Creighton Honors Local Priest with Service Award
The Rev. Msgr. James Raymond Cain, former chancellor of the Archdiocese of Omaha and founding pastor of St. Wenceslaus Parish in west Omaha, will receive Creighton University’s Archbishop Daniel E. Sheehan award on Jan. 22, during Creighton's Priests and Brothers Annual Dinner and Basketball Game. Attendees come from dioceses in Nebraska and Iowa.
Msgr. Cain served as chancellor for 14 years and as vicar for the religious for many years. In those roles he fostered communication with all religious orders including the Jesuit Community at Creighton. In 1983 he was appointed vicar general by Archbishop Daniel E. Sheehan and was assigned to build the new parish of St. Wenceslaus where he served for 12 years. An expert in canon law, he continues to serve as a canonical advisor to the archdiocese. In 2002 he retired from active ministry after 46 years, although he continues to help out at parishes throughout the archdiocese.
He grew up in Elgin, Neb., and was ordained a priest in 1956. He studied canon law at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, receiving a doctorate in canon law in 1965.
The Archbishop Sheehan award recognizes a priest or a brother from the Archdiocese of Omaha who has distinguished himself for service to society, to the Church and to Catholic education, all of which were hallmarks of Archbishop Sheehan's career. Creighton established the award to honor Archbishop Sheehan, who died in October 2000.