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June 9, 2006

>> A roundup of news from around the archdiocese


Mass on racial healing June 11 in Omaha
A Journey to Racial Healing Mass is planned for June 11 at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Omaha.

Homilist for the 5 p.m. Mass will be Father Ernest Ogugua, assistant pastor of St. Vincent de Paul. A reception is planned in Hanneman Hall after the Mass.  

This Mass is the first of its kind at St. Vincent de Paul and is a response to the social ministry commission of the Archdiocese of Omaha.

Four parishes have piloted this program and committee members from each parish attended five workshops focusing on the continuing presence of racism in the Archdiocese of Omaha.

For more information, contact the St. Vincent de Paul Adult Formation Office at 493-1642.

New St. Patrick Church in Tekamah
Father Jim Kramper, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Tekamah, and parishioners will be at home in their new church by the end of the year. The new structure is almost twice the size of the present church and is scheduled to be dedicated in November. Last month, Father Kramper hosted Serrans and spouses at a special vocations Mass at his parish, and also gave them a tour of the new church.


Insurance agents saluted at international meeting
Eleven area Knights of Columbus Insurance agents were recognized March 28 at one of the organization's international meetings in Dublin, Ireland.

Four agents "“ Doug Kelly, Ted Morrissey, Jeff Beller and Neil Pfeifer "“ led the Nebraska agents in year-end rankings, each qualifying for the Supreme Knight's Sales Club and the Million Dollar Round Table.

Also among the top 10 percent of 1500 total agents in the United States and Canada were agents J.G. Krawczyk, Travis Martin, Tim Heller, Mike Kosch, Denny Schack, John Jarman and Will Greitens.

All of these agents work through the Nebraska agency in Grand Island, which is managed by Kevin Pfeifer, general agent.

Former superintendent named prioress
Former superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Omaha, Sister Patricia A. Mulcahey has been elected prioress of the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation at the general chapter.

Sister Patricia has served her congregation as a provincial, the general finance officer and is currently a councilor on the general council.

She has held teaching and administration positions at several schools, and has taught at all levels, from elementary to college.

Sister Patricia left Omaha in 2000, after 12 years as superintendent.

Golden jubilee Mass for Msgr. Cain
Msgr. James Cain, retired archdiocesan priest, will celebrate his golden jubilee June 25 with a noon Mass at St. Wenceslaus Church in Omaha.

A reception and luncheon will be held after the Mass in the social hall until 3:30 p.m.

Father Korte jubilee celebration June 24
Father Owen Korte, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Fremont, will be celebrating 25 years as a priest with a jubilee Mass and reception June 24.

'I can not believe it has been 25 years since I was first assigned to a parish as an assistant pastor," said Father Korte. 'In all my assignments, I have grown into and learned how to be a priest. I have met and interacted with so many wonderful people."

The reception after the 5:30 p.m. Mass will be held in the St. Patrick Auditorium.

St. Columbkille parish salutes Father Zuerlein

A celebration is planned for June 25 at St. Columbkille Parish in Papillion to mark the 25th jubilee anniversary for Father Damian Zuerlein, pastor.

A reception is scheduled for after the noon Mass.


Carey marks 30 years as Gross high teacher
For one Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School teacher, Rich Carey, the end of the school year marked 30 years in education.

A plaque commemorating his service was presented May 24 at an all-faculty and staff year-end celebration.

Carey teaches several science courses and also is a cross country, track and basketball coach.

He is responsible for beginning the school's recycling program and planning, planting and maintaining the GEO garden on the school grounds. Most recently, Carey worked along side a group of students who traveled to New Orleans for hurricane disaster relief work.

During his career, Carey has been honored as the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum Educator of the Year, Scotts Community Beautification Gardener of the Year, Metro Basketball Coach of the Year and state Basketball Coach of the Year.

He coached Gross Catholic's 1991 Class A girls state champion basketball team, as well as several cross country and track champions.

 Carey and his wife, Mary Beth, have been married for 36 years and are the parents of three children, all Gross Catholic alumni. They have two grandchildren and one on the way.

Longtime Roncalli teacher retires
After 43 years of dedicated teaching in Catholic schools "“ 40 of those years at Rummel and Roncalli Catholic High School "“ Larry Bauer is retiring.

The former math teacher, coach and counselor, Bauer is ready to become a full-time farmer, grandfather and volunteer.

Bauer began his career teaching algebra for three years at Catholic Immaculata High School in Leavenworth, Kan.

He moved to Omaha to teach at Rummel High School in 1966 and stayed through the formation of Roncalli Catholic High School in 1974. He taught algebra and several other math courses, and also served as football, track and basketball coach.

Stepping out of the classroom for a time, Bauer served as personal and college counselor for Roncalli students.

His wife of 34 years, Carol, is a Roncalli history teacher. They have two children "“ Rachel Jensen, Roncalli class of 1992, and Steve, class of 1996. The Bauers are members of St. Bernard Parish in Omaha.

Bauer said he kept coming back to the classroom year after year because he loved teaching young people, with the most rewarding part being the chance to help students accomplish what they thought they could not. In recognition of his dedicated service, he was named Metro High School Teacher of the Year by the Omaha Archdiocese in 1999.

