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Jesuit Reflection


What do you know about Ignatian Spirituality? In the common vocabulary of Creighton Prep, we talk about “Our way of proceeding.” This includes four characteristics: Finding God in All Things, Becoming a Contemplative in Action, Looking at the World in an Incarnational Way and Seeking Freedom & Detachment. These characteristics lead what we do and help develop who we are. All of us who are engaged in Creighton Prep are invited to grow in these characteristics. We continually reflect upon how we are doing.

As the Director of Adult Spiritual Enrichment @ Prep, I find these resources very valuable. Every week, the faculty and staff of Prep receive two emails with links to articles that can help in this reflection.

Each Tuesday, we receive the “Tuesdays with Ignatius” email. Gleaned from Ignatianspirituality.com, Godinallthings.com or thejesuitpost.com, an article is chosen and shared. After the link to the article, a question or two are posed to encourage reflection on the article.

Every Friday, the “Ignatian Fridays” email is offered. This past summer, during the 31 days leading up to the celebration of St. Ignatius’ feast day (July 31), the PathwaystoGod.org website offered 31 articles that helped us learn how to pray. Each Friday, we receive an article that helps learn to pray. The subtitle is “Prayer for the weekend.”

They help me remember the importance of daily work to keep my Ignatian charism alive.  Sharing these articles consistently invites all of us to grow in anticipation for what is coming next. Many have shared how the weekly reminders are significant in their lives.

An objective is to continue to grow in the way of proceeding as Ignatius invites us. Is your Ignatian experience growing or do you merely live within a catch phrase (AMDG, MAGIS, Men for Others)? Accept a challenge to reflect upon your experience of Prep, and ask to grow in the Ignatian way of proceeding. May you know God’s love for you, and share it.

Fr. Kevin Schneider, SJ

Creighton Prep


Volunteer Opportunities


Mentors Needed in Omaha Catholic Schools

The TeamMates Mentoring Program is looking for adult members of the Prep community to mentor in Omaha Catholic schools such as All Saints, Holy Name, St. Pius X/St. Leo, St. Roberts and many others. Mentoring is a great way to impact the direction of a young person’s life, and your help is needed. Those interested are encouraged to complete an online application HERE.


Help Prep Acquire Auction Items for Beach BASH 2019

The success of BASH each year is critical to Prep’s ongoing mission to deliver educational excellence to 1,000 young men, to keep tuition affordable, and to provide financial assistance to nearly half of all students.

The same will be true for Beach BASH 2019 “Riding the Wave for 140 Years” which is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, and your help is needed now to acquire items for the silent auction that will take place that evening and the eBASH online auction that will precede it.

Volunteering for BASH is a great way to provide service to Prep! Click HERE to learn more and to sign up for auction acquisition!


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

The 2018 Christmas Midnight Mass at Prep is set for 12 a.m. on Tuesday morning, December 25. In order to make the event a success, Campus Ministry is in need of volunteers for the following ministries: readers, EMHC's, and one family to bring the gifts forward.

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 kbarth@creightonprep.org. Thank you!  


Sign up for Eucharistic Adoration in the Skinner Chapel

Creighton Prep is in its sixth year of Eucharistic Adoration in the Skinner Chapel on Fridays during the 2018-2019 school year. It is a wonderful gift to Prep to have such prayer happening throughout the school day, and anyone is welcome to volunteer for an "hour of power" before the Blessed Sacrament.

On the Fridays when you participate in Eucharistic Adoration, please park in the east lot and enter through the Administration entrance then sign in at the reception desk. The receptionist will direct you to the Skinner Chapel.

Click HERE to reach the CP Adoration 2018-2019 signup page where you can view the adoration schedule and sign up to participate. If you have any questions about Eucharistic Adoration at Prep, please contact Mr. Kelly Barth at kbarth@creightonprep.org.

Thank you for considering to serve the Prep students and the faculty and staff in this way. God bless you! Thanks as well to all those who have signed up so far!


School News

Prep Students, Faculty Participate in Ignatian Family Teach-In For Justice

A group of Prep students as well as faculty moderators Jonathan Chiacchere and Sara Schulte-Bukowinski joined 1,500 other students and faculty members from fellow Jesuit high schools and Jesuit universities to participate in the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice from November 3-5 in Washington, D.C.

As part of the event schedule, the Prep contingent traveled to Capitol Hill on Monday, November 5 for Advocacy Day, where they met with staff colleagues of Congressman Don Bacon and Senator Ben Sasse to urge action on immigration and criminal justice reform.

“It was amazing to see our students speak about things that are important to them to those who have power to make change,” said Sara.


Academic Decathlon Team Excels in Lincoln Scrimmage

Congratulations to the Academic Decathlon team on a fine performance in the Saturday, November 3 scrimmage at Pius X High School in Lincoln. Team members Connor Gregg, Mitchell Finocchiaro and Patrick Rogers medaled in the competition, and Matthew Lemar was the overall top scorer for the squad.


