Honoring clergy on special anniversaries
A military chaplain, a former superintendent of Catholic schools and the archbishop emeritus of Omaha will be among the 16 priests honored April 19 at the annual priest jubilee celebration.
Archbishop George J. Lucas will be the principal celebrant and Father Joseph Miksch, who is celebrating his 50th anniversary this year, will be the homilist for the 5 p.m. Mass at St. Patrick Church in Fremont.
In addition to Father Miksch, those celebrating golden jubilees are Msgr. James Gilg, former schools’ superintendent, retired Father Charles Swanson and Columban Father Thomas Shaughnessy.
Priests marking their 25th anniversaries are Fathers Rodney Adams, Dennis De Guzman, Michael Eckley, Patrick Harrison, William L’Heureux and Mark Tomasiewicz.
The Catholic Voice each year highlights silver and golden anniversaries, but during the Mass Father Michael Malloy will be honored for celebrating 40 years of priesthood and Archbishop Emeritus Elden Francis Curtiss for marking 40 years as a bishop.
Archbishop Curtiss noted he was ordained bishop of the Helena, Mont., diocese, in 1976, the nation’s bicentennial, at age 43.
"I had a lot to learn about episcopal leadership," he said. "The priests of Helena for 17 years, and the priests of Omaha the past 23 years have been my mainstay and the greatest gift for my ministry these past 40 years."
Special mention also goes to retired Msgr. Richard Wolbach and retired Fathers Hugh Schwarz and Clifford Stevens, who are celebrating their 60th anniversaries, and Columban Father Richard Steinhilber, marking 65 years as a priest.