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Father Taylor Leffler, associate pastor of St. Wenceslaus Parish in Omaha, gives a talk on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ November 2018 letter against racism June 5 at a parish gathering at the church. DANIKA LANG/STAFF
Post date: 07/10/2019
“You have been told, O mortal, what is good and what the Lord requires of you, only to do justice and to love goodness and to walk humbly with your God” (Mi 6:8).   Father Taylor Leffler, associate pastor of St. Wenceslaus Parish in Omaha, explained this verse and its connection to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) November...
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Guidelines for respecting personal boundaries and appropriately using technology when communicating with others – especially minors – are key elements of a newly-revised code of conduct for clergy in the Archdiocese of Omaha, effective July 1. Archbishop George J. Lucas issued the document June 22 to clergy and those preparing for ordained...
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For the ninth straight year, the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal surpassed its goal. The campaign, which began last September and ended June 30, produced pledges and donations totaling $4.26 million, nearly 4% over the goal of $4.1 million. “I am amazed once again this year at the generosity of the people of the archdiocese,” said Archbishop George J....

A sculpted bust of Thomas Rogers Kimball, architect and designer of St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha, is unveiled by John Lajba, center, its creator, and Gov. Pete Ricketts June 25 at the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln. HISTORY NEBRASKA
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Thomas Rogers Kimball, architect and designer of St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha, became the 26th member of the Nebraska Hall of Fame June 25 in a ceremony at the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln. The Nebraska Hall of Fame, administered by History Nebraska, was established by the Legislature in 1961 to recognize outstanding Nebraskans who have...

Paul “P.T.” Thornton, right, and Bradley Sanderson of Conrad Pickel Studio in Vero Beach, Florida, work to restore the mosaic art depiction of the 12th Station of the Cross, “Jesus Dies on the Cross,” at Calvary Cemetery in Omaha. COURTESY PHOTO
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Beautiful mosaic depictions of religious scenes – produced more than 60 years ago in Italy – were in danger of being ruined. Sections of colored tiles were falling out and getting lost. Grout was crumbling. That was the condition of the 14 Stations of the Cross and a Holy Family mosaic at Omaha’s Calvary Cemetery until skilled artisans rescued...
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The Catholic Voice won two first place awards for reporting at the recent Catholic Media Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida, sponsored by the Catholic Press Association. Stories by former News Editor Joe Ruff won two awards for the newspaper – one, an article on the death penalty in Nebraska and another, a feature on a Salvadoran refugee. Both...

Father Ryan Lewis, pastor at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Omaha, demonstrates how he hears confession May 13 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Omaha. Father Lewis said he would go to jail or worse before he would break the seal of confession. CHAZ MUTH/CNS
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NEW YORK – A symbol of the historical commitment priests have to the seal of confession greets people as they cross the threshold of a Catholic church in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Above the door is a stone-carved image of St. John Nepomucene holding two fingers to his lips, signifying that priests must never reveal what is said to them in the...
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VATICAN CITY – In the light of “a worrying negative prejudice” against the Catholic Church, Pope Francis ordered the publication of a document affirming the absolute secrecy of everything said in confession and calling on priests to defend it at all costs, even at the cost of their lives. The need for the absolute secrecy of confession “comes...

The former Lindsay Corp. building, near 111th and Blondo streets, will house the archdiocesan offices by the end of 2019. DAN ROSSINI/STAFF
Post date: 06/18/2019
Reduced costs, responsible stewardship, greater staff unity and collaboration. Those are some of the benefits expected from a plan to relocate the offices of the Archdiocese of Omaha to new quarters in northwest Omaha. Archbishop George J. Lucas announced the move June 18. The archdiocese is purchasing an office building near 111th and Blondo...

Father John Norman speaks during a meeting of archdiocesan priests Jan. 10 at St. Patrick Parish in Fremont where they discussed a plan for serving rural parishes given the projected decline in numbers of priests and shifts in rural population. As a result of that planning process, Father Norman is one of 25 priests whose new assignments include new parish groupings and sharing of resources. MIKE MAY/STAFF
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Catholics around the archdiocese will see more changes at the altar than usual this summer as nine priests retire, others take new assignments and numerous rural parishes begin sharing pastors, associate pastors, and other resources and programs. The new groupings are the result of an ongoing pastoral planning process to address the decline in the...


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