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Sharon Doran, a member of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Omaha and director of Seeking Truth, a Bible study apostolate, lights her family’s Advent candle Dec. 2 with husband, Steve, and their son John.
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A light to shine in our darkness: Jesus, the long anticipated Messiah. During Advent, Jesus can illuminate our own personal darkness if we allow him, said Jesuit Father Andy Alexander, director of collaborative ministry at Creighton University in Omaha. And the coming of Jesus in our hearts, which follows from his coming at the first Christmas,...

Christine Guenther, left, executive director of Nebraskans Embracing Life (formerly Nebraskans United for Life), consults Nov. 28 with executive assistant Mary Briganti about arrangements for the organization’s Celebration of Life Dinner in Omaha on Jan. 25. MIKE MAY/STAFF
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“Nebraskans Embracing Life.” The organization’s new name honors the “greatest example of a pro-life Mother” in the history of humanity, wrote executive director Christine Guenther in a September letter to members and supporters of Nebraskans United for Life. The Blessed Mother “was a young teen who said Yes to Life while living in a time when an...
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The St. John Paul II Newman Center is not only yielding spiritual fruit in the hearts of college students living there – it’s winning kudos for its physical beauty. The center, located near the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus and home to more than 100 students, recently won four design and engineering awards. “It’s evidence that … we’ve...
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The Archdiocese of Omaha released to the public on Nov. 30 a list of 38 clergy accused since 1978 of criminal sexual misconduct. The list also was submitted to Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson along with investigative documentation on the cases, responding to his September request for information from all three Nebraska dioceses concerning...
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A safe place to tell her story. That’s how a survivor of clergy sexual abuse described her interactions with the archdiocese’s Victim Outreach and Prevention Office. • List of substantiated claims of clergy sexual abuse of or sexual misconduct with a minor • Archbishop notifies faithful of abuse report “I can’t express in words what it has meant...

Archbishop George J. Lucas enjoys a moment with Connor Rose, left, and Kathy Hecker at the monthly gathering of the Omaha chapter of Young Catholic Professionals Nov. 20 at the St. Cecilia Parish Center in Omaha. After Mass, celebrated by the archbishop at St. Cecilia Cathedral, he spoke to the group about being disciples in this time of challenge for the church. The group formed about three years ago to provide Catholic professionals in their 20s and 30s networking opportunities and support for their faith. MIKE MAY/STAFF
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Father Douglas Hall, a retired priest of the archdiocese and U.S. Air Force chaplain, died Nov. 25. He was 68. A funeral Mass was held Dec. 1 at St. Cecilia Cathedral, with interment at Calvary Cemetery, both in Omaha. Father Hall was born in Lincoln where he grew up in St. Teresa Parish and later in St. Joan of Arc and St. Robert Bellarmine...
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A judge on the Metropolitan Tribunal, which decides marriage annulment cases, has been named vice-chancellor for the archdiocese. Elizabeth Sondag, a member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Omaha, assumed her expanded role Dec. 1. In addition to her duties as judge, she will collaborate in non-Tribunal canonical matters with Deacon Tim McNeil,...
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Benedictine Father Richard Thell, an Omaha native and longtime teacher at Mount Michael Benedictine School near Elkhorn, died Nov. 10. He was 72. A funeral Mass was held in the school’s Archbishop Bergan Gymnasium Nov. 14, with interment in the Mount Michael Abbey cemetery.  Father Richard attended the former Holy Ghost School and the former...
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Jesuit Father Matthew Creighton, who was president of Creighton University in Omaha from 1978 to 1982, died Nov. 23 in Pontiac, Mich. He was 91. A funeral Mass was held Nov. 29 at the Colombiere Center, a Jesuit retirement community in Clarkston, Mich., with burial in the center’s cemetery. A memorial Mass will be held at St. John Church on the...

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