John Christensen, chancellor of the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO), left, Archbishop George J. Lucas, Father Joseph Taphorn, Suzie and Mike Lawler, Lt. Gov. Mike Foley, Jim Stolze and Sydney Svehla prepare to cut the ribbon Aug. 15 for the St. John Paul II Newman Center near UNO's campus in Omaha.
With a ribbon cutting and blessing, the St. John Paul II Newman Center opened to students and the community Aug. 15 near the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) campus. At 71st and Pacific streets, the Archdiocese of Omaha’s $22 million center will... Read More

Jackeline Covarrubias works in the garden June 17 at the Juan Diego Center in Omaha. Photo by Joe Ruff/Staff.
Growing in a south Omaha yard this summer are a bunch of lush, leafy hopes. Families’ hopes for greater self-reliance. Teachers’ hopes for suburban teens to glimpse what Jesus meant when he talked about welcoming strangers. Even hopes for a decent,... Read More

Jack Dempsey, left, a sixth-grader at St. Columbkille School and member of St. Columbkille Parish in Papillion, prepares for a game of dodgeball against Brett Venner, right, a junior at V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha, and other students at Camp Virtus et Veritas near McCool Junction, Neb.
Flawless. That’s one way Toby Korensky, camp director, describes the second year of an archdiocesan camp of faith and fun for boys at Camp Kateri Tekakwitha near McCool Junction, Neb. "We had a lot of people respond very positively," Korensky said... Read More

Prisca Estrada, visiting from Mexico, and her sister, Maria del Carmen Estrada of St. Joseph Parish in Omaha (writing in notebook) take in a speaker’s message July 30 at the Hispanic Congress of Mercy. Photo by Michael Stevens.
More than 800 people gathered for a Hispanic "Congress of Mercy" July 30-31 in Omaha – a turnout that has organizers talking about another, similar event next year. Speakers, choirs, mariachi bands, a youth play and a closing Mass celebrated by... Read More

Deacons Kevin Fuller, left, and David Bang assist Archbishop George J. Lucas at their Aug. 6 ordination Mass at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. Photo by Mike May/Staff.
Two men of the archdiocese pledged to serve the Catholic faithful as permanent deacons Aug. 6 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. David Bang of St. Vincent de Paul Parish and Kevin Fuller of St. Leo the Great Parish, both in Omaha, were ordained... Read More

Paulette Paprocki, left, and Mary Tworek-Hofstetter, right, both jail ministers from St. Isidore Parish in Columbus, meet with an inmate Aug. 2 at the Platte County Detention Center in Columbus.
  What happens when you go out of your way to help someone who is hurting? You can change lives. That’s what motivates Bill Wegener and Paulette Paprocki, members of St. Isidore Parish in Columbus, as they and other volunteers visit prisoners in... Read More

John Christensen, chancellor of the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO), left, Archbishop George J. Lucas, Father Joseph Taphorn, Suzie and Mike Lawler, Lt. Gov. Mike Foley, Jim Stolze and Sydney Svehla prepare to cut the ribbon Aug. 15 for the St. John Paul II Newman Center near UNO's campus in Omaha.

Jackeline Covarrubias works in the garden June 17 at the Juan Diego Center in Omaha. Photo by Joe Ruff/Staff.

Jack Dempsey, left, a sixth-grader at St. Columbkille School and member of St. Columbkille Parish in Papillion, prepares for a game of dodgeball against Brett Venner, right, a junior at V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha, and other students at Camp Virtus et Veritas near McCool Junction, Neb.

Prisca Estrada, visiting from Mexico, and her sister, Maria del Carmen Estrada of St. Joseph Parish in Omaha (writing in notebook) take in a speaker’s message July 30 at the Hispanic Congress of Mercy. Photo by Michael Stevens.

Deacons Kevin Fuller, left, and David Bang assist Archbishop George J. Lucas at their Aug. 6 ordination Mass at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. Photo by Mike May/Staff.

Paulette Paprocki, left, and Mary Tworek-Hofstetter, right, both jail ministers from St. Isidore Parish in Columbus, meet with an inmate Aug. 2 at the Platte County Detention Center in Columbus.
Students in St. Margaret Mary Parish’s 15th annual Vacation Bible School (VBS) pitched in to help hospitalized children – while honoring one of their own. They donated six large boxes of toys, games and other items, plus $175 in cash and gift cards, to Children’s Hospital in Omaha in the name of...
Making and selling religious items at the company founded by his grandfather and great-grandfather, Tom Koley began forming an idea more than 20 years ago that recently came to fruition – an online auction site for used religious goods that safeguards the transfer of sacred articles for the...
A talk exploring human dignity and virtue through the lens of neuroscience and psychology is one of several presentations planned for a Sept. 22-24 conference in Omaha. Titled "Made in His Image: Human Dignity in a Secular World," the event expands on the annual bishops’ pro-life conference and...
While Catholic Charities of Omaha honors the past in celebrating 90 years of service this year, it also is looking to the future. And that is prompting the charitable arm of the Archdiocese of Omaha to assess its services and make some changes in light of insufficient government funding and...
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