VOCATION QUEST By Brother August Schaefer, O.S.B.
Featuring Rev. Mr. Gary Hennessey, Archbishop George Lucas, Brother Gregory Congote, O.S.B.,
Mr. Zach Tucker (’08), and Brother James Pope, O.S.B.
T his semester at seminary I am in an traditional notion of vocation so as to be
able to apply it to all those who minister
introductory course on pastoral ministry.
In this course we have been using a book in the church. Her definition of vocation is
that was just written by one of the other long and detailed, but I believe it is helpful
faculty members, Kathleen Cahalan’s book for all people to consider: vocation is “the
Introducing the Practice of Ministry. I want response to God’s call and the Spirit’s
to share just a few brief thoughts from charisms manifest in adult life commitments
this book because it has challenged some in relationship to three aspects of the self:
of the ways in which I think about the (1) how I live, particularly in relationship
topic of vocation. (Oddly enough, in the to permanent post-baptism commitments;
process of writing the book Cahalan was (2) what I do, the service I offer to God in
also challenged and intrigued by the topic and for a community; and (3) who I am,
of vocation so much that she has developed the sense of self as it relates to my personal,
a whole course on that topic which I will historical, cultural, and social contexts. Our
be enrolled in next semester—she’s already baptismal identity and call to be a Christian
given me the readings and told me I have disciple is lived out in and through the
a lot of work to do.) Anyway, in the second particular callings that constitute our
chapter of her book, Cahalan expands the vocation.” That’s a lot to digest.
Story continues on page 7
Celebrating 25 Years in Service to God Page
25 years in the Order of Saint Benedict: 25 years in the Priesthood: 6
Father Louis Sojka, O.S.B. ’81 Father Daniel Lenz, O.S.B. ’76
Volume 56, Issue 10
LETTEr frOm ThE ABBOT
We have been fortunate this fall to have in their prayers. They were finally rescued about
enjoyed spectacular weather throughout the 70 days later.
month of October. The cool, crisp, clear days In an extended sense, we are all waiting for
have allowed area farmers to move ahead with rescue. We are all trying to respond to God’s
their harvest at a comfortable pace. No worry invitation to eternal life. God’s call to holiness
about rain. No worry about excessively cold extends to everyone — to people who are young,
weather. Just a time to appreciate God’s bounty and people who are old; to people who are
in fields of corn and soybeans. happy, and people who are sad; to people who
Of course harvests don’t happen of their own have too much to do, and people who do not
accord. Someone has to make sure combines and have enough to do; to people in love, and to
trucks are ready to go. Someone has to make people who are lonely. The harvest is ready, but
…In an sure storage facilities are prepared to hold the someone has to make the effort to ensure that
extended crops that are brought in. Someone has to make the harvest is brought home. Those harvesters
sense, we the effort to keep machinery running. None of it are individuals with whom God entrusts
happens without considerable effort. a special vocation, especially as priests and
are all religious. No one in the church is unaware that
At the same time Midwesterners were
waiting for there are fewer vocations to the priesthood and
focusing on an agricultural harvest, miners in
rescue… South America were trying to reap a different
to the religious way of life than there have been
in the past. But the need for priests and religious
harvest from the deep in the recesses of the
has not abated. In many ways, it has grown.
Andes mountains. On August 5, the San Jose
gold and copper mine near Copiapo, Chile, What might we do? The first obvious answer
collapsed, trapping 33 miners some 2,300 feet is that we can intercede with God to inspire
below ground. The miners were without contact more young men and women to consider the
with the surface for 17 days, barely surviving call to the priesthood and to the religious life.
on a few tins of food below. Once a small bore Every Thursday and Sunday, the monks in the
hole reached the miners, food and water was monastery make a special prayer to God for
sent below. Though it did not receive much vocations. A second answer is to encourage
attention in the media, the miners survived young men and women to consider serving
not just because food and water reached them. God and God’s people in the priesthood and
They also survived because of their faith. the religious life. We can draw attention to
Once contact was made with the unique opportunities that are possible in
the miners at the end the service of God’s people. We try to do that
of that first 17 days, with our students in our classrooms. We also
among items they try by the example of the lives which we lead
Christmas requested be in the monastery to show that service to God
and service to God’s people is an especially
and New Year’s sent below
ennobling way of life. A third answer is to
mass Schedule religious
demonstrate by our own lives how much we
Christmas Eve Mass articles.
appreciate and are grateful for those whose lives
December 24th • 8:00pm make it possible for us to find our way to God
Christmas Day Mass more readily.
