Today, when I write this text, it’s about 3.5 months since I left my country and settled in Omaha. Even though it isn’t a long period of time it is enough to have some first impressions and reflections about this place. However, before I share them with you, I should introduce myself.
My name is Damian Czerniak and I am Jesuit from Northern Polish Province of the Society of Jesus. I arrived in Omaha for two years. My Provincial sent me here to do my MA in the Educational Leadership program at CU. Also, I’ve a great opportunity to live and work at Prep as a French teacher for the freshmen.
Sometimes people ask me if I miss my country, the Polish food, or my family. To be honest, not especially. Firstly, I haven’t lived with my family since 2008 (when I entered the novitiate in Gdynia, Poland) so we’re used to not seeing each other often. Speaking about the food, I’m not a big fan of Polish cuisine, however I do love pierogis! Secondly, I’ve had a great welcome here in Omaha and it’s because of you! I continue to meet very nice people here and my community is also very supportive. That is why my stay at Prep is fun and I’m not homesick.
What is the biggest difference between Omaha and Warsaw, where I’ve spent the last three years? The answer is easy, driving. Here you have to drive. Without a car you are stuck. Even going to the grocery store is a car ride because it isn’t within walking distance. My European driver’s license doesn’t work in the USA so, at very beginning I could feel like a prince with the personal driver. If I needed something from the shop, I just asked one of the Jesuits to go with me. Eventually, I passed my driver’s test here in Omaha and you can only imagine how happy I am.
Finally, a word about Prep. To start with, I’m very grateful to be here. It’s a great opportunity to see how the Jesuits schools in the USA work. What amazes me most is the Prep community. A huge number of people are linked to this place by graduating from it, by being a Prep family, and by generous giving. I’ve an impression that in Omaha everyone knows about our school, and a lot of people love it. You can be really proud of the place you’ve created and I’m excited about helping to create a similar school in my Northern Polish Jesuit Province.
Know of my prayers for you.
Wszystkiego dobrego (All the best).
Damian Czerniak, SJ
Help A Refugee Family Resettle in Omaha
As a follow up to our summer reading book Refugee by Alan Gratz, Prep will be joining Marian High School in sponsoring a Karen refugee family that was displaced from the Yale Apartments in Omaha and will be moving in to a new home on Thursday, November 1st.
We are collecting household items and some furniture to provide for this family. Please click HERE to see a list of items that we are collecting and to sign up to make a donation. If your son at Prep would like to volunteer on the move-in day (after school on November 1), please have him contact Mr. Dave Lawler at email@example.com in the Campus Ministry Office.
This is a family of 6 (grandma, grandpa, mom, dad, a 3-year-old boy and a 1-year-old boy). The Karen are an ethnic minority from Burma. Many of the Karen are living in refugee camps in Thailand after fleeing Burma or have been resettled in places like Omaha. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
Future Family Nights Scheduled for Prospective Prep Parents
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 October 22
- Monday, October 29
- 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 email@example.com.
Six Named to the Nebraska All-State Band
Congratulations to Prep musicians Keegan Brown, John Dickas, Will Ernatt, Jack Krejci, Jordan Sauer and Liam Waller on being named to the Nebraska All-State Band. “We had many great auditions and I’m very proud of the work and final outcome,” said Director of Instrumental Music David May.
This is just the latest in a long list of achievements for the band program. In April of this year, the band earned the program’s 32nd consecutive Superior rating in district music competition, a decision that was unanimous among the judges. They were also honored by the judges with a 1+ rating.
Career Day for Sophomores a Success
Creighton Prep would like to thank the following Omaha area professionals from 16 different career fields who took time out of their busy schedules on Tuesday, October 16 to speak to Prep sophomores about the work they do:
Ben Burton '04
Matt Neaderheiser '07
David Haller '80
Joe Wurtz '83
Joe Pogge '98
Jerome Gradoville, D.D.S. '80
John Nebbia '07
Frank Merwald '68
Bobby Grennan '02
Dan Douglas '92
Steve Raynor, M.D. '73
Staff Sgt. James Burns
Staff Sgt. Anthony Wegworth
Mike Salerno '78
Cross Country Team Wins District A-1 Title
Congratulations to Head Coach Fr. Bob Tillman, SJ and the cross country team on winning the District A-1 title on Thursday, October 11 with a team score of 26, outdistancing second-place Lincoln North Star and their team score of 71. The top runner for Prep was Luke Dickas who finished third and all seven Prep runners finished in the top 15 and in under 17 minutes. The team moves on to the state meet in Kearney on Friday, October 19.
