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Archdiocese plans farewell for Father James Brown

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Father James Brown, OAR, has served the Archdiocese of Omaha in many ways over the last 21 years. In 1976, he was Mother Teresa's escort during her visit to Omaha. Lisa Schulte

A farewell Mass and reception for Father James V. Brown, OAR, will be held Sunday, Feb. 19, at St. James Church in Omaha.

Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss will preside at the 11:30 a.m. Mass, with Father Brown concelebrating and giving his farewell homily.

After more than 21 years in residence at St. James, Father Brown's order has called him to live and serve at the St. Augustine Priory in Oxnard, Calif.

'He has been like a second father to me," said Deacon Pat Lenz, pastoral minister at St. James. 'People love him and he will be missed."

Born and raised in Snyder, Father Brown attended the Augustinian Recollect novitiate in Kansas City and was ordained in 1946 in Atchison, Kan.

Before coming to Omaha, Father Brown taught at Tagasta Monastery in Suffern, N.Y., served as vocational director of the New England states, founded a minor seminary in Norfolk, Conn., served as a pastor in Kansas City, Mo., and served as director of St. Joseph's Center for the Apostolate in New York City.

Father Brown held many positions in the Archdiocese of Omaha, including pastor of Holy Ghost, spiritual director of Boys Town, and founder of the youth ministry and the young adult office in Omaha. He was also the author of the national manual for Teens Encounter Christ and a member of the committee that organized Theology on Tap in Omaha.

'He was way ahead of his time with youth ministry," said Rita Ramos, assistant director-youth ministry, Office of Religious Formation. 'He got many of us into youth ministry and I owe my work to him."

Father Brown's reception in the St. James parish center will begin after the Mass and continue until 3 p.m.

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