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September 2013

CHIESA-Frances Jean McKenna

CHIESA-Frances Jean McKenna, 85. Funeral service Sept. 20 at the funeral home. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Survived by children and spouse, Sandra Richardson, Diane Chiesa, Jon and Kathy Chiesa; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews.


Digital trip in Lindsay

Junior high students at Lindsay Holy Family School in Lindsay saw, heard and spoke with an artist in Texas through the Internet as part of a distance learning network that connects schools from around the world.

The event was sponsored by Connect2Texas, made possible with Holy Family's membership to Network Nebraska, and included 50 schools.

Holy Family purchased a distance learning cart several years ago to receive college classes. The cart can be moved around the school for digital field trips.

CU honors alumni with merit awards

At least three Creighton University graduates honored this month with 2013 Alumni Merit awards from the Omaha school have ties to the Archdiocese of Omaha.

Richard A. Witt, executive vice president and chief investment officer of Mutual of Omaha and United of Omaha, and president and registered principal of Mutual of Omaha Investor Services, received the College of Business award. The St. Stephen the Martyr parishioner was honored for his service in the community.

Enrollment up at Mount Michael

Riding a wave of successful out-of-state recruitment, Mount Michael Benedictine School near Elkhorn has 12 more students than last year, bringing the all-boys high school to 233 students.

Students from eight different states applied to the school, more than seen in the last 15 years. More than 40 students at Mount Michael are from out-of-state or from other countries, and the school in recent years has increased efforts to reach students in new cities, including New York, Dallas, Des Moines, Iowa, and Lincoln, said Eric Crawford, admissions director.

Project Connects parish, community

A member of St. Philip Neri Parish in Omaha recruited parishioners and students at St. Philip Neri School to assist with an Eagle Scout project that benefited the wider community.

Nicholas Swoboda and his helpers painted the historic Florence Depot two years ago, helping Swoboda earn the Boy Scouts' highest ranking. He will be recognized in a ceremony at the parish Sept. 28.

Now a junior at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, Swoboda is a member of Boy Scout Troop 20.

Servants of Mary raise over $25,000

A silent auction, donations and ticket sales to the Servants of Mary's eighth annual Partnership Award program - attended by more than 160 people Sept. 5 in Omaha - raised more than $25,000 for the religious order.

Maurice Steier and Steier Pharmacy were honored with the award for their service to the religious sisters, including daily delivery of medications to the motherhouse.

New Cassel names COO

New Cassel Retirement Center in Omaha has hired a former CEO of a retirement community in Longmont, Colo., as its chief operating officer.

Larry C. Hartman, a former chief executive of Hover Community Inc., also has provided leadership for nonprofit service organizations in Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado.

Sponsored by the School Sisters of St. Francis, New Cassel was founded 40 years ago as a Catholic independent and assisted living facility that serves people of all faiths.

Lectors and EMHCs commissioned

More than 220 youths and adults were commissioned as lectors or extraordinary ministers of holy Communion (EMHC) during a mandation Mass Sept. 4 at St. Mary Church in Norfolk.

About 500 youths and adults similarly were commissioned at a Sept. 3 Mass at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha.

The archdiocese's Office of Divine Worship, which oversees the lector and EMHC programs, provided training sessions prior to the Masses.

People must be juniors in high school or older to become lectors or EMHCs.


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