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Jesuit Reflection

For three years now I have served as Jesuit vocation director in the Chicago area, much as Br. Pat Douglas, S.J. has in Omaha. Young men are put in contact with me when they are seriously interested in Jesuit life. For me this is a great privilege, not just because I’m eager to encourage good prospects, but because these candidates take the risk of presenting themselves, their interest, and their hopes. I also have the privilege of living with young Jesuits studying at Loyola University Chicago, men of significant talent and committed to develop their capacity for future service as Jesuit apostles.

From these candidates and young Jesuits, I’ve learned what particularly attracts them to Jesuit life. It’s not so different from what attracted me as a student in a Jesuit high school more than fifty years ago, but now clearer than ever. Here’s my description of the Jesuit attraction.

Community, to be part of a supportive religious apostolic community of like-minded men. Back in my day it was the fellowship, the brotherhood of the scholastics in the school. I wanted to be like them. It continues to be how a man now meets some Jesuits, perhaps on retreat or in a service program, and sees how they know and support one another, their humanness and friendships.

Spirituality, particularly from the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Spiritual Exercises. It continues to surprise me how many young people know the life of Ignatius and his ways of prayer and seek to know more. Pope Francis is the exemplar of a person living Ignatian spirituality, demonstrating how it gives him joy in the Lord, freedom to care deeply for others, and courage to lead fearlessly. His life with Jesus is one of amazing love. Who would not want to be part this?

Formation for a Jesuit is spiritual and intellectual and lengthy. Men who enter realize that all three elements are essential. Development in the spiritual life is the foundation, in the long term the richest and most freeing aspect of Jesuit life, likely more intentional but in the end not so different from devout family life. Jesuits study for many years, growing in the ability to think clearly and with depth, to communicate well and in more than a single language, and generally to become able to work effectively with students and colleagues in a school or university. They also need to develop a sense for apostolic creativity and leadership. All this is at once challenging and attractive. Part of formation is to become comfortable at the service of and advocates for persons at the margins of society.

Mission, to be sent to work where there is the greatest need, in service of the Church and to help make the world a better place. The most typical Jesuit ministries in this country are education—schools and universities—and pastoral centers such as retreat houses or parishes, and programs to serve those in need and to promote justice. The Society of Jesus is a global enterprise, so Jesuits travel increasingly to many works in many countries. While Jesuits from Francis Xavier on have traveled the world, those who enter the Society now do so with a passport and the expectation that they will likely use it quite a lot.

If you know someone who might be interested in joining the Society of Jesus, please have them contact Br. Pat Douglas, S.J. at pdouglas@jesuits.org if they live in the Omaha area or me at umivocations@jesuits.org if they live nearer to Chicago. If they do not live near either city, I can also direct them to one of my colleagues in their area. There is also a great website concerning Jesuit vocations at www.BeAJesuit.org. Thank you!

Fr. Jim Stoeger, S.J.

Midwest Jesuits


School News


Prep Athletics Recognized as Class A Boys Division Champions for 2017-2018

Helped by recent state titles in basketball, swimming and baseball as well as other strong showings during the 2017-2018 school year, Prep was named the Class A NSAA Cup winner of the Boys Division for the 9th time in the past 11 years and is the recipient of the Omaha World-Herald All-Sports Award for boys athletics for the sixth straight time. Congratulations to our student athletes, our coaches and to all those who supported them in their winning efforts!

Click HERE to see the final Class A NSAA Cup standings in the Boys Division.


Head Varsity Basketball Coach Josh Luedtke ’90 Named Coach of the Year

Congratulations to Josh Luedtke ’90, the director of admissions and head varsity basketball coach at Prep, who was recently named the Nebraska boys high school coach of the year by the Omaha World-Herald and the Lincoln Journal Star Boys Coach of the Year. Earlier in 2018, Josh coached the varsity basketball team to a 26-1 record and the Class A state title.

Creighton Prep Three-Peats as Omaha’s Choice Award Winner

Thank you to all those who voted Creighton Prep to a first place finish again this year in the Private High School category of the 2018 Omaha’s Choice Awards contest sponsored by the Omaha World-Herald. Prep also finished first in the category in 2016 and 2017.

Congratulations as well to Mount Michael Benedictine School and Brownell Talbot, which were voted additional winners in the category this year.


Loyola Scholars Complement Classroom Learning with Field Trips

As part of their attendance at the four-week Loyola Summer Institute in June, students in the Loyola Scholars: The Heider Academic and Leadership Achievement Program were treated to a variety of area field trips each Friday to complement their classroom learning at Prep.

On Friday, June 8, the students visited Creighton University, Gallup and Interstate Printing. The following Friday, they were at Le Bouillon restaurant in the Old Market, Air Methods at Millard Airport and First National Technology Solutions. On June 22, they visited Wenninghoff Farms, Dundee Bank and the Immanuel Fontenelle home and, on the 29th, the group traveled to Methodist Hospital and Lexus of Omaha.

