Creighton Honors Local Priest with Service Award
The Rev. Thomas M. Fangman, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, will receive Creighton University’s Archbishop Daniel E. Sheehan award on Feb. 17, during Creighton’s Priests and Brothers Annual Dinner and Basketball Game. Attendees come from dioceses in Nebraska and Iowa.
Fangman has served the people of the archdiocese since 1992. His first assignment was assistant pastor of St. Philip Neri parish in Omaha, followed by an associate pastorship at Sacred Heart in Norfolk and, in 1998, the pastorship of Sacred Heart in Omaha.
Known for his ministry to low-income families in northeast Omaha, Fangman brought the Heart Ministry Center back to the Sacred Heart campus in 2002. The center was established to help those in need and Fangman worked with community and business leaders to raise more than $650,000 to fund a new, larger and debt-free center, which opened in May 2005. Fangman also serves as executive director of the Christian Urban Education Service (CUES), the nonprofit organization that supports Sacred Heart School, a Catholic missionary school for children of all faiths. Under Fangman’s guidance, the school is strongly supported by the business community and CUES has raised millions of dollars.
An Omaha native, he was educated at Christ the King School and Creighton Preparatory School. He also attended the University of Kansas and Kenrick Seminary.
The Archbishop Sheehan award recognizes a priest or 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.