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Post date: 08/09/2019
A Knights of Columbus council from a small rural town received big recognition during the Knights’ 137th Supreme Convention Aug. 5-8 in Minneapolis. Council 10305 from St. John the Baptist Parish in Fort Calhoun was selected from among hundreds of entries to receive an International Award in the “Life” category for its “Rebuilding the Cradle of...
Post date: 08/09/2019
Brother Francis Schmitz, OSB, who had many roles as a monk at Mount Michael Benedictine School and Abbey near Elkhorn, died July 25. He was 89.  A funeral Mass was celebrated July 31 at the David “DJ” Sokol Memorial Chapel on the Mount Michael campus with interment at the Abbey cemetery.  Brother Francis was among the group of men who made up the...
Post date: 07/29/2019
Sister of Mercy Mary Eleanor Castle, whose 68 years of religious life included work as a teacher, principal and caregiver, died July 22 in Omaha. She was 87. A funeral Mass was held July 26 at St. Peter Church in Marshall, Missouri. Interment will follow at Mount St. Mary Cemetery in Shackelford, Missouri. A native of Shackelford, Sister Eleanor...

This past legislative session, Sen. Mike McDonnell sponsored LB641, which provides a grant through the Nebraska Public Service Commission to fund greater access to the United Way of the Midlands’ 211 help line. NEBRASKA LEGISLATURE
Post date: 07/17/2019
Serving others is not formulaic. There’s not one hard and fast way to make a difference. Public service can include coaching intramural sports, volunteering at the local homeless shelter, or even holding public office. That’s the conviction of state Sen. Mike McDonnell, who represents Nebraska’s 5th legislative district and is an active member of...
Post date: 07/16/2019
Deacon Richard Jizba, whose 14 years of service at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Omaha centered around a desire to teach people the Catholic faith, died July 8. He was 61. A funeral Mass was held July 13 at the church with interment at Resurrection Cemetery in Omaha. Ordained in 2005, he was part of the parish’s Rite of Christian Initiation of...
Post date: 07/16/2019
Sister of Mercy Mary Charlene Ross, whose 70 years of religious life included service as a teacher, pastoral associate and director of religious education, died July 8 in Omaha. She was 89. A funeral Mass was held July 11 at Mercy Villa with interment at Resurrection Cemetery in Omaha. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Sister Charlene entered...

A fragment of a veil belonging to the Blessed Virgin Mary on display at a Treasures of the Church exposition. COURTESY PHOTO
Post date: 07/10/2019
A woman from Wichita, Kansas, healed of her obsessive compulsive disorder. A man in New Orleans cured of his cancer, and a former alcoholic from Los Angeles freed from his addiction.  These are just a few of the many testimonies from Catholics across the country who have reported healings after visiting the “Treasures of the Church” exhibit, a...

Keith Jiron, executive director and co-founder of the Evangelium Institute, leads a faculty formation session on reconciliation at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic School in 2017. ANDREW SCIBA
Post date: 07/10/2019
“It was eye-opening, the freedom you could have in a school and the conversations I could have with my students,” said Carly Mendlik, a fifth and sixth grade English teacher at St. Patrick School in Elkhorn.  Mendlik is one of hundreds of teachers across the Archdiocese of Omaha whose ability to communicate the faith and a love for Jesus has been...

Clergy attending the 100th anniversary celebration at St. Joseph Mission in Amelia June 23 were, from left, front row, Father Joseph Sund, retired Father James McCluskey, Archbishop George J. Lucas, Crosier Father Hubert Kavusa and Father Eric Olsen. Back row: Fathers Marcus Knecht, Ronald Wasikowski, James Weeder, Douglas Scheinost, John Norman, Bernard Starman and Paul Hoesing, and Deacon Maurice Kersenbrock. TAMMY BARELMANN/STUDIO B PHOTOGRAPHY
Post date: 07/10/2019
Like the flowing artesian wells for which the area is known, a strong commitment to the Catholic faith springs forth from the tiny village of Amelia. That faith, and its 100-year heritage, was celebrated June 23 as about 150 people joined Archbishop George J. Lucas for Mass and a meal to celebrate the founding of St. Joseph Mission in 1919. With a...

Deacon Tom and Joanne Frankenfield help Father Marc Lim, center, the new pastor at Mary Our Queen Parish in Omaha, move into his new home July 3. The two are members of Mary Our Queen and serve there, as well as at St. John Vianney Parish in Omaha, where Deacon Tom is assigned. ELIZABETH WELLS
Post date: 07/10/2019
Deacon Tom Frankenfield has received plenty of orders in his 24 years in the Air Force, before retiring in 1999 as lieutenant colonel. The best “Yes, sirs!” however, have come from answering God’s call. He and Joanne, his wife of 46 years, have said yes to leading Cursillo weekends in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, and English-speaking...

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