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November 2017


Deb Brown, left, and Krissy Hartung color bookmarks at the annual Jesus My Friend Retreat Oct. 28 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church in Omaha.

Jeff Carter of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Omaha discusses a passage from a book at the retreat.

Retreat sparks the faith in adults with special needs

Every time the camera flashed, Krissy Hartung, 43, looked up from the bookmark she was coloring and smiled.


Carolyn Michaelis, right, works with her special needs daughter, Kelly, on a jigsaw puzzle Oct. 26 in their West Point home. Despite difficult challenges over the years, Michaelis, a member of St. Mary Parish, maintains an attitude of acceptance and gratitude.

Carolyn Michaelis places fall decorations on an “all-seasons” tree in her home.

Thankful for life’s blessings

Four miscarriages. A bout with breast cancer. Her husband’s recent death. The demands of caring for a daughter with special needs.


Brett Goings, left, building and pantry coordinator at the St. Martin de Porres Center in Omaha, and Rita Heaston-Clark, Catholic Charities’ events coordinator, stock pantry shelves Nov. 10 with items from St. Wenceslaus School’s annual food drive for the pantry. Photo by Mike May/Staff.

Needs vary at food pantries in archdiocese

An increase in homelessness and seasonal unemployment are fueling a greater need for food donations heading into the holiday season at Catholic Charities’ Juan Diego Center food pantry in south Omaha.


Father Andrei Paz stands near Chinese artwork in a meeting room at the Columban Fathers’ U.S. headquarters near Bellevue.

Father Andrei Paz, China

Father Paz, 36, grew up in the coastal town of Bangar in the northern Philippines. A great-uncle he kept in touch with via letters was a missionary priest with the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary who served in the Dominican Republic and Mexico.


Columban Father Chris Saenz greets people after an all-Spanish Mass Nov. 5 at Assumption Church in Omaha.

Father Chris Saenz, Chile and Peru

Growing up in Bellevue with faith-filled parents who spent time with the Columban Fathers, and a dad who traveled the world as a major in the Air Force, helped sow the seeds of mission for Father Saenz, 50.


Columban Father Charles O’Rourke looks at a photo of a church he helped build in South Korea. Behind him at the missionary order’s U.S. headquarters is a display highlighting a history of service in Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

Father Charles O’Rourke, South Korea

It might have been the Columban and Maryknoll mission magazines lying around the Iowa farmhouses where his family lived, first near Missouri Valley, then Neola and Council Bluffs. Father O’Rourke can’t quite remember.

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