December 25th • 11:00am take the The harvest is great and laborers are few.
New Year’s Day Mass role of leading But with prayer, encouragement and effort we
January 1st • 9:30am the miners in can try to increase the number of laborers who
their devotions. devote themselves to a truly unique and special
They chose one of way of life.
their own to lead them rt. rev. michael Liebl, O.S.B.
memorial Information Births
Often inquiries are made about our memorials, Weston Jacob, October 4th, 2010, 9 lbs. 6 oz.
for relatives and friends, living or deceased. At Cody (’97) and Claudia Wickham
Mount Michael one can enroll families or friends Richard Allen, October 20th, 2010, 7 lbs. 2 oz.
in our memorial foundation. This consists of daily Chris (’93) and Sheila Shramek
remembrance at the Eucharist and the Divine Office
by the monks of Mount Michael Abbey. Upon Fredrica Ann, August 4th, 2010
enrollment, we will notify the family with a card. Jude (’92) and Alexis Beller
The suggested offering for this memorial enrollment is: John David, September 21st, 2010, 11 lbs.
David (’99) and Jill Foley
One Year $50
Five Years $100
One Year $100 mass Information
Five Years $200 If you find that your pastor is unable to
conveniently take care of Masses you wish to have
Lifetime $500 celebrated for your particular intentions, Mount
Michael Abbey welcomes the requests for such
intentions. We will see to it that the Masses are
celebrated as promptly as possible.
The offering you make should correspond with
that suggested by the diocese in which you reside.
Your pastor will be able to inform you of what the
stipend of a particular diocese may be.
Mass Intentions $10.00
Please address such requests to:
Deaths Development Office
Mount Michael Benedictine Abbey
Willow Head 22520 Mount Michael Road
Wife of Robert Head Elkhorn, NE 68022
Supporters of Mount Michael
Great Uncle of
Father Louis Sojka, O.S.B. (’81)
Mother of Rev. Charles Zach (’63)
Kevin (’99) and Andrea Clanton, Married August, 2010
Kent (’89) and Patricia Grady, Married October, 2010
Tim (’03) and Alece Hall, Married October, 2010
Andy (’01) and Elizabeth Worthington,
Married October, 2010
Eric (’07) and Lori Carlin, Married November, 2010
LETTEr frOm ThE PrESIDENT
This year two of our monks celebrate love that cannot be appreciated until it is lived.
jubilees—Father Daniel Lenz, twenty-five years No doubt there are many other reasons for a
as a priest, and Father Louis Sojka, twenty- shortage of vocations today. I would like to
five years’ profession as a monk. This is a good concentrate on only one reason—family life.
opportunity to reflect on vocations, not just to When I was growing up I was told a vocation
priesthood and religious life but on all of our begins with the grandmother. That is worth
vocations. At our Baptism we all received a call thinking about. But family is under siege today.
to serve the Lord as Christians—some as single Everyone is too busy, despite all the technology
Christians, some as married couples and some as we have that is supposed to save us time. Sports,
priests or religious. with all the good they do, are hard on the family
Since we are celebrating these two jubilees life and the time that is supposed to be spent
I mentioned I would like to reflect with you at together.
…God this time on vocations to the priesthood and the But we cannot overlook another fundamental
feeds the religious life. No doubt a vocation to this way of reason. There are a growing number of couples
life has a divine element—a call from God. But who are living together without the intention of
birds of there is also a human element to vocations. As getting married civilly or having their marriage
the air, but the saying goes, “God feeds the birds of the air, blessed by the Church. That is a fundamental
He does but He does not put the worm in the nest.” We flaw that certainly does not bode well for a
have a part in vocation. vocation to come from that kind of union. So
not put the So what about the human element? There maybe all I am asking is that husbands and
worm in are so many obstacles to a religious vocation wives take a look at their family life and see
the nest… today, so many opportunities for young people how it may be made more conducive to having
that a religious vocation does not seem to enter a religious vocation come from it. And I will
into their choices. Then there is the matter of continue to ask all of our students to at least
celibacy. When I was teaching I always asked my consider whether or not the Lord may be calling
students how many would consider a vocation them to this kind of life.
