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January 2017

Wild Kingdom

Jillian Lenz, working on behalf of “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom,” holds a sulcata tortoise Dec. 15 for fifth-graders Joshua Ellis, left, Michael Long, J.P. Rogers, and Drew Pick at an assembly for fifth- through eighth-graders at St. Margaret Mary School in Omaha.


Assistant Principal Tiffany Howard, left, and Principal William Kelly of St. James/Seton School in Omaha kiss a goat Dec. 15 provided by second-grade teacher Ariel Grinnell, standing. Howard and Kelly promised to kiss a goat at an all-school assembly if students raised $1,000 more than last year in raffle ticket sales for the school’s annual SOAR fundraising dinner. In the end, the students raised $3,000 more, and the Nov. 19 dinner raised more than $69,000.

Principals kiss goat for school fundraiser

The students called their bluff.


Poor Clare Sister Kathy Hawkins signs the Book of Profession with Sister Theresina Santiago, abbess of the Poor Clare Monastery near Elkhorn, and Archbishop Emeritus Elden Francis Curtiss looking on during her profession of solemn vows and Mass Dec. 8 at the monastery chapel.

The abbess places a ring on the finger of Sister Hawkins as a sign of Sister Hawkins’ professing solemn vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and enclosure in joining the Poor Clare Sisters of Omaha. Archbishop Emeritus Curtiss presided and Father Paul Vasquez concelebrated the Mass.

Poor Clares welcome new member

Sister Kathy Hawkins was overjoyed as she recently professed solemn vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and enclosure as the eighth member of the Poor Clare Sisters of Omaha, cloistered nuns who serve people through prayer.


Sister Rosa Hang, left, and Sister Cecilia Tot carry the bread and wine to the altar Dec. 28 after making final vows as members of the Lovers of the Holy Cross, a religious community in Vietnam. Also pictured are Sister Pia Rottinghaus, left, subprioress of the Missionary Benedictines, and Sister Pia Portmann, prioress.

Vietnamese sisters make final vows while living in Norfolk

Nearly three years ago, the Missionary Benedictine Sisters in Norfolk witnessed and celebrated the final vows of two women they’d come to know and love.

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