I am one of eight children and the son of Leroy and Elvera (Wheeler) Lape. I was born November 11,1963 in Omaha. My dad was a
carpenter and my mother was a homemaker. I was raised in Papillion and attended elementary school at Sacred Heart Academy
(now St. Columbkille School). After I graduated from Papillion-LaVista High School in 1982, I entered St. John Vianney Seminary at the

College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, graduating in 1986. I majored in Philosophy, Latin and Greek and graduated Magna Cum Laude. While there I met the future Pope Benedict XVI. After my studies at St.John Vianney, I attended Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, MO and was ordained a priest June 2, 1990. My first assignment was St. Wenceslaus Parish inOmaha as an assistant pastor. In 1993 I was transferred to Sacred Heart in Norfolk, NE where I began teaching in the high school. In 1996 I became the pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Butte, Ne with the mission of Sacred Heart in Naper, NE. I also had teaching duties at St. Mary’s High School in O’Neill. Finally, for the last 13 years (since 2003) I was the pastor of St.Anthony’s Church in Columbus. I wanted to be a priest ever since I was a boy in grade school. I attribute my vocation to the priests and serving Mass as a boy and to the Benedictine nuns of Atchison, Kansas, who staffed the grade school. My main hobby is collecting and restoring wind up phonographs and talking machines. My oldest recordings go back to the 1890’s and my most prized record is a cylinder of Pope Leo XIII chanting the Ave Maria. He was the first pope ever to make a recording of his voice in 1903 shortly before his death. I look forward to being your pastor here at St. Mary’s and am happy the Archbishop had the confidence to give me this assignment. It is also good to be back home in Sarpy County and near my brothers and sister. After 23 years, Sarpy County sure has changed a lot, but thank the Lord for GPS. Please keep me in your prayers daily and I will be praying for you and at your service. I look forward to meeting my parish family; please give me time to put names with faces.

May we all know and feel the Mercy of God.

FYI - in 5 years St. Mary’s will be celebrating her centennial - be thinking about it..