Norfolk Pastor to Take Over Leadership of UNO Newman Center

Norfolk Pastor to Take Over Leadership of UNO Newman Center
Fr. Dan Andrews

NORFOLK, NE — A Norfolk pastor is leaving the Sacred Heart Parish to become the pastor at the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Newman Center.

Sacred Heart Parish announced on Wednesday that the Rev. Dan Andrews will start as pastor of the St. John Paul II Newman Center at UNO on July 1.  Andrews was installed as Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in 2010.

“I’m both humbled and honored to be selected by Archbishop (George J.) Lucas for this position,” Andrews said in a news release. “The atmosphere and support our Newman Center offers are game-changers for young adults. I look forward to working with the JP II team and getting to know the students.”

He is replacing the Rev. Jake Anderson, who has been serving in an interim role at the Newman Center.  Rev. Joseph Taphorn, who was the founding pastor of the Newman Center, left to become leader of the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity last July.

The St. John Paul II Newman Center is the hub of the Catholic community at UNO.  The Center boasts a 100,000-square-foot facility which includes a chapel, apartment-style housing, a rectory for two priests and more.

Andrews graduated from Mt. Michael High School (Elkhorn) in 1989.  He was ordained a priest in 2001 by Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss. His parish assignments include Christ the King Parish-Omaha, St. Mary-Bellevue, St. Boniface-Elgin and St. Bonaventure-Raeville, and currently Sacred Heart Parish of Norfolk.

Sacred Heart Parish did not announce an interim pastor or a timeline for replacing Andrews.

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