Guest speaker the Rev. Michael McCabe from the Kuemper Catholic Class of 1978, speaks during the Kuemper Catholic School Foundation Appreciation Thursday night.
Guest speaker the Rev. Michael McCabe from the Kuemper Catholic Class of 1978, speaks during the Kuemper Catholic School Foundation Appreciation Thursday night.

October 3, 2018

Members and supporters of the Kuemper Catholic School System gathered together to celebrate school pride, success and unity during the biennial fall appreciation social sponsored by the Kuemper Foundation Board of Directors Thursday evening.

The theme of the night: “Because We Can’t Thank You Enough,” which spotlighted supporters and donors who help contribute to the Kuemper Catholic School System.

Dave Bruner, a Kuemper Foundation chairman and Carroll attorney, spoke about two major accomplishments for the school system. The foundation surpassed its $5 million fundraising milestone, including $1 million for the teacher salary enhancement fund, which supports teacher salaries and recruiting and hiring new teachers.

The guest speaker for the night was the Rev. Michael McCabe, who graduated from Kuemper Catholic High School in 1978, and was a son of Ruth and the late Dr. Francis McCabe.

He spoke about his family, what led him to become a priest and his time spent at the Kuemper Catholic School System.

After graduating from Kuemper, McCabe went to Creighton University in Omaha and decided after school he wanted to become a stockbroker. But in the back of his mind, he always thought about becoming a priest, he said.

Then one day in church, he heard his pastor talk about the vocation.

“I heard if you’re single, male, love the Lord and ever thought about being a priest, maybe the Lord would at least ask you to take one year and discern and go and, at the very least, you learn to know your faith a little bit better — and I did it,” he said.

McCabe is now the pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, and has been a member of the Bishop’s Finance Committee for the Lincoln Diocese since 2004.

During his speech, he spoke at the family-like atmosphere that Kuemper promotes and said Kuemper encourages a culture of professional people that love their families, prayer and God.

“The two biggies we believe as Christians and Catholics is that: To love God with your whole heart, your whole soul all your strength, with all your might, and your neighbor as yourself — that’s it,” McCabe said.

He said that at Kuemper, the staff and all of the school’s supporters are what make it so strong and such a great place to be.

“The teachers in Catholic schools especially, with that faith piece, will do anything for kids and sacrifice any time to help them,” McCabe said.