Mary Crosby helps provide a home for pregnant women at the Bethlehem House in Omaha, where she is executive director. Richard Vondenkamp ministers to prison and jail inmates in Douglas and Sarpy counties as a long-time volunteer.
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There’s more to being healthy than taking care of the body. As Dr. Hans Dethlefs sees it, health encompasses mind and spirit as well. And when one of those components is suffering, the others likely are affected, too.
Over the course of three months this spring, Willa Cool of St. Wenceslaus Parish in Omaha met once a week for about two hours with nearly a dozen other women to pray and share their faith stories.
Most priests might say good relationships with God, fellow priests, lay people and spiritual directors all play important roles in their ministry.
For Father Norman Hunke, there’s a fifth blessing on that list – running.
Physical activity makes for a healthy body, and for many priests, exercise is part of their routine. But the benefits extend beyond fitness, they say, offering opportunities for prayer and reflection and relieving stress. Indeed, body, mind and spirit are connected.
St. Pius X Parish’s 60th Anniversary Celebration: Aug. 17, 11:30 a.m. begins with Mass celebrated by Archbishop George J. Lucas. Former members and charter parishioners are welcome to join in the festivities. Founding charter members call Sister Rosalie at 402-558-1847.
Holy Family Parish’s Back to School Giveaway: July 24 and 25, 4-7 p.m. at Holy Family Church, 1715 Izard St., Omaha. Vouchers worth $20 to be used for the purchase of children’s socks and underwear at an Omaha-area retail stores. While quantities last. Participants must bring ID for each child. Medical cards or social security cards or birth certificates.