Honorary Chairs

Darleene & Chris Evitch & Family

It is with great joy that we welcome you to the twelfth annual Columb’s Ceili! We are honored to chair this year’s event and we look forward to celebrating an evening of fellowship. Please enjoy the warmth and excitement of this event.

On a personal note, we feel very blessed that our son, Broc, received an excellent education from his years at St. Columbkille School, which prepared and helped qualify him for his acceptance to Creighton Prep High School. Our sons, Kyle, Neil and grandson Cooper have all been baptized at St. Columbkille Church. It has been a privilege to support St. Columbkille Church in its numerous initiatives, which are far-reaching and which make an impact on so many of us, our community and generations to come.

With great pleasure, we recognize and congratulate the 2019 Spirit of St. Columbkille Award recipients, Bill and Renee Frankman and Jim and Sharon Dennis. Their commitment and dedication to St. Columbkille Church is unsurpassed and is deeply appreciated by all. And last, but certainly not least, where would we be without the support and guidance of Father Dave and Father Tom, our spiritual leaders and mentors? Our parish and our lives have been blessed to have them in our midst.

We hope you enjoy the evening!

Siochan leat (Peace be with you),
Darleene and Chris Evitch

Bill and Renee Frankman & Family
Bill grew up in South Dakota and graduated from O’Gorman Catholic High School in Sioux Falls. Renee grew up in Iowa and graduated from Manning High School. Both attended the University of South Dakota where they met on the second day of school. They were married at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Sioux Falls, SD in May of 1994. Their wedding Mass was celebrated by Bill’s uncle, Father Gregg Frankman of the Sioux Falls, SD diocese. Bill and Renee graduated from USD in 1995, moved to Papillion and joined St. Columbkille Parish. 
Bill and Renee have four children, William J. Frankman IV (BJ); age 23, Nathan, age 21, and Kristen and Kaleb (twins) ages 9. BJ attended St. Columbkille Catholic School and graduated from Papillion LaVista High School. BJ recently graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a degree in Business Management. He works at Pinnacle Bank in customer support. Nate also attended St. Columbkille Catholic School and graduated from Papillion LaVista High School. He was active in St. Columbkille teen faith and served as an alter server through high school. Nate is currently a junior at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, IA. He is majoring in secondary education and mathematics. He is an EME, vice president of student government and leads a small faith sharing group. Kristen and Kaleb are in 4th grade at St. Columbkille and both participate in alter serving. 
Bill and Renee have been honored to serve the parish and credit their hard work and dedication to their parents, who have taught them through their love for one another and through their dedication to the church. Bill and Anne Frankman have been married 52 years and Bill is a deacon in Sioux Falls, SD. Virgil and Alvera Rosonke have been married 59 years. All of their parents have served the church in multiple ways throughout their lives. Renee’s older brother Wayne, and his wife Kathy are members of St. Columbkille parish and serve as role models through their continued sharing of their time, talent and treasure. Bill has been active in St. Columbkille sports programs and has coached soccer, baseball, flag football, and basketball. He especially enjoys using the tractor at the St. Columbkille sports complex and has only gotten it stuck once so far. Bill currently serves as the President of the Athletic Committee and is a member of the Facilities Committee for the current parish capital campaign. Renee has also been active in sports and has coached soccer, softball, and volleyball. She also served many years on the Parish Festival Committee. She is currently active in the parish campaign and CARE programs. 
Bill and Renee have had the pleasure of serving the parish with their friends and family. They look at being involved in the parish as a way of life and simply spending time with friends and their St. Columbkille family. They see so many awesome families that do amazing things each and every day for our parish.  Father Dave always says that we have an awesome parish, and Bill and Renee could not agree more. They are honored to call St. Columbkille home and have been so blessed by God for the many things and people in their lives. They are humbled to be recognized by their peers, and believe there are many families in our parish that are deserving of this award. Bill and Renee consider it a blessing getting the chance to meet so many wonderful families and being a small part of what St. Columbkille represents. They are grateful to all the families that have given them so many blessings over the years and want to thank the parish for the Spirit of St. Columbkille Award. 