Creighton Prep would like to thank the following for their assistance in making these visits possible: Fr. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ of Creighton University, Fr. Nathan Wendt, SJ of Creighton Prep, Todd Johnson ’84 of Gallup, Bill Peter ’65 and Jim Mancuso ’79 of Interstate Printing, Paul Kulik ’92 of Le Bouillon, David Haller ’80 of Air Methods, past parent Dan Caldwell of First National Technology Solutions, Paul Wenninghoff ’76 of Wenninghoff Farms, Jeff Royal ’94 of Dundee Bank, current parent Mrs. Josie Abboud and Dr. Joe McCaslin ’84 of Methodist Hospital, Tom Carlisle ’78 of MCL Construction and Mickey Anderson ’86 of Baxter Auto Group.

Four Student Athletes Named to ALL-USA Nebraska Baseball Team

Congratulations to the four Prep baseball players who were recently named to the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Nebraska Baseball Team.  First team honorees were outfielder and pitcher Dylan Phillips ’18 (also named Player of the Year) and catcher Owen Richter ’18, and second team honorees were infielder Evan Laney ’18 and outfielder Max Mandel ’18.


Prep Students Help Resettle Bhutanese Refugee Family in Omaha

Thanks to the Prep students, faculty and staff members, and families who helped to sponsor a Bhutanese refugee family that arrived in June to resettle in Omaha.  The Prep community was very generous in donating household items for the family, and money to purchase groceries was raised through the sales of the summer reading book “Refugee” by Alan Gratz. Prep students then moved donated furniture, household items and the groceries into the family's home on Tuesday, June 19 prior to their arrival and helped welcome them at the airport. 

Thanks to everyone who made a donation or volunteered for this project!

Prep Students Compete in 32nd Annual National African American History Challenge

Thank you to recently graduated seniors Leon Gordon Jr., Marcus Vaughn-Jones and Tyler White-Welchen along with their coach and Director of Student Advocacy and Outreach Allen Burrell Jr. for representing Prep so well at the 32nd Annual National African American History Challenge, June 14-16 in Hollywood, Florida! This is the first time that a Prep team won the local Senior division and advanced to the national competition.

Of their performance this year, Allen said, "They have set a standard of excellence for future Prep students who wish to take part in this wonderful event."

Congratulations, guys!


Upcoming Events


Chicago Regional Gathering – Wednesday, July 18

Prep alumni, past parents and friends in the Chicago area, please join us on Wednesday, July 18 from 5-8 p.m. for a regional gathering at Randolph Tavern (188 West Randolph Street) in downtown Chicago! Reconnect with old friends and get an update on all the happenings at Prep.

Click HERE to register!


13th Annual Jayson Jewell Memorial Baseball Event – Wednesday, July 18

Prep baseball fans, please join us for the 13th Annual Jayson Jewell Memorial Baseball Event on Wednesday, July 18 at 6 p.m. at Jurgensen Park when Jayson, a member of the Class of 2005 and an exceptional baseball player who passed all too soon in 2006, will be remembered.  In addition, a recently graduated senior who exemplifies the great qualities that Jayson brought to the game will be honored with the Jayson M. Jewell Memorial Award. Enjoy food and a whiffle ball game between baseball alumni and senior baseball parents, too!

For additional information, please contact Karen Jonas at ktjonas05@gmail.com.


Creighton Prep Football Dads Night – Wednesday, August 15

Fathers of current and incoming student athletes in the Prep football program as well as Prep alumni are invited to Creighton Prep Football Dads Night on Wednesday, August 15 at the Old Mattress Factory in downtown Omaha (501 North 13th Street).  Admittance is $5, and social hour begins at 6 p.m. followed by a presentation from Head Varsity Football Coach Tim Johnk at 7 p.m. A menu and a cash bar will be available as well.

Please RSVP to Dennis Sonderman at sondo@centurylink.net, by Sunday, August 12, and mail your $5 check to:

Creighton Prep Football Booster Club

1615 South 126th Street

Omaha, NE 68144-1431


Mass of the Holy Spirit – Tuesday, August 28

Please join Prep students, faculty and staff members for the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Tuesday, August 28 at 9:45 a.m. in the Heider Center. This annual event marks the beginning of a new school year and is an opportunity for all to ask for the blessings of the Holy Spirit on our community. Since this is traditionally the school's largest Mass event of the year, you are encouraged to arrive early, park in the east lot and enter the Heider Center through the main entrance at the northwest corner of that lot.


