The Archbishop Leo Arkfeld, SVD Exhibit commemorates the spiritual life and work of the Butte, Nebraska native who served the people of Papua New Guinea (PNG) for over 50 years. The Exhibit began with the generous contribution of Mrs. Mildred Arkfeld of Panama, Iowa who donated 50+ pieces of artwork, jewelry, and other cultural objects once owned by the Archbishop to the Office of Multicultural Affairs with the help of the son, Creighton Alum Ed Arkfeld '69. Originally these pieces were gifts from indigenous tribal leaders to Archbishop Leo Arkfeld, which he bequeathed to his family upon his death. As part of the art exhibit we created a photo montage with narratives from the Archive of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) in Chicago, Illinois.The collaboration with the Order of the Archbishop was made possible by support from Fr. Alex Rodlach, SVD from the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Creighton University.
In celebration of the completion of the exhibit, we hosted an opening reception and lecture on March 22, 2012. Father Vince Ohlinger SVD, a nephew of the late Archbishop spoke of the personal life and work of Archbishop Arkfeld SVD, while Father Adam McDonald SVD lectured on the Society of the Divine Word's missions to Papua New Guinea and other areas of the world. To view the lecture please visit OMA's YouTube Channel or click on the following: Archbishop Arkfeld SVD Lecture. Exhibit is available for viewing in the Office of Multicultural Affairs.