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Institute celebrates anniversary

The Institute for Priestly Formation celebrated its 11th anniversary with a benefit dinner April 14 at the St. Robert Bellarmine Parish Center in Omaha.

Bishop Blasé J. Cupich of Rapid City, S.D., was the featured speaker at the anniversary dinner, which was co-chaired by James Taphorn and Mary Anne Hoover.

A native of Omaha and former Archdiocese of Omaha priest, Bishop Cupich is chairman of the U.S. Bishops Committee on Vocations. He also serves as Episcopal adviser to the USA Council of Serra International.

The Institute, located at Creighton University in Omaha, is dedicated to the spiritual formation of diocesan seminarians and priests. It was founded in 1994 by Father Richard Gabuzda, a priest from the Diocese of Scranton, Pa.; Father John Horn, SJ; Father George Aschenbrenner, SJ; and Kathleen Kanavy, consecrated laywoman.

Twenty-five percent of all future diocesan priests are being served by IPF's 10-week summer program and more than 75 dioceses in the United States, Canada and Vietnam have sent seminarians to the program.

IPF also provides a 30-day retreat featuring the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. The 2005 retreat begins June 28 at Creighton University.

A seminar for seminary spiritual directors is planned for June 10 to July 1, also at Creighton.

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