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Women in the Ignatian Tradition Then and Now

It seems that almost daily there is a news report about how a man of power has abused a woman, or numerous women. My own reaction to all of this is anger and frustration, but also a sense of awe at those courageous women who are pushing back against oppressive people and structures.

As I think back on my time at Prep in light of these painful stories, I find myself grateful for the central role of women both in the Ignatian tradition and at Creighton Prep where so many women were good to me and continue to help form good, faithful and intelligent young men.

Women had a significant impact on Ignatius’ life. He pledged his life to serve God in front of the Black Madonna at Montserrat, and ever since, Jesuits recognize Mary as the “mother of the Society.” While in Manresa and Barcelona, Ignatius said that the only person he met who entered more deeply into spiritual matters was an elderly woman of faith. He wrote his first extant letter to his close friend, Inés Pascual, a woman who had looked out for him in Barcelona.

Additionally, the early Jesuits were so involved in ministry to and with women that they were actually accused (falsely) of associating too closely with women. The Jesuits were one of the first groups to form houses to shelter and assist prostitutes, young girls and orphans in Rome, and they also trained lay women to spiritually counsel other women considering religious life.

Today, we continue to see women collaborating in nearly all of the ministries of the Society. They are teachers, leaders, friends and family who carry on the Ignatian tradition with great zeal and talent. In sum, women are and always have been a fundamental part of the Ignatian tradition.

During my time at Creighton Prep I was supervised by a smart and passionate woman in the theology department and was able to see many other women in the school making a deep impact on students’ lives. I think that Prep is and can continue to become a place where young men recognize and come to profoundly understand the dignity of women, with all of the gifts and blessings of who they are.

So as we celebrate our Ignatian heritage, we can reflect on the women of the past and in our own lives who have formed us and walked with us as followers of Ignatius. And as we do so, hopefully the Creighton Prep community can grow as a witness of hope and dignity for women and for all people in a culture that desperately needs it.

Chris Williams, S.J.

Graduate Studies

Loyola University Chicago


Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteer During Operation Others Delivery Weekend

On Saturday, December 16, Operation Others will deliver food to Omaha-area families for the 50th time. Almost 1,200 materially-poor families will receive a decent Christmas meal and a bit of extra food to last until school resumes, and your help is requested during Operation Others Delivery Weekend as follows:

  • Thursday, December 14: Set-up Day @ the warehouse (location TBA) from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, December 15: Packing Day @ the warehouse (location TBA) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 16: Delivery Day @ the warehouse (location TBA). Mass will be at 8 a.m. then deliveries will take place from 9 a.m. until the job is finished, usually around 2 p.m.

Thank you! Operation Others depends on the generosity of people like you to achieve its mission of providing food to families and finding Christ in the people they meet.

For questions or additional information regarding Operation Others, please visit www.creightonprep.org/oo or email Jerry Kinney at jkinn@prep.creighton.edu.


Help a Child in Need – Donate a Brand New Stuffed Animal or Doll

During the month of November, the Aspen Drake Seemann Foundation will be collecting BRAND NEW stuffed animals and dolls to benefit Aspen’s Angels (the first responders in the Omaha area and Children’s Hospital and Medical Center). The stuffed animals will help bring a smile to children who are dealing with a tragedy or personal illness.

You can drop off these items all month long at David M. Mangelsen’s (3457 S. 84th Street in Omaha) or St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (20500 West Maple Road in Elkhorn). Thank you!


Readers, Gift Bearer Family and EMHCs Needed for Christmas Midnight Mass at Prep

The 2017 Christmas Midnight Mass at Prep is set for 12 a.m. on Monday morning, December 25, and, in order to make it a success, Campus Ministry is in need of two readers, one family to bring the gifts forward and two Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to volunteer to help during the event.

This can be a great way for you and your family to celebrate Christmas with other members of the Prep community and to give of your time and talent to the school. If you or your family would like to volunteer in any of the aforementioned roles, please contact Kelly Barth in Campus Ministry at kbart@prep.creighton.edu. Thank you!


School News


A Comprehensive Student Support Services Program Beginning July 2018

Dear Prep Community Members,

Cura personalis is a Latin phrase that means "care for the whole person." This term is used by Jesuit schools across the globe to draw attention to our ongoing commitment to personalize our education and formation programs to the unique needs of our students and to ensure they have all the resources they need to succeed—personally and academically. I am excited to announce some significant changes we will be making to strengthen our capacity for cura personalis.

