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Schools celebrate Mary with May crowning

Schools in the Archdiocese of Omaha honored Mary this May with the tradition of crowning her statue with flowers or other adornments.


Samantha Helms, a senior and Mercy High School’s May Queen for 2015 places a crown of flowers on a statue of Mary. The Omaha high school celebrated its May crowning ceremony May 11.



Marian High Schools’ May Queen, Lauren Warner, poses with second-grade daughters of Marian alumnae beneath the statue of Mary after the Omaha school’s May crowning celebration May 5.

Eighth-grader Rebecca Onate of Ss. Peter and Paul School in Omaha presents a crown for Mary to Father Frank Jindra, pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, at the school’s May 1 ceremony. Second-graders who received their first Communion this year are among those in the background. 

All Saints School eighth-grader Akol Arop leads a May crowning procession May 8 in Omaha, along with classmates holding candles, Anthony Kowal, left, and Thomas Feilen. In a tradition that dates to the 1950s, other students carry a statue of Mary as the children pray the rosary and process along William Street from St. Francis Cabrini Church to St. Joseph Church. 

Students from St. Gerald School in Ralston, teachers, administrators and others hold up flowers they brought to honor Mary at the school’s May crowning May 1 at St. Gerald Church in Omaha. 

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