Tennis Team Completes Season at State
Congratulations to Head Coach Jerry Kowal and the tennis team on completing their season at state on Thursday, October 11, where they finished seventh. Performances were highlighted by the runner-up finish of the No. 2 doubles team of Gavin Forster and Daniel Kowal, a 6th place finish by Sam Konwinski at No. 2 singles and a 6th place by Andrew Doehner and Nathan Ramachandran at No. 1 doubles.
Mother-Son Mass and Breakfast Draws More Than 720
Over 720 Prep mothers and sons attended the annual Mother-Son Mass and Breakfast on Sunday, October 7 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Omaha-La Vista Hotel & Conference Center.
Creighton Prep President Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ was the presider at Mass, and he was assisted by Fr. Bob Tillman, SJ and Damian Czerniak, SJ. The readers were Matthew Lemar and his mother Martha, and the gifts were presented by Jennifer Buckley and her sons Brendan, Conor and Michael as well as Audrey Buckley and her son Joseph.
The emcee for the breakfast program was senior Matt Anderson, the student speaker was senior Thomas Corpuz and the parent speaker was Sharon Doran.
Thanks to all who attended and to Mr. Kelly Barth, Mr. Rob Chesire, the Campus Ministry Advisory Board and the Creighton Prep Concert Choir for their help in making the morning a great one.
Prep Sons and Dads Take Part in Habitat for Humanity Build
Approximately 20 Prep students and several dads participated recently in the first build of the school year for the Creighton Prep chapter of Habitat for Humanity. The build took place at 3311 Emmet St on Saturday, October 6, the last day of Habitat for Humanity Omaha’s Framing Frenzy. The work performed by the group involved framing basement walls and installing roof trusses. “It was a great day,” noted faculty moderator and Honors Physics teacher Mike Higgins ’75.
Over 1,200 Visit Prep for Lou Holtz at Sports Night
Over 1,200 attendees packed the Heider Center on Tuesday, October 2 for the 27th annual Creighton Prep Sports Night featuring former Notre Dame national championship football coach Lou Holtz. Coach Holtz delighted the crowd with stories from his past and what he's learned about life through coaching.
Attendees were welcomed from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. to a social that included dinner and a silent auction, followed at 7 p.m. by an oral auction then a 7:15 p.m. program featuring the 2008 College Football Hall of Fame inductee.
In advance of the evening, one person from each sponsor table was also invited to a private cocktail reception with Coach Holtz and received a gift and preferred seating at Sports Night.
Thanks to all the attendees and sponsors who made the night a great success! Click HERE to see photos from the event.
2018-2019 Creighton Prep Fact Sheet Published
The recently published 2018-2019 Creighton Prep Fact Sheet is a great way for prospective Prep students and parents to get a quick overview of the school including key items such as our mission, student-to-faculty ratio, average class size, the dollar amount of scholarships earned by the Class of 2018 and more.
Click HERE to download the 2018-2019 Creighton Prep Fact Sheet, and share it with those you know who are interested in Prep.
Loyola Dinner of Honor and Distinction – Wednesday, October 24
You are cordially invited to spend an evening of celebration with the Creighton Prep community at the 2018 Loyola Dinner of Honor and Distinction where the following honorees will be recognized on Wednesday, October 24 in the Henry L. Sullivan, SJ Campus Center:
Rev. Thomas J. Merkel, SJ
Sword of St. Ignatius
W. Todd Johnson '84
Alumnus of the Year
Ann E. Tjaden
Thomas L. "Tom" Connolly, M.D. '56
Hall of Fame
James T. "Jim" Gross '68
Hall of Fame
Dennis P. "Denny" Hogan III '66
Hall of Fame
Tickets for the event are $60 per person, and, that night, the cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.
Click HERE to register today.
Click HERE to see the names of former honorees.
Open House for Prospective Prep Students and Families – Sunday, November 4
All Omaha area 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and their families are invited to attend the Creighton Prep Open House on Sunday, November 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to meet Prep students, faculty, Jesuits and alumni. The event will include a clubs and activities preview, Q&A with faculty and administration, compelling demonstrations and tours.
Please encourage prospective Prep parents and students who are interested in learning more about Prep to attend!