Mike Hogan Drive Closed Until Monday, December 3

With construction on the Lannon Learning Commons set to begin at the northwest corner of the school building, please note that Mike Hogan Drive, which connects the west parking lot to North 74th Street and Blondo, will be closed to all but construction traffic from Friday, October 26 at 3 p.m. to Monday, December 3. The north parking lot will still be open for student parking as will the sidewalk next to Carmen & Don Leahy Stadium for pedestrian access from that lot.

Parents who pick up/drop off at the Sullivan Center entrance will not be able to exit out to Seward Street, but instead will need to exit to Western Avenue. Be advised that delays and congestion are expected as drivers adjust to this change.


Three Chamber Choir Members Named All-State

The Creighton Prep chamber choir had three of its members earn all-state honors recently. Chris Lin received the honor for the second consecutive year, Nate Kielian was named all-state for the first time and PJ Mooney was honored for the third year in a row.


Cross Country Second at State

Congratulations to Head Coach Fr. Bob Tillman, SJ and the varsity cross country team on an outstanding season concluded with a second place finish at the state meet in Kearney on Friday, October 19. Luke Dickas was the top finisher for Prep in sixth place, and five of the seven running at state finished in the top 25. The team also won the Metro Conference and District A-1 meets earlier this season.


Fine Arts Teacher’s Work in Solo Exhibition at Gallery 1516

Congratulations to fine arts teacher Jeremy Caniglia ‘88 on his upcoming solo exhibition “Illuminating Dickens” that opened to the public on Friday, November 2 at Gallery 1516 in downtown Omaha. The show contains the drawings and paintings he produced to highlight “A Christmas Carol,” perhaps the most famous work by author Charles Dickens.

Jeremy’s artwork was included in a limited edition, already-sold-out book published by Easton Press, and the exhibition at Gallery 1516 will run through December.


Quiz Bowl Team Takes Second at Nebraska Wesleyan Tournament

Congratulations to the Quiz Bowl team on their second place finish at the Nebraska Wesleyan University High School Quiz Bowl Tournament. The team of Aidan Buechler, Jack Freed, Matthew Lemar, Matt Muellner, and Daniel Richter lost to their rivals from Norris in the finals of the advanced division.

And, in their debut appearance for Creighton Prep, freshman Peter Hoover and Brendan Preisman joined with sophomore William Harper to take the 2nd place trophy in the novice division. Congratulations to everyone who participated!


Upcoming Events

Christmas eBASH is Here Through Monday, December 10!

Christmas eBASH is here through Monday, December 10! During this time, you can bid on a great collection of Prep-themed items and Christmas season specialties while supporting Creighton Prep!

Click HERE to start bidding!


3rd Annual Young Alumni Giving Challenge Through December 31

 Have you heard the news? The Creighton Prep Jesuit Community and a few generous alumni have graciously agreed to participate in a fall 2018 Young Alumni Giving Challenge where they will match donations to the AMDG Annual Fund received by the classes of 1989 to 2014!

 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 2018-2019 fiscal year, now is the time to help make the 3rd Annual Young Alumni Giving Challenge a success!

 GOAL: $100,000

 WHO: Creighton Prep alumni from 1989 to 2014

 WHEN: November 1 to December 31

 *Winning class is decided by total class participation percentage.


Ways to Give:

 Give Online: www.creightonprep.creighton.edu/GIVEONLINE

 Giving Tuesday - Tuesday, November 27: 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!


Operation Others Turkey Drop-off Day – Saturday, November 17

Help those in need this holiday season through Operation Others by dropping off a frozen turkey of any size on Saturday, November 17 between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Creighton Prep (7400 Western Avenue, east parking lot), Skutt Catholic (3131 S. 156 Street) or GolfTEC (362 N. 114 Street, Suite 362). We hope to collect 850 turkeys this year!


Future Family Nights for Prospective Prep Parents – November 19-December 10

Do you know prospective Prep families who want to learn more about the school? Please let them know about the Future Family Nights scheduled from Monday, October 22 to Monday, December 10 (see schedule below). There, they will learn about the admissions process, testing, scholarship opportunities and financial aid options. They will also hear current students talk about life at Prep and answer their questions.

Future Family Nights will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Criss Auditorium at Prep on the following days:

  • Monday, November 19

  • Monday, December 3

  • Monday, December 10

To RSVP for a Future Family Night, prospective Prep parents can call the High School Office at 402-393-1256.

For more information, please contact Josh Luedtke, Director of Admissions, at 402-548-3872 or jluedtke@creightonprep.org.


Christmas in the Cage – Saturday, December 15

Please join us in the Heider Center on Saturday, December 15 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 Storm from Elkhorn South, 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, so please plan to arrive early. See you there!


