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September 2014


Assisted by Dr. Richard Pitner, retired Father Donald Shane, former pastor of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Omaha, blesses one of the stations Sept. 14 in a Stations of the Cross Mediation Garden dedicated at the parish to Pitner’s late wife, Joan.

Three of the late Joan Pitner’s five children kneel to pray before a cross in the garden. From left, Linda Carney, a member of St. Peter Parish, Scott Pitner, of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, and Dr. Sheryl Pitner, of St. Cecilia Parish, all in Omaha.

New garden honors memory of Omaha woman

The late Joan Pitner lived an active, faith-filled life for more than 40 years as a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Omaha.


Leo and Rose Batenhorst, 65 years married, review the program Sept. 7 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha for the archdiocese’s “Celebration of the Eucharist and Wedding Anniversaries.” Seated in the same pew are Richard and Jo Fowler of St. Patrick Parish in Elkhorn, celebrating 62 years of marriage. Photo by JOE RUFF.

Prayer and joy mark marriage celebrations in Omaha, Norfolk

One of Leo and Rose Batenhorst’s daughters is in Alaska, another in Florida, and their sons are in Oregon and New York City.

Faith-filled center

Archbishop George J. Lucas dedicates a $1.2 million religious education building at St. Joseph Parish in Springfield Aug. 31, accompanied by members of the Knights of Columbus in regalia and religious education teacher Joe Boro, left, Deacon Dave Christensen, Father Matthew Gutowski and Deacon Terry Ficenec. St.

Prayer Garden

Father Dennis Hanneman, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Bellevue, blesses a prayer garden Sept. 7. It was planted and paved on parish grounds in honor of Mary’s seven sorrows. Prayers for each sorrow also are available at the prayer garden. With Father Hanneman is Columban Father Charles O’Rourke.

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