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Father James Rafferty, director of mission and communication with the Institute for Priestly Formation, discusses the temptation of Jesus in the desert during a class for seminarians June 11 at Creighton University in Omaha. MIKE MAY/STAFF
Post date: 06/18/2019
As a young priest, Father Jeffrey Lorig was struggling. Ordained two years earlier, in 2004, he began to question his vocation. He took a leave of absence, but his soul was filled with darkness. He was depressed, and the priesthood no longer seemed attractive. He dreaded returning to parish ministry. Then, while at Broom Tree Retreat Center near...
Post date: 06/18/2019
The Peter’s Pence Collection, which will take place at weekend Masses throughout the Archdiocese of Omaha June 29-30, is an opportunity for Catholics around the world to stand in solidarity with those who suffer and are marginalized. The purpose of the collection, according to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website, is to “provide...

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Post date: 06/18/2019
Archbishop George J. Lucas ordains Mauricio Tovar a transitional deacon for the Archdiocese of Omaha at the Central High School gymnasium in Schuyler May 24. Divine Mercy Parish in Schuyler is Deacon Tovar’s home parish, and his ordination there allowed many friends and family members to attend the ceremony. Deacon Tovar will enter his final...
Post date: 06/18/2019
Father Damien Wee brought more than his personal belongings to his new assignment as administrator of St. Francis Borgia Parish in Blair – he brought his devotion to a rich, historic Catholic tradition that is seeing a resurgence in the United States. He and the parish are planning to hold a Corpus Christi procession June 23, the Solemnity of the...
Post date: 06/18/2019
Father Rene Robert, a priest of the diocese of St. Augustine, Florida, had devoted his life to serving people cast aside by the rest of society. He was even regarded as a “living saint” in his tight-knit community of St. Augustine. But when he began helping ex-convicts after their release from prison, the people closest to him worried that he was...

The Archbishop’s Committee for Development’s 2019 honorees pose for a photo with Archbishop George J. Lucas June 4 at the Happy Hollow Club in Omaha. From left: Drew and Tammy Blossom, Barb Fitzgerald, Archbishop Lucas, and Mary Pat and Steve Heck. SAMANTHA WORTHING
Post date: 06/18/2019
The Archbishop’s Committee for Development (ACD) honored three couples June 4 at its 44th annual ACD Recognition Dinner at the Happy Hollow Club in Omaha. Archbishop George J. Lucas acknowledged Tammy and Drew Blossom, Barb Fitzgerald, and Mary Pat and Steve Heck for their leadership and generous contributions of time, talent and treasure to the...
Post date: 06/17/2019
This past spring, the Archdiocese of Omaha challenged Catholic middle and high school students to consider the role of the family in society today.  In the annual pro-life essay contest, promoted by the archdiocese’s Center for Family Life Formation, seventh- through 11th-graders were invited to write a 300- to 400-word essay on the significance...

Maggie Murphy shows off a medal saying “Live Jesus in our hearts, forever” that she received at Roncalli’s Senior Parent Breakfast May 15. COURTESY PHOTO
Post date: 06/14/2019
Maggie Murphy and Bobby Bogar have much the same desires as any teenager: acceptance, participation, friendship. Their four years at Roncalli Catholic High School in Omaha testify to their success in these pursuits. Yet their paths to fulfilling these aspirations were a good deal more challenging. You see, while on the inside these two members of...
Post date: 05/16/2019
Attorneys for the Archdiocese of Omaha and the Diocese of Lincoln, along with Nebraska Assistant Attorney General Ryan Post, appeared before Lancaster County District Judge Lori Maret May 2 to present arguments concerning the dioceses’ compliance with subpoenas from the attorney general’s office. The subpoenas were issued Feb. 26 to more than 400...

Deacon William Cremers, pictured May 7 in the library of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, will be ordained a priest June 1 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. CHRISTOPHER KENNEBECK/KENRICK-GLENNON SEMINARY
Post date: 05/15/2019
For Transitional Deacon Bill Cremers, the realization of his priestly vocation came gradually, steadily encouraged by friends, family and priests, and following what might be considered a traditional path. That path will culminate in his ordination to the priesthood by Archbishop George J. Lucas June 1 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. As a...

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