The History of Our Parish
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Omaha, Nebraska 1981-2015
Our parish was canonically established by Archbishop Daniel E. Sheehan in June of 1981, with Fr. Thomas McDermott as the founding pastor. During the first three years weekend Masses were held at Sunny Slope Elementary School. In September 1984 our church was dedicated. Fr. McDermott served as pastor until June of 1988, when Fr. Anthony Petrusic was assigned as pastor. Fr. Anthony Tresnak succeeded Fr. Petrusic in December of 1990. In October of 1992 Fr. Tresnak began the Life Teen Program of Youth Ministry in our parish. When Fr. Tresnak became weakened with cancer, Fr. Joseph Hanefeldt was assigned by Archbishop Curtiss as pastor in September of 1995 and served until June, 2007 when he was assigned to the Pontifical North American College in Vatican City.
On May 1, 1998, ground was broken on the Parish Center and Rectory additions to our facilities and occupancy of the Parish Center began on All Saints Day (November 1) 1999. In December of 2002 our parish, together with St. James, launched the “Faith First… Campaign.” Donations from this campaign were designated to help update our educational facilities with St. James and to be used here at our parish for capital improvements and debt reduction.
In preparation for the 25th Jubilee of our parish in June of 2006, the interior of the church was repainted, the pews, carpet, chairs in the chapel, and altar furnishings were replaced and the sanctuary was tiled.
Fr. Franklin A. Dvorak was assigned as the fifth pastor of SEAS in June, 2007. In June of 2012 Fr. Frank J. Baumert was assigned as Parochial Administrator. He was then assigned as pastor November of 2013. June 8, 2014 parishioner Fr. Ben Boyd had his first Mass as celebrant here at his home parish, and this year parishioner Matt Niggemeyer was ordained on Saturday June 6th and had his first mass on Sunday June 7th. We pray there will be many more vocations coming from SEAS to serve the Church in this way.