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February 2014

Sister of Mercy served as archivist for community

Sister of Mercy Dorothea Turner, a teacher, principal and archivist for the order's then-Omaha Province, died Jan. 21. She was 93.

Her funeral was Jan. 24 at Mercy Villa and interment was at Resurrection Cemetery, both in Omaha.

Born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Sister Turner entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1938 and received a bachelor's and a master's degree in education from Omaha's College of Saint Mary and Creighton University, respectively.

Jesuit priest taught, served as chaplain

Jesuit Father William L. Mugan, who was born in Omaha and served in the community for about 20 years as a chaplain and minister, died Jan. 30 at the St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa, Wis. He was 91.

His funeral was Feb. 3 at St. Camillus and burial was Feb. 4 at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Milwaukee.

Father Mugan attended Lothrop, Sacred Heart and then-St. John grade schools and North High School in Omaha.

Being comes before doing; starting anew from Christ

Nearly 35 years ago in his exhortation "Catechesis in Our Time," Blessed John Paul II wrote about the priority of catechesis in the life of the missionary church. Pope Francis drew from that rich source in his address to the International Congress on Catechesis last fall. His holiness made an important distinction between the vocation of "being a catechist" and "working as a catechist."

The imperative for finding wholeness inside Christ

For more than a thousand years, Christians have not had the joy of being one family around Christ. Although there were already tensions within the earliest Christian communities, it was not until the year 1054 that there was a formal split so as to, in effect, establish two formal Christian communities, the Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church in the West.

Talk at St. John Vianney to focus on poverty, serving the needy

From the first days of his papacy Pope Francis has renewed Jesus' call to serve the poor.

To reinforce that message, St. John Vianney Church in Omaha is hosting a Feb. 23 talk titled "A Poor Church and a Church for the Poor: Christian Poverty in the 21st Century."

And while the event is open to the general public, the parish is making a special effort to invite people who serve the poor every day in homeless shelters, food pantries and other services - including volunteers at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Heads of school at Marian, Duchesne stepping down

Two Omaha Catholic all-girls schools soon will be searching for new leadership.

After a five-year stint as head of school at Marian High School, Susan Toohey is resigning in May to pursue a career in higher education.

And at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, Sheila Haggas plans to retire at the end of the 2014-15 school year after a 20-year career as head of school.

Following Toohey's departure at Marian, a new administrative leadership model will separate head of school into two positions, president and principal.

More than 400 expected at musicians' retreat

Offering encouragement in their ministry and gratitude for their service, Archbishop George J. Lucas will host a day of reflection and renewal for liturgical musicians across the archdiocese March 1 at St. Patrick Church in Fremont.

Four hundred or more musicians involved in planning music for liturgies in parishes and archdiocesan schools are expected, said Marie Rubis Bauer, director of music for the archdiocese and organist at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha.

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