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August 2017


Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl speaks July 20 at Creighton University in Omaha at a breakfast for the Institute for Priestly Formation. Photo by Joe Ruff/Staff.

Cardinal Wuerl credits spiritual strength of IPF

An institute devoted to the spiritual formation of seminarians and priests has a strong role to play in the new evangelization, Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl said July 20 at the Institute for Priestly Formation (IPF) in Omaha.


Dennis Bauer shows Estefania Rivera how to check for moisture, rake and bale hay to feed cattle. She recently moved with her family from Omaha to Spalding, Neb., with help from Catholic Charities.

Catholic Charities connects town, family

Catholic Charities of Omaha, the community of Spalding just outside the western edge of the archdiocese and the Catholic school in that town are teaming up to help improve the lives of low-income families and reverse the declining populations faced by many small towns.

Served with laughter

Janice Whitley of Omaha, left, helps Tammy Barry of Papillion prepare meals Aug. 1 at Holy Family Parish’s daily lunch program for the needy in Omaha. The two women are members of Omaha’s Wild Clown-dum club, which for a third straight year included making and serving the lunches part of its National Clown Week celebrations.

Papal greeting

Pope Francis June 23 greets the president of Serra International’s U.S. council, Greg Schwietz of St. Leo the Great Parish in Omaha, at the lay apostolate’s 75th international convention in Rome.


Archbishop George J. Lucas visits with a worker at a vanilla plantation in western Uganda, accompanied by Bishop Gregory J. Mansour of Brooklyn and Catholic Relief Service’s president and CEO Sean Callahan. Photo by Hugh Rutherford/CRS.

Archbishop George J. Lucas met with women from Mityana District in Central Uganda who received apprenticeship training. Nakayiza Bishir, left, shows a shirt she tailored after participating in the program. Photo by Hugh Rutherford/CRS.

Archbishop Lucas on CRS in Uganda: Good work for families, community

Seeing a family in Uganda making enough money with help from Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to send their children to school, and over several years build a larger, more comfortable house.

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