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March 2015

From left, third-graders Jacob Thompson, Patricia Granillo and Itzel Tamayo visit March 12 during recess at Ss. Peter and Paul School in Omaha. Photo by David Gouger/staff.

Schools use many strategies to increase enrollment

Reaching out to ethnic groups, hiring staff, streamlining costs and inviting families to events are just a few of many strategies Catholic schools are using to increase enrollment.

Father Joseph Taphorn, who will be director of the St. John Paul II Newman Center to be built near the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), talks at UNO March 8 about his own experiences with the late pope, whose teachings the center will seek to foster. Those experiences include a Nov. 20, 2000, greeting at the pope’s morning Mass in Rome pictured on the screen. Photo by Joe Ruff/Staff.

Archbishop George J. Lucas congratulates Bishop Joseph G. Hanefeldt March 19 at the end of the Ordination Mass of Bishop Hanefeldt as bishop of the Diocese of Grand Island at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Grand Island. Also pictured are co-ordaining bishops Robert D. Gruss of the Diocese of Rapid City (S.D.), left, and Lee A. Piché, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Photo by David Gouger/Staff.

Grand Island welcomes new bishop

About 700 people – including many well-wishers from the Archdiocese of Omaha and more than two dozen bishops, archbishops and abbots – packed the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Grand Island for the March 19 ordination and installation of Bishop-designate Joseph G.

Bishop William J. Dendinger talks to students at Grand Island Central Catholic High School in 2011. Photo by MARY PARLIN/WEST NEBRASKA REGISTER.

Bishop Dendinger finds a home in people, places of Grand Island


After moving 17 times around the world in more than 30 years as a chaplain with the U.S. Air Force, Bishop William J. Dendinger found a permanent home while leading the Diocese of Grand Island for the past decade.


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