Saturday, March 23, 2019
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Rev. Frank Baumert, Pastor

I grew up on a dairy farm north west of Howells, NE.  I have an older sister and five younger brothers.  My parents have both passed on.  Growing up on a dairy farm was one of my first motivations to be a priest.  I hated getting up before 6am to go out in the cold and milk cows that didn’t like being there any more than I did.  My parish priest made priesthood seem easy so I decided to go into the seminary to see if I was called in that direction.  I was 4’ 11” and 98 lbs. when I entered St. John Vianney Seminary (it is now Mount Michael Benedictine High School) at the age of 13.  School was not easy for me but I worked hard and learned to understand that God really did want me to be a priest.  He had a lot of work to do to train me and He is still working on me. 

I have been ordained 34 years.  I really love being a priest.  It is challenging but very rewarding.  It has been decades since I was bored.  It is a way to make a difference.  I can’t do much to make people’s lives perfect in this life but I can certainly help to make them perfect in the next life.  As a priest I have been blessed to be able to travel.  I have been to all fifty states, seven Canadian Provinces, Mexico, Singapore, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, and Vietnam. 

While I was in Israel during my sabbatical last fall I was able to kayak on the Sea of Galilee.  I have canoed on most of the rivers in Nebraska and done rivers in about five other states, but this was the most awesome experience.  It felt as dangerous as when the apostles would have been out in a small boat fishing.

I play tennis and racquetball to stay in shape for the tough desk duty that I must endure.  I jog when those sports are not possible.  I am happy that priests are supposed to wear black because it helps me stay warmer.  I hate the cold.  My favorite scripture passage is Mary’s line from the wedding feast of Cana, when she said: “Do whatever he tells you.”

Dawn Willis, Parish Secretary

"My name is Dawn Willis.  My husband Michael and I live in the Quail Run Subdivision and are members of St. Patrick's Church in Elkhorn. I was raised in the Arlington area and moved to Omaha when I married my husband in 1978. We moved to Richland Center, Wisconsin and after that Boulder City, Nevada before moving back to the Omaha area in 1999 when Mike took a position as Liturgist at St. James Church. I began working for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in July of 1999. 

Both of our extended families are in the Omaha area as are our children and their families. Family is extremely important to us. We have three grown children, two sons and a daughter, and our five grandchildren are the light of our life. 

Mike is now the Liturgist at St. Pat's in Elkhorn and I am involved in the Music Ministry there. This past year (2010) I switched to working 3 days a week for SEA and am blessed to spend the other two days watching the youngest grandbaby.

A partial list of my responsibilities at SEA are general office duties, putting together the weekly bulletin, the monthly calendar, the weekend petitions and the altar announcements. I also coordinate the Archdiocesan Safe Environment program for our parish, collate the Annual Parish Intention Cards and of course all those 'other duties as assigned'."

Marge Czarnik, Parish Morning Receptionist

"My name is Marge Czarnik.  I am the morning receptionist at SEA.  I have been a member of the parish since 1989.  I was born on a farm near Genoa NE in 1942 (World War II).  I came to Omaha in 1967 seeking better job opportunities.  I worked in the banking industry for 40 years, retired from Wells Fargo Bank in 2004.  In 2005 SEA was looking for a part time receptionist and I was offered the position.  Besides answering the phone, I record the sacraments, schedule baptism classes and baptisms, mass intentions, maintain the parishioner data base and many other tasks."

Leon Kloke, Maintenance

"My name is Leon Kloke.  My wife Sherri and I have six children and eight grandchildren.  I was born in Concordia, KS on January 14, 1940.  I have lived in the Omaha area since 1952.  I worked for the Omaha Public Power District starting in 1959 and retiring in 1996.  I have been a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish since the split from St. James.  I have served on the Parish Council, a member of the Adult Choir, a member of the Building Committees for the church and parish center and was the parish representative during the construction of the parish center.  Presently I am a part time employee performing maintenance duties as directed by the pastor."



Past Pastors

Reverend Thomas E. McDermott

June 1981 - June 1988

Reverend Anthony Petrusic
June 1988 - 1990

Reverend Anthony Tresnak

1990 - September 1995
Reverend Joseph Hanefeldt
September 1995 - 2007

Reverend Franklin Dvorak

June 2007 - 2012

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