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Abbot Raphael was a people person with a ‘depth of spirituality’

Abbot Raphael Walsh, former president of Mount Michael Benedictine School near Elkhorn, died April 25. He was 92. 

A funeral Mass was held April 29 at St. James Church in Omaha followed by a private interment.

A native of St. Louis, he attended Conception Abbey and Seminary College in Conception, Missouri, made his first profession of vows in 1946 and was ordained in 1952.

Father Schlautman served rural, urban parishes throughout archdiocese

Father Wayne Schlautman, a Howells native whose nearly 54 years of priesthood included pastoral assignments in rural and urban parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Omaha, died April 14. He was 79.

Visitation will be at 9 a.m. April 22 with a funeral Mass following at 10 a.m. at Christ the King Church in Omaha. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery.


Vocation Ministry founder Rhonda Gruenewald explains how to start and sustain a successful vocations committee at the Vocation Summit at St. Patrick Church in Fremont April 6. FATHER DAMIEN WEE

Parish-based ministry can foster vocations

“The vocation landscape is hurting in our church.”

Rhonda Gruenewald, founder of Vocation Ministry and author of “Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry,” identifies in her video, “What is Vocation Ministry?” the decline of vocations to marriage, the priesthood and the religious life as a major obstacle to growth in the church. 

Blessing of the oils

Archbishop George J. Lucas prays over the oil of catechumens, oil of the sick and the sacred chrism at the archdiocesan Chrism Mass April 15 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. The archbishop gathered with priests of the archdiocese to renew their ordination promises and bless the oils that will be used in parishes throughout the archdiocese in the coming year. DANIKA LANG/STAFF

Msgr. James Gilg, spiritual director for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the archdiocese, conducts a brief ceremony and blesses their newest store on North 90th Street in Omaha as part of its April 10 grand opening. At left is Marty Smith, executive director for the society. LISA SPELLMAN

New St. Vincent de Paul thrift store opens in Omaha

Marty Smith stood in the front of the new Society of St. Vincent de Paul thrift store at 5505 N. 90th St. in Omaha, and looked out over the crowd gathering near the entrance. 

He shook hands with a few people and exchanged pleasantries with others.

Smith, who took the position of executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul last November, smiled to himself.


Mary Parizek transports needed items March 22 to her grandson, who with a friend airlifted them to flood victims in Fremont following historic flooding that isolated the town for several days in mid-March. Parizek’s concern for meeting human need is most evident in her work on Mary Our Queen’s Human Needs Committee, an organization she co-founded in 1976. ELIZABETH WELLS

Senior’s name synonymous with meeting need

Mary and Dick Mollner first met Mary Parizek when their fifth child was born prematurely. Mary Mollner couldn’t work during the baby’s short 17-month life, and hardships were common. A can of special formula lasted three days and cost $40. It was 1980.

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