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August 2018

Death penalty in Nebraska

1903 – Gottlieb Neigenfind is first person executed by the state, by hanging. Before that, counties carried out executions.
1913 – Nebraska begins using the electric chair for executions.
1972 – U.S. Supreme Court effectively suspends capital punishment over sentencing guidelines.

Jacinto Rangel from St. Michael Parish in South Sioux City, left, and Hugo Orozco from Divine Mercy Parish in Schuyler dance to the music as part of a gathering of about 1,200 people around the themes “United in Faith” for adults and “Hands and Feet on the Ground” for youth at the third annual archdiocesan Hispanic Congress July 28-29 at Roncalli Catholic High School in Omaha. Photo by ROBERT ERVIN for the Catholic Voice

More than 1,200 attend Hispanic Congress

Inspiring talks, lively music, Spirit-filled liturgies.

More than 1,200 people shared those experiences at the third annual Hispanic Congress, July 28 and 29 at Roncalli Catholic High School in Omaha.

The event has grown each year, said Deacon Gregorio Elizalde, manager of the archdiocese’s Latino Ministry Office, the event’s sponsor.

Sculptor George Lundeen puts together a one-half-size scale figure of Simon’s wife for the Fifth Station at Cloisters on the Platte, Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry his cross.

Sculptors pour heart, soul, time and energy into special Stations of the Cross

A sculptor for nearly 40 years, Mark Lundeen said nothing he’s done compares to helping create larger-than-life figures for the Stations of the Cross at the recently opened Cloisters on the Platte, a 930-acre retreat center near Gretna.

TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts stands near the 13th Station, Jesus is taken down from the cross. Photo by JOE FORMAN for the Catholic Voice

Cloisters on the Platte begins weekends of guided prayer

Gates are open and retreats are underway at Cloisters on the Platte, a retreat center built in woods and fields near Gretna as a gift to Catholics and all people of faith by TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts.
“It’s everything I envisioned and more,” Ricketts said. “God answered my prayers. We have the perfect place.”

Dr. Hans Dethlefs, a member of St. Columbkille Parish in Papillion, treats a patient at a temporary medical clinic, part of the 15th annual IXIM mission trip to Guatemala, June 21

IXIM mission trip a family affair

For three members of the Dethlefs family, taking part in this summer’s IXIM: Spirit of Solidarity mission trip to San Miguel Acatán, Guatemala, was about more than cultural awareness.

Father Joseph Taphorn leads Benediction for students in the oratory of the St. John Paul II Newman Center in Omaha.

Father Taphorn to take post as rector of Saint Paul Seminary

Father Joseph Taphorn, founding pastor and director of the St. John Paul II Newman Center in Omaha, will leave his post in January to serve as rector of The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity in St. Paul, Minn.

Camp Fun & Faith counselor Rebecca Greiner of St. John Paul II Newman Center and a student at College of Saint Mary portrays Veronica, and Lauren Kopp, also of the Newman Center and a student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, portrays Jesus during a living Stations of the Cross July 10 at the all-girls camp near Elkhorn. Photo by JOE MIXAN for the Catholic Voice

More than 300 girls swim, pray, dance at this summer’s Camp Fun & Faith

Faith is not separate from any part of life, including the fun of summer camp.
That’s one message girls receive as they attend week-long Camp Fun & Faith sessions offered the last 27 years at Pro Sanctity’s Retreat Center near Elkhorn.


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