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Gretna Priest to Receive Creighton’s Sheehan Award

The Rev. Michael W. Grewe, pastor of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Gretna, Neb., and Vicar General, Archdiocese of Omaha, will receive the University’s Archbishop Daniel E. Sheehan award on Dec. 17 during Creighton's Priests and Brothers Annual Dinner and Basketball Game. Attendees come from dioceses in Nebraska and Iowa.

Fr. Grewe has been a priest since 1979, and has had assignments in eight parishes in Omaha and rural Nebraska. In 2000, he became Vicar General of the Archdiocese and serves as the principal deputy of the Bishop for administrative matters. As Executive Director of the Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Omaha he is also responsible for five cemeteries, the oldest being Holy Sepulchre, where the Creightons and many Jesuits have been laid to rest.

He is described by one colleague as “the ideal priest, a wonderful minister, very sincere and compassionate.” Another said he is “a pleasant, gifted man, very organized, focused and sensitive to people and dedicated to their spiritual needs.”

Fr. Grewe has also lent his leadership skills to numerous Archdiocese boards as well as Cedar Catholic, Roncalli Catholic and Skutt Catholic High School Boards of Education. He has been a member of the Jesus Caritas Fraternity of Priests since 1989.

Born in West Point, Neb., he graduated from the College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn. with a degree in accounting in 1975. He also earned master’s degrees from the St. Paul Seminary and Creighton University in theology and Christian Spirituality respectively.

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.