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Oldest priest in archdiocese marks 75th anniversary

Father Anthony Tuma

Oldest priest in archdiocese marks 75th anniversary

Father Anthony Tuma, the oldest priest in the Archdiocese of Omaha, is celebrating 75 years as a priest.

At age 103, Father Tuma has devoted most of his life to serving God and his people. Although deteriorating health for the last several years has stopped his ability to minister directly, his work remains evident throughout the archdiocese.

Born in Spencer in 1903, Father Tuma was ordained a priest in 1931. He was named pastor of Omaha's St. Wenceslaus Parish in 1952 and served there until his retirement in 1981.

Before St. Wenceslaus, he served as pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Heun and assistant pastor at Assumption Parish in Omaha.

Father Tuma now resides at Immanuel Fontenelle Home in Omaha.

When asked in an interview with The Catholic Voice in 2003 about the best moment of his life, Father Tuma said it was his ordination to the priesthood.

Friends wishing to celebrate that special moment 75 years ago can send cards to St. Wenceslaus Church, Attn: Father Tuma Card Shower, 15353 Pacific St., Omaha, NE 68154.

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