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November 2017


Benilde Director Leah Critchfield works Oct. 24 with freshman Josiah Miller on his math problems during Roncalli Catholic High School’s Benilde class, which helps students with learning challenges excel. Photo by Mike May/Staff.

Program helps students excel

A new program at Roncalli Catholic High School in Omaha is helping students with learning challenges – and its results go beyond academics.


Archbishop George J. Lucas talks with Damien Peteler, left, and Logan Chambers, both sixth-graders from St. Pius X/St. Leo School in Omaha. Below, Omaha seminarian Juan José González Lara shares a sixth-grade memory with Omaha-area sixth-graders gathered at the Archdiocese of Omaha’s Vocation Awareness Day Oct. 20 at V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha. Behind him are Sister Celine Schock of the Mis-sionary Benedictine Sisters in Norfolk; Sister Clarice Kroger of the Benedictine Sisters in Yank-ton, S.D.; Benedictine Brother August Schaefer of Mount Michael Abbey near Elkhorn; and Missionary Benedictine Sister Frances Betz in Norfolk.

Archbishop Lucas, music and faith energize Vocation Awareness Day

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.


Marian High School senior Olivia Tate smiles at classmate Ellie Messerschmidt while unloading a mattress Oct. 9 for a refugee family from Afghanistan. Creighton Prep seniors Connell Monaghan, left, and Logan Field, in truck, and junior Matt Muellner also helped with the move.

Creighton Prep and Marian High team up to help refugee families

Beds and bedding, a couch and a kitchen table, silverware, plates, cups and dishes, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, towels and an alarm clock.

Highlighting Vocations

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, left, prepares for a rosary walk with fellow retreatants last March at a Dominican Sisters’ “Come and See” retreat in Justice, Ill. Dominican Sister Joachim of the religious sisters’ Immaculate Conception Province helped lead the walk.

Labouré Society helps Gretna woman retire debt

Shelli Bandemer of St. Patrick Parish in Gretna graduated from college in 2001 with a degree in music education.


Norfolk Catholic Coach Jeff Bellar celebrates with his players after the team’s 35-0 win over Wayne High School Oct. 13, marking Bellar’s state record 344th win. Photo by Darin Epperly/Norfolk Daily News.

Winningest coach also a winner off field

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.

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