In retirement, Bauer will continue to care for the family farm in Spalding as he has since 1971 when his father requested his assistance. The remainder of his time will be spent working around his own home and his mother's home in Spalding. And he will have time to do volunteer work at his parish and the parish in Spalding.

Roncalli Catholic High School has endowed a scholarship in Bauer's name. Anyone wishing to contribute to the endowment should send donations to Roncalli Catholic High School, Attention Larry E. Bauer Scholarship Fund.

Bear quilt to comfort classmate with leukemia
First grade students from Holy Name School in Omaha present a handmade quilt to classmate Ethan Woods, third from the right, who is undergoing treatment for leukemia. 'The class felt that a soft quilt created by his class might comfort him on those days when he was home and missing school," said Karen Smolinski, technology instructor of Holy Name School. Each student designed a teddy bear, Woods' favorite, which were attached to the fleece blanket. The students worked on the blanket only on days Woods was absent from school.

Langhorst retires after 32 years in education
Mary Langhorst, a St. Mary School in Bellevue teacher, is celebrating her retirement after 32 years in education.

An open house is planned for June 24, from 1 to 4, at the Knights of Columbus Social Hall in Bellevue.

Langhorst taught a variety of subjects at several grade levels at St. Mary School for the past 25 years.

She also taught at Christ the King School in Omaha, public schools in Omaha, Tekamah and Bellevue and at a Catholic school in Belize, South America.

She is a member of the National Catholic Educators Association, Catholic Daughters of America, Alpha Delta Kappa teaching sorority, an official tour guide for the Missouri River Basin Lewis and Clark Center in Nebraska City, and a volunteer for the Kansas City Wizards Major League Soccer Team in Kansas City.

Recognized as St. Mary School teacher of the year in 1990 and 1997, Langhorst was also nominated for the Ike Friedman Award.

She has had articles and a poem published, and is a guest speaker for many area writing workshops.

Four Tons of donations delivered to Siena Francis
Students from St. Mary High School in O'Neill delivered four tons of food, clothing, shoes, toiletries and other items to the Siena/Francis House in Omaha April 26. The students,  including, from left, Matt Boyle, Michael Harney, Cody Ertz and Hayden Schneider, delivered and unloaded the items. 'It is overwhelming the quality and quantity of the items," said Kathy Gaines of the Siena/Francis House. 'The students did a fabulous job of defining our needs and collecting useful items."

Grand prize donated to St. Bernadette School
A sweepstakes prize has resulted in a new security camera at St. Bernadette School in Omaha.

Ellen Stuva, mother of two St. Bernadette School students, was selected as the grand prize winner of the 'Back to School Sweepstakes" administered by ePrize at Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., and a $1,000 donation was made to St. Bernadette School in her name.

The security camera will be installed at the front doors of the school building.

Pie in the eye at St. Mary School in Bellevue
Gabby Sylvester, left, creams Sid Eckerman, St. Mary School in Bellevue science teacher, with a pie May 10 during a school assembly. Slyvester purchased the right to pie the teacher during an auction and fund-raiser held in April at the Offutt Club. Also auctioned was a chance to duct tape Schyler Griffths, physical education teacher, to a wall. The auction and fundraiser raised $44,000 for St. Mary School.

Pope John seniors add a fresh coat to St. Peter
Twenty-two seniors from Pope John XXIII Central High School in Elgin spent some of their senior retreat May 1 adding a fresh coat of paint to the school building at St. Peter Parish in Omaha. Service is always a part of the annual senior retreat. The seniors were accompanied by Father Dan Andrews, Bernard Kuhlman, Linda Moser and Colleen Heithoff.

May crowning of Mary celebrated at Marian
Ten daughters of Marian High School in Omaha alumnae who received the sacrament of first communion this year helped students, faculty and the May Queen mark the annual crowning celebration May 9. The Marian May Queen and the 10 communicants, from left, Elise Stormberg, Sarah Bloomingdale, Amanda Short, Faith Vinton, May Queen Becky Sibilia, Cecelia Forman, Tessa McLaughlin, Grace Billing, Emma McGill, Hannah Uhl and Mimi Kelly each placed a flower at the foot of a statue Mary. This act symbolized each communicant blossoming into her faith.

Wierzbicki scholarship winners announced
Six Omaha Catholic high school students have been  named winners of Linda J. Wierzbicki Scholarships for the 2006 school year.

Winners were announced May 15 at an all-school assembly at Holy Cross School in Omaha.

The winners of the $600 scholarships, selected from among 21 applicants, include Rachel Brannen and Linh Nguyen, Mercy High School; Haley Bovotny, Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School; Kenneth Knoblauch, Michael Laughlin and Ross Negrete, Creighton Prep.

The scholarship was created by the Holy Cross faculty to honor Linda Wierzbicki, a fellow teacher who was the victim of a homicide 20 years ago.  

Day of Sharing at Mercy High School
Mercy High School seniors, from left, Maggie Waltz, Abbey Engstrom and Hannah Menzel, pick up trash at Omaha's Elmwood Park May 8. As part of the school's Day of Service, more than 350 students helped clean up three Omaha parks, also working at Levi Carter and Memorial Parks.

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