Beginning in July of 2018, Creighton Prep will provide a comprehensive student support services program that will include the following staff:

  • Five Guidance Counselors
  • Director of College Counseling
  • Cura Personalis Team consisting of:
    • Learning Specialist
    • Academic Coach
    • School Psychologist
    • Director of Student Outreach and Advocacy
  • Assistant Principal for Student Support Services

All five of our guidance counselors will continue to serve their assigned students next year and will coordinate their efforts with the new Director of College Counseling, the Cura Personalis Team, and the Assistant Principal for Student Support Services. The Director of College Counseling, School Psychologist and Assistant Principal for Student Support Services are new positions. Mr. Chris Searl will assume the responsibilities of Assistant Principal for Student Support Services and Mr. Joe Ryberg will replace Mr. Searl as the Assistant Principal for Academics.

Over the next few months, we will be taking applications and conducting interviews for a new Dean of Students, in addition to a Director of College Counseling and School Psychologist. If you know of anyone who would be a good candidate for any of these positions, please encourage them to visit www.creightonprep.org/employment for more information.

By augmenting the work of our guidance counselors with more specialized, professional support services, these changes will help students succeed in the classroom, help students and families navigate the college admissions and scholarship application processes, and help Prep meet a wider range of students' emotional, social, psychological, and socioeconomic needs. If you would like to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of the all the positions described above, you can read more here.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about this important evolution in cura personalis at Creighton Prep.


James L. Bopp



Recommend a Student

Do you know a great student in the Omaha area? Here is how you can impact the future of Creighton Prep:

Creighton Prep is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best and brightest students from diverse backgrounds who have the desire to be formed in a rigorous, Ignatian educational experience. We believe that our parents, students, alumni and friends are the best vehicles for promoting Creighton Prep and recommending promising young men.

“Recommend a Student” encourages the Creighton Prep community to send us the names and addresses of young men they know from work, church or previous schools who you believe would be a great addition to the Creighton Prep community.

For more information, please contact the Director of Admissions Josh Luedtke at 402-548-3872 or via email at jlued@prep.creighton.edu.


Prep Football Completes Great Season in Semifinals of Football Playoffs 

Congratulations to Head Coach Tim Johnk, his staff and the players on the varsity football team on a great 9-3 season that finished in the semifinals of the NSAA Class A Football Playoffs with a one-point loss to undefeated Kearney, 23-22, on Friday, November 10. The team showed great resilience in coming back from a 13-point halftime deficit to take the lead before the game ended on a Kearney field goal.

Thanks as well to all the family members and friends who supported the team throughout the season.


Fall Signing Day at Creighton Prep

Congratulations to the following seven Creighton Prep student athletes who signed letters of intent on Wednesday, November 8 to continue their academic and athletic careers at the next level:




Leo Dunlap   

Cleveland State University   


Zach Firmature  

Hutchinson Community College


Conner Funke

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay  


Colin LaFave

Emory University


Dylan Phillips

Kansas State University


Owen Richter

Creighton University


Nick Soltys

St. Louis University



Sixteen from Prep Attend Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice

Twelve Prep students and four faculty and staff members joined over 2,000 others for the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ): Rowing into the Deep-Magis Meets Justice in Washington, D.C. from November 4-6.

The IFTJ is a yearly meeting that brings together members of Jesuit institutions and the larger Catholic community to learn and prayerfully reflect on issues that concern faith and social justice as well as the need to advocate on them. It is produced by the Ignatian Solidarity Network.

For those in attendance from Prep, this year’s meeting included two days of keynote presentations and breakout sessions followed by a day on Capitol Hill where they advocated on behalf of immigration and criminal justice reform with aides from the offices of Representative Don Bacon and Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse. Participants included Matthew Anderson ‘19, Connor Artz ‘18, Matthew Chambers ‘18, Max Doocy ‘18, Michael Horn ‘18, Matthew Lemar ‘20, Connell Monaghan ‘18, Jalen Nichols ‘18, Seth Sandoval-Skeet ‘18, Jackson Tatum ‘18, Joe Thibodeau ’18, Ben Wingerter ’18, Ms. Emily Taber, Ms. Sara Schulte-Bukowinski, Mr. Tom Murray and Mr. Joe Ryberg ’84.


Academic Decathlon Team Shines at Pius X Scrimmage

Congratulations to the Academic Decathlon team on their performance at the Pius X scrimmage on Saturday, November 4 where they won 21 medals.

