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May 2018


Transitional Deacons Patrick Moser, left, Taylor Leffler and Padraic Stack stand ready to serve at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis. They will be ordained by Archbishop George J. Lucas as priests for the Archdiocese of Omaha at a Mass June 2 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. PHOTO BY LABADIE COMMUNICATIONS

God at work in silence, people, conversation

Transitional Deacon Patrick Moser first heard Jesus’ call in the silence of a farm field, fixing fence. 
 
Deacon Taylor Leffler responded to another person’s happiness and confidence in the Lord and turned away from his own doubt about God’s existence to an openness that culminated in a special moment during adoration of the Eucharist.
 

Catherine and John Patrick Nicholson chat May 2 with Father Joseph Taphorn during the St. John Paul II Newman Center’s blood drive in honor of John Patrick. PHOTO BY MIKE MAY/STAFF

Terminal cancer patient’s biggest asset is his faith

John Patrick Nicholson has faced death before.
 
Those trying experiences have helped forge the quiet perseverance and determination the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) student exhibits today as he confronts his biggest challenge: Doctors have given him less than six months to live.
 

Suzanne Sharp, a senior at Duchesne Academy, poses during the service trip with students at St. Charles Lwanga School, a Sacred Heart all-girls school in Uganda.

Rudi Thrasher, left, a junior at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Omaha, enjoys a moment with a child at St. Kizito Orphanage, part of the school’s service trip to Uganda last summer.

Acts of service help graduates forge their futures

This year’s graduating seniors will take with them memories of friends, teachers, classes, sports, social events and other fun times.
 
And some will carry with them transforming experiences from service projects and mission trips that set them on a course to making even greater commitments to those in need.
 

Archbishop George J. Lucas speaks at the ninth annual Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast May 3 in St. Louis. Sponsored by the St. Louis chapter of Legatus, an organization of lay Catholic business leaders, the event was a homecoming for the archbishop, a St. Louis native who studied and was ordained in St. Louis and served in that archdiocese. PHOTO BY LISA JOHNSTON/ST. LOUIS REVIEW

Prayer breakfast

Two Catholic high schools appoint graduates as principals

Roncalli Catholic and Mercy high schools in Omaha have appointed graduates already serving at the schools as principals of their alma maters.
 
Both effective July 1, T.J. Orr, assistant principal and admissions director at Roncalli Catholic, and Kristi Walters Wessling, assistant principal for academics at Mercy, will help lead their respective schools.

Gathered to read and reflect on Pope Francis’ exhortation on the universal call to holiness at the Pro Sanctity House of Prayer in Omaha are, clockwise from bottom left: Tammy Hill, Franca Salvo, Sister Lucia Benedict of Ad Gentes Missionaries, Susan Miller, Stephanie Schrader and Paula Bastian. PHOTO BY LISA SPELLMAN FOR THE CATHOLIC VOICE

Catholics in archdiocese embrace, live out pope’s latest exhortation

What is holiness?
 
Some people think it is only something saints or priests or nuns are called to because of their vocation.
 
Still others think that it can only be attained through strict adherence to daily Mass.
 

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