Monsignor Liam Barr Gives the Gift of Student Scholarship
A belief in Creighton’s authentic approach to Catholic education and his long-standing relationship with the University and its staff motivated Monsignor Liam Barr, pastor of St. Joseph Church in Lincoln, Neb., to establish a scholarship in his parents’ names to the University. Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, graduates of Catholic high schools of the Diocese of Lincoln will be eligible to apply for the Liam and Lorraine Barr Scholarship at Creighton University. Funded by monthly gifts from Msgr. Barr, the scholarship will make awards annually to those who qualify.
Barr began his relationship with Creighton in the mid-1970s while taking graduate classes in educational administration, where he encountered professors Ed O’Connor, Ph.D., and Timothy Dickel, Ph.D. Although he received his master’s degree in theology from Pontifical College Josephinum in Ohio, he was impressed by the “authentic Catholicity” he found during his time at Creighton. From 1981 until 1994, Barr was president of Pius X High School in Lincoln, where he encouraged many of his students to attend Creighton.
While at Pius X, Barr stayed involved in the Creighton community, especially with the Deglman Center for Ignatian Spirituality, currently headed by Barr’s spiritual director, Larry Gillick, S.J. In 1998, he was awarded the Creighton Presidential Citation, now the Creighton University Archbishop Daniel E. Sheehan award, which recognizes priests and brothers who have been outstanding leaders in the community. In addition to his duties at St. Joseph, Barr currently serves as director of the Office of Stewardship and Development for the Catholic Diocese of Lincoln.