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Post date: 02/01/2019
After 34 years with Knights of Columbus Insurance, Kevin Pfeifer announced his retirement Jan. 25. Pfeifer began his career as a field agent in 1984 in the Grand Island area. He was promoted to general agent in 1994 and began Kevin Pfeifer Agency with four agents. He eventually built the agency to serve all of Nebraska. It was recognized four...
Post date: 02/01/2019
An Omaha nonprofit is seeking donations of toys for children and teenagers undergoing cancer treatment. Lolo’s Angels, named for Lauren “Lolo” Hacker, a junior at Omaha’s Marian High School who recovered from acute myelocytic leukemia (AML), was formed by her parents to help other young people facing similar challenges. The organization’s junior...
Post date: 02/01/2019
The Polish Heritage Society of Nebraska announced its annual Pope St. John Paul II high school scholarship competition. Eighth-grade students of Polish descent graduating from an archdiocesan Catholic grade school this spring and planning to attend an area Catholic high school next fall are eligible to apply for one of several $1,000 scholarships...
Post date: 02/01/2019
A student at Holy Cross School in Omaha was honored at halftime of a College of Saint Mary (CSM) basketball game along with 21 other eighth-graders from Omaha Public Schools in recognition of her outstanding character. Tamyiah Nielsen was honored in the first year of the Lead Like a Girl awards program. Each winner is a member of an athletic team...
Post date: 02/01/2019
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts declared Jan. 16 as Religious Freedom Day in the state, coinciding with the nationwide recognition of the anniversary of the 1786 passage of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom. Ricketts signed the proclamation Jan. 14 during a ceremony at the State Capitol and was joined by faith leaders, students and...

Students at St. Cecilia School in Omaha load donated diapers into a truck Dec. 17 for delivery to Lydia House in Omaha, the Open Door Mission’s shelter for women and families. Student Council members organized the Advent season diaper drive that collected more than 15,600 diapers. Because the drive surpassed its original goal of 2,000 diapers, three students were selected to “pie their principal,” Julie Pick, at a school assembly Dec. 21.
Post date: 01/04/2019

Father Anthony Weidner, pastor of St. Michael Parish in South Sioux City, left, and Father Michael Keating, associate pastor, cut the ribbon at the dedication of their new parish center Dec. 15. Archbishop George J. Lucas blessed and dedicated the center following a Mass, then joined parishioners, priests and religious sisters for refreshments.
Post date: 01/04/2019
Post date: 01/04/2019
Holy Cross School in Omaha exceeded the $2,500 fundraising goal for its annual Operation Giving campaign, which provides funds for Holy Cross Parish families in need. To celebrate, on Dec. 18 more than 400 students and staff participated in Sumopalooza II as teachers donned inflatable sumo wrestler costumes and pretended to wrestle each other...
Post date: 01/04/2019
More than 6,000 people had a Christmas meal thanks to the annual Operation Others food drive and efforts of students from the eight Omaha-area Catholic high schools. Working with Catholic Charities, students signed up 1,220 families to receive the donations. Students also planned fundraisers and food collections, and prepared, packaged and...
Post date: 01/04/2019
At St. Francis School in Humphrey, something was missing in the school’s accelerated reading (AR) program – variety. So Stacie Baumgart, AR coordinator, came up with a solution. She developed the “passport” program, which encouraged reading program participants in grades one through seven to select works from a variety of literary genres. After...

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