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Jesuit Reflection


St. Ignatius of Loyola (the founder of the Jesuits) developed a retreat experience that is called the Spiritual Exercises. This experience intends the growth in relationship with God through a process that involves four phases. The process leads toward living a life of greater love of God in the world.

The liturgical seasons of Lent and Easter invite reflection on the third and fourth phases. The Church’s liturgy during the Triduum (Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday, three days) offers an important transition, moving from phase three to phase four.

This transition helps recognize what Jesus Christ is doing in the world. His presence and concern for those who have grown to love him as he suffers and dies is no small gift. His forgiveness and compassion for those who choose to oppose him and remove him from worldly experience is remarkable. Jesus Christ in his resurrection leads to new life and an offer of love that knows no bounds.

A technique of prayer that helps grow in relationship with Jesus Christ is imaginative contemplation. This technique encourages one to imagine the scene of the Gospel story and place oneself in the scene. This method of prayer opens many potential opportunities to grow in wonder about the experience of Jesus. Some examples follow:

During the Triduum, imagine what it would be like to have Jesus wash the feet of your friends, or even your feet. What would that be like?

Imagine walking along with the crowds as they accompany Jesus on the way to his death on the Cross. What would that be like?

As Jesus is taken off the Cross, people are wondering about a tomb for him. What would that conversation be like?

Jesus Christ risen appears to some companions who share it with others. The others find it hard to believe. What would it be like to watch that conversation? What would it be like to be in that conversation?

The risen Jesus stands among his friends. What would that be like?

Growing in awareness of being with Jesus in his time helps growth in awareness of Jesus here and now. The invitation and challenge is to imagine time with Jesus in the busy life at work and at play.

Jesus is alive in the relationships of today. Growth in awareness of the Risen Jesus offers a newness of life that leads to a love that knows no bounds.

May you know God’s abundance each day through Easter and beyond.

Fr. Kevin Schneider, SJ

Director of Adult Spirituality

Creighton Prep


Volunteer Opportunities


Sign up for Eucharistic Adoration in the Skinner Chapel

Creighton Prep is in its sixth year of Eucharistic Adoration in the Skinner Chapel, and anyone is welcome to volunteer for an "hour of power" before the Blessed Sacrament.

Adoration takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays in 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.

To get a sense of the power of Eucharistic Adoration, click HERE to see the article “10 Surprising Things That Happen When You Go To Adoration More Often.”

Thank you for considering to serve the Prep students and the faculty and staff in this way. God bless you!


Get Your Seats Today for Beach BASH 2019 on Saturday, April 27


Register to Attend

In just 10 days on Saturday, April 27, our most important fundraiser of the year, Beach BASH 2019 “Riding the Wave for 140 Years,” will take place in the Heider Center, and your attendance and support through bidding that night is key to making it a success for our students.

Please be one of those making a difference for them at Beach BASH 2019. Click HERE to register to attend, and help us reach our goal of having 900 enthusiastic Prep fans there!

Individual tickets are $150 per person ($90 tax deductible), and young alums (Class of 1998 and later) can purchase tickets at $75 per alum plus guest ($15 tax deductible). Family tables of 10 are $1,500 and corporate tables start at $1,600. We're also happy to place you at a table if you don't have plans to fill your own.


View the Catalog Now

While the catalog for Beach BASH 2019 will be hand-delivered to guests prior to Saturday, April 27, you can view a PDF version now via the links below.

Review all the great live, super silent and silent auction items, and get your bidding strategy in place well before the evening begins! We’re also pleased to include the names of the volunteers, auction donors, advertisers, corporate table sponsors and underwriters who made Beach BASH 2019 possible.

Click HERE to view the entire catalog for Beach BASH 2019.

Click HERE to view the live auction portion of the catalog.

Click HERE to view the super silent auction portion of the catalog.

Click HERE to view the silent auction portion of the catalog.


Live Far from Omaha? Bid During the Live Auction via Proxibid.

If you live far from Omaha and cannot attend Beach BASH 2019, you can still be part of the success by bidding with Proxibid during the live auction portion of the evening. Click HERE to sign up with Proxibid then return to the site on Saturday, April 27 at 8 p.m. CDT to bid on a great collection of trips, dinners, sports experiences and other items.



Each year, Creighton Prep relies on hundreds of adult and student volunteers to make BASH a success! We need time and talent in a variety of roles so don't miss this chance to join us in the effort!

