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August 2009

Baltimore archbishop says nuclear weapons are wrong

The United States should work toward a world free of nuclear weapons.

That's what Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien of Baltimore told nearly 500 defense industry, military and academic leaders gathered at a two-day deterrence symposium sponsored by the U.S. Strategic Command in Bellevue.

The archbishop, a member of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, was invited to speak on "Nuclear Weapons and Moral Questions: The Path to Zero" at the July 29-30 event at Omaha's Qwest Center.

Newly retired priest embraces hobbies

Upon entering Father Jerome Spenner's Omaha apartment, one encounters a world of books, woodworks and gadgets.

All have significant meaning to the 70-year-old priest who retired last month after 45 years of active priesthood.

"I dumped out probably nine-tenths of the things that I accumulated from years of birthdays and all kinds of things, but some are kind of special and I kept them," Father Spenner told the Catholic Voice after explaining the workings of what appeared to be a floating, rotating globe.

Father and daughter are now both heart transplant survivors

Bruce Prenosil sat in shock as he heard the news.

Seated with his wife, Joan, at St. Elizabeth Ann Church in northwest Omaha, he listened as Father Frank Dvorak interrupted Mass July 19 to announce: "Bruce Prenosil, they have a heart for you."

"There was a gasp from the congregation," said the 63-year-old Prenosil, who had been on the heart transplant list for nearly six months. "Then everybody stood up and applauded."

Father and daughter are now both heart transplant survivors

Bruce Prenosil sat in shock as he heard the news.

Seated with his wife, Joan, at St. Elizabeth Ann Church in northwest Omaha, he listened as Father Frank Dvorak interrupted Mass July 19 to announce: "Bruce Prenosil, they have a heart for you."

"There was a gasp from the congregation," said the 63-year-old Prenosil, who had been on the heart transplant list for nearly six months. "Then everybody stood up and applauded."

Archbishop Lucas talks of unity in the Spirit

Archbishop George J. Lucas, the new head of the Archdiocese of Omaha, stressed the importance of unity in the church as he thanked those in attendance for their presence and prayers at his Mass of Installation July 22 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha.

More than 1,000 people - many arriving over an hour early - were present for the installation, including Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the papal nuncio to the United States, and Cardinals Justin Rigali of Philadelphia and Francis George of Chicago.

Archbishop Lucas talks of unity in the Spirit

Archbishop George J. Lucas, the new head of the Archdiocese of Omaha, stressed the importance of unity in the church as he thanked those in attendance for their presence and prayers at his Mass of Installation July 22 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha.

More than 1,000 people - many arriving over an hour early - were present for the installation, including Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the papal nuncio to the United States, and Cardinals Justin Rigali of Philadelphia and Francis George of Chicago.

STILES-Ellen Geraldine

STILES-Ellen Geraldine, 92. Funeral Mass Aug. 6 at Christ the King Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Donald F. Stiles; daughter, Norita; son, Don Jr.; four sisters; three grandchildren; great-grandchild. Survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and John Clark, Lori and Kem Matthews, Judy and Tom Murray, Kansas City, Mo., Ruth and Mike McGrath, and Jane and Jerry Maas, Waterloo; sons and daughter-in-law, Dennis Stiles, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Dale and Terri Stiles, and Jerry Stiles; 36 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren.

MANGIAMELLI-Thomas M.

MANGIAMELLI-Thomas M., 57. Funeral Mass Aug. 6 at Ss. Peter and Paul Church. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by daughter, Kimberly. Survived by wife, Judy; sons and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Sara Ziccardi, Joe Ziccardi, Michael Mangiamelli and Christopher Mangiamelli; two grandsons; brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Mary; mother-in-law, Josephine Jasiak; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the family.

BETHANY FUNERAL HOME

20th Annual Roncalli Leavitt Swing with Pride Golf Open - Aug. 31

20th Annual Roncalli Leavitt Swing with Pride Golf Open is set for Aug. 31, 11 a.m. at Tiburon Golf Club, Omaha. Shotgun starts at noon. Cost of $125 per golfer; $500 per foursomes includes lunch, 18 holes of golf with carts, a social hour and dinner. Sponsorship levels available at the $500 to $5,000 levels. Registration deadline is Aug. 25 and Aug. 18 for sponsorships. For more information, call Kim at 571-7670.

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