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Local pastor receives Archbishop Sheehan Award from Creighton University

Fr. Gary Ostrander receives awardThe Rev. Gary Ostrander, pastor of St. Patrickís Parish, Elkhorn, Neb., received Creighton Universityís Archbishop Daniel E. Sheehan award on April 13, during the inaugural Priests and Brothers Dinner and Baseball Game. Attendees came from dioceses in Nebraska and Iowa.

Fr. Ostrander, a native of Lincoln, Nebraska, was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Daniel Sheehan 45 years ago, following his studies at St. Johnís in Elkhorn, and at St. Thomas in Denver. He has served at parishes and their affiliated schools in the Nebraska towns of Norfolk, Petersburg, St. Helena and West Point; and in Omaha at Holy Cross, St. Peterís, Mary our Queen, and St. Geraldís.

He is known as a hard-working priest who puts his parish first and attends every meeting and supports every effort of evangelization the various parish groups are engaged in.

A health-conscious man, he can be found walking laps in the church in inclement weather; as well as praying before the Blessed Sacrament at all hours of the day and evening. He enjoys reading, constantly educating himself, and a good game of golf.

One of Fr. Ostranderís passions is ministering to the sick and dying and caring personally for the homebound and those who live in nursing homes. Parishioners have noted Fr. Garyís phone is always on Ė even at 3 a.m., with requests to anoint the sick and dying.

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.

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