Due to CoVID-19, we will not be able to gather in person. Instead, join us online Saturday, June 20, 2020
• 4 PM on our Facebook page for an update with some Sisters live on Facebook giving
• 5 p.m. we will play some trivia games you can participate in and talk with the Sisters on our Zoom conference call!
𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝘂𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝗭𝗼𝗼𝗺 𝗼𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗵𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗼𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝘂𝘁𝗲𝗿!
𝗠𝗲𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗜𝗗: 𝟳𝟱𝟵 𝟵𝟭𝟵𝟰 𝟵𝟲𝟲𝟭 𝗣𝗮𝘀𝘀𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗱: 𝗡𝗼𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗗𝗮𝗺𝗲
Please email an update on what you have been up to so we can include it in our bulletin that we will mail all alumnae.
Send updates to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be honoring the class of 1970 for their 50th anniversary!
1965 – 55th anniversary
1960 – 60th anniversary
1955 – 65th anniversary
1950 – 70th anniversary
1945 – 75th anniversary
1940 – 80th anniversary
Dinner – 2020
As we, the Notre Dame Sisters, reflect on our first “Virtual” Celebration of Spirit we are so humbled by your generous support.
We thank those of you who tuned into FaceBook and watched “Live,” all of you that supported our raffle, silent auction items, and those that donated directly to our “Raise the Paddle.”
Watch the Facebook streamed event here.
We Notre Dame Sisters are committed to continuing our legacy through our ministries and you are an important part of that commitment and our success. With your help, we raised over $95,000 for programs we care deeply about such as Safe Homes, Notre Dame Housing, and our general needs so that we can reach out to the poor and marginalized.
Thank you for supporting our mission, our values and all my sisters. May God bless you and your loved ones during this pandemic. Know that we are all praying for you.
Margaret Hickey, N.D.
Notre Dame Sisters
The Sisters host a traditional Czech Pork Dinner at St. Phillip Neri’s on 30th & Mormon Streets. All funds raised at this event will support the Notre Dame Sisters’ Retirement Fund. This year’s dinner has been postponed until the COVID-19 pandemic passes.
Every year the St. Pius X Men’s Group supports our Safe Homes program by putting together a delicious pancake breakfast. It is a free event with a donation to Safe Homes.
Thank you to everyone who attended, making 2020 such a successful year.
Safe Homes works with social workers from local agencies, who all agree that financial stability after escaping domestic violence is the difference-maker between staying independent and going back to an abuser. We provide one-time financial assistance for first month’s rent, deposit, or utilities for women who are ready to launch their lives free of the violence. $500 provides first-month’s rent. $250 provides first-month’s utilities. $100 provides a food voucher.
In 2018, we sponsored more than 112 women with 150 children.
This kind of support is crucial to women, and the need is growing right here in Omaha. Arrests in the Omaha Metro area for domestic violence are up 49% over the past three years, and half of those arrested had previous assault charges, according to the Women’s Fund of Omaha. Moreover, our partners in six local shelters anticipate a 5-10% increase in women seeking shelter from violence in 2020.
Stephen Patrick O’Meara Honored For His Commitment to End Human Trafficking in the Midwest
O’Meara was honored with the Mother Qaulberta Service Award for bringing attention to the human trafficking happening all around us, even when no one in Nebraska believed it was here
This former prosecutor in Nebraska and Iowa with a specialization in human trafficking and child welfare, is quick to cut off anyone who tries to list his accolades.
“God prepared all of this to happen,” Stephen Patrick O’Meara affirmed. “I was not an outgoing kid, but I later realized how God prepared me to be a lawyer.”
After Creighton Law School and a brief stint as a tax attorney, O’Meara soon moved to the Iowa District Attorney’s Office where he spent 15 years specializing in child neglect. In fact, he went back to Creighton to strengthen his knowledge in the area, earning a degree in social work and public affairs administration.
When the federal government mandated that each state have a human trafficking division, O’Meara was the obvious choice to establish the office in Council Bluffs. This is where O’Meara strengthened relationships with other warriors for child welfare and founded the NE/IA Child Exploitation Task Force. O’Meara’s first case in the area continues to stand out in his mind.
It was toward the end to already illustrious career (that O’meara reiterates was all God’s plan), he found Sr Celeste Wobeter, ND, and the Coalition on Human Trafficking.
“Because the Coalition was a faith group of Sisters it was recommended for me to join. Celeste keeps me working! Started the hotel/motel program together,” O’Meara said.
O’Meara began the Hotels/Motels Program with Sr Celeste in which the Coalition on Human Trafficking trained employees in the service industry, garnering major attention on the program and the issue. Elected officials, managers in the service industry, law enforcement, and the general public began supporting the Coalition.
“Iowa is not immune from human trafficking as we sit at the crossroads of I-35 and I-80,” said Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, who noted a trafficking ring recently was broken up in her hometown of Osceola.
So far, the Coalition has conducted trainings in more than 150 hotels and motels in Nebraska and Iowa. They have expanded as far as Sioux Falls and Des Moines and into greater Nebraska like York and Grand Island. Now, others are reaching out – OPPD, security companies, and bartenders are looking for training. Creighton students are hanging our information in bathrooms all over town, and are getting a great response.
