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August 2016


Katie Winkler, foreground, an organizer of the Archdiocese of Omaha’s pilgrimage to World Youth Day, waits for a train in Krakow with other members of the archdiocese’s group.

Father Carl Zoucha, pastor of Assumption-Guadalupe Parish in Omaha, center, on the Archdiocese of Omaha pilgrimage to World Youth Day, concelebrates an impromptu Mass in a train station in Wadowice, Poland, with Father Scott Traynor of the Diocese of Sioux Falls, left, and at right, Father Paul Hoesing, dean of seminarians and director of human formation at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, and Father Daniel Andrews, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Norfolk.

WYD exemplifies universal church

Forty-six people from the Archdiocese of Omaha; 40,000 from the United States.

Some 2 million people from around the world.


Father Joseph Taphorn, pastor and director of the St. John Paul II Newman Center, and Father Andrew Roza, associate pastor of the center, inspect the finishing touches in a student apartment. Photo by Mike May/Staff.

Newman Center opening to students

Aug. 16 and 17 are move-in days for students preparing to take up residence and share faith and community at the archdiocese’s nearly completed St. John Paul II Newman Center near the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO).


Father Richard J. Gabuzda, executive director of the Institute for Priestly Formation (IPF), poses a question submitted by a luncheon guest to Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz during a question-and-answer session after the annual IPF luncheon, July 19 at Creighton University in Omaha. Photo by Mike May/Staff.

Leader of U.S. bishops encourages faithful witness

To be a faithful Catholic in today’s world – "be yourself, and be your best self."

BLODIG-Margaret A.

BLODIG-Margaret A., 89. Funeral Mass Aug. 8 at Christ the King Church. Entombment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Dr. John Blodig. Survived by children and spouses, Gregory Blodig, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Cecilia and Dennis McDermott, Jane and David Pizinger; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Roepke, Midland, Texas.

CHLADEK-Beverly Jean

CHLADEK-Beverly Jean, 66. Funeral Mass Aug. 8 at St. Patrick Church, Gretna. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Gretna. Preceded in death by parents, Ed and Loretta Mruz; stepfather, Alvin Riskowski.

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