The team of Paul Martin ’18 and Gabe Drew ‘18 took the gold medal in the Super Quiz competition, and the team’s overall high scorer was Aidan Weindel ‘18.

Gold medals went to Aidan Filipi ’18 (Varsity Math & Overall), Max Lauritsen ’21 (Novice Literature), Joe McGill ’18 (Scholastic Math) and Aidan Weindel ’18 (Scholastic Art, Literature & Overall).

Silver medals went to Aidan Filipi ‘18 (Varsity Art), Joshua Hampp ’20 (Varsity Math), Isaiah Hogue ’18 (Scholastic Literature), Max Lauritsen ’21 (Novice Art) and Paul Martin ’18 (Scholastic Art, Math & Overall).

Bronze medals went to Jackson Bartak ’18 (Scholastic Math), Joshua Hampp ’20 (Varsity Literature), Isaiah Hogue ’18 (Scholastic Art & Overall), Paul Martin ’18 (Scholastic Literature), Jack Mowat ’18 (Scholastic Art) and Matthew Muellner ’19 (Honors Math).


Cross Country and Tennis Student Athletes Named All-State

Congratulations to seniors Ryan Eastman, Jack Slagle and Brett Slezak on being named All-State by the Nebraska Coaches Association. Ryan and Jack had outstanding seasons for the varsity cross country team, finishing second and third, respectively, at the recent Class A state meet in Kearney and leading the team to fifth place there. In Class A varsity tennis, Brett finished runner-up in the state tournament at #1 singles and helped the team to second place.


Six Honored at the Loyola Dinner of Honor and Distinction

The Sullivan Center was the setting for approximately 300 attendees at the 2017 Loyola Dinner of Honor and Distinction on Wednesday, October 25 where six outstanding individuals were honored. A 6 p.m. cocktail reception in the Sullivan Center was followed by a welcome, introductions and a prayer from Creighton Prep President Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ then dinner and the awards program.

During the program, Sister Delores Hannon, RSM received the Sword of St. Ignatius as a person who has striven to demonstrate exemplary service for the greater glory of God. In addition, Mary Joy Anderson was presented the Ancilla Domini Award in recognition of her caring, nurturing and unselfish dedication to her faith, family and community.

Hall of Fame inductees recognized for their distinguished service to Prep included Gregory J. “Greg” Boulay ’79 and Molly E. and Gary K. Witt. Lawrence B. “Larry” Good ’69 was honored as Alumnus of the Year as an individual who embodies the values Prep inspires to instill in its graduates through living a life devoted to serving others.

Thanks to everyone who attended to make it a great evening!


Prep Teams Take First and Second in Concordia University Quiz Bowl

Congratulations to faculty moderator Jonathan Chiacchere and the Creighton Prep Quiz Bowl teams that won first and second in the History and Geography High School Quiz Bowl at Concordia University on Wednesday, October 25.

During the morning seeding rounds, both squads went undefeated, earning the top two seeds for the large school division single elimination playoffs. On their way to the final round of the playoffs, the Prep teams defeated others from Grand Island, Northwest, Elkhorn, Bellevue East and Norris.

Student participants included seniors Jackson Bartak, Yoobin Ha, Jack Nussrallah and Patrick Timmerman, junior Matthew Muellner, sophomore James Chapman, and freshmen John Dickas and William Harper.


Cross Country Team Finishes Fifth at State

Congratulations to the varsity cross country team on a fine season, capped by a fifth place at the state meet in Kearney on Friday, October 20. Highlights of Prep’s performance at state included second and third place finishes by seniors Ryan Eastman and Jack Slagle, respectively. Season highlights included team victories at the Creighton Prep Invitational and in the District A-2 meet.


Eleven Prep Musicians Named All-State

Congratulations to the following eleven Prep musicians on being named All-State by the Nebraska Music Educators Association!:

Keegan Brown '19   


French Horn

Joe Elliston '18


Tenor I

Greg Garro '18



Jack Krejci '19



Chris Lin '19


Bass I

Paul Matthews '18



PJ Mooney '19


Bass II

Daniel Noon '19


Tenor I

Paul Owens '20



Jordan Sauer '19



Noah Welchans '18     


French Horn


2017-2018 AMDG Annual Fund Campaign – The Time to Give is Now!

The 2017-2018 AMDG Annual Fund campaign is underway and, as always, your support of the AMDG Annual Fund is critical to the success of our ongoing mission to form men of faith, scholarship, leadership and service.