“Once people recognize that they themselves can do something about this, they get energized for our cause,” Sr Celeste said. In fact, the Coalition is in the process of conducting 12 trainings in a 13-county area with OPPD with groups from 75-150 men “who are so incredibly attentive and grateful and ask great questions. They see the need and are grateful for the information, and we are grateful to teach them how to realize, recognize, and respond,” Sr Celeste continued.
If you would like more information, photos, or interviews, please contact Molly Mullen with the Notre Dame Sisters at email@example.com.
Join us to celebrate the memory of Sister Phyllis Marie Heble
We celebrated the memory of Sister Phyllis Marie Heble November 4th and 5th at Notre Dame with burial in Calvary Cemetery. Sister Phyllis Marie Heble, a Notre Dame Sister for 64 years, died at Immanuel Fontenelle in Omaha, NE, on Sunday, October 27. She was 87 years of age.
Services were as follows:
Monday, November 4th at 4 p.m.
Visitation from 6-7 p.m.
Vigil service at 7 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial:
Tuesday, November 5th at 10 a.m. at Cavalry Cemetery (7710 W Center Rd)
The Notre Dame Sisters of the Omaha Province Issue a Public Statement on the Treatment of Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers
We speak out for those suffering on our border and in detention centers. We join with the many religious, non-governmental organizations, and citizens calling for the Federal Administration and US Congress to take action to end the inhumane treatment of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers arriving in the United States.
We call specifically on Congress and the President to address these immoral conditions. We promote legislation that includes family reunification, a path to earned legalization, worker protections, and an effective border policy that is humane rather than punitive.
Notre Dame Sisters
Congratulations to our 2019 Jubilarians
Sr. Celeste Wobeter, ND – 60 Years of Religious Profession
Sr. Celeste Wobeter, born in Elberon, Iowa, to Celestine and Frances Wobeter, attended a country school in Iowa, and graduated from Notre Dame Academy in Omaha. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in education from Duchesne College in Omaha and a master’s degree in mathematics from Seattle University.
Sister served as a teacher at St. Therese’s in Omaha, St. Wenceslaus in Dodge, Wahoo Catholic and Neumann High Schools in Wahoo. She was pastoral minister at St. Patrick’s Parish in Fremont from 1981 to 2003. For her Notre Dame community, sister was formation director, a member of the leadership team and president of the community. She has been a representative on the international constitution committee and a delegate to the General Chapter delegate in the Czech Republic. Sister is also a spiritual director, retreat director and hospital chaplain. She currently is a part-time chaplain for CHI hospice and part-time with the Coalition on Human Trafficking, and chair of the Training and Education Committee of the Coalition.
Sister Celeste will celebrate 60 years of religious profession in early August, 2019.
Sr. Cynthia Hruby, ND – 50 years of Religious Profession
Sister Cynthia Anne Hruby, daughter of Tillie (Dostal) and Dominic D. Hruby, will celebrate 50 years of religious profession August 4, 2019. Her Butler County family moved from Linwood to Clarkson where she began her education in a country school then continued as a boarder at St. Wenceslaus in Dodge. She transferred to Sts. Peter and Paul and later to St. John Nepomucene in Howells. She completed her Catholic elementary education as one of the first graduates from Bishop Neumann School in Clarkson. Secondary education at Notre Dame Academy in Omaha included three years in the Aspirant Program, the first step in the formation provided to young women interested in joining the sisters. She continued in their program during college and made first profession of vows in August 1969.
Sister earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and Natural Sciences from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 1972 and a Masters in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University in 1982. As ministry options developed, she earned several certificates, including the Youth Ministry and the Advanced Studies in Youth Ministry Certificates from the Center for Ministry Development in Connecticut, the Family Ministry Certificate from the Omaha Archdiocese, and the USCCB Campus Ministry Certificate. In 2006 she completed a Master of Science in Education/Counseling-Student Affairs Practice from Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska.
Sister’s ministry included teaching, grief ministry, and college campus ministry
Sister Mary Kay Meagher, ND
Sister Mary Kay Meagher, daughter of Anthony & Margaret Meagher, will celebrate 60 years of religious profession in August, 2019. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marillac College ad her Masters of Science in Nursing from Loyola University in Chicago.
The major part of her ministry in the nursing field was in various positions in hospitals, clinics and community health sites. She was Executive Director of Indian Chicano Health Center for five years, worked as a Nurse Practitioner in several local clinics and five years at One World’s first school based clinic. She was Assistant Professor of Nursing at Creighton University School of Nursing for 13 years. She also served in Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala), Nigeria in Africa, Bolivia in South American and a refugee camp in Thailand.
THESE ARE THE STORIES OF THOSE WHO MAKE AN IMPACT.
“Sister Phyllis was my English teacher! 💜 My name was Lynne Golden back when I graduated in 1970… I sooooo enjoyed my high school years there-especially the library. You’re an amazing group of women 💕💜” ~ Lynne Melvin
“What a beautiful group of women, inside and out. May God bless you for all the loving and caring work you do. You have touched many people and made their lives so much better. Thank you and many wonderful years ahead.” ~ Margot Machin
“Stay well Sister Ernestine Havlovixk. She was my 3rd grade teacher and the best softball teacher ever. She could really pitch!” ~ From Reeh Suppes, Beatrice, Nebraska