to priesthood or religious life. Not many hands Here at Mount Michael we celebrate
would go up. Then I would ask “Why not?” the jubilees occurring during the year on
and almost invariably the answers was “I want Thanksgiving Day, so we invite you to thank
to get married.” That is most understandable. God with us for our two who are celebrating
And I would not want a young person to jubilees this year as we pray to the Lord for even
pursue a religious vocation if he/she did not more vocations.
have a healthy respect and love for marriage as
a vocation. But the advantages of celibacy as a
service gives an opportunity to give and receive Abbot raphael Walsh, O.S.B.
BrEAkfAST WITh SANTA
Sunday, December 19th, 2010, mark your calendars for Breakfast with Santa!
Make this experience a new family tradition in your family! Mass will be held
at 9:30am in the Mount Michael Chapel and continental breakfast will be
served in the Armory to follow. Bring the whole family for this chance to meet
Santa and tell him all the things you want for Christmas this year. Guests will
be able to sit on Santa’s lap, take pictures and decorate cookies!
This event is free to all who attend. Current families, Alumni families and
friends of Mount Michael are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Amanda at
402-253-0950 so we know how many cookies to prepare in advance.
~ This event is brought to you by the Mount Michael Alumni Association
fIrST QUArTEr DEAN’S LIST 2010-2011
SENIORS JUNIORS SOPHOMORES FRESHMEN
FIRST HONORS FIRST HONORS FIRST HONORS FIRST HONORS
Sang-won Bahng Marty Anderson Michael Budler Ed Berry
Adam Behr Tyler Bolden Peter DeWald Matthew Bohnhoff
Alex Bittles Jared Bourek Garrett Frazell Jarrett Crnko
Michael Bohnhoff John Byrne Hunter Hottovy Cameron Engel
Darren Chew Nicholas Cairney Benet Kinghorn Will Ernst
Jacob Connealy Neal Colaric Joe Kucirek Rowan Gruber
Patrick DeWald Michael Collins Yun Sik Oh Alex Hynes
Alex Engelkamp Michael Duce Grant Ramm Charles Jarosik
Ryan Fuxa Tommy Feichtinger Jimmy Steier Kevin Jewell
Joshua Hankins Jun Haeng Ho Randy Speer Andrew Johannes
Joel Hotovy Hyo Bin Im Tom Kalil
Bryce Howe Jacob Kenney SECOND HONORS Lucas Lanphier
Paul Huss Taylor Korensky Gabe Cohen Justin Lytle
Jin Su Im Sean Kruger J.T. Cronin John Mikulicz
Jae Hoon Jung Evan Murray Yutong Gao Matthew Okalebo
Kyung Mo Kang Songa Rugangazi Vincent Harvey Austin Ramaekers
Connor Keegan Joe Stellato Andrew Karstrom Wilhelm Sleddens
Michael Kellar George Townsend Cory Keegan Jackson Taylor
Gunhwan Kim Nathan Van Haute Yoonho Kim Scott Townsend
Kevin Koch Mark Loeffelholz Kyle Silke
Peter Kritenbrink SECOND HONORS David Wooten Griffin Willer
Zachary Loeffelholz Trevor Anderson Tommy Maliszewski
Grant Parr Joe Bastian Connor Moynihan SECOND HONORS
Jake Rauterkus Lukas Buehler Elliot Prusa Spencer Connors
Eddie Ridder Matt Denton Joshua Rauterkus Collin Donahue
Clayton Taylor Joe Ernst Jacob Recker Zach Drahota
Ian Taylor Alex Gass Will Watson Garrison Emsick
Bobby Thomas Tea Hyun Hwang Jacob Eyth
Dean Tiwald Yoon Jea Im Preston Hendricks
Joshua Tucker Graham Jewell Jared Jamrog
Vincent Van Haute Byong Wook Kim Elliott Spenner
Dylan Venteicher Nico Marasco Steffen Wells
Sungha Yim Zachary Murphy
Yuan Zhou Jack Pape
SECOND HONORS Garret Sehn
James Benson Ian Sheets
Mount Michael Knights!
