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June 2012

Passing on the faith through the generations, father to son

Faith isn't complicated for Gilbert "Gib" Morfeld, his son, Greg, and grandson, Brandon. And passing it on - now through four generations of fathers and sons that includes Brandon's infant son, William - is more about actions than words.

"It's just a common, simple faith," said Gilbert, 81, a member of St. Peter Parish in Stanton who stresses attending Sunday Mass and treating others with kindness and fair play.

The Morfelds' four generations of faith give them special reason to celebrate as Father's Day approaches.

NU regents extend health, other benefits to cohabitating couples

Regents at the University of Nebraska voted June 8 to expand health insurance and other employee benefits to cohabitating couples - heterosexual or homosexual - a move opposed by Nebraska bishops.

Archbishop George J. Lucas, Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln and Bishop William Dendinger of Grand Island, acting as leaders of the Nebraska Catholic Conference, contacted each regent by letter objecting to the proposal, and they urged others to take similar action.

Fun-loving, humble priest retiring after 44 years

To many who know him, Father Dan Soltys is not only a priest and pastor, but a friend who, until recent years, would happily grab a glove and join in a game of softball.

A gifted athlete - he tried out for the Boston Red Sox in 1957 as a catcher - Father Soltys said sports help him relate to others, and he has played on parish softball teams and town teams in Albion, Lindsay, Osmond and Gretna.

Father Shane says confessions brought greatest joy as a priest

Father Don Shane's favorite place the last 43 years has been the confessional, helping people find new life in Christ's love and mercy.

"It's the most marvelous thing when people trust you to say things they've held on to for years and years," said Father Shane, who will retire June 19 as pastor of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Omaha. "When they let go, you just see the joy and the tears. They're changed forever."

Notre Dame Sister delays retirement to see high school class graduate

Notre Dame Sister Anita Rolenc keeps her promises.

Two years ago, she pledged to sophomores at St. Mary High School in O'Neill that she would wait until they graduated before retiring from her then 54-year teaching career.

"It was almost a joke at the time," said Tait Sibbel, a senior. "But, we've reminded her and she's kept her promise."

On May 13, Sibbel's class graduated - and Sister Rolenc, 79, retired after 26 years at the school, teaching grades 7 through 12.

Four couples honored for support of archdiocese, parishes, schools

The Archbishop's Committee for Development (ACD) recognized four Omaha couples' support of parishes, Catholic education and the archdiocese at the group's annual recognition dinner May 22 at Omaha Country Club.

The committee provides advice on finances and education, and Archbishop George J. Lucas honored members Ed and Rose Regan for their financial expertise and other contributions. The archbishop also recognized the service of 25-year members Dr. Jerry and Marilyn Buresh, Dr. Allen and Carol Dvorak and Roman and Vera Uhing.

Faith-based lessons bound up in adventures

Summertime brings warm weather, vacations and more time to relax with a good book.

And reading a Catholic- or Christian-based book is an option Pam Kucirek, manager of Gloria Deo Catholic Books and Gifts in Omaha, always encourages.

Whether fiction or nonfiction, funny or serious, books can enrich one's life and entertain while providing good information, she said.

"You want your faith to be the core of your life, so that should certainly extend to what you read," Kucirek said.

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