Gifts to the AMDG Annual Fund help Prep provide financial assistance to students, address a range of operating expenses, support the dining program and continue important work in a number of academic programs and activities as well as in Campus Ministry and the arts and sciences.

You should have received information in the mail or by email regarding the 2017-2018 AMDG Annual Fund campaign. When you do, please consider returning a gift or a multi-year pledge with the enclosed envelope. Or click HERE to give online now. Thank you!

For additional information or to discuss a gift or multi-year pledge to the AMDG Annual Fund, please contact Director of Annual Funds Taylor Stormberg ’09 at 402-548-3830 or tstor@prep.creighton.edu.


 It’s That Time of Year!

With the close of the year approaching, now is the time to make a gift to Creighton Prep that will have an immediate and lasting impact with no tax cost to you. 

If you are 70½ years old or older, you can donate up to $100,000 annually from your IRA directly to the school and receive tax benefits in return. An IRA charitable rollover gift can satisfy all or part of your required minimum distributions and allow you to see your gift at work today as you build your legacy for the future.

For questions regarding IRA charitable rollovers or other planned giving opportunities, please contact Diane Crowley in the Advancement Office at 402-548-3803 or dcrow@prep.creighton.edu. It is recommended that you consult with your financial and tax advisors when contemplating a charitable gift.


Upcoming Events


Christmas eBASH is Here Through Monday, December 11

Shop Christmas eBASH for the Prep fan in your life now through Monday, December 11 at www.bidpal.net/christmasebash! Choose from over 50 Prep items, including new items such as CP Alumni T-shirts and sweatshirts, CP silicone cell phone wallets and items made in the new ToMorrow Labs.


Operation Others Turkey Drop-off Day – Saturday, November 18

Help those in need this holiday season through Operation Others by dropping off a frozen turkey of any size on Saturday, November 18 between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Creighton Prep (7400 Western Avenue, east parking lot), Skutt Catholic (3131 S. 156th Street) or GolfTEC (362 N. 114th Street, Suite 362). We collected 874 turkeys for Operation Others last year and hope to collect 900 turkeys this year!


Pancake Breakfast for Operation Others – Sunday, November 19

Support Operation Others through the purchase of a pancake breakfast in the parish hall at St. Leo Catholic Church (1920 N. 102 Street) on Sunday, November 19 after the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Masses. The breakfast costs $7 for adults, $3 for children and $22 for families, and includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, potatoes, fruit, coffee and orange juice.


Freddy’s Fundraiser for Creighton Prep Football – Saturday, November 25

Prep fans, support Creighton Prep football through dining at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers at 7419 Dodge Street on Saturday, November 25 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. During that time, the football program will benefit from a percentage of the sales at the store. When you order, please let the cashier know that you are there to support Creighton Prep football. Thank you!


Cheer on the Junior Jays – November 30 and December 2

With the winter sports season upon us, be sure to cheer on the Prep sophomore basketball team on Thursday, November 30 in their 5 p.m. away game at Elkhorn South and root for the JV and varsity wrestling teams in their dual meet at Millard West that begins at 6 p.m. This is also the same evening that the JV and varsity basketball teams begin their seasons with 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. contests, respectively, at Norfolk High School, and it would be great to have a strong showing of Prep fans there to support both squads.

Then on Saturday, December 2, catch the defending Class A state champion swim team at the Burke Invitational beginning at 8:30 a.m. and cheer on the varsity wrestling team at the Vern Ekfelt Invitational at Omaha North starting at 9 a.m. Go, CP!


Visit the Jay Mart in December for Your Holiday Shopping Needs

Be sure to visit the Jay Mart in December for your holiday shopping needs as the store will have extended hours during that time. In addition to the hours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on regular school days, the Jay Mart will be open during the following days and times:



Thursday, December 7  

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, December 8

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 9

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, December 12

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, December 19

9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, December 20  

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Thursday, December 21

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Friday, December 22

5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Jay Mart is located in the Smith Atrium outside the Heider Center.


Junior Jays-for-Bluejays Pregame Social – Monday, December 18

Looking for a great way to kick off the Christmas holiday? Band together with other Creighton Prep fans and flock to the Old Mattress Factory Bar & Grill  at 501 N. 13th Street for a Junior Jays-for-Bluejays pregame social on Monday, December 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy beverages and appetizers at The Matt compliments of Prep then take the short walk over to the CenturyLink Center to cheer on our big brother school, BIG EAST power Creighton University, in their 8 p.m. game against the defending regular season champion of the Sun Belt Conference, the University of Texas at Arlington.


