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St. Augustine Priest to Receive Creighton’s Sheehan Award

The Rev. David M. Korth, senior associate pastor of St. Augustine and director of the St. Augustine Indian Mission, will receive the University’s Archbishop Daniel E. Sheehan award on Jan. 8 during Creighton's Priests and Brothers Annual Dinner and Basketball Game. Attendees come from dioceses in Nebraska and Iowa.

Fr. Korth has been a priest since 1992, and has had assignments in Omaha, Fremont, Duncan, Silver Creek and currently serves on the Omaha and Winnebago Indian Reservations. In 2003, he became pastor of four parishes in Nebraska, including St. Augustine in Winnebago, St. Joseph in Walthill, Our Lady of Fatima in Macy and St. Cornelius in Homer. Two years later he became the Director of the St. Augustine Indian Mission, a kindergartern through eighth grade school serving children from the reservations. Since serving on the reservations he started playing the Native American flute and has produced two music CD's.

Some of his other achievements at St. Augustine include completing a $2 million challenge grant, building a worship center in Macy, securing computers and high-speed Internet for the school, hiring a full-time counselor, initiating a reading improvement program, adding art and music to the curriculum, and building a convent for the Missionary Benedictine Sisters.

Fr. Korth is president of the Priest Council of the Omaha Archdiocese, has served on the Board of Regents for Conception Seminary and is a past member of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission. He is pursuing a master’s degree in spirituality at Creighton University.

Born in Randolph, Neb., he is the youngest of seven children. He attended Mt. Marty College in Yankton, S.D., before transferring to Conception Seminary College, graduating in 1988. He earned a master’s degree from the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity at the University of St. Thomas and was ordained a priest in June 1992.

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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