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July 2014

Participants begin the June 26 Fortnight for Freedom Assembly with a rosary at St. Gerald Church in Omaha. Photo by SUSAN SZALEWSKI/STAFF.

Fortnight recognizes freedom to serve

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.

Photo by David Gouger/Staff. Father Daniel Kampschneider rides his bicycle July 1 on the West Papio Trail. Pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Omaha, Father Kampschneider once or twice a week bikes along the trail to Zorinsky Lake as part of a 22-mile ride.

Exercise keeps priests physically, spiritually fit

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.

Father Norman Hunke, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish near Gretna, runs along Wehrspann Lake at the Chalco Hills Recreation Area in northwestern Sarpy County. A runner for about 35 years, Father Hunke says he enjoys being outside because it allows him to encounter God in another way. Photo by David Gouger/Staff.

Run with the Spirit

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.

Holy Family Parish’s Back to School Giveaway

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 3:00pm to Friday, July 25, 2014 - 6:00pm

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.


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