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LOCAL BRIEFS - October 1, 2003


Archdiocese honors outstanding educators

Nearly 650 people attended the Archbishop's Dinner for Educational Development Sept. 23 at the Omaha Hilton Hotel to honor eight Catholic educators.

Every year the Archdiocese of Omaha recognizes outstanding administrators and teachers at the dinner. The event also raises scholarship funds for elementary schools.

This year's honorees, who each received $5,000, were:

Administrators of the Year: Dr. Barbara Marchese, St. Philip Neri School, Omaha; Wayne Morfeld, Scotus Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School, Columbus.

Elementary Teachers of the Year: Kay Livingtson, St. Wenceslaus School, Dodge; Marianne Hall, Holy Cross School, Omaha.

Secondary Teachers of the Year: Tom Baker, Marian High School, Omaha; Kathy Walding, Norfolk Catholic Junior/Senior High School.

Maginn Family Foundation Inner-City and Special Education Awards: Mrs. Ann Adkins, St. Bernard School, Omaha; Mrs. Jackie Buchta, Assumption School, Omaha.

Guest speakers at the event included Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss, Sister Michelle Faltus, superintendent of Catholic Schools; Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey, and Jackie Buchta.

Omaha parish shares secrets

Mary Our Queen Parish shared its stewardship secrets with parishes and dioceses at the 39th Annual International Catholic Stewardship Conference (ICSC).

The Omaha parish was one of 21 parishes invited by ICSC to participate in its Parish Stewardship Fair Sept. 12-15 in New Orleans.

Mary Our Queen was chosen because of its stewardship success and its stewardship marketing material.

The parish was represented at the conference by Sister Stephanie Matcha, ND, and Mike and Mary Parizek, stewardship coordinators at Mary Our Queen.

"It was an honor to be selected to share our stewardship ideas with parishes at the conference as well as benefit from hearing the experiences of others," Sister Matcha said.

Judy Tamisiea, executive director of the Archdiocese of Omaha's Office of Stewardship and Development and an ICSC board member, also attended the conference.

"Mary Our Queen's selection reflects the stewardship that is abundant in the Archdiocese of Omaha," Tamisiea said.

National speaker to headline seminar

Rebecca Hunter, chief development officer for the American Thoracic Society, will speak at the 2004 Development Seminar sponsored by the Archdiocese of Omaha.

The seminar on "Writing for Development" is set for Oct. 6 at the Omaha Country Club.

Hunter, a fundraising veteran of 22 years, said she will focus on the development of marketing materials and fundraising documents.

Judy Tamisiea, executive director of the Archdiocese's Office of Stewardship and Development, said the purpose of the seminar is "to arm area practitioners with development's best practices."

"We're fortunate to have as a speaker someone with Rebecca Hunter's breadth of experience and knowledge," she said.

There is a $20 fee and the registration deadline is today (Oct. 1). To register, call the stewardship and development office at (402) 554-8493.

Local Scout earns Congressional Award

The first Congressional Award for Youth presented to a Scout in the Mid-America Council, Boy Scouts of America, was awarded last week to Eagle Scout John Yates in Omaha.

Congressman Lee Terry awarded Yates with the Bronze Congressional Award Medal. Yates is a member of Troop 38, sponsored by St. Stanislaus Catholic School in Omaha.

The Congressional Award for Youth was established in 1979 to recognize initiative, achievement and service in young people.

To qualify for the award a youth must set goals in four program areas: volunteer public service, personal development, physical fitness and expedition/exploration.

Yates accomplished 100 hours of voluntary public service, 50 hours of personal development, 50 hours of physical fitness and one overnight expedition/exploration activity.

Msgr. William Dendinger blesses the Project Moses monument Sept. 18 at St. Stephen the Martyr Church while monument donor Tim Augustyn (far right) looks on.

'Project Moses' monument blessed

The first "Project Moses" monument in the Archdiocese of Omaha was dedicated Sept. 18 at St. Stephen the Martyr Church in Omaha.

Msgr. William Dendinger, pastor, blessed the monument, donated by Tim Augustyn and his family in memory of Tim's brother, Brian, who died of cancer last year.

The marble slab is inscribed with the Ten Commandments on one side and the Beatitudes on the back. It is located at the north entrance of the church.

"For our parish community, this is an excellent incentive to value the role of the Ten Commandments in the formation of our conscience and to live accordingly," Msgr. Dendinger said.

"I notice when we come to church that people stop to look at it and read the words," Augustyn said. "It touches our hearts, especially when parents with little children stop and talk about it."

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