Archbishop Elden Curtiss of Omaha is celebrating his 30th anniversary in the episcopacy.

A priest of the Diocese of Baker, Archbishop Curtiss was president-rector of Mount Angel Seminary from 1972 to 1976. He was ordained as the seventh Bishop of Helena, Mont., by Archbishop Cornelius Power of Portland on April 28, 1976. Archbishop Curtiss, 73, was 43 years old at his ordination as bishop.

He spent 17 years as Bishop of Western Montana. On June 25, 1993, he was installed as Archbishop of Omaha.

Archbishop Curtiss has four Omaha seminarians at Mount Angel Seminary, and he serves on the Bishops' Advisory Board for the seminary. As the chairman of the board for the Catholic Mutual Insurance Group, headquartered in Omaha, he oversees the insurance coverage for Mount Angel Abbey and Seminary and also the Baker Diocese.

Commenting on his years as president-rector of Mount Angel Seminary, Archbishop Curtiss said they were challenging times, but 'very satisfying and fruitful.'

He said he has the highest regard for the Benedictine community at the abbey, and is very supportive of the seminary.

'After all,' he said, 'Father Paperini [present president-rector] was a student of mine back in the early 1970s.'