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February 2012

HURST-Thomas E.

HURST-Thomas E., 69. Funeral Mass Feb. 18 at St. Leo the Great Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, John Wright Hurst and Irene Trausch Volkamer. Survived by wife, Kathleen A. Tewhill; children and spouses, John and Michelle Hurst, Robert Hurst, Jennifer (Hurst) and Tim Fischer, Curtis Hurst, and Kristin Donovan; five grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, David and Ellen Hurst; sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and George Quiter; care givers, Ezequiel Roque and Mark Flaxbeard. Memorials to Alzheimer's Association/Midlands Chapter.

Archdiocese seeks review of sex abuse allegation against priest

Archbishop George J. Lucas in a Feb. 17 letter assured members of St. Bernadette Parish in Bellevue that he would pray for them and for Father Al Salanitro, who has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a Vatican review of a sexual abuse allegation dating back 20 years.

"The weeks ahead must be a time of prayer for all of us as we try dealing with these unexpected events," Archbishop Lucas said in the letter.


JESSEN-Paul C., 59. Funeral Mass Feb. 17 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Private interment. Preceded in death by parents, L. T. Jessen and Marion Carlson Jessen. Survived by wife, Mary; daughter and son-in-law, Kjirsten and Joe Finnegan; son, Chad Jessen; two grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Peter C. Jessen, DDS and Trish; nieces; nephews; friends. Memorials to Omaha Community Foundation.



Omaha quintuplets received confirmation

The Jansen quintuplets - front row, from left, Taylor, Carter, Nicholas, Miranda and Elijah - gather after their Feb. 12 confirmation at St. Robert Bellarmine Church in Omaha. With them are their parents, Jeff and Karla, Archbishop George J. Lucas and priest friends, from left, Father Don Shane, pastor of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Omaha, Father David La Plante, who currently serves in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and Father Michael Voithofer, associate pastor of St. Robert Bellarmine.

ORSI-Shirley J.

ORSI-Shirley J., 51. Wake service 7 p.m., Feb. 17 at the funeral home. Funeral Mass 10 a.m., Feb. 18 at St. Stephen the Martyr Church. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Joseph Orsi; mother, Lillian Nelson. Survived by brothers, James, Herschel and Johnny Nelson; sister, Diane; sons and daughter-in-law, Joseph Orsi, Richard Orsi, Steven and Cynthia Orsi; daughter and son-in-law, Theresa and Lowell Petersen; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.



'Accommodation' approach not acceptable for conscience rights and religious liberty

Late last week, the president announced there will be some changes in the previously articulated federal rule requiring most private health plans to include coverage for contraception, sterilization and some drugs that can induce abortions. The details of these so-called changes are largely unknown, if indeed there are details.

Official schedule

Official schedule Archbishop George J. Lucas' scheduled activities:

Feb. 17-18
» Permanent Diaconate Formation, Immaculata Monastery and Spirituality Center, Norfolk.

Feb. 19
» Confirmation, Mary Our Queen Parish at St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha.
» Creighton University Catholic Student Organization, St. John Church, Creighton University campus, Omaha.

Feb. 21
» Archdiocesan Deposit and Loan Committee meeting, chancery, Omaha.
» Investment Committee meeting, chancery, Omaha.

Feb. 22

Monsignor was a champion of Catholic education; served 58 years in Cedar County

"God is good."

This phrase, inscribed in Latin on the cornerstone of the Msgr. Cyril J. Werner Activity Center at Cedar Catholic Junior/Senior High School in Hartington, was commonly used by Msgr. Werner, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Omaha who died Feb. 8 at his home in Hartington. He was 91.

"I have no doubt that when he died, he got to the gates of heaven and he said, 'God is good,'" said Hartington native Father Jim Keiter, associate pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Fremont and a friend of Msgr. Werner.

Archbishop Lucas gathers input from pastors and school leaders

Archbishop George J. Lucas met with dozens of pastors and school leaders over the last two weeks as the archdiocese studies possible mergers and collaboration among 37 parishes and 18 elementary schools in east Omaha.

"He gave everyone a chance to give their input," said Msgr. James Gilg, superintendent of Catholic schools in the archdiocese. "The archbishop expressed his own willingness to listen and he wanted feedback."

Parish and school mergers are reality across country

The discussion of mergers and increased collaboration among more than two dozen parishes and a dozen elementary schools in eastern Omaha is getting a lot of attention in the Archdiocese of Omaha.

But it is not a new phenomenon.

Similar studies are taking place around the country and for many of the same reasons - shifting populations and higher costs, said Mary Gautier, a senior research associate with the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, based at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.


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