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With Archbishop George J. Lucas are Archbishop’s Committee for Development honorees Jane and M.J. Kersenbrock, left, Suzie and Mike Lawler, Mary and Jim Czyz. Not pictured: John Reed

Four couples honored at ACD dinner

Four couples were honored for their service to the archdiocese at the 41st annual Archbishop’s Committee for Development (ACD) recognition dinner June 9 at the Omaha Country Club.

The archbishop recognized Jane and M.J. Kersenbrock, members of St. Patrick Parish in O’Neill, and John and the late Ivel Reed, of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Omaha, for their 25 years of service to the organization, which provides leadership and expertise to Archbishop George J. Lucas on Catholic education, stewardship, estate planning, development and finance.

ACD members Mary and Jim Czyz, and Suzie and Mike Lawler, both of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Omaha, were honored for their impact on the archdiocese.

The couples’ service includes:

Jane Kersenbrock is religious education director at St. Patrick Parish and extraordinary minister of holy Communion (EMHC), lector at Mass and treasurer of the parish’s Legion of Mary praesidium. Her husband has served on the parish’s finance committee, is an EMHC and lector, and is in formation to serve as a permanent deacon.

John Reed has served on the boards of St. Augustine Indian Mission in Winnebago; Alegent Health Care System, and Christian Urban Education Services (CUES), Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, Omaha 2000 Early Childhood Education Center, College of Saint Mary, and the board of trustees for Boys Town, all in Omaha.

His wife served as president of the parent and alumnae boards of Duchesne Academy, and on the boards of Omaha-based organizations Emergency Pregnancy Service (EPS), Stephen Center Sponsors and Bergan Mercy Auxiliary. Together, the Reeds co-chaired annual fund drives for the Black Scholarship Fund and the Stephen Center.

Jim and Mary Czyz are a founding couple and members of Legatus of Omaha and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, and have chaired fundraising events and served on boards for St. Augustine Indian Mission and the Poor Clare Sisters of Omaha, and as a general chair couple for the archdiocese’s recent Ignite the Faith capital campaign.

Jim Czyz is board chair for KVSS Spirit Catholic Radio, and a member of the archdiocese’s finance and audit committees, St. Robert Bellarmine Parish Foundation, the Legatus of Omaha Forum, and the Long-Term Sustainability Council of the Institute for Priestly Formation Foundation, and has served on the board of Marian High School, all in Omaha.

His wife serves on the Father Flanagan Cause for Sainthood board, is an EMHC at CHI Bergan Mercy Hospital and volunteers at Spirit Catholic Radio. She has been a board member of the Catholic Charities Service League, Jesuit Academy and Mercy High School alumnae, all in Omaha.

Mike and Suzie Lawler are members of Legatus and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, and served as a general chair couple for Ignite the Faith.

Mike Lawler serves on Spirit Catholic Radio’s board, the archdiocesan finance council, the ACD investment/finance committee, the finance council for the Institute for Priestly Formation, and the building committee for the St. John Paul II Newman Center, and has served on the boards of EPS, Catholic Charities and Creighton Preparatory School, and on Creighton University’s investment committee, all in Omaha.

His wife is on the leadership committee for the Newman Center and has served as client advocate and president of the EPS board of directors and auxiliary. She also has served on the boards of Catholic Charities and Spirit Catholic Radio.

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