept. 26
» Priest Council presentation, St. Patrick Church, Fremont.
» Confirmation, St. Joseph Parish, Pierce, St. Peter Parish, Stanton, and St. Paul Parish, Plainview, at Pierce.

Sept. 27
» Fall teachers conference, Omaha.

Sept. 28

NANFITO-Bernice T.

NANFITO-Bernice T., 90. Funeral Mass Sept. 20 at St. Joseph Church. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Sam; parents, Stephan and Mary Biga. Survived by son and daughter-in-law, Sam and Patricia Nanfito; daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Jack Gewinner, and Liz and Phil Schlueter; 10 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Antony.

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VERGATA-Sam J.

VERGATA-Sam J.,83. Funeral Mass Sept. 20 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Interment Holy Sepulchre. Preceded in death by father and mother, John and Angeline; wife, Joan; daughter, Pamela; sister, Mary Monico. Survived by wife, Connie Mich-Vergata; daughters and sons-in-law, Roxanne Vergata and Mike Garza, Diane and Wayne Redmond, and Johna Dueling; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Frank A. Vergata; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the family.

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COPENHAVER-Mark K.

COPENHAVER-Mark K., 91. Funeral Mass Sept. 20 at St. Margaret Mary Church. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Survived by wife, Theresa Copenhaver; son and daughter-in-law, David and Karen Copenhaver; daughter, Susan Copenhaver; five grandchildren; great-grandson; sister, Juanita Simpson; nieces; nephews.

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RAHE-Blake A.

RAHE-Blake A., Infant. Visitation 6 p.m., Sept. 21 at the funeral home. Visitation 10 a.m., funeral Mass 11 a.m., both Sept. 22 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Interment Walnut Hill Cemetery, Council Bluffs, Iowa. Survived by parents, Alexander C. and Melissa A. Rahe; grandparents, Sheila Weatherford, Terry Weatherford, Debbi Rahe, and Paul and Kimberly Rahe; great-grandparents, Janice Bartels, and Vernon and Mary Lou White; aunts; uncles; cousins; relatives; friends. Memorials to the family.

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