Birds of a Feather Make an Impact Together in the Twin Cities
The Twin Cities’ Alumni Associationsof Marquette and Creighton universities gathered on January 14, 2015, at the508 Restaurant and Bar in Minneapolis towatch their men’s basketball teams compete in the first of two matchups this year,and to support agood cause. Marquettewon the “friendly challenge” (53-52), buteverybody came out winners in supportingfamilies in need. The Golden Eagles andBluejays alums collected 110 receivingblankets for Second Stork, a non-profitorganization in the Twin Citiesthat supplies critical items such as diapers, wipes,formula, and cribs to thousands of newparents who would otherwise not be able toafford them.
Twin Cities Marquette University Alumni Association’s president Leif Bronson, Deb O’Halloran (MU alum and co-founder of Second Stork) join Twin Cities Creighton University Alumni Association’s vice president Tom Tack, and president, Alex Beckey.
Marquette alum Deb O’Halloran co-founded Second Stork, which has partnered with nearly 20 hospitals to serve families in the Twin Cities metro area. She and Creighton alum Tom Tack both serve on the Second Stork board and are extremely grateful to their alumni associations for helping the organization help others in need.
Al Bill, regional director of advancement for the Midwest Jesuits in the Twin Cities, attended the event and came away inspired. “These Jesuit alums really enjoy getting together to support the cause,” he said.
The Creighton Bluejays defeated the Marquette Golden Eagles (77-70) at the “rematch” on February 14, 2015; alums gathered in the Twin Cities to watch at Billy’s on Grand in St. Paul.
August 21, 2018 – As we reckon with the Grand Jury report on sexual abuse by priests in Pennsylvania and the failures of bishops to protect the children entrusted to their care, our hearts and prayers—first and foremost—are with the victim-survivors.
January 17, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Eugene F. Merz, SJ, who was called to eternal life on January 16, 2019, around 5:30 a.m. Gene died at Zilber Hospice in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was eighty-seven years old, a Jesuit for seventy years, and a priest for fifty-seven years.
January 16, 2019 — It was a homecoming fifty years in the making. In 2016, Fr. Casey Bukala, SJ, moved to the Colombiere Center near Detroit, where elder Jesuits live in community, receive the healthcare they need, and pray for the Church and the Society. It was not Fr. Bukala’s first time at Colombiere, however.
January 9, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. John “Jack” R. Crocker, SJ, who died on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 88 years old. May he rest in peace.