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July 2014


Father James Tiegs, pastor of St. Stephen the Martyr Parish in Omaha, baptizes Connor Simons July 14, 2013, with parents Brent and Reggan Simons alongside. Connor’s baptism was one of 176 performed at the parish that year. PHOTO BY RICHELLE THOMPSON.

Welcoming environment is a focus throughout St. Stephen’s 25 years

In 1989, St. Stephen the Martyr Parish celebrated its first Mass when four families gathered inside a house with their founding pastor, Father Gerald Gonderinger.


Nina Magnani, left, and Nomi Macadangdang, high school students from Wailuku, Hawaii, look June 22 at Spencer Tracy’s Oscar award while touring Boys Town. Photo by SUSAN SZALEWSKI/STAFF.

Smart-phone tour tells Boys Town story

People have been touring Boys Town for nearly 100 years – since Father Edward Flanagan purchased land for the campus in what is now west Omaha and welcomed visitors there.


Totus Tuus leader Matthew Ramsgard, left, a member of St. Philip Neri-Blessed Sacrament Parish in Omaha, visits with children at St. Thomas More Parish in Omaha June 20, while fellow leader Eric Koch, an archdiocesan seminarian and a member of St. Peter Parish in Omaha, ties a colored string around the wrist of a program participant. The string was a reminder of the rosary mystery the students learned that day. Photo by SUSAN SZALEWSKI/STAFF

Summer youth programs provide avenues to faith

Ah, summer.

It’s the season to plunge into a pool, but it also can be a time to dive deep into faith.

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