Operation Others Delivery Weekend – December 20, 21 and 22

Volunteer are needed to set up, pack and deliver food during Operations Others Delivery Weekend, December 20-22. Food bags will be delivered to almost 1,200 materially-poor families. Please meet at the warehouse (location TBA) during that dates and times listed on the tentative schedule below. Follow O.O. on Twitter @operationothers for updates, changes, severe weather announcements, and more. All times are subject to change due to weather and other variables.

Thursday, December 20: Setup day: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, December 21: Packing day: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, December 22: Delivery day: Mass at 8 a.m. then deliveries from 9 a.m. until finished, usually around noon.


Christmas Midnight Mass at Prep – Tuesday, December 25

The 2018 Christmas Midnight Mass at Prep is set for 12 a.m. on Tuesday morning, December 25. As always, this is a special time for the Prep community to come together and celebrate the birth of our Lord.

If you or your family would like to volunteer in any of the volunteer roles listed earlier in this Parent Pulse, please contact Kelly Barth in Campus Ministry at kbarth@creightonprep.org. Thank you!


Beach BASH 2019 “Riding the Wave for 140 Years” 

Your Help is Needed to Make it a Success!

The countdown to Beach BASH 2019 “Riding the Wave for 140 Years” on Saturday, April 27 has begun, and your help is needed to make it a success!

The monies raised from BASH are critical to keeping tuition reasonable for everyone and to providing over $2 million in financial assistance annually to nearly half of our students. So please plan to join us on Saturday, April 27 and in all the activities leading up to that date.

A key goal for BASH 2019 is to have more than 900 Prep community members at the event.

As mentioned earlier in this Parent Pulse, we are in need of auction acquisition volunteers. To learn more and to sign up, click HERE.

Executive Committee

The Beach BASH 2019 executive committee includes the following:

Auction Acquisition (silent auction): Carrie Jenkins

Catalog: Michele Zadalis

Decorations: Tiffany Dencklau and Lisa Gravelle (co-chairs)

Logistics: Cathy Goracke

Patron Party: Beth Kramer

Raffle: Jim Naylon '85

Underwriting: Melissa and Patrick Duffy '90

Save the Dates

Auction Acquisition Kickoff

Tuesday, November 27 from 2:30-6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 28 from 7 a.m.-2 p.m.


Online Auctions

Christmas eBASH: Tuesday, November 13-Monday, December 10

eBASH: Friday, March 22-Friday, April 12, 2019  


Patron Party

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Beach BASH 2019

Saturday, April 27, 2019 (our 49th year)


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 their 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 thaller@creightonprep.org.


Recommend a Prospective Prep 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 jluedtke@creightonprep.org.


Give to the 2018-2019 AMDG Annual Fund

The 2018-2019 AMDG Annual Fund campaign is well 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 recently received a mailing on the 2018-2019 AMDG Annual Fund campaign. In the envelope that was enclosed, please consider returning a gift or a multi-year pledge. 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 tstormberg@creightonprep.org.


Make a Tax-Free Gift with an IRA Charitable Rollover

If you are a member of the Prep community and 70 1/2 years old or older, you have likely received a postcard from Creighton Prep on making a tax-free gift to the school. This is simply a reminder that, with the close of the year approaching, now is the time to make a gift to Prep that will have an immediate and lasting impact with no tax cost to you.

If you are 70 1/2 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, contact Dede Crowley, Principal Gifts Officer at 402-393-1190, ext. 330 or dcrowley@creightonprep.org. It is also prudent to seek the advice of your financial advisor prior to making a gift.

If you have already included Prep in your planned giving strategy, please contact Dede Crowley via phone or email so this information can be recorded at Prep, and, if your financial situation changes in a way that affects your plans for Prep, let her know that as well. Thank you!


Junior Jaybacker Passes Available For The Winter Sports Season!

The winter season for the basketball, swimming and wrestling teams is almost here, so, if you haven’t already purchased a Junior Jaybacker pass for the winter sports season, there is still time to do so. With a Junior Jaybacker Club membership, you will:

  • Enjoy great high school sports.

  • Be part of the 140-year-old Prep athletic tradition.

  • Avoid long lines for tickets.

  • Save money!

Your membership includes admission to all regular season home games (including non-varsity games) and admission to Junior Jaybacker events.

Download a Junior Jaybacker season pass order form.

Purchase a Junior Jaybacker season pass online.


Christmas Ornaments Now in the Jay Mart

Yes, the Christmas season is on the horizon, and, this year, plan to add a beautiful Creighton Prep ornament from the Jay Mart to your Christmas tree.

The Jay Mart is located in the Smith Atrium and is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on school days. Students are welcome to shop the store during their lunch period, and parents, alumni and friends of the school may visit the store by entering the building through the Administration entrance next to the east parking lot.

Please follow the Jay Mart on Instagram for the latest items and sales. You can also find the store at www.creightonprep.org/jaymart. For questions or additional information regarding the Jay Mart, please contact Stacey Burke at sburke@creightonprep.org.


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