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2017 ~ Joseph Caniglia

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1992 ~ Frances Mandolfo

1991 ~ Vince Emmanuel Sr

1990 ~ Mike Albert

1989 ~ Bob Orsi

1988 ~ Yano Bonafede

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1986 ~ Lou Rotella Sr

1985 ~ Anthony Troia

1984 ~ Frances Pane

1983 ~ Claudio Orsi

1982 ~ Bishop Anthony Milone

1981 ~ Nuncio Pomidoro

1980 ~ Thomas Breccetti

1979 ~ Sandy Buda

1978 ~ Anthony Fucinaro

1977 ~ Bernie Venditte

1976 ~ Sam Pattavina

1975 ~ Tony Troia

1974 ~ Sam Howell

1973 ~ Ross Lorello

1972 ~ Al Caniglia

1971 ~ Alfred Pattavina Jr

1970 ~ Dr Joseph Longo Jr

1969 ~ Emil Sodaro

1968 ~ Charles Mancuso

1967 ~ Frank Pane

1966 ~ Frank Distefano Sr

1965 ~ John Mainelli

1964 ~ Dr Joseph Grasso

1963 ~ Dr Anthony Circo

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1961 ~ Dr Anthony Pantano

1960 ~

1959 ~ Louie Salerno

1948 ~ 1958

1947 ~ Louis Carnazzo

1946 ~ Louis Finocchiaro

1940 ~ 1945

1939 ~ Charles Ancona

1938 ~ Joseph Piccolo

1937 ~ 

1936 ~ Dr S. J. Carnazzo

1925 ~ 1935

The Santa Lucia Festival Committee is proud to announce

Fr. Damian Zuerlein 2019 “Honorary President”

Fr. Damian Zuerlein was born to Victor & Betty Zuerlein along with four Sisters and one Brother. Father’s Siblings are Kathy Renken, Theresa Taute, Dale Zuerlein, Doris Augspurger & Bernice Reiser.

Father’s Educational journey began in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1977, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the College of St. Thomas, and earned his Master of Ministry Degree from the St. Paul Seminary in 1981. From there he traveled to Cuernavaca, Mexico and attended the Spanish Language Institute where he studied the Spanish Language. 

Father has also studied Counseling & Psychology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, along with Spirituality Studies at Creighton University. In 2000, Father did Sabbatical Studies at the Catholic University in Louvain, Belgium and also at Notre Dame University, Tantur Campus, Jerusalem, and Israel in 2015.Fr. Damian was Ordained on June 6, 1981 by Archbishop Daniel E. Sheehan for the Archdiocese of Omaha.

Since being Ordained, Father’s assignments have included Associate Pastor at Sacred Heart/St. Mary’s Parish in Norfolk, Nebraska from 1981 to 1985. He was also the Associate Pastor at St. Pius X Parish from 1985 to 1988 and Mary Our Queen Parish from 1988 to 1990. In 1990 Father became Pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Agnes, and St Frances of Assisi Parishes, prior to becoming Administrator at St. Peter and St. Ann Parishes in 2003 & 2004. Father’s next assignment was in 2004 where he became Pastor of St. Columbkille Parish in Papillion, Nebraska. Father was at St Columbkille until he became Pastor at St. Frances Cabrini Parish. Father has been at St Frances Cabrini since 2015.

As well as his Pastor duties at St. Frances Cabrini, Father also is the Dean of the Urban Southeast Deanery, along with the Treasurer for the Council of Priests. Other duties Father Damian is presently juggling include being part of the Archdiocesan Finance Council and the Priest Personnel Board. He is also on the Board of Consultors for the Archdiocese of Omaha. Father is on the Board of Directors of the Christ Child Society as well as the IXIM, Spirit of Solidarity. Father is also the Spiritual Director for Christians Encounter Christ.

The Santa Lucia Festival Committee would like to thank Father Damian Zuerlein for all his hard work and generosity. The Committee is very grateful to Father and the St. Frances Cabrini Parish.

Congratulations Fr Damian Zuerlein on being named

The 95th Annual Santa Lucia Festival

Honorary President

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