Gabe Karstrom Michael Sojka MM Wins at UNL Math Day
Tae Hoon Kim Connor Spiegel
Joshua Mitten Ian Thomas 2010 B-1 District Cross Country Champions
Noah Kenney Thomas Walter 2010 B-2 District Tennis Champions
Graham Willer Richard Woods
12 Knights named by the College Board as
mOUNT mIChAEL JUBILArIANS
Father Louis Sojka, Father Daniel Lenz,
O.S.B. ’81 O.S.B. ’76
25 Years Professed 25 Years Ordained
1984 - Entered Novitiate Year 1979 - Made First Vows
1985 - Made First Vows 1982 - Made Final Vows
1988 - Made Final Vows /Solemn 1985 - Ordained to Priesthood
Profession Faculties in Eastern Catholic
1990 - Ordained to Priesthood Rite
Helps with Spanish Mass and
What are your primary duties here at Mount How do you best express your spirituality?
I would say that I have a deeply profound love for
Subprior, Business Manager, Liturgist, Organist and interest in religious artwork. My priestly study
influences my artwork. I have studied 15 plus years
What led you to monastic life here at Mount spirituality in paintings and sculptures. I not only look
Michael? at the subject, but at the life and spiritual influence
in each piece. I write icons and do Byzantine-style
I experienced the witness of a number of religious
stonework, as well as teach art to Mount Michael
growing up: the Franciscans in grade school; the
students using stone, wood, metal and other art media.
Benedictines in high school; the Dominicans and Jesuits
Jesus himself was a carpenter; he made beautiful pieces
in college. While attending Creighton University I
from wood that he learned from Saint Joseph. My
renewed contact with younger members of the Mount
favorite confirmation retreat story is “Jeremiah and the
Michael community who were also studying at
potter;” God is the potter and we
Creighton. Mount Michael accepted me as an “Affiliate”
are His clay.
after my second year of college, whereby I lived with the
community and continued with classes. I entered the
What has been your greatest challenge?
novitiate between my third and fourth years, professing
my first vows on July 28th, 1985. Graduation from For me, I had many questions before entering the
Creighton followed the next year with a degree in Priesthood about family and being a father. Everyone
German. I completed four years of theology studies at wants to be a father and raise a family. Often I
Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, wondered, “How can I be a dad if I become a priest?”
with ordination to the priesthood in 1990. and “How will I deal with not having a family?” As
I progressed in my studies and began meeting new
What is one monastic memory you would like to people and entering parishes, I looked all around me
share? to discover I was surrounded by family and my family
reached farther than I had ever imagined. And just
Monastic life has given me great support and
like Saint Joseph, I act as a foster-father, guiding and
opportunities. It has brought out gifts and talents
teaching students skills and scripture.
I did not know I had. An example in this regard is
how it came to be that I am organist at daily Mass
What are your aspirations as a priest?
and monastic prayer. Abbot Raphael was seeking
an organist for monastic prayer and he asked that I want to continue my spiritual education. I want
I consider playing. I had twelve years of piano to keep studying early church fathers and saints.
instruction from Miss Isabelle Micek and the organ Renewing my energy, always learning and growing in
was unfamiliar to me. Abbot Raphael “firmly” asked faith and ministry. Keeping with me always, The Jesus
that I consider this new instrument and when I Prayer ~ “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on
hesitated he replied, “They both [the piano and the me, a sinner.”
organ] have black and white keys. You’ll do fine!” I have
been playing—and learning—the organ ever since.
VOCATION QUEST Continued from page 1
I think an example of this might be useful. I’m One of the features of Cahalan’s definition of
going to use Br. Gregory (or Gregorio as we know vocation is that it is manifest in adult life. Does this
him up here at Collegeville) because his vocation is mean that children do not have a vocation? Of course
in the process of being shaped in a particular way they do. All of the baptized do. That is why so many of
that is unique to him at the moment. First, part the vocational programs that we work with are aimed
1—how he lives. He is a solemnly professed member toward younger people—programs such as the sixth-
of the monastic community. His post-baptismal grade vocation rally that Fr. Louis attended on Oct. 22
commitment is to Mount Michael Abbey. Then, with all the students from the urban Omaha Catholic
part 2—what he does. Right now he’s a transitional Schools and Archbishop Lucas. A program such as
deacon finishing his studies in preparation for priestly this aims to show students how some of their gifts can
ordination. In December he will return to Nebraska to be used in a particular way in serving the community.
