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September 2018

History of St. Anne Parish

  • 1890, Dixon takes shape as a railroad town, with many Irish Catholics.
  • 1893, village of Dixon is incorporated and Bishop Richard Scannell purchases land, where a church is built.
  • 1903, St. Anne Parish is established.
  • 1908, another piece of land is deeded to the parish, a rectory and school are built.

Archbishop’s Annual Appeal benefits evangelization, other worthy causes

For Dave Loecker, evangelization is a personal mission.
“I have friends and family who have left the Catholic Church, so I want to learn how to start conversations to hopefully bring them back,” said Loecker, a member of All Saints Parish at St. John the Baptist Church in Fordyce. 
Now, he has some extra help.

Faith, energy, creativity recognized at Archbishop’s Dinner for Education

Jenny Bradley, preschool director and pre-kindergarten teacher at Holy Name School in Omaha, taught in public schools during the summer a couple of years early in her career.

It went fine, she said, but something was missing.

 “The way I was raised, I prayed about everything. I couldn’t figure out how I would teach without using the word, ‘God,’” she said.

And they’re off! The first of six runners from each of 48 teams start the first leg of the fifth annual Parish 2 Parish Relay Race at Mary Our Queen Parish in Omaha. PHOTO BY ELIZABETH WELLS

Parish 2 Parish Relay builds fellowship, faith

Surrounded by family and friends, runners exchanged greetings as they adjusted to the cool, humid morning on Aug. 18 and prepared for the fifth annual Parish 2 Parish Relay Race at Mary Our Queen Parish in Omaha.

Singing during an Aug. 19 Mass celebrating the 125th anniversary of St. Anne Parish in Dixon are Emma Kneifl, left, Diane Sullivan, Mandy Boyle, Sharon Brentlinger, Miley Boyle, Dave Podany and Sharon Kneifl. Not pictured is pianist Donna Kraft. COURTESY PHOTO

Parish sees vitality, growth as it celebrates 125 years

Emma Kneifl grew up in the Lutheran faith – but her reverence for the Catholic Mass drew her to the church and St. Anne Parish in Dixon.
“Whenever I went there, I felt my spiritual well-being nourished,” she said. “It felt like coming home.”

Jim Nailon relaxes with his guitar on his front porch in Omaha. PHOTO BY LISA SPELLMAN

‘I’m just the instrument’: Omaha musician praises God for gift of song

It was 1999 and Jim Nailon was sitting next to his mother’s hospice bed, playing guitar, singing one of her favorite hymns, “Sweet Hour of Prayer” and trying not to cry.
His voice drifted out into the nursing home hallway. Soon the door to her room was gently pushed open and a group of residents gathered around to listen. 

KROUPA-Mary Ellen

KROUPA-Mary Ellen, 93. Funeral Mass Sept. 10 at St. Gerald Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Rudy; brothers, Paul and John Mahoney; sister, Joan Cole.

College of Saint Mary sophomore Elaundra Nichols reviews her class schedule and makes notes Aug. 22 in the school’s library. PHOTO BY MIKE MAY/STAFF

Colleges pursue affordability through reduced tuition

Increasing college affordability – in perception and reality.
That was the goal of a tuition reduction by all-women’s College of Saint Mary (CSM) last school year – a move that is yielding benefits for students and the Omaha school.

University of Mary Catholic Studies Program

Catholic Studies at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., is an academic program to help college students integrate faith, learning and life.

Begun in 2010, the program aims to help students flourish intellectually, emotionally, spiritually and socially.

The Catholic Voice asked university faculty and administrators to describe the program and its benefits.



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