LINCOLN (SNR) – Bishop James Conley celebrated Mass June 28 at St. Peter Parish in Lincoln to open the parish’s yearlong observance of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the parish.
St. Peter Parish was established June 29, 1990 by Bishop Glennon Flavin. The present church was dedicated by Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz Sept. 24, 1995.
The year of celebration will conclude June 29, 2015.
During his homily, Bishop Conley said there were 300 founding families in the parish and asked those present at the Mass to stand and be recognized. Today, there are more than 1,400 families in the parish.
First pastor of the parish, Bishop Robert Vasa, now Bishop of Santa Rosa Calif., concelebrated the Mass. The parish’s second – and current – pastor, Father Michael Christensen, also concelebrated. Parish native Deacon Stephen Graeve, who was ordained a transitional deacon in May, also assisted at the Mass.
Other honored guests included seminarian Christopher Eckrich, and another young man from the parish who recently applied to St. Gregory the Great Seminary. Bishop Conley also acknowledged the School Sisters of Christ the King who have served the parish school since its inception, the Marian Sisters present at the Mass – including Sister Kathryn Maney whose parents are parishioners – and his mother Betty Conley, who was visiting from her home in Kansas.
According to parish records, in its first 25 years, St. Peter Parish has celebrated 2,105 baptisms, 2,053 confirmations, 307 converts to the faith, 401 marriages and 139 funerals.
Photos are available in the gallery.