Reunion Weekend for the “3” and “8” Classes – September 21-22

Alumni from the classes of 1958, 1963, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008, please plan to attend Reunion Weekend at Prep on Friday and Saturday, September 21 and 22. The agenda for the weekend currently has alumni attending class-specific socials and activities on Friday then a community service opportunity for them and their families on Saturday followed by a “Preptoberfest” celebration.

Please contact Max Huerter at 402-548-3851 or mhuerter@creightonprep.org if you plan to attend Reunion Weekend. We look forward to seeing you there!


Preptoberfest – Saturday, September 22

Plan to join your Prep friends on Saturday, September 22 in the west parking lot and in the Sullivan Center at Prep from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. for Preptoberfest, a celebration of all things Prep including reunion weekend, 140 years of Jesuit education and the formal kickoff to the 2019 AMDG Annual Fund campaign. The evening will include live music by Finest Hour, beer and wine and food trucks, and attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

At 4:30 p.m., be sure to join us for Mass in the Heider Center. The celebrant will be Creighton Prep President Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ.

Please register for Preptoberfest today at www.creightonprep.org/preptoberfest. Thank you!


Save the Date – Men for Others Golf Classic – Monday, October 1

Please note that the date for the 2018 Men for Others Golf Classic has been changed from Monday, September 17 to Monday, October 1 and that the location will be the Shadow Ridge Country Club.

More details including how to register will follow in a future Prep Pulse but, for now, plan on a 10:30 a.m. check-in, a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start and a two-player best ball format.

Please contact Max Huerter for more information at 402-548-3851 or mhuerter@creightonprep.org.


Creighton Prep Sports Night Featuring Lou Holtz – Tuesday, October 2

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lighthouse Imaging

Save the date of Tuesday, October 2, 2018 when Creighton Prep welcomes former Notre Dame national championship football coach and College Football Hall of Fame member Lou Holtz as the featured speaker for the 27th Annual Creighton Prep Sports Night.

  • The Heider Center at Creighton Prep
  • 5:30 p.m. Social, silent auction and BBQ dinner
  • 7:00 p.m. Oral auction
  • 7:15 p.m. Program featuring Lou Holtz


  • Individual tickets: $75
  • Table of 10: $700
  • Sponsor table: $1,000
    • One person from each sponsor table is invited to a private cocktail reception with Lou Holtz and will receive a gift and preferred seating at Sports Night.


Click HERE to download the invitation, which contains a registration form you can complete and return with your payment.

Click HERE to register online.


Alumni Notes


Please Remember – Obits for the Month of June

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.


Seeking Truth Catholic Bible Study Welcomes New Members

Seeking Truth Catholic Bible Study has met at Prep since its inception nine years ago. Many parents and alumni participate, and new attendees are most welcome.

During the next academic year, the group will meet on Thursday evenings at CP from 7:30-9:15 p.m., September through February, and will study the Gospel of Luke. It’s a wonderful study of God’s mercy.

To join Seeking Truth Catholic Bible Study, click HERE.


2019 WWII Battlefields of Europe Trip

If you or your family is interested in World War II history and likes adventurous travel, we have a great opportunity to offer you. In honor of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Mr. Tom Haindfield (history teacher) and Mrs. Barb Hake (English teacher) are offering a 14-day trip in 2019 to explore World War II battlefields, museums and war memorials throughout Western Europe. The group will see where our soldiers fought, where they died and where some still remain.

The tour begins in Amsterdam with visits to the Anne Frank House and the Jewish Historical Museum. From Amsterdam, you will travel to Bastogne, tour the Mardasson Memorial and visit the Ardennes American Cemetery and memorial. Normandy will be next with a tour of the American Cemetery, Pointe du Hoc and the D-Day beaches.

Then travel to Paris through Rouen, spending two days in both areas. From Paris, fly to Munich to explore there for three days. During that time, there will be several day trips to Dachau, Salzburg and the Eagle’s Nest where you can still see initials carved by the 101st Airborne Division when they captured the Kehlsteinhaus in May of 1945.

It will be a trip of a lifetime! To see a detailed itinerary, please visit www.explorica.com/Hake-8012, and email any questions to bhake@creightonprep.org.

The trip will be limited to 30 people.

Thank you!


Travel to the Holy Land During the Summer of 2019

Travel to the Holy Land during the summer of 2019 with other Creighton Prep community members and their families and friends! Beginning Thursday, May 30, 2019, your trip to Israel will include visits to the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Mount of Olives, King David’s Tomb, the Wailing Wall, Tel Aviv and much more. With an option to take an excursion to the Dead Sea, the trip will span 10 days.

Travelers can manage their own reservations at www.explorica.com/Stickels-7317. Anyone who has been on an Explorica tour in the past will automatically receive a $100 repeat traveler discount when they sign up for another tour.

Space is limited, so sign up soon to join us on this memorable experience! Please email any questions to nstickels@creightonprep.org or kmartin@creightonprep.org. Thank you!


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