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Spirit Award winner saluted at annual dinner

It was a night to remember for fans of Catholic radio. A crowd of nearly 340 attended the third annual KVSS Spirit Award Dinner at the St. Robert Bellarmine Parish Center in Omaha Nov. 15. The dinner is an important fund raiser for KVSS, with funds helping finance the station's local programming.

A little more than a decade ago, Catholic radio became a reality in Omaha, thanks to the efforts of a dedicated board of directors and the spiritual guidance of Msgr. Peter Dunne and Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss.

During the past 10 years, the station has seen peaks and valleys, but has survived and is now well known by Catholic radio personnel across the country.

Much of the credit for the radio station's success goes to Jim Carroll, executive director at KVSS. His most recent challenge has been getting FCC approval for a new signal that will expand the coverage area to Omaha and Lincoln. It's been an arduous process, but Carroll and Tom Pogge, president of the station's board of directors, have devoted much time toward making the dream come true.

One of the people working behind the scenes to make the station a big success is Teresa Monaghen, moderator of the Secular Institute of the Apostolic Oblates and national director of the Pro Sanctity Movement. She received the 2008 Spirit Award at the dinner.

"The Spirit Award was created to recognize outstanding service in our mission at KVSS in bringing the Gospel message of Christ to the people of the Omaha and Lincoln area," Carroll said. "Teresa and Pro Sanctity have been instrumental in helping us carry out our mission."

After accepting the Spirit Award, Monaghen praised the late Bishop William Giaquinta, founder of the Pro Sanctity Movement, and the many people she has met in Pro Sanctity.

"We believe in the universal call to holiness and that all of us are brothers and sisters," she said. "We are all called to be saints."

This is the third year the award has been presented, with the first two recipients - Msgr. Dunne and Archbishop Curtiss - in the crowd giving Monaghen a standing ovation. It was a tribute well deserved for one of Christ's dedicated servants.

As Carroll says, when you meet Monaghen, you can't help but see the "light of Christ."

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