Jim and Sharon Dennis
Jim and Sharon (Skip) met in grade school...she in 7th grade and Jim in 8th grade in Rockford, Illinois.  The two did not 'pair up' until the summer after Jim’s graduation from high school in 1964. 
Absence, indeed, makes the heart grow fonder. Anticipating military draft, Jim chose to enlist in the Air Force in March of 1966.  Not, however, until he had put an engagement ring on Sharon’s finger.   Marriage followed in November of 1966, in Rockford, Illinois, both at the age of 20 years.  Jim’s first duty was at Shaw AFB in Sumter, SC, where they made their first home together.  Jim was transferred a year later to Thailand on a one-year remote tour.  Sharon returned to Illinois to stay with family and worked full-time as a secretary.
Their next assignment (1969) was to Myrtle Beach, SC where they were assigned for the next eight-years.  There were numerous temporary duty assignments for Jim, leaving his wife 'home alone', 1,000 miles from family in any direction.   Sharon became a secretary for the Security Police offices at Myrtle Beach AFB for a few years, until their only child, Jennifer was born in 1972.  Skip had now become a 'stringer' for the local newspaper, the Myrtle Beach Sun Times.
Departing the continental United States, their next duty assignment, would be to Mildenhall RAFB in the United Kingdom for a four-year tour.   It was in England that our Catholic faith began to grow.  An ocean away from any family and friends, we experienced the first family deaths of our lives of both Jim’s father and his grandfather.  A return assignment stateside landed us at Loring AFB, amid the potato fields of Maine.   This would be where daughter, Jennifer, would make her first communion.
In 1983, the little family traveled to what would be their final military assignment at HQ SAC, Offutt AFB in Bellevue, NE.   The parish of St. Columbkille would become an integral part of their lives where their faith would grow and mature.  They involved themselves in bible studies and began to hear homilies that would impact the course of their lives.
Jim stepped forward as an usher for many years.  And, somehow (as these things happen) became the webmaster for the St. Columbkille parish for the next 16 years.  Sharon, ever by his side, but never in the forefront.  They began attending the Spirituality Alive faith-sharing group hosted by Kathy and Eric Vande Berg.  This was a catalyst event, shared by both, that served to enlighten, teach and give courage to their faith life.   
In the spring of 2008, God would lead Jim into a community of friends through a Christians Encounter Christ weekend.  He found a new spiritual direction to live the Catholic faith full of love and the Holy Spirit.    Jim also participated in the That Man Is You fellowship for a few years.
Upon their retirements in 2010, their volunteerism became more prominent.  Jim took on Lector, EMHC, Sacristan, and hospital visitation.  As a couple, they would begin service on the Funeral Committee.  The annual Fish Fry event saw Jim cutting fish and Sharon prepping tables and condiments on Friday afternoons.    As regular attendees of the St. Columbkille Happy Club, they gathered with friends in hosting this monthly luncheon a few times a year.   Sharon, passionate about health, would come to join a few of the wellness exercise sessions.   There would follow miscellaneous faith and stewardship events; such as the great potato packing ministry where daughter, Jennifer and grandson, Joe would participate.    Both assisted the St. Columbkille Mercy Garden project in its infancy.  They were active for a few years in celebrating First Friday mass at Holy Cross Catholic Church and delighted in the Filipino influence and friendships.  The annual celebration with this community was highlighted by the Santo Niño Festival at St. Cecelia Cathedral.  
Upon their recent move, both became involved in the Catholic Faith Bible study at Hillcrest Country Estates; and, Jim volunteers as reader at the Thursday morning mass celebration at the Lodge.
Jim and Sharon will tell you, especially as age progresses, how precious their faith community becomes.  A faith community is family supporting you in love, a refuge in sadness, small and simple blessings of joy, encouragement, and service to Gods' people.