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March 2014

Pope has way of connecting with the people

Pope Francis is in the news. Of course, that's not really news, since Francis has been in the news - Catholic and secular - almost every day for more than a year.

The current flood of coverage centers on his first anniversary as pope, and this issue includes some of that reporting in stories on Page 28.

But completing a one-year anniversary as pope hardly would seem - at least in most cases - a major news event. Then again, Pope Francis probably doesn't fall in the "most cases" category.

KVSS recognizes three priests, others

Spirit Catholic Radio Network honored five people from the Archdiocese of Omaha March 4 for their support of the Omaha-based station, including Father Joseph Taphorn, the archdiocese's moderator of the curia, vicar for clergy and judicial vicar.

At the annual Spirit Celebration Dinner at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, Father Taphorn received the radio network's Spirit Award for bringing Christ's message to listeners and championing the church's call to use modern communication techniques in the new evangelization.

Polish Heritage Society opens essay contest

Eighth-graders with a Polish-Catholic heritage, graduating this spring and planning to attend a Catholic high school in the Omaha area, are eligible for the Polish Heritage Society of Nebraska's annual Blessed John Paul II scholarship contest.

Two $700 scholarships will be awarded to the students who interview and by the April 12 deadline write the best essays about one of their Polish-Catholic ancestors.

Notre Dame Sisters to host fundraiser

The Notre Dame Sisters' annual "Celebration of Spirit" dinner is April 6 at Roncalli Catholic High School in Omaha.

Celebrating the event's 20th anniversary, this year's theme is "The Notre Dame Sisters' Legacy of Catholic Education: A Strengthening of Faith, Family & Future." The order will honor Sister of Mercy Maryanne Stevens, president of College of Saint Mary in Omaha, with the Mother Qualberta Award, for her leadership and innovation in Catholic education.

The sisters also work in health care, social services and counseling.

Catholic Charities helps provide shoes to needy

Catholic Charities helped 150 low-income families in the Omaha area obtain new shoes through a partnership with Payless ShoeSource and its international program, "Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids."

The Catholic social services agency helped the company identify children in need and distribute certificates for the shoes. On March 10, the children visited two Payless ShoeSource stores in Omaha to select their shoes.

Norfolk school hires principal

Norfolk Catholic elementary school's new principal won't have to move far from his current post to take the job.

Norm Hale, assistant principal and activities director at the school system's junior/senior high school, has been hired to lead the grade school. Hale has been at the high school in Norfolk since 2009.

A number of qualified candidates applied for the job, but Hale's experience, knowledge of the school system and enthusiasm stood out, said Troy Berryman, who will leave as elementary school principal in July to become the school system's president.

Our Lady of Lourdes wins Book Bowl

A team from Our Lady of Lourdes School in Omaha defeated 26 teams from 18 Omaha-area Catholic schools Feb. 18 at the eighth annual Book Bowl competition at St. Vincent de Paul School in Omaha.

The seventh- and eighth-grade teams in the double-elimination contest were tested on their knowledge of 12 books announced at the beginning of the school year.

The top two teams were recognized.

Our Lady of Lourdes team members were eighth-grader Caleb Connelly and seventh-graders Donovan Clements, Lena Hansen, Addie Costello and Max Peters.

K of C agency tops nation in LTC sales

The Pfeifer Agency, the Knights of Columbus Insurance agency for Knights in the Archdiocese of Omaha, recently was honored as No. 1 in long-term-care sales and disability sales and No. 3 in life sales among 132 Knights' agencies in North America for 2013.

The Pfeifer Agency now has earned top honors 13 times in sales of long-term care insurance. Craig Pfeifer of Wayne ranked No. 15 nationally last year, and Mike Kosch of Columbus ranked No. 16.

In disability sales, Pfeifer ranked No. 2 and Doug Kelly of Omaha was No. 8.

Pope's Prayers

Father Jeff Loseke, pastor of Holy Trinity Parish and president of Cedar Catholic Junior/Senior High School, both in Hartington, prays with Pope Francis Feb. 13 over intentions Father Loseke collected from parishioners on six type-written pages before he traveled to Rome on vacation. Father Loseke said he concelebrated Mass with the pope at the Vatican guesthouse, Domus Sanctae Marthae.

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