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With loud music, cheering, motivational speeches and lots of energy, the Archdiocese of Omaha’s most recent Vocation Awareness Day felt much like a pep rally – a pep rally for Jesus.
Beds and bedding, a couch and a kitchen table, silverware, plates, cups and dishes, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, towels and an alarm clock.
The theme alone spoke volumes.
Encouraging and supporting vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life is the focus of National Vocations Awareness Week, Nov. 5-11, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations.
Shelli Bandemer of St. Patrick Parish in Gretna graduated from college in 2001 with a degree in music education.
On Oct. 13, Norfolk Catholic Coach Jeff Bellar won his 344th game, the most ever by a coach in Nebraska high school football.
And on Oct. 16, students, parents and players realized anew he is just as big a winner off the field.