Priest to be honored by American Catholic Historical Association
Father Marvin O’Connell, professor emeritus of history at the University of Notre Dame and a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, will be awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award for Scholarship from the American Catholic Historical Association.
The award is given for a sustained series of contributions which have fundamentally animated the research of others, besides being significant in their own right.
Father O’Connell is the author of numerous books, including “Pilgrims to the Northland: The Archdiocese of St. Paul, 1840-1962.”
He will be honored during a luncheon Jan. 5 at Antoine’s Restaurant in New Orleans.
Catholic school dance teams donate to charity
Dance teams from seven Catholic schools participated in the 3rd Annual Catholic Jamboree Dec. 8 at Benilde-St. Margaret’s School in St. Louis Park.
Each year the dance teams meet at a different school and compete, but have no awards ceremony and all money raised is given to a charity. All of the admission fees, a portion of T-shirt sale profits and money made from raffling an iPad mini this year will go to Breanna’s Gift. The charity is a non-profit started by Marsha Ovitz, grandmother of Breanna, who passed away at age 4 from cancer.
The other schools participating in this year’s event were Academy of Holy Angels, Richfield; Cretin-Derham Hall, St. Paul; Hill-Murray, Maplewood; Holy Family, Victoria; St. Cloud Cathedral, St. Cloud and Totino-Grace, Fridley.
For more information, visit http://www.breannasgift.org.
Cleveland bishop recalls days with Gagliardi
Bishop Roger Gries of the Diocese of Cleveland has fond memories of playing for legendary coach John Gagliardi at St. John’s University back in the 1950s.
Bishop Gries, who serves as an auxiliary bishop and was ordained a priest in 1963, arrived at St. John’s in 1954, Gagliardi’s second season. He came from Benedictine High School in Cleveland, where he was captain of the football team and an honor student. He played center and linebacker for SJU, and got two seasons’ worth of wisdom from the legendary coach, who recently announced his retirement.
“He was a great teacher and got right in the mix with us to show us the proper techniques,” said Bishop Gries. “John was not only a good coach, he was a good father and husband.”