Father Luke Steffes at a child’s baptism in 2014 at St. Joseph Church in Atkinson.
Editors note: Seven archdiocesan priests retired this year, each after decades of service. Links to each story are at the bottom of the webpage.   Father Luke Steffes greets parishioners at St. Joseph Parish in Atkinson and St. Boniface Parish in... Read More

Father Gary Ostrander looks forward to golfing in retirement. Courtesy photo.
Editors note: Seven archdiocesan priests retired this year, each after decades of service. Links to each story are at the bottom of the webpage.   After 45 years of priesthood, Father Gary Ostrander said it’s time to slow down. The 71-year-old... Read More

St. Francis de Sales Church in Schoolcraft Precinct.
Faith – spirit – heritage – pride. Those are qualities that keep several small, rural parishes – some with churches surrounded only by cornfields – going strong. For decades these parishes have been synonymous with locations, but other than local... Read More

Father Michael Schmitz plans to include golf among his retirement activities. Photo by Andrew Smolek for the Catholic Voice.
Editors note: Seven archdiocesan priests retired this year, each after decades of service. Links to each story are at the bottom of the webpage.   Father Michael Schmitz has spent his life in service to others. He served 30 years in the military,... Read More

Theresa Perry distributes holy Communion to patients at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point.
Comforting the sick with compassion and the healing touch of Jesus in the Eucharist. That’s the mission – a corporal work of mercy – of Theresa Perry and Jan Ulrich, members of St. Mary Parish in West Point. They are among five volunteers who on... Read More

Father Luke Steffes at a child’s baptism in 2014 at St. Joseph Church in Atkinson.

Father Gary Ostrander looks forward to golfing in retirement. Courtesy photo.

St. Francis de Sales Church in Schoolcraft Precinct.

Father Michael Schmitz plans to include golf among his retirement activities. Photo by Andrew Smolek for the Catholic Voice.

Theresa Perry distributes holy Communion to patients at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point.

Father Richard J. Gabuzda, executive director of The Institute for Priestly Formation (IPF), poses a question submitted by a luncheon guest to Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz during a question-and-answer session after the annual IPF luncheon, July 19 at Creighton University in Omaha.
To be a faithful Catholic in today’s world – “be yourself, and be your best self.” So Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, encouraged guests during a question-and-answer session at the annual Institute for Priestly Formation (IPF)...
Young people who want to combine a love for singing and their faith can audition this month and in August for the Archdiocesan Youth Choir. Open to students in fourth grade through high school, the choir has two groups – the Boys and Girls Choir and – for more advanced students – the Magnificat...
A Hispanic "Congress of Mercy" July 30-31 in Omaha will feature speakers, singers, choirs, mariachi bands and a youth play. Titled, "Experiencing Together God’s Mercy," the event, all in Spanish, will be held in the gym at V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha. The goal is to "gather...
Fifty-two boys entering sixth- through ninth-grade are preparing for a week of fun in the water, mudslides, campfires, archery and an obstacle course – mixed with daily Mass, eucharistic adoration and Bible study. It’s the second year of the archdiocese’s Camp Virtus et Veritas, July 24-30, at Camp...
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