begin serving in a parish to complete his preparation; All of this is a very long way of saying that you too
there he will serve our community by serving the can help with vocation work here for Mount Michael.
local parish in which he is placed. He will practice the Each of the monks have been given the seven aspects
skills he needs to function as a priest in community. of discipleship in various ways, and I’m sure that you
Finally, part 3—who he is. Gregory is from Colombia; see some monks displaying more of one aspect while
he was formed in that country and now lives in the another monk displays more of another. You may also
Midwest. This unique combination of his birthplace see some aspects that we as a community may want
and current residence makes him uniquely suited to to develop, and along with that you may see some
serve some of the local communities in Nebraska that young person who has the potential for growing into
have large Hispanic populations. More than that, that aspect. If you do, I would ask that you consider
however, are the parts of his being that are the gifts of suggesting that they should look into developing that
discipleship that he was given by the Spirit in baptism. aspect of discipleship for a service to the church—and
Cahalan identified seven features of discipleship that especially remembering Mount Michael in that
are bestowed in varying degrees at baptism—follower, suggestion. I’m sure I’ll have more to relate on this
worshiper, witness, forgiver, neighbor, prophet, and issue in the next Michaeleen. I will also be working on
steward. I see traces of all of these in Br. Gregory, explaining some of the new programs that we will be
but I have especially seen him develop three of these working on as a community in order to continue to
in his studies here at Seminary. He is a worshiper grow our vocations and service to the church. Thank
and has learned many skills in planning and leading you, and as always please pray for us and for myself
communal worship. He has developed the skills and Br. Gregory as we continue our seminary studies.
of forgiver and neighbor in his work as a hospital We will continue to offer our thanks to God for your
chaplain. Those are the three aspects of discipleship continued support.
that I believe will drive and mold his work in a parish
starting in December. Brother August Schaefer, O.S.B.
Bring Home Father John’s Jams and Jellies for the Holidays!
All Quarts and Pints $5.00
Jam and Jelly Flavors: Kosher Dill Pickles: $5.00
Grape • Jalapeño Salsa: $5.00
Chokecherry • Apple Butter Pumpkin Bread (call in advance)
Rhubarb/Strawberry Small Loaves: $3.00
fAThEr JOhN hAGEmANN, O.S.B. ’67
Father John Hagemann, O.S.B., Teacher of the Year Acceptance Speech
I n 1995, December 8th, the Feast of the Since the chapel is so close to the parking
Immaculate Conception fell on a Friday. lot, I could hear the joyous reaction to the news
Our area here in Nebraska was brewing one about getting out of classes the rest of the day
of those typical Nebraska snow blizzards. In and getting a longer weekend. Soon the students
1995, December 8th, the Feast of Immaculate were like ants—running everywhere—outside in
Conception, Mount Michael (believe it or not) the snow. They were happy—they were grabbing
decided to call a snow day. Oh, I should qualify their laundry baskets of dirty clothes and
that – it was actually snow hours. heading for their cars. One of the seniors—it
If any of you know anything about Mount was Jon King—noticed that his car was cleared
Michael, you know that we hardly EVER of snow and his windshield was clean. To this
have snow days—hardly EVER. But…it was day, Jon always remembers this little act of
a Friday!! kindness—(I guess you might say). Little did I
We scheduled Mass the period after lunch know that such a little thing would remain with
and the administration decided to allow the this boy for the rest of his life.
students to go home early so that we would Students remember—they remember—trust
not be stuck with them over the weekend. This me—they remember. Sometimes they remember
was on a day before we had 7-day boarders! too much—but they do remember.
