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Post date: 11/02/2018
Rosie Brokke, left, a sophomore at Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School in Bellevue, helps fire up sixth-graders gathered Oct. 26 for the archdiocese’s annual Vocations Awareness Day at Gross Catholic. Assisting Brokke are classmate Rachel Culhane, center, and schoolmate Sophie Egermier, a junior. The special day for vocations has been held the...

Ann O’Connor, president of Roncalli Catholic High School in Omaha, visits at the school Oct. 25 with seniors Jaida Williams, center, and McKenna Murcek. Joe Ruff/Staff
Post date: 11/02/2018
V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School in west Omaha, Roncalli Catholic in the north and Daniel J. Gross Catholic in Bellevue in the south. Those three archdiocesan high schools form a triangle of Catholic faith and academics in the Omaha area. And school officials, stakeholders and archdiocese officials have been working particularly hard...
Post date: 11/02/2018
Voters in Legislative District 16, which includes Washington, Cuming and Burt counties, have a clear choice Nov. 6 when it comes to abortion, immigration, Medicaid expansion and school funding. But neither candidate for the legislative seat, Ben Hansen nor Chuck Hassebrook, brings a consistent Catholic worldview to that slate of challenges. And...
Post date: 11/02/2018
They should have known the priest assigned to their Omaha parish in 2015 had been accused two years earlier of an unwanted sexual advance against an 18-year-old man. They should have known the priest, Father Francis Nigli, was sent to a Maryland treatment center for several months in 2013 before being returned to ministry, first in Blair and then...
Post date: 11/02/2018
A retired priest who had been celebrating Masses at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. James parishes in Omaha has been permanently removed from public ministry after declining to contest an allegation that he sexually abused a boy in the mid-1980s, the Archdiocese of Omaha said. The archdiocese received the allegation against Father Donald Cleary in...
Post date: 11/02/2018
People from throughout the archdiocese shared their hurts, disappointments and hopes with Archbishop George J. Lucas at two listening sessions concerning the sexual abuse scandals facing the church.  Sixty-four people attended an Oct. 6 session at St. Leo the Great Parish in Omaha, and 34 attended an Oct. 20 session at Sacred Heart Parish in...
Post date: 11/02/2018
High-quality education – and how to pay for it – are key issues in a legislative race in north-central and northwestern Douglas County. Two newcomers to the campaign trail, Wendy DeBoer and Matt Deaver, are vying for a seat in the Nebraska Legislature currently held by state Sen. Bob Krist, who is vacating the spot due to term limits. Krist, a...

Father Frank Jindra, pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Omaha, stands Oct. 15 beside a poster in front of the church with Andrew Bauer, principal of the parish school. The pastoral council put up the poster – which is signed by parishioners – in the midst of the worldwide clergy sexual abuse crisis, to show support for all priests and prayers for those priests who have fallen. Joe Ruff/Staff
Post date: 10/23/2018
By MIKE MAY Catholic Voice In the midst of the sexual abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church, an archdiocesan prayer apostolate is encouraging people around the archdiocese and worldwide to “Pray for our Priests.” Organized nine years ago, Maria Regina Cleri long has urged Catholics to unite in prayer for priests, and is now stepping up its...

Memorial statues of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego at St. Mary Magdalene Cemetery in Omaha. The statues will be part of a Catholic Cemeteries-sponsored Nov. 2 walking rosary and Marian songs for all the souls in purgatory.
Post date: 10/23/2018
People who have lost loved ones over the last year or have not interred the cremated remains of a loved one have special opportunities for prayer and burying the dead this month through Catholic Cemeteries. The archdiocesan ministry has offered those gatherings for several years to help mark All Saints Day on Nov. 1, a holy day of obligation, and...

Sandy Garcia sorts fresh fruits and vegetables Oct. 9 at the food pantry at Catholic Charities’ Juan Diego Center in south Omaha. Joe Ruff/Staff
Post date: 10/23/2018
Asked what she feels when she reflects on ways Catholic Charities has helped her, Sandy Garcia has a ready answer. “Gratitude,” says Garcia, coordinator of the Catholic Charities food pantry at the Juan Diego Center in south Omaha – where she once received the kind of bread and other grocery items that she now helps distribute. It’s been a long,...

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