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January 2013

Consortium of five Catholic schools is taking shape in east Omaha

The annual open house for parents of prospective students will be a little different this month at Holy Cross School in Omaha, which is one of five schools in a new, centralized consortium of Catholic elementary schools set to open next school year.

"I'm sure there will be questions about that," said Chris Nelson, principal. "We're excited about the opportunity it presents and we're happy to be part of it."

Board of directors among details for consortium

Three priests and three lay people will be among eight directors on a board overseeing the new Omaha Catholic School Consortium, said Msgr. James Gilg, superintendent of Catholic schools.

All six, who are yet to be chosen, will be appointed by Archbishop George J. Lucas, who also will be a director, said Msgr. Gilg, who leads the consortium's day-to-day operations as its executive director.

Academic contests promote active learning, community

Academic contests spur excellence in the classroom, build community, and, for some, provide career guidance, say local Catholic students and teachers.

From spelling and geography bees to science and social studies fairs, chess tournaments, art shows, essay writing and speech and debate, area Catholic schools have long promoted contests and competitions to further students' education.

And students continuing to take part year after year and even returning as volunteers reflect the contests' popularity.

Refurbished stations line Columbus school's hallway

A refurbished set of Stations of the Cross recently installed in a hallway above lockers used by the senior class at Scotus Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School in Columbus offers another way to express the Catholic faith at school, one student said.

"They really have added to the hallway," said senior Claire Suchser, who said the station closest to her locker depicts Christ being nailed to the cross. "They are pretty lifelike."

Teachers, students, families all realize benefits as part of foreign exchange program

When Maria Cornejo of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, saw the first snow of the season fall outside her classroom windows, she was moved to tears.

"I was so excited I cried," said the freshman foreign exchange student at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Omaha.

Coming from the hot climate of her hometown, Maria had never seen snow before, and couldn't wait to play in it with her younger "host brothers," Hugh and Simon. They went sledding, made a snow man and had a snowball fight, she said.

Walk for Life spurs optimism, momentum

For Dafnis Delgado-Arellanes, the word "anniversary" spurs happy memories along the lines of a parents' wedding, not the tragedy of 40 years since the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade legalized abortion across the United States.

But Delgado-Arellanes still felt the importance of joining about 5,000 people in the 39th annual Nebraska Walk for Life in Lincoln Jan. 19. The milestone is a rallying point for a pro-life movement that is gaining momentum, said the senior at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Omaha.

Walk for Life spurs optimism, momentum

For Dafnis Delgado-Arellanes, the word "anniversary" spurs happy memories along the lines of a parents' wedding, not the tragedy of 40 years since the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade legalized abortion across the United States.

But Delgado-Arellanes still felt the importance of joining about 5,000 people in the 39th annual Nebraska Walk for Life in Lincoln Jan. 19. The milestone is a rallying point for a pro-life movement that is gaining momentum, said the senior at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Omaha.

Feb. 2 event will celebrate and inspire consecrated men and women in archdiocese

Archbishop George J. Lucas will reflect on the importance of consecrated life in today's world at a Feb. 2 event celebrating men and women religious throughout the archdiocese.

The 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. event at St. Leo the Great Church in Omaha marks World Day of Consecrated Life.

In addition to Archbishop Lucas' presentation, the program includes Mass, prayer, lunch, discussion and time for questions with the archbishop.

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