We still need a number of adult volunteers to help with the setup of silent auction displays, auction and centerpiece tear down, and post-event cleanup. Adults can sign up here.

Has your son registered to volunteer that evening? If not, please encourage him to do so. We’re still in great need of dinner servers/waiters and also raffle ticket sellers and BidPal Geniuses. Students can sign up here.


BASH is Prep's largest fundraising event of the year and, with your help on Saturday, April 27, we can make it a success for our deserving young men!

Amy Knight

Director of Events

Creighton Preparatory School

7400 Western Avenue

Omaha, NE  68114-1878

402.548.3858 direct line

402.670.4774 cell




School News


Vote Creighton Prep for the 2019 Omaha’s Choice Award

Help Creighton Prep four-peat in 2019 as the Omaha’s Choice Awards winner in the private high school category by voting in this year’s contest sponsored once again by the Omaha World-Herald.

Click HERE to vote for Prep as much as once per day using a single email address through Sunday, April 21. Thank you! The 2019 Omaha's Choice Awards winners will be announced in a special July 2019 section of the newspaper, and Prep is looking to extend a winning streak that began in 2016.


Teach at Prep as a Full-Time Computer Science Faculty Member

Help shape the next generation of computer whizzes as a full-time computer science faculty member at Creighton Prep. You’ll teach college prep and AP computer science, coding, information technology and robotics courses, and even coach teams and mentor clubs in coding and robotics. You’ll also get to work in a highly professional environment with a great group of colleagues. Learn more and apply.


Looking for Loyola Scholars Summer Institute Teachers

The Loyola Scholars Academic Achievement & Leadership Program at Creighton Prep is currently accepting applications for Summer Institute teachers for June 2019.

We are looking for teachers in math, English/Language Arts and science for sixth-through-eighth-grade boys during mornings Monday through Friday from June 3-28. Compensation is competitive, offering $3,000 per subject area for teaching three sections – one section per grade level. Adjustments will be made if the candidate is not able to teach all three sections. Candidates with experience in either junior high- or high school-level teaching are preferred.

Click HERE to see the full job description. Interested persons are encouraged to submit a letter of interest and resume to Jeni Martinez.


Seventy-Five Inducted in National Honor Society

Congratulations to the four seniors and 71 juniors who were recently inducted in the John C. Naatz Chapter of the National Honor Society at Creighton Prep. The inductions took place at a 3 p.m. ceremony on Sunday, April 14 in the Sullivan Center. Inductees were selected for their demonstrations of scholarship, service, leadership and character.

Those in attendance were welcomed by senior Carson Broz, who also led the new members in the NHS pledge, then Creighton Prep President Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ offered a prayer and opening remarks. Certificates were presented by Head of School Jim Bopp and Academic Principal Joe Ryberg.


