Lincoln (SNR) – Fans, priests and administration of the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. spent a day meeting fellow priests, University of Nebraska-Lincoln coaches and administrators, and fellow priest-students in Lincoln Nov. 15.
The University of Mary, a Catholic university established in 1959, has a partnership with the Diocese of Lincoln for the education of Lincoln diocesan priests as future Catholic school administrators.
Msgr. James Shea, president of the University of Mary, led 85 students, teachers, administrators and fans to Lincoln for a men’s basketball game between the University of Mary and the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. The trip to Lincoln was the first to Nebraska for many of the students from the University of Mary.
A chartered Boeing 737, made possible by a supporter of University of Mary, brought the group to Lincoln.
The visit to Lincoln allowed University of Mary staff and administrators to meet some of the student-priests currently taking administrative classes online.
Diocesan priests Father Ryan Kaup, Father Justin Fulton, Father Michael Ventre, Father Corey Harrison and Father Eric Clark were hosts to the University of Mary visitors. The priests led their North Dakota guests on a tour of Memorial Stadium and Hawks Athletic facility, attended a meal with Nebraska head football coach Mike Riley and Nebraska men’s head basketball coach Tim Miles.
They also met with UNL’s head baseball coach Darin Erstad at Lincoln Station. The priests then joined the North Dakota contingent at the basketball game between the University of Mary and the University of Nebraska Nebraska at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln’s Haymarket.
Another group of diocesan priests were hosted to a meal and the basketball game by Tom Funke of Nebraska City, and his sons, Ryan and Jeff, and Jon Bruning.