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November 2010

Writing icons helps Omaha students learn about saints

As St. Stephen the Martyr eighth-grader Danielle Dworak writes the icon of St. Rose of Lima, she thinks about how St. Rose followed Jesus and about the the crown of thorns included in the icon. "Jesus wore a crown of thorns as he was giving his life for me," Danielle said. "St. Rose is pictured with a crown of thorns because she often wore a sharp crown in remembrance of Jesus' suffering."

Danielle's reflection is one benefit of creating icons, and is one reason they're being used at the Omaha school to prepare her and 83 other students for confirmation next spring.

Ruff joins Catholic Voice staff as news editor

Joe Ruff joined the Catholic Voice as news editor Nov. 1, bringing 23 years of experience with The Associated Press (AP) and the Omaha World-Herald.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to write about the faith-filled Archdiocese of Omaha in a newspaper of the Catholic Voice's quality," Ruff said. "I hope to do it justice."

Deacon Randy Grosse, Catholic Voice general manager, said Ruff is a great addition to the staff.

Former board member named general manager of cemeteries

Becoming general manager at Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Omaha culminated a five-year journey of faith, said Jerry Broz, who took the position Nov. 1.

"In 2005, I made a commitment to be of service to the church and the church community," Broz said. "I wasn't sure what that would be. I told my spouse and family and I mentioned it to my parish priest."

New organ unites past with present

If they listen closely, students at the St. Cecilia Institute's organ studio might hear the voices of the past when they practice on the recently dedicated Wissinger Pipe Organ.

While the organ was donated by a Florida woman with no connections to the archdiocese, the funds to move the organ to Omaha and prepare it for use by the institute's students were raised in the name of a founding family of music in the archdiocese.

Fremont school brings education outdoors

FREMONT - First-graders at Bergan Elementary practiced their math skills Nov. 10 in a non-traditional way.

Instead of doing a worksheet or reading out of a textbook, the students walked through the school's outdoor classroom, reading addition problems placed on podiums and writing the answers on a sheet of paper.

"The kids love being outside," said Tabitha Sheets, one of the first-grade teachers at the school, which opened Jan. 11. "They learn so much more, they're awake and they're happy."

Fremont school brings education outdoors

FREMONT - First-graders at Bergan Elementary practiced their math skills Nov. 10 in a non-traditional way.

Instead of doing a worksheet or reading out of a textbook, the students walked through the school's outdoor classroom, reading addition problems placed on podiums and writing the answers on a sheet of paper.

"The kids love being outside," said Tabitha Sheets, one of the first-grade teachers at the school, which opened Jan. 11. "They learn so much more, they're awake and they're happy."

Pilgrimage to Germany

The recent Catholic Voice pilgrimage to Germany, Austria and Hungary had all the usual elements of a pilgrimage:

• A long journey, this one an overnight flight to Europe: We left Chicago about 9 p.m. local time and arrived in Munich about noon the next day.

• An ambitious itinerary: From the time we landed, we were on the go, loading and unloading from our bus, seeing sites, checking in and out of hotels and staying up late and starting each day early.

Pilgrimage to Germany

The recent Catholic Voice pilgrimage to Germany, Austria and Hungary had all the usual elements of a pilgrimage:

• A long journey, this one an overnight flight to Europe: We left Chicago about 9 p.m. local time and arrived in Munich about noon the next day.

• An ambitious itinerary: From the time we landed, we were on the go, loading and unloading from our bus, seeing sites, checking in and out of hotels and staying up late and starting each day early.

Catholics express their thanks for God's blessings

As families prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, the Catholic Voice asked people from throughout the Archdiocese of Omaha what they are thankful for this year.

Here's what they shared:


• Brody Schmaderer, a freshman at the University of Nebraska at Omaha studying Athletic Training. He's a 2010 graduate of Central Catholic High School in West Point.

Catholics express their thanks for God's blessings

As families prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, the Catholic Voice asked people from throughout the Archdiocese of Omaha what they are thankful for this year.

Here's what they shared:


• Brody Schmaderer, a freshman at the University of Nebraska at Omaha studying Athletic Training. He's a 2010 graduate of Central Catholic High School in West Point.

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