Benjamin Robert Goeman

Ryan Sean Sheridan

Michael Benedict Sitti

Thomas Hunter Stolze



Ethan Davis Anderson

Matthew Justus Lemar

Kyle Alan Auman

Thomas Joseph Lenz

Daniel Thomas Begley

Samuel Michael Loeffler

Jake David Blach

Graham Thomas Lorenz

Joseph Wallace Boever

Samuel John Maloley

Joseph Thomas Boulay

Brian Andrew Martin

Nicholas John Cain

Alexander Charles Masek

Richard James Chapman

Robert Michael Masek

John Anthony Cimino

John Thomas Mausbach

Leonard Joseph Connors

John Joseph Maynard II

Luke Samuel Dempsey

Nicholas Jude McGill

Jackson Eugene Diers

Michael Richard Montemarano

Andrew Noll Doehner

Noah Jeffrey Monzu

Henry Charles Drvol

Mac Erik Nelson

Riley Jackson Efaw

Timothy John Nichols

Samuel Pete Ellerbeck

John George O’Malley

Patrick Henry Engelbert

Joseph Lawrence Oberlies

Daniel Patrick Fagan

Daniel Reid Perry

Brandon James Finn-Jackson   

Samuel Donovan Peterson

Andrew John Foley

Jacob Joseph Philbin

Michael Robert Fosheim

Samuel Xavier Raabe

Nathaniel Joseph Franco

Tristan Douglas Roemmich

Thomas Joseph Franco

Nicholas Stephen Sall

Nicholas Rocco Garrett

Drew Christopher Samuelson

Bryan Leonel Gonzalez-Ruiz

William Patrick Schalley

Mitchell Matthias Gordon

Ethan Gregory Schmaderer

Fineas Gerard Herrera

Spencer William Schomers

Sean Heller Hobday

Benjamin Joseph Stangl

Tyler Jackson Keenan

Adam Jacob Szwanek

Ryan William Kenney

Jack Anthony Truscott

Nathaniel John Kielian

Andrew Paul Valenzuela

Max Simon King

Drew Thomas Vosik

Jacob Jesse Konecky

Parker William Wall

Joshua Nicholas Kramer

Jack Ryne Wilkins

Landen Vance Krzoska

Paul Michael Wynegar

Keanu Jack Landolt



TEAMS Students Place Second in State Competition

Congratulations to the following Prep students on their second place finish at this year's Tests in Engineering Aptitude Math and Science (TEAMS) competition! Awesome!

Beni Csordas

Christiaan Dewey

Jack Diers

Connor Gregg

Josh Kramer

Zack Kowal

Chris Lin

Matt Muellner


Musicians Shine in District Music Contest

Congratulations to the Creighton Prep Concert Band on receiving a Superior Plus rating in the recent district music contest. This marks the 33rd consecutive Superior rating in the program’s history, the longest active streak in the state of Nebraska. The choir also performed especially well and received an Excellent rating.

Bravo also to the Prep Percussion Ensemble on its first Superior rating, to marimba soloist Liam Doyle on his Superior rating and to soloists Will Ernatt and George Lee on their Excellent ratings in trumpet.


Varsity Golf Wins Third Consecutive Bellevue West Invitational

Congratulations to the varsity golf team on winning their third consecutive Bellevue West Invitational with a score of 288. Individual play was highlighted by Jake Boor’s victory with a score of 72 and Tommy Slattery’s 84, good for 9th place.


Senior Named to Omaha World-Herald Academic All-State Team

Senior Matthew Muellner was recently named along with eight others to the Omaha World-Herald Academic All-State Team. Way to go, Matthew! Schools were asked to nominate students who scored 1450 or more on the SAT and 32 or more on the ACT. Last May, Matthew was named one of four recipients nationwide of the prestigious Coolidge Scholarship.


Student Athlete Receives Winter Scholar Athlete Award

Congratulations to senior Akol Arop on receiving a 2018-2019 Winter Scholar Athlete Award from the Greater Omaha Sports Committee during a luncheon on Wednesday, April 10 at the Hilton Omaha downtown. Akol will continue his academic and athletic pursuits at the University of Nebraska, and will play basketball for the Huskers.


Two Sign National Letters of Intent

The Carta Hall of Fame Room was the location on Wednesday, April 10 for a national letter of intent signing ceremony for two Prep seniors. At the event, Spencer Jonas announced that he will attend and play baseball for Rockhurst University, and classmate Luke Waters declared his intention to attend and play soccer at Creighton University. Congratulations, guys!


Track and Field Program Continues Impressive Season

The track and field program continued an impressive season late last week. On Thursday, April 4, the freshman team finished second in a meet at Bellevue West, Leading the way with gold medal performances were Quincy Cervantes, Michael Hart, Joe Kieny, Paul Lampert, Jonah Moore and Ethan Morrow. Just one day later, the varsity team won the Kearney Invitational with first place finishes from Michael Buckley, Leo Burns, Luke Dickas, Kai-El Morman and Grant West. Go, CP!


Speech and Debate Team Members Advance to Nationals.

The speech and debate team includes two students who finished the season with double-qualification status, the highest credential awarded by the National Forensic League/National Speech & Debate Association.

Congratulations to sophomore Dominic Mendlik who was the champion of the House of Representatives Congressional Debate and senior Jaliya Nagahawatte who placed second in the Senate. Both advance to national competition in June.


Twenty-Seven Inducted in French and Spanish Honor Societies

The Sullivan Center was the setting on Sunday, March 24 for the 32nd annual induction ceremony for Prep students in the French and Spanish honor societies at the school. Congratulations to all 27 who were honored.

"It is always a pleasure to be able to support our students who share a love of learning. Learning an additional language, its cultures and how people live and communicate with each other throughout the world is a wonderful skill these students will have for the rest of their lives,” said Spanish teacher Tami Suprenant.

To qualify for induction, students must show serious interest and perform at a 3.7 GPA level or better in their language of choice over the past five semesters and continue on with that language. The Prep chapter of the Spanish Honor Society was founded in 1987, and the French Honor Society at the school was established in 2013.

