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Post date: 07/10/2019
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
Post date: 06/18/2019
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...

Archbishop George J. Lucas presents the chalice to newly ordained Father Cremers during his ordination Mass June 1 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. The chalice is a symbol of the new priest’s duty to offer the sacrifice of the Holy Eucharist at Mass. BOB ERVIN
Post date: 06/18/2019
From when he served Mass as a boy at St. Anthony Church in Columbus, his fellow parishioners could tell William Cremers had the makings of a priest. “I think everybody knew that was in him even before he did,” said his mother, Marlene Cremers.  Those premonitions were confirmed June 1 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha, when in the presence of many...
Post date: 06/18/2019
All appointments effective July 1 unless otherwise noted. Click here to see a map of new assignments Deacon Timothy McNeil: 'Parting is such sweet sorrow' when priests change parishes OUTSIDE OMAHA HOLT AND BOYD COUNTIES Father Bernard Starman, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in O’Neill and St. Joseph Mission in Amelia, takes on additional duties as...

Gov. Pete Ricketts holds up LB209 with Sen. Joni Albrecht, who introduced and prioritized it, after signing it into law June 10 at the state Capitol. The new law requires abortion providers to inform women that it may be possible to reverse a medication abortion if they decide not to go through with the procedure. MARILYN SYNEK
Post date: 06/18/2019
The conclusion of this year’s session of the 106th Nebraska Legislature May 31 saw critical victories for the sanctity of life and human dignity as well as for social and human development. Among the hundreds of bills introduced and sponsored by the Legislature’s 49 state senators, four received strong support from the Nebraska Catholic Conference...

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...

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...


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