Bernie Schaefer


Vice President of Development

Bernie Schaefer, who joined the Spirit Catholic Radio family in 2008, directs the Development aims of the Network.  He works with thousands of donors across the listening area to advance our efforts through the donors’ gifts of time, talent and treasure. You’ll also often hear Bernie’s voice during broadcasts of some of our local high school football and basketball games. Before coming to the radio station, Bernie served the church for 20 years through Catholic higher education at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, St. Louis University and Creighton University in Omaha. His tenure at those institutions involved extensive work in major gift fund raising, marketing/PR, board management, social outreach and ministry. Bernie and his wife, Nikki, are members of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Omaha, and have six children. Both are active in parish and church organizations, including couples ministry, prayer groups, choir and apologetics. Bernie also serves on the development committee for Essential Pregnancy Services and is a board member for Creighton University’s Magis program. Inspired by the works of St. Ignatius, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Francis Xavier and St. Joseph the Worker, Bernie’s favorite prayer is the “Memorare.”