Deacon Ken Broz assists Father Matthew Gutowski, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Gretna, at morning Mass Sept. 16. MIKE MAY/STAFF
Ken Broz was content with his commitment level to his parish and the church. He was already a lector, extraordinary minister of holy Communion and acolyte for St. Mary Parish in Ashland, Nebraska (in the Lincoln diocese), and considered that to be... Read More

St. Stanislaus pilgrims stand atop Mount Gubalowka, above the town of Zakopane, Poland, on Sept. 1. From left are Mary Ann Gridley, Tom Jodlowski, Sharon Saniuk, Deacon Daniel Saniuk, Cathie Dieteman, Pat Dieteman, Steve Sanuik and Melissa Sanuik. COURTESY PHOTO
Twenty-one people – parishioners and others associated with St. Stanislaus Parish in Omaha – went to Poland, seeking to grow closer to God. They didn’t journey by themselves on the pilgrimage, part of the parish’s centennial celebration.  The... Read More

Bishop David L. Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, ordains Father Tho Vu a priest for the Midwest Province of Jesuits June 9, 2018, at the Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee. COURTESY PHOTO
Father Tho Vu could brag if he wanted to. The Vietnamese immigrant and recently ordained Jesuit priest – who grew up in Holy Name Parish in Omaha – speaks seven languages, is trained as a paramedic, and is preparing to become a doctor. He has... Read More

Cathy Kruse, EMHC and pyx minister for St. Wenceslaus Parish in Omaha, distributes Communion to residents Winnie Miller (left), Kathy Keane, Dorothy Sedlacek and Sal Nania at Heritage at Legacy assisted living community Sept. 8. ELIZABETH WELLS
As Cathy Kruse entered the gathering space at Heritage at Legacy assisted living community, her pace quickened. Close to 20 people were waiting. “I’ve got Jesus!” she said in greeting. Smiles spread across the faces of the residents and their guests... Read More

University of Nebraska at Omaha students Maria Cihacek, left, and Lauren Kopp check out one of Patrick Fahey’s signs outside the oratory at the St. John Paul II Newman Center at UNO. The digital signs provide information on upcoming events, saints’ lives and more. SUSAN SZALEWSKI/STAFF
A colorful electronic sign catches Lauren Kopp’s eye as she leaves the St. John Paul II Newman Center and heads to class at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). The sign beckons her and other students at the center, grabbing their attention... Read More

LIFE Runners kneel for prayer outside a Planned Parenthood facility in Overland Park, Kansas, before finishing the A-Cross America Relay Aug. 11. The 5,359-mile relay kicked off July 4 at four starting points – New York City, San Antonio, San Francisco and Grand Forks, North Dakota – and culminated in Overland Park with about 50 LIFE Runners representing the four arms of the relay coming together to walk across the finish line. COURTESY PHOTO
They run, they walk, they pray, they cheer.   They embrace the gift of life.   LIFE Runners, a global team of pro-life advocates with more than 12,000 members, including 1,500 in the Omaha archdiocese, is conveying its message in a very... Read More

Deacon Ken Broz assists Father Matthew Gutowski, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Gretna, at morning Mass Sept. 16. MIKE MAY/STAFF

St. Stanislaus pilgrims stand atop Mount Gubalowka, above the town of Zakopane, Poland, on Sept. 1. From left are Mary Ann Gridley, Tom Jodlowski, Sharon Saniuk, Deacon Daniel Saniuk, Cathie Dieteman, Pat Dieteman, Steve Sanuik and Melissa Sanuik. COURTESY PHOTO

Bishop David L. Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, ordains Father Tho Vu a priest for the Midwest Province of Jesuits June 9, 2018, at the Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee. COURTESY PHOTO

Cathy Kruse, EMHC and pyx minister for St. Wenceslaus Parish in Omaha, distributes Communion to residents Winnie Miller (left), Kathy Keane, Dorothy Sedlacek and Sal Nania at Heritage at Legacy assisted living community Sept. 8. ELIZABETH WELLS

University of Nebraska at Omaha students Maria Cihacek, left, and Lauren Kopp check out one of Patrick Fahey’s signs outside the oratory at the St. John Paul II Newman Center at UNO. The digital signs provide information on upcoming events, saints’ lives and more. SUSAN SZALEWSKI/STAFF

LIFE Runners kneel for prayer outside a Planned Parenthood facility in Overland Park, Kansas, before finishing the A-Cross America Relay Aug. 11. The 5,359-mile relay kicked off July 4 at four starting points – New York City, San Antonio, San Francisco and Grand Forks, North Dakota – and culminated in Overland Park with about 50 LIFE Runners representing the four arms of the relay coming together to walk across the finish line. COURTESY PHOTO
Brother Stanislaus (Stan) Sobczyk, a De La Salle Christian Brother whose 57 years of service included teaching throughout the United States and serving as principal at Roncalli Catholic High School in Omaha, died July 22 in Napa, California. He was 74. A funeral Mass was held Aug. 10 at St....
Jesuit Father James Ryan, whose 63 years as a Jesuit included 50 in the priesthood, died July 28 at the St. Camillus Jesuit Retirement Community in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was 82. A funeral Mass was held Aug. 1 at the St. Camillus community chapel in Wauwatosa. A memorial Mass was held Aug. 13 at...
Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Marie Patrice O’Donnell, whose 71 years of religious life included teaching in Omaha, died July 26 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin. She was 91. A funeral Mass was held Aug. 6 at the motherhouse chapel in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, with interment in the motherhouse cemetery. An Omaha...
Father Martin Conley, a retired priest of the archdiocese whose 62 years of priesthood included 45 years of service to both rural and urban parishes and schools, died Aug. 6. He was 87. A funeral Mass was held Aug. 12 at St. Cecilia Cathedral with interment at Calvary Cemetery, both in Omaha...

                 

     

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