Of course, we could not announce this news Each of the honorees here tonight is here
in a public way to the students. They go a little because he or she is being remembered for
“crazy” with such freedom. Instead we just many things. I truly believe that all teachers are
decided that the celebrant of the day would remembered for one reason or another, but it
announce the “good” news at the end of the just so happens that the honorees tonight have
Eucharist. Fr. Louis Sojka was celebrant that floated to the top.
day—I remember it distinctly! It is indeed an honor to celebrate and enjoy
Having already celebrated the Eucharist being remembered this evening with: Peggy
earlier in the day with the monks, I got right to Grennan, Carolyn Jaworski, Scott Olson, Sr.
it—I got my snow gear on and headed for the Anita Rolenc, Laurie Majerus, Tina Schofield,
parking lot to get it cleared so the students could Sara Jorgensen, and Patty Rezek.
get out. Then I also started clearing the students’ However, I am sure that all of the honorees
Father John cars of snow—especially their windshields. I just would admit that they would like the spotlight
Hagemann, went from car to car as fast as I could. There was taken off of them tonight and turned around
O.S.B.; Center already a four-inch layer of snow to deal with. and put on those who helped them, as teachers
Photos Courtesy of The Archbishop Dinner Photographer
The Hagemann Family: Lois Dohmen, George Dohmen, Lyle Hoppe, John Noble (’86), Judy Hoppe, Alan Hagemann (’83),
Fr. John (’67), Ruth Hagemann, Jim Hageman, Joyce Dohmen, Jerry Hagemann, and Paul Dohmen.
NAmED TEAChEr Of ThE YEAr
The honored educators are shown with Omaha Archbishop George Lucas, center. From left: Peggy Grennan, Laurie Majerus,
Tina Schofield, Father John Hagemann, O.S.B., Archbishop Lucas, Scott Olson, Sara Jorgensen, Carolyn Jaworski, Sister
Anita Rolenc and Patty Rezek.
in their lives. So I ask all of you tonight to To you, Archbishop George Lucas—I really
remember, to remember, the teachers in your do not know how to explain this, but every time ‘Educaion
lives. Many of us owe a lot to those who formed I mention your name in the Eucharistic prayer, es la jave
us, trained and influenced us. I want to take it seems like I know you well. I have hardly de le vida’
this opportunity to mention a few teachers in had a conversation with you since you have
my life who did this for me. They would be: my assumed your duties here in the Archdiocese
Mom and Dad—Sally and Al—all my brothers of Omaha. You are GREAT—you ARE the Education
and sisters, their wives and husbands, and most man—you ARE the priest—the fullness of the
certainly my nieces and nephews and now priesthood—you are the Archbishop and a great is the key
their children—most recently it would be twin leader. I don’t want you to get a big head now, to life
girls—miracle babies in lots of ways—Grace but the feeling I have when I mention your
Christiana and Hope Celestine (one is never too name in the Eucharistic prayer is how I felt
old to learn and never too young to teach), the when I came back from Mexico in 1996.
Benedictine sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery I did not get much news there in those days
in Yankton, SD—Sr. Adelaide, Sr. Matthias where I lived and it was a bit shocking to me to
and Sr. Leonilla—a great uncle whom I never find out that both Henri Nouwen and Joseph
had in the classroom, but he taught well—Br. Cardinal Bernardin had died. I never met those
Adrian Borer a Franciscan Friar—all the two men, but I felt I really did know them
monks of Mount Michael Abbey, especially very well. I have the same feeling about you,
Fr. Nathanael Foshage and Killer Kane – oh!!! Archbishop George!
Killer Kane—also Miss Jean Troy—then The Latin word for educate is educare—to
the professors at Creighton University—I literally - lead out—you are leading us out of
will always have a soft spot in my heart for our ignorance and darkness—into knowledge
Creighton U—then the professors of St. John’s and light—you are giving us life—the Spanish-
University, Collegeville, Minnesota—the monks speaking world has a wonderful expression
of St. John’s and the professors in Israel—then —Educaion es la jave de la vida—Education is
the professors of UNO—especially Dr. Glenn the key to life. You are our leader, educating us
Newkirk—in music I owe much to Abbot in the light of Christ!!
Gregory of Conception Abbey and Marilyn All of us, as Christians, have been marked
Thies, our organist at Mount Michael, and Cina with the sign of the cross—let us be who we are.
Crisara when I was with the Omaha Symphonic Let us teach by example and acts of kindness to
Chorus—and in actuality, I must say all the one another.
Mount Michael students in the history of the Amen, Alleluia! Let’s go home and teach!
school. A teacher learns much from his or
Mount Michael Night at the Nighthawks
their Photo by Brother Luke
Zach Nelson (’79), owner of the Nighthawks, with Mount Michael students.
