Father Rodney Adams, pastor of St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Omaha, pauses June 26 in the downtown church, where the upper level was the ground floor until parishioners built a new ground floor in 1920. PHOTO BY JOE RUFF/STAFF
Defining the boundaries of downtown Omaha’s St. Mary Magdalene Parish calls to mind the hymn that begins: “In Christ there is no east or west/In Him no south or north.”   Numerous Catholics on both sides of the Missouri River feel part of one... Read More

Father Paul Albenesius’ hobbies include gardening, canning and making ceramics, activities he will have more time for in retirement. PHOTO BY LAURA SULLIVAN
Sitting in a pew at age 42, Paul Albenesius felt a “firm call” that changed his life.     Owner of a ceramics shop and a night custodian in Jackson, he attended a Mass celebrating the 60th anniversary of a cousin, Jesuit Father James Kramper,... Read More

Tom Wiebelhaus, a member of St. John the Baptist Parish in Fordyce, left, and auctioneer Ryan Creamer conduct a live auction at the parish’s annual prime rib dinner June 23 in Fordyce. The dinner brought together about 250 people from the recently merged parishes St. John the Baptist, St. Joseph in Constance and St. Boniface in Menominee. A member of Holy Trinity Parish in Hartington, Creamer has family ties to St. John the Baptist Parish. COURTESY PHOTO
Three churches, same pastor, but now with a new name, worshipping and serving as one parish family.    As St. John the Baptist Parish in Fordyce, St. Joseph Parish in Constance and St. Boniface Parish in Menominee became one – All Saints... Read More

Francisco Mejia, left, his brother Juan, right, and their cousin Venancio Mejia, all members of St. Patrick Parish in Fremont, perform at last year’s Hispanic Congress in Omaha as part of the band Iluminacion Divina. Music also will be part of this year’s congress July 28-29 at Roncalli Catholic High School in Omaha. PHOTO BY JOE RUFF/STAFF
Meeting together as one family, united and growing in faith.   That’s the goal of the third annual Hispanic Congress, which for the second year features separate programs for adults and youth. There will be music, speakers, prayer and other... Read More

Al Avila talks June 28 about how ChristLife sessions inspired him to place his San Damiano crucifix, a gift about two years ago from his wife, on his desk at work as a quiet way to evangelize. PHOTO BY JOE RUFF/STAFF
To some Catholics, evangelization is a scary word.    But for Christ the King parishioner Al Avila, evangelization can be as simple as exhibiting joyful, patient, honest, caring behavior at work and showing outward signs of one’s Christianity... Read More

Archbishop George J. Lucas blesses Jace Sindelar, held by his mother, Tara Sindelar of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Howells, after the 125th anniversary Mass June 24 for St. John Nepomucene Parish, also in Howells. PHOTO BY KEVIN GALL
Elsie Konsel, 89, helped clean the sacristy, organize volunteers and made a favorite Czech pastry – kolaches – with two other women to help St. John Nepomucene Parish in Howells celebrate its 125th anniversary with a June 24 Mass and noon meal... Read More

Father Rodney Adams, pastor of St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Omaha, pauses June 26 in the downtown church, where the upper level was the ground floor until parishioners built a new ground floor in 1920. PHOTO BY JOE RUFF/STAFF

Father Paul Albenesius’ hobbies include gardening, canning and making ceramics, activities he will have more time for in retirement. PHOTO BY LAURA SULLIVAN

Tom Wiebelhaus, a member of St. John the Baptist Parish in Fordyce, left, and auctioneer Ryan Creamer conduct a live auction at the parish’s annual prime rib dinner June 23 in Fordyce. The dinner brought together about 250 people from the recently merged parishes St. John the Baptist, St. Joseph in Constance and St. Boniface in Menominee. A member of Holy Trinity Parish in Hartington, Creamer has family ties to St. John the Baptist Parish. COURTESY PHOTO

Francisco Mejia, left, his brother Juan, right, and their cousin Venancio Mejia, all members of St. Patrick Parish in Fremont, perform at last year’s Hispanic Congress in Omaha as part of the band Iluminacion Divina. Music also will be part of this year’s congress July 28-29 at Roncalli Catholic High School in Omaha. PHOTO BY JOE RUFF/STAFF

Al Avila talks June 28 about how ChristLife sessions inspired him to place his San Damiano crucifix, a gift about two years ago from his wife, on his desk at work as a quiet way to evangelize. PHOTO BY JOE RUFF/STAFF

Archbishop George J. Lucas blesses Jace Sindelar, held by his mother, Tara Sindelar of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Howells, after the 125th anniversary Mass June 24 for St. John Nepomucene Parish, also in Howells. PHOTO BY KEVIN GALL
Father Joseph Taphorn, founding pastor and director of the St. John Paul II Newman Center in Omaha, will leave his post to become rector of The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity in St. Paul, Minn., effective in January. In his new position, Father Taphorn, 47, will guide the formation of men...
Five Omaha-area couples and Archbishop Emeritus Elden Francis Curtiss were honored for 25 years of service to the Archbishop’s Committee for Development (ACD) at the group’s 43rd annual recognition dinner June 7 at Omaha’s Happy Hollow Country Club. In addition to Archbishop Curtiss, Archbishop...
Encouraging an act of mercy and arguing it would not compromise justice, Nebraska’s three Catholic bishops said July 6 they oppose the scheduled execution next month of death row inmate Carey Dean Moore. “As the Catholic Bishops of Nebraska, we recognize that our society has a pervasive culture of...
With hope of bringing more inmates to Christ, the archdiocese’s jail and prison ministry was consecrated June 6 to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, at a Mass with Archbishop George J. Lucas presiding.   “It was very moving,” said Deacon Al Aulner, coordinator of the ministry that serves inmates...

                 

     

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