Ennie Hickman
Ennie Hickman

June 12, 2019

Chris and Dr. Julie Lohr are the chaircouple for the 23rd Annual Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Schools, which will be held on September 22 at the Delta Hotels Center in South Sioux City.

The Lohrs both attended and graduated from the Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools in Sioux City and went on to Briar Cliff University. Julie Lohr was awarded the Bishop’s Scholarship in 2000 from Bishop DiNardo. She now practices dentistry at her own dental practice in Sioux City, Lohr Family Dentistry. Chris is the business manager for the dental practice.

The Lohrs are members of Holy Cross Parish in Sioux City, and their four children attend grade schools in the Bishop Heelan Catholic School System. The Lohrs regard Catholic schools with high esteem.

“We are incredibly indebted to our Catholic Schools,” they said. “We feel blessed to have been educated in a setting that allowed for our faith formation and spiritual development. We had incredible experiences in Catholic Schools, participating in many extracurricular activities, excelling academically, and we even fell in love in the hallways at Heelan. We are humbled and honored to serve the Catholic Diocese of Sioux City, and we are excited to participate in the Bishop’s Dinner. We are passionate advocates for our Catholic Schools.”

The theme for this year’s Bishop’s Dinner is “Set Your Faith on Fire!” The event serves as the single largest fundraiser benefiting 16 Catholic school systems throughout Northwest Iowa. More than 6,000 students receive a faith-based education every year with 100 percent of the proceeds from the dinner being distributed back to the schools in the form of educational enhancement grants. The 2018 Bishop’s Dinner raised more than $200,000.

Ennie Hickman is the keynote speaker for this year’s dinner. For almost two decades, Ennie Hickman has been one of the most respected and sought-after ministry leaders in America. His raw and honest communication, passion for following Jesus and simple and ancient approach to Christian living have aided God in transforming the lives of tens of thousands. A graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Hickman credits his foundation in faith to his parents who sent him to Catholic school, along with the teachers and coaches who cared for him uniquely and formed him in the way of discipleship.

Tickets to the dinner go on sale August 1 and can be purchased at www.scdiocese.org or by calling the Diocese of Sioux City at 712-255-7933.

The sixteen Catholic school systems, located within the Diocese of Sioux City, are located in Algona, Alton, Boone, Carroll, Danbury, Denison, Emmetsburg, Fort Dodge, Humboldt, Le Mars, Pocahontas, Remsen, Sheldon, Sioux City, Spencer and Storm Lake. More than 6000 students receive a faith-based education each year.