In anticipation of Emeritus Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz’s 80th birthday Sept. 6, the Register collected birthday wishes from many people who worked with him and knew him during his ministry as Bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln. Bishop Conley wrote a tribute to Bishop Bruskewitz here. Cards may be sent to His Excellency at:
Diocese of Lincoln, ATTN: Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz, PO Box 80328, Lincoln, NE, 68501.
To Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz on his 80th birthday,
I join with your many friends in wishing you a blessed and happy 80th birthday.
I am grateful for the years of Episcopal Ministry we have had together in Nebraska.
Most Reverend Elden Francis Curtiss
Archbishop Emeritus of Omaha
Happy Birthday to a kind, generous and devoted brother. Many happy returns of the day, each filled with the loving smile of our Lord and His Mother!
Your sister, with love and prayers
Sister Collette Bruskewitz, OSF
Dear Bishop Bruskewitz:
I write to congratulate you on the occasion of your 80th birthday and especially for your many years of Priestly and Episcopal Ministry. In terms of the Priesthood, congratulations, somehow always sounds a bit hollow. Perhaps gratitude would be a better choice of words. Our ministry as Bishops, filled as it sometimes is with hardship and contentions, is nonetheless an authentically beautiful gift of service to the Church and the People of God. For your many fruitful years of making that gift I am grateful.
I ask that the Lord bestow upon you during your lifetime a full measure of the thirty, sixty or hundred-fold reward which He promises and pray that the Lord not keep all of your reward for eternity. Ad multos annos.
I pray that God will ever let His face shine upon you. Asking every good grace and blessing of God upon you,
Most Reverend Robert Vasa
Bishop of Santa Rosa, Calif.
Congratulations on your Eightieth Birthday and thank you for serving the Lord with such a generous and faithful heart. Not only did the Lord give you a keen mind but also an incredible memory, a memory for stories and jokes, and a memory for truths of faith and edifying anecdotes of the saints. Your courageous leadership has inspired me and many others, and your fraternal love has been deeply appreciated. May Jesus, the Great High Priest, bless you with many more years of good health and happiness.
Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted
Bishop of Phoenix
On behalf of the clergy, those in consecrated life and the people of the Diocese of Grand Island, along with Bishop Emeritus William Dendinger, I wish to convey our joyful congratulations to you, Bishop Bruskewitz, on the occasion of your 80th birthday!
Enriched by faith over these 80 years, you have so generously made a gift of yourself to the service of Christ and his Church. We congratulate you and join with the people of the Diocese of Lincoln in celebrating your life of faith and service.
We extend to you our sincere prayers that our Lord will continue to bless you with good health, fill your life with deep joy and draw you ever closer to His Sacred Heart. May our Blessed Mother, Mary, intercede for you and all your intentions as you rejoice in the gift of life and the many blessings which you have enjoyed throughout these 80 years.
With the assurance of our prayers and congratulations,
Most Reverend Joseph G. Hanefeldt
Bishop of Grand Island
It is such a joy to publicly wish you a happy 80th birthday and to celebrate and thank God for your life! It will forever be a highlight in my life to have had the privilege of working for and with you in proclaiming the sacred dignity of human life. Your courage, faithfulness and clarity in proclaiming and defending our Catholic faith has been a solid anchor in a culture awash in confusion and decadence. Thank you, a thousand times, and may God bless you richly for your generous service to the Church.
Executive Director, Nebraska Catholic Conference
Sto lat, sto lat, niech zyje zyje nam. As vigorous as Bishop Bruskewitz is at 80, it is not far-fetched to imagine him living to 100, and beyond!
My most vivid memory is the time I spent driving him around southern Nebraska and coordinating the ceremonies at which he presided.
Both in the car and at the ceremonies I remember marveling at his masterful preaching, keen intellect, theological depth, cultural richness, limitless memory, and sense of humor.
After returning from a car trip from some place in the diocese, I would sit quietly in my car for a few moments, thinking: Wow! What else can a body say? He is a phenomenon!
God grant him all his birthday wishes (if the good bishop has breath enough to blow out that many candles).
With fraternal regards, I am
Most Reverend Michael O. Jackels
Archbishop of Dubuque, Iowa
It is my privilege to congratulate His Excellency on 80 years of survival on earth, and to say that earth is all the better for it. Our Diocese has been blessed by his leadership and the Church Universal would not be the same without his faithful example. His sharp intellect, simple piety, infectious joy and delightful humor have been a source of inspiration, happiness and entertainment to all who know him. May the Lord grant him many more years with us all.
Msgr. Timothy Thorburn
Vicar General, Diocese of Lincoln
I offer my best wishes, Bishop Bruskewitz, as you celebrate your 80th birthday. Very early in those 80 years, you heard Our Lord call you to follow Him faithfully and to serve Him as a priest. You have responded generously, dedicating your keen intellect, your warm humor and your considerable energy to build up the Body of Christ as a priest and bishop. It is a privilege to be a co-worker with you in the Lord here in Nebraska. May God grant you many more birthdays in good health. Ad multos annos.
Most Reverend George Lucas
Archbishop of Omaha
Happy Birthday, Bishop Bruskewitz!
As you join the octogenarian generation, may our Lord bless you with lots of good health and happiness.
Thanks for all you do and have done for our Diocese.
Sister Joanne Thomas, OSF
I am deeply grateful to Bishop Bruskewitz for the gift of his spiritual fatherhood and personal friendship. Before receiving me into the Catholic Church, nearly thirty years ago, he met with me — over the course of months — to discuss Scripture, theology, the early Fathers, as well as then-current current conditions in the Catholic Church. He’d always answer my many questions with clarity and insight, drawing from a delightful combination of deep erudition, rich pastoral experience, profound kindness — and a quality of serene joy and confidence I had never encountered before. It was the confidence of a man thoroughly converted to Jesus Christ. He confirmed me and administered my first communion. He also baptized our daughter, Hannah, on which occasion he gave a brief but luminous homily on the sacraments which proved to be a breakthrough moment for my wife, Kimberly, in her subsequent conversion. To me, as to so many others — his converts, students, parishioners, and the Church in Lincoln — he will always be a spiritual father.
Catholic author and speaker
Dear +Bishop Bruskewitz,
Happy 80th Birthday! I pray the Lord will give you continued good health and happiness in his service. It was a privilege to serve in the Diocese of Lincoln under your leadership, and I will always be grateful for your wisdom, your fatherly care, and your wonderful sense of humor. You have been a courageous pastor and teacher of the Faith, and we were greatly blessed by your twenty years as Bishop of Lincoln. I especially remember the spirit of joy you brought to your service as bishop, and I hope the Lord will bless you with many more joyful years to come. Thanks, and God bless you! Ad multos annos!
Yours in Christ,
Most Reverend John Folda
Bishop of Fargo, N.D.