Each year at Festa del Leone Roncalli Catholic High School awards its highest honor, the Pope St. John XXIII Award. This award is given annually to an individual who embodies the qualities of a Roncalli Catholic education and has made a difference in the community. To honor Pope St. John XXIII, the award recognizes outstanding service to “children and friends of God.”
Patrick Kerrigan will be honored at the 31st annual Festa del Leone with the Pope St. John XXIII Award. Patrick graduated in the Archbishop Rummel High School, class of 1970. His passion for the mission of Roncalli Catholic is evident in his participation in events, his charitable contributions to capital and facility improvements, and his willingness to volunteer. From competing in the annual Swing with Pride tournament, to serving as the Chair of the Volunteer Committee, Patrick is an integral part of the Roncalli Catholic fabric. He has twice addressed the full Roncalli Catholic student body, and he always looks for exciting ways to engage students in learning opportunities outside of the classroom, like sending students to Duncan Aviation in Lincoln, and sharing his personal and professional experiences at school assemblies.
We are grateful for the many initiatives Patrick has taken part in to further the impact of a Roncalli Catholic education, most recently his willingness to fund students’ tuition at Metropolitan Community College through the Career Academy. The Career Academy provides students with the opportunity to get a jump start on their chosen field by earning a Career Certification while still in high school. Roncalli Catholic is the first Catholic high school in Omaha to offer such a program. The job training, information, and interpersonal skills that this program provides are invaluable. The Career Academy will have a lasting and profound impact on the life of each student enrolled.
Outside of Roncalli Catholic Patrick has been a member of the Industry Advisory Board for the Raikes School of Computer Science and Business at UNL, serving as its chairman off and on for half of its existence. He also participates, where allowed, in all levels of education. He has worked with St. Pius X / St. Leo Catholic Grade School in Omaha to collaborate with UNO to implement Bricklayer software training at Pius. He is a champion of Catholic education throughout the Metropolitan Area, and regularly meets with other Catholic high schools. At Lincoln Pius X High School Patrick served on its STEM committee. He keeps in touch with leaders at Creighton and UNL and most recently is participating in the UNO Math Department’s implementation of the Omaha Mathematics Academy for High Achieving Students. We are grateful to Patrick for the many blessings and opportunities he has bestowed upon the Roncalli Catholic community.