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Post date: 03/15/2019
Hanna Stec, a senior at Mercy High School and member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, both in Omaha, has been named a finalist in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. She was named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist last fall and is now among students who are eligible for 7,500 merit scholarships nationally. Stec is a member of...
Post date: 03/15/2019
Marian Standeven, vice president for mission integration at College of Saint Mary (CSM) in Omaha, has won the 2019 College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). The award is presented to UNO alumni who have distinguished themselves through their...

Members of the Creighton Prep mock trial team pose with coaches and Judge Timothy Burns after winning the 2018 Nebraska high school mock trial competition Dec. 4 at the Federal Courthouse in Omaha. From left: Patrick Cooper, attorney at Fraser Stryker law firm; junior Chris Nubel; sophomore Nate Reyes; senior Jaliya Nagahawatte; Judge Timothy Burns, judge of the state competition; sophomore Dominic Mendlik; juniors Joe Oberlies, Mason Mandolfo and Matthew Mandolfo; and Mark Laughlin, attorney at Fraser Stryker. COURTESY PHOTO
Post date: 03/01/2019
For the second year in a row, Creighton Prep has taken control of the courtroom. Finishing its local competition season 9-0, the Prep mock trial team qualified for the state tournament Dec. 3 and 4 at the Federal Courthouse in Omaha after defeating other top-ranked teams from the metro area including Duchesne Academy and Skutt Catholic. At this...
Post date: 03/01/2019
The Catholic Professional & Business Club will honor two business leaders who exemplify Catholic principles in the workplace at its fourth annual Leading with Faith Award luncheon.  Archbishop George J. Lucas will present the award during the luncheon March 14 at the Scott Conference Center in Omaha. This year’s finalists and their parishes...
Post date: 03/01/2019
The ministry of acolyte was conferred on seminarian Paul Floersch during a Mass at the Pontifical North American College in Rome Feb. 24. Floersch is a native Omahan and member of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Omaha. Bishop Steven J. Lopes of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter conducted the ceremony. During the rite, he placed a...
Post date: 03/01/2019
An Omaha college is one of 25 in the United States selected for the second annual Diversity, Civility and Liberal Arts Institute, to be held June 2-5 in Atlanta. College of Saint Mary is the only Nebraska school selected for the institute, which aims to help faculty and administrators address issues of diversity, civility, inclusion and student...
Post date: 03/01/2019
Students and staff at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Omaha marked their patron’s feast day Feb. 11 with an all-school Mass celebrated by Archbishop George J. Lucas. The archbishop also recognized the middle school youth group for its recent drive to collect more than 600 deodorant and other personal hygiene items for homeless clients at the Stephen...
Post date: 03/01/2019
Mercy High School announced its 2019 Distinguished Woman of Mercy Alumna winner at its annual FIESTA fundraiser Feb. 16. Ann Bendon Wieberg, class of 1957, will receive the award at the Omaha school’s 2019 all-school reunion June 2 in recognition of her years of service to her family, the Mercy family and the broader community. Bendon Wieberg...

During a book signing Jan. 25 at Via Christe Assisted Living Community in Omaha, retired Msgr. James Gilg, left, who lives at Boys Town, watches as Father Clifford Stevens signs a copy of his new book, “Legacy of Devotion,” about Servant of God Father Edward Flanagan, founder of Boys Town in Omaha. PHOTO BY MIKE BUCKLEY
Post date: 02/15/2019
The story of a priest who revolutionized the way orphaned, disadvantaged and troubled youth were cared for – and who now is under consideration for sainthood – is the subject of a new book by one of those youths. “Legacy of Devotion” by retired Father Clifford Stevens, is a biography of Servant of God Father Edward Flanagan, founder of Boys Town...
Post date: 02/15/2019
Youth Frontiers, a Midwest organization for character education, has named senior Selena Thompson of V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School as its 2019 Character Award winner and scholarship recipient. Along with the award, Thompson received a $2,500 college scholarship for her exceptional leadership skills. Thompson was nominated by her...

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