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August 2017


Redemptorist Father Michael McAndrew with a longtime parishioner – his 96-year-old mother, Gertrude – in front of Holy Name Church in Omaha. Photo by Joe Ruff/Staff.

Holy Name celebrates 100 years as a parish

It was founded 100 years ago to help meet people’s spiritual and physical needs on the outskirts of a growing Omaha. And today, it is welcoming a growing Hispanic community in its now-urban neighborhood.


Father Carl Zoucha, pastor of Assumption-Guadalupe Parish in Omaha, and seminarian Luis Contreras speak with students during a refreshment break at a Totus Tuus summer catechism program July 17 at Assumption Church in Omaha. Joe Ruff/Staff

Seminarians and priests reflect archdiocese’s Latino population

Juan José González Lara is serving this summer at Divine Mercy Parish in Schuyler. And the seminarian, who just finished his third year at Conception Seminary College in Conception, Mo., said he has learned a great deal.


Father Nicholas Mishek, associate pastor of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Omaha, talks at the parish office Aug. 2 with Deacon Michael Fletcher and pastoral associate Debbie Marcil. Photo by Mike May/Staff.

Father Scott Schilmoeller, associate pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Norfolk, celebrates Mass Aug. 2 at St. Mary Church in Norfolk.

New priests reflect on parish life

Experiencing for the first time the many duties of a parish priest – celebrating Mass, making hospital visits, hearing confessions, planning and presiding at funerals, baptizing infants, attending meetings – can be exhausting.


Allison Condon, right, a member of St. John Parish at Creighton University, and Renee Sinott, a member of St. Bernadette Parish in Bellevue, play with children in Chenicham, Guatemala, during the 14th annual IXIM trip to that country.

Members of the IXIM mission trip to Guatemala gather at a source of water to be purified for the town of San Miguel Acatán.

Guatemalan mission trip opens eyes to face of Jesus

The house was constructed of discarded boards, with tin for a roof and cloth draping for a door. It was perhaps the poorest home Allison Condon had ever entered.


Arlene Garcia of Holy Name Parish in Omaha holds her brother, Angel, at the July 29 opening Mass for archdiocesan-sponsored Hispanic Congresses designed for youth and adults.

Hispanic Congress draws 900 youths, adults

It’s a good thing there were two gyms. Both were busy as about 300 youths and 600 adults gathered for music, prayer, skits and talks July 29-30 at Hispanic congresses at V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha.


Didier Kangbeni of Togo, left, at the National Black Catholic Congress in Orlando, Fla., with Shadrach Faton of Benin and Manuela Hugo-Krieger of Cameroon. All three belong to the Our Lady of Africa Chaplaincy in the archdiocese.

Fourteen from archdiocese participate in National Black Catholic Congress

Fourteen people from the Archdiocese of Omaha returned from the National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC) in Orlando, Fla., newly inspired to spread the faith and defeat exclusion and indifference.

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