Though registration is not required, students can fill out an interest form located HERE.
Alumni Memorial Mass – Sunday, November 11
Dear Alumni, Parents and Friends of Creighton Prep,
The Church has a wonderful custom of setting aside November as a special time for prayerfully remembering our deceased loved ones. We believe it is especially appropriate to remember them during the Eucharist, which is a sign of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Therefore, the Creighton Prep Jesuit community will remember your loved ones in two special ways as we celebrate the Eucharist.
We ask you to join us as we gather as a Prep community on Sunday, November 11 at 10 a.m. in the Henry L. Sullivan, SJ Campus Center for the Alumni Memorial Mass. Although the Mass is for all deceased members of the Prep community, it is especially for our former students who have died during the past year (between the dates of October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018). Please park in the west lot and note that refreshments and pastries will be served following the Mass.
We also invite you to share in our prayers by sending us the names of your deceased relatives and friends through a prayer request on our FaithCP site. We will place those names at the altar in the Skinner Chapel during the month of November when we will pray for you and your intentions during our daily community Eucharist.
- Click HERE to register for the Alumni Memorial Mass.
- Click HERE to send us the names of your deceased relatives and friends.
These prayers and Masses are our gift to you. It is our privilege to minister to you in this way.
We pray that God will continue to bless you for your wonderful commitment to Creighton Prep and your unfailing support of the mission of Jesuit education in Omaha.
In the Lord,
Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ
Save the Dates – Christmas eBASH – November 13-December 10
Save the dates on your calendar now for Christmas eBASH, starting Wednesday, November 13 and running through Monday, December 10! During that time, you will be able to bid on a great collection of Prep-themed items and Christmas season specialties while supporting Creighton Prep! More details will be published by email at the start of Christmas eBASH.
Operation Others Fall Event Schedule
The fall event schedule for Operation Others has been published to the Prep website at www.creightonprep.org/oo. In addition to the annual magazine and gift drive happening now, there are a number of other events you can get involved in to support the cause. Among them, please note that the annual turkey drive will take place on Saturday, November 17, and delivery weekend is scheduled for December 20-22.
Please Remember – Obits for the Month of September
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make a Tax-Free Gift With An IRA Charitable Rollover
If you are 70 1/2 years old or older, you have likely received a postcard from Creighton Prep about making a tax-free gift to the school. This email is simply a reminder that, with the close of the year approaching, now is a great time to direct a gift from your IRA 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 402-548-3803 or email@example.com. 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, let Prep know by contacting Dede Crowley via phone or email so your plans can be noted and you may be properly acknowledged.
Purchase or Renew Magazine Subscriptions Through the Operation Others Store
Click HERE to visit the Operation Others store to purchase or renew magazine subscriptions. You will have the option to enter a Prep student's name (or skip this step if you do not want to designate the sale for a student) and then you will be able to shop for magazines and gifts. Digital subscriptions are also available.
Please visit our online store and participate. 40 percent of sales go directly to support O.O.'s work learning about food insecurity in the U.S. and providing Christmas food boxes to local families in need. Thank you for your support.
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.
Sixth Annual Fundraiser for the Trap Club – Saturday, October 27
The 6th Annual Creighton Prep Corporate Shoot benefiting the Junior Jays Trap Club will take place on Saturday, October 27 at the Harry A. Koch Trap and Skeet Range at 6802 Harrison Street. Five-man teams will compete in flights at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and the entry fee of $695 includes 12-gauge shells for 100 clay targets, five raffle tickets, lunch and a five-man flurry competition.
To register for the event, please contact Carrie Novotny at 402-980-6127 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travel to Spain, Portugal and Morocco in 2019
A change of venue for summer 2019 Junior Jays travel! Creighton Prep (and family and friends) will now be traveling over the course of 12 days beginning Tuesday, May 28 to Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. Some of the trip highlights will include Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, a night of flamenco, a ferry to Morocco, and a stop in Lisbon. Travelers can manage their own reservations at http://www.explorica.com/Stickels-1119.
Space is limited, so sign up before Wednesday, October 31 to join this memorable trip! In the meantime, please feel free to email any questions to Prep teachers Nina Stickels at email@example.com or Karri Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter Hats, Hoodies and Pajama Pants at the Jay Mart
Winter is in the wind but you can prepare now with a great selection of new winter hats, hoodies and pajama pants at the Jay Mart!
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 email@example.com.
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