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July 2017


Joe Ricketts stands in front of The Cloisters on the Platte chapel, south of Gretna. The retreat center’s nearly completed chapel is styled after St. Margaret Mary Church in Omaha. Photo by Susan Szalewski/for the Catholic Voice.

Quiet prayer on the Platte River

Walking through a hilly grove of oak trees near the Platte River, TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts shared his vision for 930 acres of land he bought in 2014.

Why Ignatian spirituality?

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius – the basis of retreats beginning next summer at The Cloisters on the Platte – offer a unique, sometimes life changing approach to prayer designed to draw people closer to Christ and make decisions based on God’s will.


Father Richard Whiteing shares the sign of peace with the newlyweds during a June 10 wedding at St. Peter Church in Fullerton.

Father Whiteing’s service won’t end with retirement

Preaching, hearing confessions, presiding at weddings, serving the elderly.

Those are among the activities Father Richard Whiteing, pastor of St. Peter Parish in Fullerton and St. Peter Parish in Carks, said he will miss in retirement.

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