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Post date: 10/04/2019
For 50 years the Nebraska Catholic Conference (NCC) has been shining a light in the secular world. It’s been a light that brings attention to the plight of the poor, vulnerable and voiceless; a light that illuminates the minds of Nebraska citizens who want to make a difference; a light that emanates from the state’s bishops and the flocks they...
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1969 – Nebraska Catholic Conference established by the Archdiocese of Omaha and the Dioceses of Lincoln and Grand Island. 1971 – Promoted successful legislation to allow publicly-funded textbooks to be loaned to private-school students in grades K-7. Years of court battles challenging the law ensued. 1989 – Eventually prevailed in seeing...
Post date: 10/03/2019
Deacon William J. Barnes, who served St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Omaha for more than 20 years, is being remembered for his kindness and gentleness, and as someone who “preached from his heart.” Deacon Barnes died Sept. 30 in Omaha. He was 79. A funeral Mass was held Oct. 7 at St. Vincent de Paul Church with interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery....

Archbishop George J. Lucas visits with St. Thomas More School students before blessing public safety equipment after the Oct. 1 Blue Mass at St. Thomas More Church in Omaha. With the archbishop are, from left, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, Omaha Fire Chief Dan Olsen and Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer. The annual Blue Mass honors law enforcement and fire personnel of all faiths. SUSAN SZALEWSKI/STAFF
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Phillip Keller put his drawing skills to work to show his support for the unborn, and had his artwork displayed in a larger-than-life format for all to see. An eighth-grade student at St. Francis School in Humphrey, he was the grand prize winner in an art contest sponsored by Humphrey Knights of Columbus Council 1794. His winning artwork has been displayed since July on a billboard on Highway 81 outside Humphrey. PATRICK MURPHY/HUMPHREY DEMOCRAT
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Looking for ways to publicly witness to the intrinsic value of human life with others who think like you do? The month of October offers at least two great opportunities: Life Chain and 40 Days for Life. Life Chain demonstrations on Oct. 6 will provide a prayerful, pro-life witness in more than 25,000 communities across the United States and...

Patrick Castle, founder of the pro-life LIFE Runners organization, carries a crucifix in the Vigil for Life rosary procession on Sept. 14, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. With him are Alyssa Gahl, left, and Janice Todd. All are members of St. Matthew Parish in Bellevue. Participants in the rosary procession walked and prayed from St. Mary Church in Bellevue to a nearby abortion clinic and back to the church. Archbishop George J. Lucas led the prayers. SUSAN SZALEWSKI/STAFF
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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops designates October as Respect Life Month every year. That appellation gives rise to the Catholic Voice’s annual Respect Life coverage in our first issue of the month. The theme this year is “Christ Our Hope: In Every Season of Life,” which is “particularly suited for our times,” said the chairman of the...

Judy Mansisidor, a parishioner at both St. Mary Parish in Bellevue and Our Lady of Peace Parish at Offutt Air Force Base, leads a Sept. 14 rosary procession with an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the unborn. The procession, from St. Mary Church to the nearby Bellevue abortion clinic, was part of the archdiocese’s annual Vigil for Life. SUSAN SZALEWSKI/STAFF
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Angi Castle and Prissila Burgos often witness the cross. As sidewalk counselors with a regular Saturday morning shift outside a Bellevue abortion clinic, they see a lot of pain and suffering. They encounter women and families in difficult situations who feel like they’ve run out of options and can’t bring a baby to birth. They see women who...

Cullen Herout of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Omaha has a “Ready to Stand” radio program on the Spirit Catholic Radio network that focuses on pro-life topics. He also writes for numerous publications. COURTESY PHOTO
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As a mental health practitioner who has worked with a post-abortion healing ministry, Cullen Herout has seen the pain abortion can inflict. But in that capacity he also has seen God’s “incredible love and mercy” at work. Colored by that experience and his Catholic faith, Herout gives listeners to his weekly “Ready to Stand” radio program a unique...

Archbishop George J. Lucas, assisted by Deacons Mike Conzett, left, and Chuck Adams, blesses a reliquary in the base of a statue of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, which contains a first-class relic of the saint. The blessing took place during a Sept. 21 Mass celebrating the 100th anniversary of St. Margaret Mary Parish. ROBERT ERVIN
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Seven years ago LesLee Hacker was distraught. Her daughter Lauren had just been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Having worked in a hospital’s pathology department, she knew the seriousness of the often fatal disease. She knew she had to be there for Lauren, but who then would help care for the rest of her family? That’s when her parish, St...

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