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Marie Rubis Bauer rehearses with choir members in the foreground for the Easter Vigil at St. Cecilia Cathedral on March 31, 2018. Behind her, sopranos review their scores before going to liturgy. From left are Sarah Langdon, Rosario Nelson, Kaitlyn Meyer and Casey Schoening. Seated in the rear is Maggie Fann, who fits and assigns choral vestments. BOB ERVIN
Post date: 01/04/2019
Marie Rubis Bauer grew up in southwestern Minnesota with music all around her. Her late mother, Shirley, sang to her from a very young age – sometimes to help her keep still in the car.  Her late father, Steve, was an amateur organist who encouraged Marie at age 13 to put her own formidable skills to work for the church they were faithful to in...
Post date: 01/04/2019
An experienced professional in family life and evangelization ministries joined the Archdiocese of Omaha Jan. 2 as the new director of the Center for Family Life Formation. Craig Dyke replaces Father Jeffrey Lorig, who has been interim director since 2017 in addition to his regular duties as director of pastoral services. The center oversees...
Post date: 01/04/2019
Each January, Catholics from around the archdiocese join thousands of others to voice their support for life and opposition to abortion at two major events. This year, about 460 people from the Omaha archdiocese will make the annual excursion to Washington, D.C., as part of the March for Life pilgrimage Jan. 15-20. The group, which includes high...

Daniel Irvin, a teacher in the MCS program, conducts a Christmas concert Dec. 19 at St. James/Seton School in Omaha.
Post date: 01/04/2019
Little could Brian Johnson have known that, as an 11-year-old inspecting a trumpet in a display for a music instruction program at St. Gerald School in Ralston, he was taking the first step toward a future career. Johnson is one of thousands of people who experienced the joy of playing music and performing with others through the Music in Catholic...
Post date: 01/04/2019
The Catholic faithful will have an opportunity to help “send laborers into the field” by supporting the annual collection for seminarian education, this year scheduled for weekend Masses Jan. 5-6. Seminarian Logan Hepp of St. Stephen the Martyr Parish in Omaha said that financial support is vital for him and other seminarians, enabling them to...
Post date: 01/04/2019
Among the tens of thousands of young Catholics headed to Panama in January for the 15th international World Youth Day will be a group from the Omaha archdiocese. Father Carl Zoucha, pastor of Assumption-Guadalupe Church in Omaha and leader of the group, said about 30 young people and chaperones will accompany him. “It is an opportunity as the...
Post date: 12/21/2018
Father Jeffrey Lorig, director of pastoral services for the archdiocese, assumed additional duties Dec. 1, replacing Deacon Steve Luna as director of pastoral planning. Deacon Luna recently retired from that role, but continues in his other role as director of human resources for the archdiocese. “My decision to retire at this time is in the best...

Archbishop George J. Lucas greets New Cassel Retirement Center resident Doris Schafer after celebrating Mass at the Omaha retirement community Dec. 7. Resident Lois England is seated in the background.
Post date: 12/21/2018
About 200 residents, family members and guests enjoyed a special Advent visit from Archbishop George J. Lucas Dec. 7 at New Cassel Retirement Center in Omaha. After celebrating Mass, the archbishop mingled with people in the center’s dining room and joined three staff members and three resident-volunteers for lunch. “For many of our residents,...
Post date: 12/21/2018
A Sarpy County law enforcement official has joined the archdiocesan review board that assists Archbishop George J. Lucas with matters relating to clergy sexual abuse. Greg London, deputy chief of the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office and member of St. Columbkille Parish in Papillion, joins the 11-member board, formed in 2003 as part of the...

Archbishop George J. Lucas interacts with students during Mass at Madonna School in Omaha. The Mass preceded the 53rd annual Christmas party Dec. 14 at the school, sponsored by the Father Flanagan Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Post date: 12/21/2018
The tradition began when a member of a local fraternal organization and father of a son with special needs was looking for a way to serve others with similar challenges. Fifty-three years later, the Father Flanagan Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians is still bringing Christmas joy to the hearts of students at Madonna School in Omaha.  The...

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