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LOCAL BRIEFS - August 12, 2005

LOCAL BRIEFS

Practice and expression of faith awarded

Six freshmen from Omaha's all-girl Catholic high schools recently received the A.L.U.M. award for expressing their faith within parish and school.

Chelsea Connelly and Erica Pfeiffer from Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, Emily Lowndes and Dianne Narzinski from Marian High School, and Caitlin Botsios and Julia Krolikowski from Mercy High School each received a $2,500 three-year, renewable award from Ann Louise Urzendowski Micek.

Micek, a parishioner of Christ the King, is an Omaha native who believes in Catholic education.

"My hope is that the recipients of this award continue to mature into grace-filled women who will pray, discern and carry out the plan that God has for them," said Micek.

To date, 12 girls have received the award, given each year to two freshman from each of the all-girl Catholic high schools in Omaha.

"On behalf of the three schools, we are very appreciative to Mrs. Micek for her recognition of the Catholicity of our young women," said Elizabeth Kish, Head of School at Marian. "We see this wonderful gift as an opportunity to further our religious mission at each of our schools."




Jamie Jacobsen, St. Cecilia fourth grader, reads her essay entitled, "If I lived in the White House " July 26 at the Durham Western Heritage Museum. The audience included former first lady Barbara Bush and Gov. Dave Heineman, behind Jacobsen.
Photo: by Ben DeVires of the Daily NonPareil.
'If I lived in the White House '

Two Omaha Catholic school students had the opportunity July 26 to tell former first lady Barbara Bush how things would be if they lived in the White House.

Jamie Jacobson, St. Cecilia School fourth grader, and John Sakowski, Christ the King School third grader, were among the seven students selected to read their essays entitled, "If I lived in the White House…" to Bush.

The essay competition was organized by the Durham Western Heritage Museum to help promote literacy.

Bush was in Omaha to promote literacy and to visit the newest Smithsonian exhibition at the Durham Western Heritage Museum, "First Ladies: Political Role and Public Image."

More than 300 area students entered the essay competition and the top 100 stories were complied into a special book presented to Bush.



Children's camp host to exciting activities

A weekly visit from an actor dressed up as Pope Benedict XVI was among the activities this year at Pro Sanctity's Camp Fun and Faith.

Camp Fun and Faith, located north of Elkhorn, was host to 350 girls from preschool to 8th grade over a five-week period.

"We wanted the children to experience the thrill of meeting the Pope and celebrating their faith with other young people," said Jessi Kary, camp director.

The campers also participated in a variety of activities such as songs, crafts and swimming. They also had time for prayer and Mass, and redecorated their activity center.

The activity center was repainted to look like the German countryside, complete with one wall in remembrance of Pope John Paul II. All of these activities were done under the theme World Youth Day.

"What the children experience in something deep and profound and they know instinctively that it has to be shared. That is the nature of our faith," said Kary.

The camps ended on July 22. For information about next year's camp, write psm@prosanctity.org or call 289-2670.



Author to advise public on bullying

School bullying will be the topic of a special presentation Aug. 16 at St. Gerald Church.

Dr. Barbara Coloroso, author and education consultant, will be offering advice for educators, parents and students on how to deal with bullying at the 7 p.m. program.

Coloroso, author of "The bully, the bullied, and the bystander," will discuss her new book that outlines tools to break the cycle of violence.

A former teacher and university instructor, Coloroso has served as an educational consultant for school districts and the medical and business communities. Her areas of expertise include parenting, teaching, school discipline and nonviolent conflict resolution.

Jaye McCoy, event spokeswoman, said this presentation comes at an opportune time because of the proposed bill in the legislature that would require schools to adopt a bullying policy before July 1, 2006.

Open and free to the public, the presentation is sponsored by the St. Gerald Home and School Association.



Six first-year teachers and two second-year teachers were blessed during a Magis Program Missioning Mass on July 26 at St. John Church on the Creighton University campus. Magis, which stands for Mentoring Academic Gifts in Service, is a two-year master's program that prepares and supports teachers to serve in Catholic schools. Participating in the Mass were (from left) Magis Community Chaplin Fr. Casey Beaumier, SJ, Justin Mackling, Magis Director Chris Vos, Marlena Hernandez, Joseph Davis, Kelly Yohnk, Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss, Bishop William Dendinger of Grand Island, Kendra Simpson, Father Frank Partusch of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Omaha, Rebecca Rehank, Emily Wyatt and Mark Daeges.

Mission names new executive director

Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss has announced the promotion of Father Dave Korth to executive director of the St. Augustine Indian Mission in Winnebago.

Father Korth, who served as the mission's assistant director since, 2003, began his new position earlier this summer.

"I am joining a long line of outstanding priests who worked to meet the needs of the people in the reservations," said Father Korth. "I love it here. I love it because of the spiritually rich people in this community."

A native of Randolph, Father Korth excelled in both football and basketball, and was active in vocal music and drama.

"My high school coach once said that I was the most competitive player he ever coached," said Father Korth. "I am taking that attitude to this position. I am going to give it everything I have to do the work that has been entrusted to be by Archbishop Curtiss."

Father Korth is a graduate of Conception Seminary College and the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas. He was ordained in 1992 and currently serves as the pastor of four parishes; St. Augustine, Winnebago; St. Joseph, Walthill; Our Lady of Fatima, Macy; and St. Cornelius, Homer.

"My vision is to provide the best education we can for the youth of the reservations," said Father Korth. "There is so much work to be done, but I want to ensure that my top priority is being pastorally present to the people."

Father Korth succeeds Father Steve Boes, who was named executive director of the Girls and Boys Town in May.

The St. Augustine School was founded in 1908 and serves the people of the Winnebago and Omaha tribes.



Area native celebrated golden jubilee

Sister Mary Gabriel of the Poor Clare Monastery in Victoria, Texas, celebrated her golden jubilee Aug. 11 at the Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Victoria.

Sister Gabriel is the daughter of the late Marie and Emil Zwiener, who were members of St. Joseph Parish near Bellwood. She attended St. Bonaventure grade school in Columbus for seventh and eighth grades.

She entered the aspirancy of the Franciscan Sisters of perpetual Adoration in Denver, Colo in 1951, where she completed high school.

In 1953, she entered the Monastery of St. Clare in Omaha, followed by Theresa's College in Winona, Minn. She said her first vows Aug. 15, 1955 and her solemn vows on Aug. 25, 1958.

In 1987, Sister Gabriel and two other sisters went to Victoria, Texas, to start a Poor Clare Sisters Monastery. She helped run a gourmet bakery, book and religious supply store.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank (Cletus) Swanda of Fremont, Dona Kaminski of Schuyler and Alyce Bauer of Lincoln, sisters of Sister Gabriel, attended the celebration.

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