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May 2015

Seventh-grade winner, archdiocese’s annual Pro-Life Student Essay Contest

Dear Friend,   

I heard that you are supposed to have a baby. I want to say congratulations, but I also heard that you are thinking about aborting your baby. I am writing you this letter because I think you should reconsider your decision. Here are a few reasons why you should not choose abortion.

Archbishop Lucas, other religious leaders at news conference call for end to death penalty

Noting all life is sacred, Archbishop George J. Lucas joined about 15 religious leaders, priests and nuns at a news conference in Omaha May 13 in calling for an end to the death penalty.

As the Nebraska Legislature debates the issue, Archbishop Lucas said he was pleased and privileged “to join friends from other faith communities at this important moment.”


Regina Wiese, left, her grandfather, Gene Mudloff, her father, Dale Mudloff, and her daughter, Alyssa, all members of St. Patrick Parish who attended St. Mary School, both in O’Neill, gather at Evergreen Assisted Living in O’Neill and reminisce May 5 about Gene’s 100th birthday party in March. The family will celebrate Alyssa’s high school graduation from St. Mary May 17, marking four generations of the family at the school.

Four generations celebrate latest graduation

Graduating from high school May 17 took on a special significance for Alyssa Wiese of St. Patrick Parish in O’Neill – her great-grandfather, grandfather and mother were there – marking four generations who attended St. Mary School.


Deacon Jim Tardy, outreach manager at Catholic Cemeteries, views a monument April 6 for members of the Creighton family at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Omaha.

Faith, history intersect at Catholic Cemeteries

Faith and history will intersect June 13 at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Omaha, with a tour of the city’s oldest Catholic cemetery. It will be the first of four events through the summer designed to heighten awareness and interest in the importance of cemeteries.

Called to priesthood

Recalling signs that his path might lead to the priesthood, Deacon Matthew Niggemeyer remembers the patience, kindness and consideration of the late Msgr. Eugene Kerwin, founder of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Omaha.

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