About Us

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord, Nebraska, along with its mission parishSacred Heart Catholic Church in Burwell, Nebraska is home to hundreds of believers in our central Nebraska communities. Led by Fr. John Kakkuzhiyil and in communion with the teachings and tradition of the Roman Catholic Church, our parish communities are committed to proclaiming, living, and celebrating the Good News of Jesus Christ through worship, sacraments, stewardship, service, and evangelization.

Parish Staff

Fr. John Kakkuzhiyil, Pastor 

Phone: 308-390-8114/Email: jkakkzhy@gmail.com


Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Sacred Heart parishes welcomed Fr. John Kakkuzhiyil to our central Nebraska faith community in July 2016. 


Fr. John was born the eldest of seven children in Kerala, India. He attended a high school run by the Salesians of Don Bosco in Calcutta, India – a city made famous by the works of Saint Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa.) Fr. John completed his (first) bachelor’s degree in English literature and philosophy in 1978 – going on to teach high school and manage a boys’ hostel – before earning a bachelor’s degree in theology.


After being ordained a priest on January 1, 1986, Fr. John served in remote missions in northern India from 1986 to 1999. He established two parishes, which included churches, schools, and training centers, in two different states in India, as well as a school that catered to disadvantaged tribal children. During the early and mid-2000s, he continued education in youth counseling, psycho-spiritual counseling, spiritual direction, and managerial skills – all of which he utilized as director/principal of the Vocational Training Institutes. He then established and managed the Salesian Province of New Delhi Employment Office. 


In May 2007, Fr. John was welcomed to the Diocese of Grand Island. Prior to his current role as pastor at OLPH and Sacred Heart, he worked at St. Mary’s Cathedral and served as pastor at St. Nicholas (Valentine), St. Mary’s (Nenzel), Holy Rosary (Alliance), and St. Bridget’s (Hemingford). Fr. John became a United States citizen on August 12, 2015. ​


Laura Pokorny, OLPH Church Office Secretary

Phone: 308-728-3351/Fax: 308-728-3360/Email: secretary@ordcatholicchurch.org


Laura Pokorny, Director of Faith Formation

Phone: 308-730-0795/Email: laurapokorny@yahoo.com


Kathy Carson, Sacred Heart Office Secretary

Phone: 308-346-4190/Email: shcburwell@gmail.com


Lisa Benton, St. Mary's School (Ord) Secretary

Phone: 308-728-5389/Email: lisa.benton@esu10.org

St. Mary School

St. Mary's School is a K-6 Catholic school associated with Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and located across the street from the church. 


Staff and supporters of St. Mary's are dedicated to providing a quality faith-based educational experience to students. Stay up-to-date with school happenings on the St. Mary's School Facebook page. ​For more information, call 308.728.5389.