By: Kevin Lonergan
Seminarian, First Theology
When you think about Omaha, Nebraska, the first thing that probably does NOT come to mind is an awesome downtown area, beautiful churches, interesting culture, and intriguing history. But, rest assured, Omaha has all of the above!
When arriving in Omaha at the end of May, I was shocked to find myself in a city with skyscrapers and beautiful art deco buildings. Being a seminarian the first thing that we needed to find (after the church, of course) was where to eat. My classmate and I ventured into the “Old Market” district of Omaha. The area was filled with shops, restaurants, pubs and street musicians. To say the least this locale became a favorite among the seminarians at Creighton as a place to relax, have a nice meal, and enjoy each other’s company.
The City of Omaha itself has a fascinating history dating back to the pioneer days and the wagon trains heading westward. In the downtown area are magnificent, larger-than-life sculptures of settlers making their way west with all of their possessions in horse-drawn wagons.
Also in Omaha are some glorious churches. Whatever your taste in art and architecture, you’ll find a church in Omaha. Many of the churches have been well maintained or tastefully renovated including the grand St. Cecilia’s Cathedral.
The Old Market, as well as downtown Omaha, is laden with lovely art deco buildings including the impressive administration building right on Creighton’s campus.
Teen idol Justin Beiber packed the Quest Center for a concert on the July Fourth weekend. People come from surrounding states to watch first class shows at this brand new facility out there in the middle of the country. Another popular tourist stop is the railroad museum. Although we did not visit the attraction, I understand that it is a vital destination for people interested in the creation of the full United States.
All in all, I heartily enjoyed my Creighton experience and Omaha, Nebraska! The program felt like a spiritual Utopia that will always remain with me. And Omaha is a wonderful example of the beauty of our country!
Whatever your reason or need is for visiting Omaha, rest assured that there is plenty to do and see. However, if you’re only staying for a limited time, the top three in this seminarian’s opinion are St. Cecilia’s Cathedral, the Doorly Zoo, and the Old Market district.