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June 2017


Kris Jonyka, a member of the Ss. Peter and Paul Parish 100th anniversary planning committee, left, artist Richard Harrison, and Father Frank Jindra, pastor, discuss June 6 a Croatian mural (in background) Harrison is creating in part to honor the anniversary celebration. A part of the South Omaha Mural Project to recognize the cultural, ethnic and historic background of the area, the mural decorating the outside of a social hall near the church is funded by the parish, the Croatian community of south Omaha, the Nebraska Arts Council and the City of Omaha Historical Fund. Photo by MIKE MAY/STAFF.

Ss. Peter and Paul Parish to celebrate 100 years

One hundred years of faith and service to the south Omaha community will be celebrated this month at Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Omaha.

BURKS, Dale E.

BURKS, Dale E., 89. Mass of Christian burial June 9 at St. Thomas More Church. Interment Evergreen Memorial Park. Preceded in death by wife, Mary Ann, son, J.D. Survived by children and spouses, Jim and Christina, Jill and Steve Pearson, Jody Vincent, Jane and Mike Cannon, and Jeanette Morrison; daughter-in-law, Lisa Burks; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren.


Newly ordained Fathers Scott Schilmoeller, far right, and Nicholas Mishek, process out of St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha after their June 3 ordination. They are followed by Bishops Anthony M. Malone and Joseph G. Hanefeldt and Archbishop Emeritus Elden Francis Curtiss.

Priests encouraged: Follow Shepherd

Vowing to commit their lives to God and his people, two men began their pastoral journey June 3 as they were ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop George J. Lucas.


Patrick Slattery, archdiocese superintendent of Catholic schools, was among those speaking May 23 at a news conference on the Nebraska Legislature’s Revenue Committee vote to advance LB295 (the Opportunity Scholarships Act) to general file and possible floor debate in 2018.

School-choice bill advances

Nebraska Catholic Conference (NCC) officials and other school-choice supporters took time last month to celebrate history – the vote by the Nebraska Legislature’s Revenue Committee advancing a school-choice bill to the full Legislature.


Patrick Slattery, archdiocese superintendent of Catholic schools, speaks May 23 at a news conference on the Nebraska Legislature’s Revenue Committee vote to advance a school-choice bill to possible floor debate in 2018. The bill is one of several backed by the Nebraska Catholic Conference that saw progress in this year’s legislative session.

Pro-life, school-choice bills highlight session

The approval of two pro-life bills and a vote to move a school-choice-related bill out of committee made 2017 a successful year in the Nebraska Legislature.

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