You are here

May 2011

Archbishop of Havana says religious liberty growing in Cuba

Religious freedom is growing in Cuba after decades of repression when many people lived in fear and the Catholic Church "lived in silence," Cardinal Jaime Ortega, the archbishop of Havana, said in a speech at Creighton University in Omaha.

Improvement over the last year includes the release of prisoners of conscience and the opening of a new Cuban seminary, said the cardinal, who spoke May 12 and received an honorary doctor of law degree two days later at Creighton's spring commencement ceremonies.

Archbishop ordains two to transitional diaconate

Moving one step closer to the priesthood, Archdiocese of Omaha seminarians James Netusil and Greg Carl were ordained transitional deacons May 27 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha.

Archbishop George J. Lucas presided at the Mass and a reception followed in the Cathedral Cultural Center.

The church has transitional deacons because the man is moving from one state of life to another, said Father Paul Hoesing, vocations director for the archdiocese. After much preparation, the layman is ordained and received into holy orders, he said.

Mount Michael has new priest, transitional deacon

Two men were ordained - one as a priest and the other as a transitional deacon - in separate May ceremonies at Mount Michael Benedictine High School and Abbey.

Benedictine Brother Gregory Congote made his vows to the priesthood May 5 and Benedictine Brother August Schaefer was ordained as a transitional deacon May 14.

Archbishop George J. Lucas presided at both ceremonies.

Mount Michael has new priest, transitional deacon

Two men were ordained - one as a priest and the other as a transitional deacon - in separate May ceremonies at Mount Michael Benedictine High School and Abbey.

Benedictine Brother Gregory Congote made his vows to the priesthood May 5 and Benedictine Brother August Schaefer was ordained as a transitional deacon May 14.

Archbishop George J. Lucas presided at both ceremonies.

Young people, parents among those invited to concert welcoming newly ordained

Organizers of a June 10 praise and worship concert in honor of newly ordained priests hope to fill a Columbus arena with 1,200 people, said Father Carl Zoucha, pastor of Divine Mercy Parish in Schuyler.

"The whole family is invited and we'll have a beautiful night," said Father Zoucha, whose parish is sponsoring and helping organize the concert, featuring performer Matt Maher of Mesa, Ariz.

Catholic Charities of Omaha counts on summer collections to keep food programs going; adds mobile food pantries to Macy

Catholic Charities of Omaha is counting on its "Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation" collection at Masses in June to help the agency continue a mobile food pantry program in Macy.

About 50 parishes in Omaha and surrounding communities will be asked to take up a second collection for Catholic Charities over Father's Day weekend June 18-19.

Archdiocese's safe environment recertification available online

An Internet-based safe environment recertification program developed by the Archdiocese of Omaha is now available, making it more convenient for people to renew their certification to work with children in the archdiocese, program officials said.

Recertification had been offered in a DVD that had to be viewed in a group setting. With the new program, people can turn on a computer, go to a secure website and spend up to one hour reading materials and answering questions, said Mary Beth Hanus, manager of the archdiocese's Office of Victim Outreach and Prevention.

Two longtime leaders in education to step down

Jesuit Father John Schlegel and Benedictine Abbot Raphael Walsh could be considered big men on campus. They are tall men - standing 6'2" and 6'3" respectively - and they are presidents of important educational institutions in the Archdiocese of Omaha.

They are stepping down from their posts this summer, but their legacies of service will be felt for years to come.

Pages

The Catholic Voice

The Archdiocese of Omaha • Catholic Voice
402-558-6611 • Fax 402 558-6614 •
E-mail Us

Copyright 2018 - All Rights Reserved.
This information may not be published, broadcast,
rewritten or redistributed without written permission.

Comment Here