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Father Eugene O’Hagan, left, Father David Delargy and Father Martin O’Hagan are The Priests, a musical trio from Northern Ireland.

The Priests trio to perform at Catholic ministry benefit

A concert in Omaha Nov. 28 featuring The Priests musical trio will benefit two Catholic education ministries – the St. Augustine Indian Mission elementary school in Winnebago and Christian Urban Education Services (CUES) in Omaha.

Vocalists – and priests – from Northern Ireland, The Priests have sold millions of recordings worldwide and played for the British royal family and president of Ireland. They agreed several years ago to do a concert for the Indian Mission, but scheduling was difficult, said Father Dave Korth, CEO of CUES, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Omaha, and until last summer, director for 11 years of the Indian Mission.

When he heard from the trio in March or April that they would try to get to Omaha, Father Korth said he told them, "Great, I’m moving."

But the missions of CUES and St. Augustine school are similar – helping children from low-income families obtain a quality education – so planning for the benefit was expanded to include both ministries, said Father Korth, who plans to attend the concert, as does Father Mark Beran, current director of St. Augustine school.

CUES provides financial assistance and operational guidance to three inner-city Omaha schools, Sacred Heart, Holy Name and All Saints. The Indian Mission serves children from the Omaha and Winnebago Indian reservations, remaining true to Catholic tradition while encouraging students to embrace their Native American culture and heritage.

Money raised will help all four schools, particularly with finding educational opportunities in the arts, Father Korth said.

Want to Go?

WHAT: The Priests benefit concert

WHEN: Nov. 28

WHERE: Holland Performing Arts Center, Omaha

WHY: Benefit for Christian Urban Education Services and St. Augustine Indian Mission

COST: Tickets start at $25

PURCHASE: Call 402-345-0606, go online at, or visit the Ticket Omaha Box Office, 13th and Douglas streets.

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