S tudents of Mount Michael Benedictine great seats, two students were awarded passes to
School experienced the Omaha Nighthawks watch the game from the sidelines.
UFL game Thursday, October 28th, 2010, Mount Michael faculty, staff and the monastic
courtesy of Alumnus Zach Nelson (’79), community were quick to jump at the chance to
CEO of NetSuite and owner of the Omaha attend this game. With the game sold out, Mr.
Nighthawks. Before the game, Mr. Nelson co- Nelson gave an additional 250 tickets to Mount
hosted a tailgate fundraiser for Mount Michael Michael Development Team to sell as a school
families, Alumni and their families, and school fundraiser. All tickets were quickly purchased by
supporters. As a featured part of the evening, current parents, Alumni and their families, and
Mr. Nelson hosted 10 guests in his Owner’s members of the Mount Michael community.
Suite. Over $6,000 was raised from ticket sales Excitement consumed the pre-game tailgate, co-
and the tailgate; all funds go directly back to hosted by Mr. Nelson and the Mount Michael
Mount Michael Benedictine School. Alumni Association, in the VIP section of the
“The highlight of my entire year was visiting parking lot before the game. Guests were treated
the kids in their section and seeing how much to a cocktail and buffet reception, a visit and
they enjoyed their night at the Nighthawks!” Mr. autographs from the Nighthawk cheerleading
Nelson was quoted at the end of the evening. squad, as well as a meet and greet with Mr.
As guests of Mr. Nelson, students had their own Nelson before the game. Proceeds reached
section to cheer for the Nighthawks. “What over $6,000 from ticket sales and tailgate
a surprising atmosphere brought to Omaha” sales; everything was given to Mount Michael
said senior Alex Engelkamp, “It was exciting Benedictine School’s Annual Appeal Campaign.
to see all the energy and sportsmanship in the This annual campaign provides over $430,000
stadium.” Principal Tom Ridder had this to in scholarships each year for students to attend
say, “It was a very enjoyable evening for all our Mount Michael.
Want to young men. All of the boys had a great time and Mount Michael Benedictine School is a
we are very thankful to Zach Nelson, class of catholic college preparatory residential/day
1979, for making it happen.” In addition to the school, located in Elkhorn, for young men
pictures? committed to academic excellence. Current
enrollment is 196 students, student to teacher
To see more pictures taken at Mount Michael Night at the ratio is 8:1, and the average ACT score is 27.6
Nighthawks, as well as pictures from the Kickoff Party, in the class of 2010.
22nd ANNUAL kNIGhTS IN TUSCANY
C ontinuing the tradition…event co-chairs the winter to prepare for this event. Their hard
work in past years has paid off with an end result
Dr. Bill and Mrs. Deb Thomas, along with Mr.
Brian and Mrs. Cindy Engel, announced the theme fundraising over $385,000 in 2010.
of the 22nd Annual Night of Knights, Knights in In addition to this event, parents have created a
Tuscany, to be held Saturday, April 9th, 2011, on “Kickoff ” party to announce the theme and start the
Mount Michael’s campus. Current parents, school planning process for the entire event. In January,
board members, alumni and their families attended the co-chairs will host an Italian-themed lunch
the Kickoff Party at the Millard Plaza Ballroom, for all Mount Michael students to hear the official
Thursday, November 11th. In conjunction with this announcement as well as sign up to work the event as
year’s theme, the Kickoff Party was designed as a wine bid runners.
tasting featuring Tuscan wines paired with Italian Tuscany is known for its beautiful landscapes, its
foods. Wines were provided by WineStyles owner rich artistic legacy and its vast cultural influence.
and current parent Bob Bolden. Introduced in the Mount Michael, like Tuscany, is known for its
evening’s program were the 2011 Guest of Honor, picturesque 400 acres, its formation of Christian
Judge Lyle E. Strom, and Honorary Chairs, Community, and commitment to academic
Dr. Robert and Mrs. Susan Recker. excellence. Mount Michael chose Tuscany as their
The Night of Knights Dinner and Silent Auction theme for its 22nd Annual Night of Knights dinner
was started nearly 22 years ago, by Mount Michael and silent auction to showcase the timeless charm and
parents, as a way to raise money for the school’s alluring splendor of Mount Michael, Nebraska’s best
improvements, tuition assistance, and operating kept secret. Night of Knights, Knights in Tuscany, is
budget. Since then, this small cocktail party has set for Saturday, April 9th, 2011. Guests can expect to
grown into an elegant occasion set to a distinctive be transported to the Tuscan countryside right here
theme including dinner and live auction. Current on Mount Michael’s campus.