French Honor Society inductees

Murad Bah-Traore

Anthony John Cimino

Luke Dempsey

Jason Diers

Jack Drew

Eamonn Leahy

Graham Lorenz

Mac Nelson

Justin Supeh

Jack Wilkins


Spanish Honor Society inductees

Moises Acevedo

Porfirio Becerra

Leonard Connors

Henry Drvol

Patrick Engelbert

Thomas Lenz

Nathanial Lopez-Lima

Benjamin Lyons

John Maynard II

Dominic Mendlik

Michael Montemarano

Owen Morrow

Daniel Perry

Sam Raabe

Joseph Sullivan

Andrew Valenzuela

Paul Wynegar


Student Wins Congressional Debate State Championship

Speech and debate team member Jaliya Nagahawatte ‘19 recently became the third Prep student this decade to win the state championship in Congressional Debate competition at Millard South. Sophomore Dominic Mendlik took third, and Prep placed third in the team sweepstakes competition. Jaliya also placed third in extemporaneous speaking at the state speech tournament at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.


Robotics Team Excels at Greater Kansas City Regional

Congratulations to the 6805 CyberJays robotics team from Prep on their ninth-place finish at the 36-team FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Greater Kansas City Regional held March 20-23.

“This was an impressive performance for a Prep program just beginning its second year of FRC matches, especially a team comprised mostly of freshmen and sophomores,” said faculty moderator Rich Mansfield. “I’m very proud of the boys for making it to the semifinals and for choosing the 5809 Jesubots from our brother school Rockhurst High School as one of their Alliance 6 partners. A fine team that received the Entrepreneurship Award."

CyberJays members include freshmen Mason Atkin, Bryce Frailey, Connor Johnston, Augie Larsen, Aiden O’Connor, Nathan Smith and Nick Wilson along with sophomores Andrew Hood, Tom Knudsen, Kevin Prososki, Josh Royal, Cal Tietjen, Cian Weekly and Abram Wulf, and seniors Elwyn Frailey, Will Randby and Luke Reinsch.


Reminder on Major Dates Calendar for the 2019-2020 School Year

Just a reminder to click HERE to see the major dates calendar for the 2019-2020 school year at Prep. As items are added to the calendar or dates change, it will be updated. Please check back periodically to download a new copy. Some key dates to be aware of:

First Day of School for All Students   

Tuesday, August 13

Mass of the Holy Spirit

Thursday, August 29

Men for Others Golf Classic

Monday, September 16

Reunion Weekend for Alumni Classes Ending in “4” and “9”  

September 20-21


Saturday, September 21

Creighton Prep Sports Night

Tuesday, September 24

Homecoming Football Game

Friday, October 11

Mother-Son Mass and Breakfast

Sunday, October 20

Loyola Dinner of Honor and Distinction

Wednesday, October 23

Creighton Prep Open House

Sunday, November 3

Alumni Memorial Mass

Sunday, November 10

Thanksgiving Vacation

November 27-29

Christmas Vacation

December 20-January 5

Operation Others Delivery Day

Saturday, December 21

8th Grade Scholarship & Entrance Exam  

Saturday, January 11

Father-Son Mass and Breakfast

Sunday, January 26

6th & 7th Grade Pre-Entrance Exam

Saturday, February 22

Spring Break

March 9-13

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Monday, March 9

eBASH 2020

March 27-April 17

BASH 2020

Saturday, April 25

Graduation for the Class of 2020

Sunday, May 17

Alumni Golf Tournament

Monday, May 18

Last Day of School

Thursday, May 21


Upcoming Events


Prep Moms Spring Retreat – Tuesday, April 23

All mothers of sons currently attending Prep are cordially invited to the Prep Moms spring retreat, which will take place on Tuesday, April 23 from 7-9 p.m. in the Sullivan Center. Click HERE to sign up to attend and to bring something for the potluck or to help with setup or cleanup.

Director of Adult Spirituality Fr. Kevin Schneider, SJ will begin the evening with a short service. That will be followed by a brief discussion of meeting agenda items then the potluck gathering. Please stop by to celebrate all of your important contributions to the current school year at CP and to welcome our 2019-2020 president Lisa Gravelle. Signups for next year's committees and events will also be available at the retreat.


Support the Football Booster Club – Thursday, April 25

Support the football booster club on Thursday, April 25 when you dine at Fuddruckers (7059 Dodge Street) from 4-9 p.m. with your family, friends and other Creighton Prep football fans. When you place your order, be sure to let the Fuddruckers staff member know that you are there to support Creighton Prep football.

