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School News 2019-2020

An Award-Winning Book Helps Those Touched by Cancer

MissyWaltherBookPublishedApril2019Two Creighton University students collaborate to write and illustrate a book, Cross of a Different Kind: Cancer and Christian Spirituality to help people affected by cancer. Anthony Maranise, the author, was inspired to write from his own experiences with cancer. He’s been in remission 21 years. MissyPhotosMirjana, “Missy” Walther, class of ‘12 at St. Mary’s and currently student teaching there always had a love of drawing and painting. Their online friendship strengthened by their Christian faith led them to help others. Maranise asked Walther to illustrate the book. “For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” (Luke 12:34) The winning duo received a Best Book award at the American Book Fest in Los Angeles last year in the Religion-Christianity category. They have been nominated for other awards as well. Their greatest reward though, is knowing proceeds from their book sales and illustration prints will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital where Maranise was treated and other nonprofits. For more details and interviews with Maranise and Walther read the article in Creighton magazine.  Click here for the article.

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St. Mary's Catholic School is a Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth Grade School of the Archdiocese of Omaha. Our mission is to provide a Catholic education that nurtures students' hearts and minds to become servant leaders in an ever-changing world.

Our philosophy of education is to offer a five-day program to assist families in teaching those truths, skills, and ideals, which are necessary for Christian living. We believe that education must develop the faculties and abilities of the whole child: spiritually, intellectually, physically, and emotionally. To help achieve this, our faculty and staff are an integral part of the formation of Christian community and dedicate themselves to the task of developing Christian citizens.



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