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January 2008

The art of right living: It is developed through reflection, self-honesty and prayer

Pope Benedict has been posing some important questions to people everywhere in the world. He recognizes that each human life is an open question, an incomplete, not fully-realized project that is struggling to be brought to fruition and to fulfillment. Consequently, each human being faces these questions: how can the full potential of my life be realized? How can I learn the art of living as a human being? What is the path to happiness for me?

Retired nun ministered to local inmates

At five feet tall and 77 years old, Sister Terese Lux, OSM, might not fit the typical profile of a jail minister. But until last month, the nun had spent almost seven years teaching seminars to men and women in the Douglas County Jail in downtown Omaha.

She retired from jail ministry Dec. 5.

In 2001, the nun began meeting once a week with women at the Douglas County Jail. There, she presented seminars - oftentimes on communication and right brain/left brain learning - to nearly a dozen women at a time.

Host families benefit from having exchange students

Two years ago, Cyndy and Jim Bohaty and their family hosted a Global Outreach exchange student named Katka, who was from the Czech Republic. Their experience was so positive that they are hosting another Czech student this year - 18-year-old Vasek Saleny.

The couple, who live in Colon, said the experience is challenging, but they enjoy being given the opportunity to not only learn about another person, but also about another culture.

Students encounter religion and culture through global exchange program in U. S.

Eighteen-year-old Henrietta Kanta encountered a new country, a new school and a new language when she arrived in Omaha as an exchange student last year.

The Hungary native was one of three exchange students to come to Nebraska in 2007 through Global Outreach, a program that brings students from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia and Slovakia to the United States.

Global Outreach invites students to spend an academic year at a U.S. Catholic high school as a way to help the formerly persecuted Catholic Church in Eastern and Central Europe rebuild itself.

Students encounter religion and culture through global exchange program in U. S.

Eighteen-year-old Henrietta Kanta encountered a new country, a new school and a new language when she arrived in Omaha as an exchange student last year.

The Hungary native was one of three exchange students to come to Nebraska in 2007 through Global Outreach, a program that brings students from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia and Slovakia to the United States.

Global Outreach invites students to spend an academic year at a U.S. Catholic high school as a way to help the formerly persecuted Catholic Church in Eastern and Central Europe rebuild itself.

Flower festival to bring springtime to St. Cecilia Cathedral

St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha will hold its 22nd annual Flower Festival Jan. 26 and 27.

The theme for the 2008 festival is "In Praise of Music" and will honor Opera Omaha for its 50th season.

More than 20 local artists have been invited to display musical-themed original works, including photography, sculpture, pencil, watercolor, glass, textile and mixed media. These works of art will then be paired with floral interpretations by nearly three dozen of the area's best floral designers.

Activity increasing at camp for young people

Since its opening May 14, the Elden F. Curtiss Archdiocesan Youth Camp and Retreat Center just west of Omaha has seen a lot of activity. More than 800 people have rented the camp's facilities for confirmation retreats, youth clubs, and parish and school retreats, said Tom Murray, camp director.

Located at 245th and Q streets along the Elkhorn River, the youth camp provides a special space for youth ministry, he said.

Nebraska Walk for Life set for Jan. 26

The 34th Annual Nebraska Walk for Life is set for Saturday, Jan. 26, at 10 a.m. in Lincoln.

Sponsored by Nebraska Right to Life, the walk begins at the State Capitol, located at 14th and K streets, and continues to the University of Nebraska - Lincoln Student Union at 14th and R streets. This is a peaceful demonstration against Roe v. Wade and in support of women facing unplanned pregnancies and their families.

Keynote speaker David Ring will speak at 11:30 a.m. at the Student Union about living his life with Cerebral Palsy.

College students urged to 'set the world on fire'

GRAPEVINE, Texas - "Go, and set the world on fire!" was the theme of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students' 2008 National Student Leadership Conference Jan. 2-6.

The conference also was the 10th anniversary celebration for Colorado-based FOCUS. The organization has more than 150 missionaries ministering to thousands of students on 33 campuses in 18 states.

Faith festival to focus on family life

"The family exists at the heart of all societies. It is the first and most basic community to which every person belongs," said the U.S. bishops in their 1994 pastoral letter Follow the Way of Love. "There is nothing more fundamental to our vitality as a society and as a church. For in the words of Pope John Paul II, 'The future of humanity passes by way of the family.'"

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