Christmas in the Cage – Friday, December 22

Please join us in the Heider Center on Friday, December 22 for the always-festive Christmas in the Cage event where the Junior Jays nesting in the Birdcage student section cheer on the home team in their holiday garb and entertain the crowd. On this night, the Creighton Prep JV and varsity basketball teams will play the Benson Bunnies, with the JV game beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity game at 7 p.m.

The Heider Center ticket office will open at 5 p.m., and tickets will be $6 for adults and $4 for students. The Jay Mart will also open at 5 p.m. for your holiday shopping needs and close at 9 p.m.

This is the last home game scheduled before the Christmas holidays and a large crowd is expected. See you there!


Christmas Midnight Mass – Monday, December 25

Gather your family and friends, and join us in the Sullivan Center (also known as the commons) at 12 a.m. early Monday morning, December 25 as we celebrate the birth of our Lord at the annual Christmas Midnight Mass. Fr. Bob Tillman, SJ will be the presider.

The Sullivan Center located just inside the main west entrance to the school, and parking will be available in the west and east lots. See you there!

If you would like to volunteer to help during the Mass, please note the volunteer appeal earlier in this Parent Pulse for two readers, a gift bearer family and two Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.


Save the Date of Saturday, April 21 for Bowtie BASH 2018 – Tied Together in Faith, Scholarship, Leadership and Service

Be sure to save the date of Saturday, April 21 for Bowtie BASH 2018 - Tied Together in Faith, Scholarship, Leadership and Service! BASH plays a very important role in Prep’s ongoing commitment to deliver educational excellence to over 1,000 young men. The monies raised during BASH are a key component in our ability to keep tuition affordable for everyone, as well as to provide more than $2 million in financial assistance annually to approximately 45 percent of our students.

BASH is a big undertaking, but with the support of our Prep community members, we come together each year to create a successful event … and have a little fun along the way! If you are interested in VOLUNTEERING in any capacity, donating an AUCTION ITEM, advertising in our CATALOG and/or being a PREMIER SPONSOR, please contact Amy Knight at 402.548.3858 or aknig@prep.creighton.edu.

BASH 2018 Executive Committee: Julie and Mark Dunbar ’77, Denise Fitzgerald, Carrie Jenkins, David Kramer ’83, Julie Mowat, Kathy Neary, David Patterson ’94 and Stacy Moffenbier Rohloff.


Alumni Notes


Please Remember – Obits for the Month of October

Please remember the recently deceased members of the Creighton Prep community noted HERE. The Alumni Office will post a notice of the passing of Prep alumni as well as parents, spouses and children each month with the Prep Pulse. If we have missed a notice or you wish to receive further obituary information, please contact Terri Haller at thall@prep.creighton.edu.


Second Annual Young Alumni Giving Challenge

Have you heard the news? The Creighton Prep Jesuit Community and a few generous alumni have graciously agreed to participate in a fall 2017 young alumni giving challenge where they will match donations to the AMDG Annual Fund received by the classes of 1988 to 2013!

This is a great opportunity to have your gift to Prep doubled. Whether you were considering a gift of $50 or $500 during the school's 2017-2018 fiscal year, now is the time to help make the Second Annual Young Alumni Giving Challenge a success!

GOAL: $100,000

WHO: Creighton Prep alumni from 1988 to 2013

WHEN: November 1st to December 31st

*Winning class is decided by total class participation percentage.

Ways to Give:

Give Online: www.creightonprep.org/giveonline

Giving Tuesday - Tuesday, November 28th only: www.givingtuesday.org

Return Check to:

Creighton Prep

Attn: Grace Cominoli

7400 Western Avenue

Omaha, NE 68114-1878

NEW THIS YEAR: Venmo - @CreightonPrepAnnualFund

Please contact Taylor Stormberg with any questions at 402-548-3830. Thank you!


Get Your Junior Jaybacker Basketball Season Pass Now!

If you haven’t already purchased a Junior Jaybacker basketball season pass, there is still time to do so! Two person and family passes are available, and are good for admission to all home varsity, JV, sophomore and freshman basketball games. Save money and time, and get your pass today!

Click HERE to purchase a Junior Jaybacker basketball season pass now.


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