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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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Missionary Benedictine Father Joel Macul didn’t want to go to Kenya 25 years ago. Asked by the Catholic Voice to reflect on the importance of gratitude in view of Thanksgiving and how it is lived out in a faith-filled life, Father Macul said the five years he served at a monastery and school near Nairobi had a powerful impact on his life. It was...

Lauren Miller, director of admissions for Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, answers questions at the Catholic Schools Office’s Latino Parents High School Night Oct. 22 at College of Saint Mary in Omaha. COURTESY PHOTO
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Despite large graduating classes and concern among some Hispanic families over immigration politics, overall enrollment in the archdiocese’s 71 elementary and high schools dipped only slightly this year after three years of growth. Enrollment of 19,818 students for the 2018-19 school year is only 43 fewer than last year’s 19,861, a change of less...

Mercy High School senior Mayela Hernandez, left, chats with classmate Shacty Alvarez-Hurtado in the school’s media center. They are two of 66 Latino students at the all-girls school in Omaha. JOE RUFF/STAFF
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Sergio Hernandez couldn’t be happier with his decision – along with his wife, Maria – to place their daughters at Mercy High School in Omaha. “Mayela has evolved and matured with that community,” said Hernandez, a member of Assumption-Guadalupe Parish in Omaha, of their senior at Mercy. “She makes positive decisions for herself and her younger...
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Continuing a long-running success story, students who graduated from Catholic high schools in the archdiocese in 2018 scored higher on average in the annual ACT exam than Nebraska seniors as a whole and across the country. Scores also are higher in the archdiocese’s 17 high schools when they are broken out for students identifying themselves as...

Jason Evert speaks to tens of thousands of young people worldwide every year about the virtue of chastity and ways to cope with the permissiveness of modern culture. COURTESY PHOTO
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An internationally acclaimed Catholic speaker and author will talk to teens and parents at several archdiocesan parishes and schools about the beauty of chastity and ways to cope with the influences of a permissive culture. Jason Evert, who with his wife, Crystalina, co-founded the Chastity Project, will speak later this month at St. Mary Church...

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