clergy_father_james_tiegsFather James Tiegs, Pastor


Fr. Jim Tiegs became pastor of St. Stephen the Martyr Parish on December 1, 2004 succeeding Msgr. William Dendinger who was appointed Bishop of the Grand Island, Nebraska diocese.

Fr. Jim was born February 15, 1948 in Yankton, South Dakota, the second of four boys.  He was baptized when he was 11 years old and attended Sacred Heart Grade School for 7th and 8th grades.  He went to high school at Trinity Prep (now closed) in Sioux City, IA graduating in 1966. His first two years of college were at what was then called St. John Vianney Seminary in Elkhorn NE (now Mt. Michael High School), then received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1970.  His graduate theological studies were completed at St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, Colorado 1970-1974.

Fr. Tiegs was ordained as a priest for service in the archdiocese of Omaha on May 25, 1974. He eventually earned a masters degree in pastoral counseling from Creighton University in Omaha and a doctoral degree from the Graduate Theological Foundation in South Bend, Indiana. He also completed a 9 month chaplain residency at Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha, being certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). A certificate in fund raising management was earned from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is also a certified Myers-Briggs specialist.

Father’s priestly assignments include service as an associate pastor at St. Philip Neri, St. James, and St. Elizabeth Ann parishes in Omaha. He served as pastor at St. Rose of Lima in Genoa, St. Mary in Schuyler and St. Therese in Omaha where he also worked as director of the permanent diaconate for four years. He served on the national board of deacon directors for two years.  Simultaneously with several of these assignments, he worked in high school administration and classroom teaching. Prior to coming to St. Stephen’s, Fr. Jim served for ten years as chaplain at New Cassel Retirement Center and as president of  its foundation. He gave 170 adult education lectures during that time. He is past president of the archdiocese Council of Priests; he served as an archdiocesan consultor; and he served on the Priests’  Pension Board as a trustee.

Father Jim currently serves as State Chaplain for the Nebraska Knights of Columbus. His hobbies and interests include: genealogy, travel, movies, reading and golfing with duffers.

One of Father’s personal themes is: Pray hard, work hard, play hard!

clergy_fr_mark_mcckercherFr. Mark McKercher, Senior Associate Pastor


Fr. Mark is a native of Blair, Nebraska, going all the way through the Blair Public Schools (Class of 1986).  He entered the seminary right after high school, attending St. John Vianney Seminary at the College (now University) of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He received his BA in Philosophy while there.  After graduating from St. John Vianney in 1990, he left the seminary for three years, in order to discern whether the call to priesthood was truly his.  During his time out of the seminary he worked for Gallup in Lincoln, and taught 4th grade at Raton Catholic School in Raton, New Mexico, after which he discerned his call back to the seminary.  He re-entered the seminary in 1993, attending Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis, where he earned his Master of Divinity degree.  He was ordained by Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss in 1997.  He has served the Archdiocese as assistant pastor at St. Wenceslaus in Omaha and St. Mary’s in West Point.  He was  Administrator at St. Wenceslaus in Dodge and Sacred Heart in Olean, and pastor at St. Francis in Neligh and Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Tilden.  We was Senior Associate Pastor at St. Cecilia Cathedral, before coming to St. Stephen’s on March 1, 2012.  In addition, Father Mark taught high school religion for 10 years, at West Point Central Catholic and Pope John Central Catholic in Elgin.  He enjoys classical music and baseball (not necessarily in that order), being an avid fan of Beethoven, the Cincinnati Reds, and whoever is playing the Yankees.

clergy_fr_doug_hall Fr. Douglas Hall, Associate Pastor



B.A., majors in Philosophy and Psychology, College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (1975)
M.A., Educational Administration (1977), M.A., Psychology (1978), S.T.B. Theology (1978), The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.  Ph.L. (Higher Institute of Philosophy, 1983), S.T.L. (1984), Ph.D. Religious Studies (1988), S.T.D. Theology (1989), K.U. Leuven, Belgium M.A., Military Operational Arts and Sciences (National Security Studies), Air Command and Staff College, Montgomery, AL (2003)

1979, ordained Catholic Priest, Archdiocese of Omaha
1979 – 1982, Chairman and Instructor, Dept of Religion, Norfolk Catholic High School
1982 – 1988, graduate and doctoral studies in philosophy and theology, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
1984-1991, Instructor (Psychology and Philosophy), University of Maryland, European Division (Brussels, Belgium and Frankfurt, Germany)
1992 fwd, Air Force Catholic Chaplain at Biloxi, MS, Wichita, KS, Anchorage, AK, Nellis AFB Las Vegas, NV
2001-2002, Director of Curriculum Development and Instructor, U.S. Air Force Chaplain Service (professional continuing education curriculum design for 600 chaplain officers and 400 enlisted support staff, taught 10+ courses/year)
2002 – 2003, Student, Air Command and Staff College
2003- 2004, Catholic Chaplain, Bolling AFB, Washington, DC
2004-2006, Sr. Chaplain for AF Basic Training, Lackland AFB, TX, for largest worship program (5,000 in attendance weekly) and largest Religious Education program in Air Force (3,000 students weekly), most ecumenical in scope in entire Dept of Defense, close cooperation with Islamic, Jewish, Orthodox clergy/congregations
2006 – 2011,  Sr. Chaplain, Tyndall AFB, FL
1 Oct 2011, retired as Lieutenant Colonel, USAF
Oct 2011 – June 2014, Sr. Associate Pastor, Christ the King Church
July 2014 – present, Sr Associage Pastor, St. Stephen the Martyr Church


1979-1981, Producer and Studio Musician (vocal, percussion, bass) for Michael Joncas’s North American Liturgical Resources CD “On Eagle’s Wings” and the Cooperative Music CD “Every Stone Shall Cry”
1992, author, The Trinity: An Analysis of St. Thomas Aquinas’ Expositio of the De Trinitate of Boethius(Studien Und Texte Zur Geistesgeschichte Des Mittelalters), Leiden, Brill, 1992
1992 – 2001, Four tours deployed to multicultural, military environments (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait)—four- to six  months each tour
June – Oct 2011, Sabbatical, Missiology and Liturgy, St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute and Indian Spirituality Center, Bangalore, India
Spring Semester 2013, Lecturer, Dept. of Philosophy, Creighton University


Deacon Ernie Abbott
Deacon Denny Dethlefs
Deacon Jerry Kozney
Deacon Wes Kreun
Deacon Paul Tomaso
Deacon Charles Martin Warwick