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February 17, 2006

>> A roundup of news from around the archdiocese


Mass celebrates consecrated life
More than 300 consecrated men and women attended the annual Mass for Consecrated Life Feb. 4 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss presided at the Mass. Among those presenting the gifts to he archbishop during the Mass were, from left, Sister Theresina of Jesus Santiago, OSC; Sister Ann Marie Petrylka, OSM; Brother Rick Varner, OSB; and Kathy Kanavy, consecrated virgin.


More than $9,000 raised In "˜Souper' Bowl event
Youth groups from 17 Archdiocese of Omaha parishes collected more than $9,000 on Super Bowl Sunday for Souper Bowl of Caring, a national organization designed to get young people involved in the fight against hunger.

This is the sixth year the Archdiocese of Omaha has been involved and each year the number of parishes participating increases.

All the money raised is donated locally to organizations such as Project Rachel, The Stephen Center, A Woman's Touch Pregnancy Counseling Center in Bellevue, St. Vincent DePaul Society, Mary Catherine McCauley Center for Women and Families, St. Martin de Porres Center, Heifer International and the North Bend Ministry Fund.


Doll named Nebraska's Artist of the Year
Father Don Doll, SJ, professor of journalism and mass communication at Creighton University, is the Nebraska Arts Council's artist of the year.

Father Doll received the artist-of-the-year award Jan. 31 from Gov. Dave Heineman at the governor's arts awards luncheon in Lincoln.

Father Doll is an internationally recognized photojournalist who began his career photographing the Lakota people on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota when he was a Jesuit seminarian.

His work has appeared in numerous publications including National Geographic and the 'Day in the Life of" series. His own books include 'Crying for a Vision" and 'Vision Quest: Men, Women and Sacred Sites of the Sioux Nation."

He holds Kodak's Crystal Eagle Award for impact in photojournalism and often takes photojournalism projects to promote the mission of the Society of Jesus worldwide in addition to teaching photojournalism courses at Creighton.

'Father Doll is not only an amazing photographer, but a great mentor to his students," said Dr. Eileen Wirth, journalism department chair. 'He is a role model to them, using his art to carry out the Jesuit mission of changing the world for the good."


Blessed Sacrament students recognized
Two students from Blessed Sacrament School in Omaha "“ Alysia Cistrunk and Hunter Washington "“ were on the Girls Inc. team earning honors at a regional science and technology competition.

The team earned third in the innovative solutions category at First Lego League competition, an international program created to promote interest in science, technology and engineering.

This year's competition, Ocean Odyssey, was held in Ames, Iowa and required teams to look at options for the endangered Missouri River fish, the pallid sturgeon.

The Girls Inc. team devised a plan to place water jets at the bottom of the Missouri River, to make the fish believe spring had arrived and they would rise to the top of the river to mate.

The Girls inc. entry was the only all girls team in the competition.

Elgin school to hold development dinner
Pope John XXIII Central High School in Elgin will hold the school's 20th annual development dinner March 26 at Werner Hall in Petersburg.

A social and silent auction will begin at 5 p.m. with a prime rib dinner at 7 p.m. The evening will be concluded with a live auction.

Father Owen Korte from St. Patrick Parish in Fremont will be the master of ceremonies.

Tickets are $70 per person and are available by calling Pope John High School at (402) 843-5325.

Heffron wins Catholic Schools Spelling Bee
Anna Heffron, 14, a Mary Our Queen School eighth grader, claimed top honors Feb. 11 at the 2006 Metropolitan Catholic Schools Spelling Bee.

Heffron, the daughter of Matt and Suzy Heffron, spelled the word 'peripheral" to capture the championship. Heffron now goes on to represent Metro Catholic Schools at the Midwest Spelling Bee.

Margie Carmody of St. Stephen the Martyr earned second place.

Taylor Benson, St. Joan of Arc/St. Gerald Middle School, finished third after a 251 word spell-off with Dan Schnirl, St. Bernard School.

Held at St Bernard School, the event included 32 Catholic schools and 63 student competitors.

O'Donnell named distinguished student
Emily O'Donnell, a sixth grade student at Christ the King School in Omaha, has been named the winner of the Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award.

Presented by The National Association for Gifted Children, the award program is designed to recognize distinguished achievement in academics, leadership, or the arts, in children grades 3 through 6. Only one winner is chosen in each state.

Formal presentation of the award "“ and a $500 U.S. saving bond "“ is scheduled for Feb. 24 at the Nebraska Association for the Gifted luncheon at the Holiday Inn Downtown Lincoln.

Lippert named Teacher of the Year
Carolyn Lippert, third grade teacher at St. Anthony School in Columbus, has been named the William and Barbara Gerhold Family Teacher of the Year for Columbus Catholic schools.

Announcement of the award, which includes $5,000 in cash, was made Feb. 3 at the conclusion of St. Anthony School's Catholic Schools Week Mass.

In her 16th year at St. Anthony School, Lippert holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Nebraska Omaha and a master's degree in curriculum and development from Doane College.

She is also active in many organizations, including, Delta Kappa Gamma, Girl Scouts USA, the Consonaires, Military Families Unite and the Platte Valley Community Playhouse.

With part of the $5,000 award, Lippert hopes to purchase an interactive electronic whiteboard system and projector for her school.

Lippert and her husband, John, have two grown children and are members of the Federate Church in Columbus.

Creighton Prep wins science bowl
Creighton Prep was the winner of the 12th annual Nebraska Regional High School Science Bowl held Feb. 4 at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. A total of 38 teams from around the state were in the competition. David Dow, at right, is coach of the team, which includes, from left, Corey Georgesen, Jonathan Meyer, Zach Hake, Remen Okoruwa, Adam Karnik and Coach David Dow. The Creighton Prep team will now represent Nebraska in the National Science Bowl at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Md., April 27-May 1.

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