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

Release January 2, 2019:


Bishop Hanefeldt has learned today, January 2, 2019, that Fr. John Kakkuzhiyil, a priest of the Diocese of Grand Island, has been placed under arrest by the Nebraska State Patrol in Grand Island and charged with first-degree sexual assault of an adult.


Most recently Fr. Kakkuzhiyil served as pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Burwell. On December 1, 2018, Bishop Hanefeldt offered Mass in Ord and Burwell asking the parishioners to pray for Father Kakkuzhiyil for his continuing struggles with depression and alcoholism.


On December 6, 2018 Fr. Kakkuzhiyil entered the CHI St. Francis Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program and was dismissed from there on January 2, 2019. 


When Bishop Hanefeldt learned there was an ongoing investigation by the Nebraska State Patrol regarding Fr. Kakkuzhiyil, he placed Fr. Kakkuzhiyil on administrative leave December 15, 2018. Pending the outcome of the investigation and treatment, the administrative leave remains in effect.


Bishop Hanefeldt asks for your prayers for all who are involved in this matter and in the investigation.​


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: 308-728-3351/Email: Secretary@ordcatholicchurch.org


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: lbenton@ordstmarys.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.