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Newly ordained deacons with Archbishop George J. Lucas are, from left: Patrick Benson, St. Michael Parish, Central City; Randy Landenberger, St. Leo the Great Parish, Omaha; Peter Kennedy, St. James Parish, Omaha; Thomas Manhart, St. John the Evangelist Parish, Valley; Jay Wingler, St. Patrick Parish, Elkhorn; Kelly Schrant, St. Isidore Parish, Columbus; Robert Kellar and Tracy Ortgies, both St. Columbkille Parish, Papillion; Gary Krupa, St. Bernadette Parish, Bellevue; and Charles Botdorf, St. Stephen the Martyr Parish, Omaha. MARK KRESL
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Ten men committed themselves to a life of service to God’s people as Archbishop George J. Lucas ordained them permanent deacons for the Archdiocese of Omaha. During a May 4 Mass at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha, they promised obedience to the archbishop and his successors, and with a laying of his hands upon each man’s head, the archbishop...

From left, Tham Dechoponchai, Kevin Zhang and Stephanie Huang are three of 55 international students studying in archdiocesan Catholic schools this year. Dechoponchai, from Thailand, graduated from Marian High School and plans to attend college in her home country. Zhang, from China, graduated from Mount Michael Benedictine School, and plans to attend the University of Michigan. Huang, also from China, graduated from Roncalli Catholic High School and plans to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. DANIKA LANG/STAFF
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Before coming to Mount Michael Benedictine School, Kevin Zhang was an atheist. Zhang, an international student from Beijing, China, and Mount Michael senior, grew up learning Confucianist and Taoist teachings and had never been exposed to Catholic theology or Benedictine spirituality.  “Here we have morality classes where we learn about all the...

The graduating class at Daniel J. Gross High School in Bellevue.
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This month, 1,250 young people are graduating from Catholic high schools and programs in the Archdiocese of Omaha. As they celebrate their achievements, the 2019 graduates look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of them at universities, colleges and trade schools, in military service or in the workforce. They also take with...

Seventh grade students at St. Patrick School in Elkhorn read the Catholic Voice as part of an in-class activity for their religion class. Clockwise from upper left are Keaton Broz, Reid Gnuse, Cecilia Arndt, Zoe Wiegert, Addie Ziska, Ava Spies, Carter Gish and Sam Schwartz. DANIKA LANG/STAFF
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Educating young people about church efforts to meet human needs through faith-based initiatives and organizations.  That was Deacon Randy Grosse’s intent in the fall of 2012 when he began Catholic Voice in the Classroom, an educational program that provides copies of the Catholic Voice newspaper to schools and religious education programs...
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A day of inspiration, fellowship and unity – that’s what the Archdiocese of Omaha has planned for the Catholic faithful at ArchOmaha Unite, June 8 at the CHI Health Center arena in Omaha. The archdiocese expects a large turnout for the event, set for the eve of the Feast of Pentecost, said Deacon Tim McNeil, chancellor for the archdiocese.  The...
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Seminarian Mauricio Tovar is preparing to take his last major step toward his eventual ordination to the priesthood, in the parish he considers home – Divine Mercy in Schuyler. Archbishop George J. Lucas will ordain Tovar a transitional deacon May 24 at Central High School in Schuyler. Originally from Mexico, Tovar moved as a youth to Rogers,...
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University of Notre Dame President Father John Jenkins, CSC, will be the keynote speaker June 10 at the 2019 CHANCE Luncheon, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF).  The luncheon, which will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Embassy Suites Conference Center in La Vista, is sponsored by Mutual of Omaha Bank....
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The Archdiocese of Omaha on May 9 disbursed nearly half of the $470,000 raised by special collections during weekend Masses March 23-24 to assist flood relief efforts following catastrophic mid-March flooding. Over $230,000 is being distributed in Papillion, Fremont, Hooper, Elkhorn, Bellevue, Columbus, Schuyler and Springfield. Archbishop George...
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After he rose from the dead, Jesus told his followers: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mk 16:15). From that great commission, the Catholic Church has understood that one of its main responsibilities is to spread the Good News. Today, the church spreads its message through newspapers, magazines, television, radio,...

Robert Faulhaber performs the meticulous work of painting an Easter candle, an art that he has mastered over the past 20 years. His candles are used in the churches of St. Bernard, St. Stephen the Martyr and St. Thomas More, all in Omaha. BRANDON MCKENNA
Post date: 05/01/2019
Michelangelo, Rembrandt and Caravaggio have blessed mankind with stunning works of art. In their times, these artistic giants made sure to give themselves ample space to create. For Michelangelo, it was the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. For Rembrandt and Caravaggio, often it was large canvases. Omaha artist Robert Faulhaber doesn’t have the...


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