The purpose of the football booster club is to promote and support Creighton Prep football teams, players and coaches at all levels in an atmosphere that is consistent with the philosophy of the Prep community. For more information, please contact Molly Sengstock at msengstock@creightonprep.org.


Beach BASH 2019 – Saturday, April 27

We look forward to seeing everyone in the Heider Center on Saturday, April 27 for Beach BASH 2019 “Riding the Wave for 140 Years.” As mentioned, our goal is to have 900 Prep supporters in attendance that evening ready to bid, have fun and support our deserving students.

Individual tickets are $150 per person ($90 tax deductible), and young alums (Class of 1998 and later) can purchase tickets at $75 per alum plus guest ($15 tax deductible). Family tables of 10 are $1,500 and corporate tables start at $1,600. We're also happy to place you at a table if you don't have plans to fill your own. Click HERE to register now.


Spaghetti Fundraiser to Benefit Little Jays Football – Sunday, April 28

All are invited to the Spaghetti Fundraiser to Benefit Little Jays Football on Sunday, April 28 from 5-8 p.m. in the commons at Prep. Bring the family and enjoy delicious food, a raffle and fun!

Tickets are $8 per person and $25 per family, payable that night with cash or check, and kids under age five eat free. The commons is located near the west parking lot, just inside the entrance doors adjacent to Memorial Plaza.

Little Jays Football is a program that includes coaching and games of flag football for third-to-sixth-graders and tackle football for fifth-to-eighth-graders each year from August to November. It is a great way for those interested in playing football at Prep to get an introduction to the sport.

For questions or additional information about Little Jays Football or the spaghetti fundraiser, please contact Norm Holthe at normholthe@cox.net or 402-677-6156.


Senior Recognition Concert - Tuesday, April 30

On Tuesday, April 30, you are cordially invited to hear the Prep Concert Band at its final home performance of the year, the annual Senior Recognition Concert. This is where senior band members will be recognized for their tremendous work and achievements. The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Sullivan Center and admission is free.


Senior Breakfast – Tuesday, May 7

The senior breakfast for all seniors, their fathers and alumni grandfathers will be held on Tuesday, May 7 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the commons, located just inside the main west entrance to the school. All seniors are required to attend, and registration for the event can be completed HERE. Jerry Jurgensen from the Class of 1969 will be the featured speaker.


Alumni Golf Tournament – Monday, May 20

Prep alumni, make sure to mark your calendar now and join us for the 2019 Creighton Prep Alumni Golf Tournament on Monday, May 20 at Shadow Ridge Country Club (1501 South 188 Plaza). This is always a fun day and a good opportunity to practice your game for the summer season! The cost is $115 per player, and that includes the range, a cart, golf, lunch and dinner. Sponsorships at various holes on the course are available for $650.

Click HERE to register today, and contact Max Huerter '09 in the Alumni Office with any questions at mhuerter@creightonprep.org or 402-548-3851.


Summer Camps – May 28-July 31

We are excited to host your boys and girls from grades K through 12 on our campus this summer at a variety of athletic camps and an innovation camp. Click HERE to see the list and review each camp description to learn more about grade levels, dates, times and costs. Registration is divided by grade level so choose the corresponding grade level your student will be entering in the fall of 2019.

Once you have chosen your camps, Register Now to begin the process. You can pay online via PayPal or send a check. Please make checks payable to Creighton Prep and mail to the camp's coach at Prep. Contact your coach for questions about financial assistance.


ArchOmaha Unite – Saturday, June 8

Don’t miss out on ArchOmaha Unite, a once-in-a-lifetime, joy-filled Catholic celebration! Thousands have already reserved their seats. There are specific Youth Sessions for young people, but participants need to register ahead of time at Unite.Archomaha.org.


Reunion Weekend for the “4” and “9” Classes – September 20-21

If you are a Prep alumnus from a class year that ends in “4” and “9,” be sure to join us for Reunion Weekend 2019 on Friday and Saturday, September 20 and 21. Details are still being finalized but please note that Preptoberfest 2019 is also planned for Saturday, September 21.

If you would like to help with the planning of your 2019 class reunion, please contact Director of Alumni Relations Max Huerter ’09 at 402-548-3851 or mhuerter@creightonprep.org.


Alumni Notes


Please Remember – Obits for the Month of March

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, 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.


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