parents volunteer their time and talents all through
Co-chairs Dr. Bill and Mrs. Deb Thomas, Abbot Michael Liebl, O.S.B., Honorary
Chairs Dr. Robert and Mrs. Susan Recker, Director of Development Mrs. Kimberly
Volpone, School Board President Ms. Mary Kay
Miller, Abbot Raphael Walsh, O.S.B., and
Co-chair Mrs. Cindy Engel.
O.S.B., Co-Cha alsh,
Brian and Mrs s Mr.
Engel and Dr.
in Photos by Father Dan Mrs. Deb Thom ill and
Save the DateS!
DECEMBER 2010 JuNE 2011
19 Breakfast with Santa 3 DJ Sokol Memorial Alumni
AP Ri L 2011 4 Alumni Reunion
9 22nd Annual Night
of Knights JuLY 2011
9-10 Mount Michael Alumni
Check our website for updates! Service Retreat
A Quarterly Publication of
MOUNT MICHAEL BENEDICTINE ABBEY & SCHOOL
22520 Mount Michael Road • Elkhorn, NE 68022-3400
Abbot Rt. Rev. Michael Liebl, O.S.B.
School President Abbot Raphael Walsh, O.S.B.
Director of Development Kim Volpone
Kimberly A. Volpone
School Principal Tom Ridder
Director of Admissions Eric Crawford
Editor Amanda Erwin
Monastic Editor Rev. Richard Thell, O.S.B.
Publishing Editors Mary Cormier Michele Whitaker
Father John Hagemann, O.S.B.
Brother Luke Clinton, O.S.B.
Brother August Schaefer, O.S.B.
Mount Michael Directory
mount michael BOARD OF DIrECTOrS
BOArD Of DIRECTORS
William J. Behrendt
Mount Michael Chapel Alumni Association Jude Beller ’92
Visitors are always welcome For information about meetings/events or to Eric Crawford ’00
Daily Mass 7:15am • Sunday Mass 9:30am report news: 402-253-0953 Robert D. Goldsmith
Saturday 8:00am firstname.lastname@example.org Laura Hickman
Sara York Kenny, Ph.D.
Liturgy of the Hours (Monday-Saturday) World Wide Web
Thomas McKnight, M.D.
Morning Praise 6:30am www.mountmichael.org (Abbey) Robert Lanik
Noon Day Prayer 11:45am www.mountmichaelhs.org (School)
www.mountmichael.com (School) Rt. Rev. Michael Liebl, O.S.B. ’68
Vespers 5:15pm www.mountmichael.net (Alumni) Mary Kay Miller
Night Prayer (In the Abbey) 7:00pm Prayer Needs and Spiritual Direction Brian Morrissey ’84
St. Benedict Guest House Abbot Theodore, O.S.B., 402-206-2089
Theodore, Ravi Nath, Ph.D.
Gift Shop/Lunches/Teas/Dessert Br. James Pope, O.S.B.
School Admissions Thomas
Day Retreats Eric Crawford, 402-253-0946
Br. Jerome Kmiecik, 402-206-2069 Todd Rohweder
email@example.com Rev. Louis Sojka, O.S.B. ’81
Vocation Ministry Oﬃce
Development Office Audrey Suing
For information about monastic life: Kim Volpone, 402-253-0964
Kimberly A. Volpone, 402-253-0964 Thell,
Rev. Richard Thell, O.S.B.
Brother August, firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com A. Volpone
Oblates of St. Benedict Rt. Rev. Raphael Walsh, O.S.B.
Prior Richard Thell, O.S.B., 402-289-2541 x1002
Br. Jerome Kmiecik, O.S.B., 402-206-2069 Bernard J. Wilson, Jr. M.D. ’84
firstname.lastname@example.org Emeritus Peggy Sokol
6 8 10 11
ISSUE… Jubilarians Teacher of the Year Nighthawks knights in Tuscany