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Post date: 12/06/2018
Benedictine Father Richard Thell, an Omaha native and longtime teacher at Mount Michael Benedictine School near Elkhorn, died Nov. 10. He was 72. A funeral Mass was held in the school’s Archbishop Bergan Gymnasium Nov. 14, with interment in the Mount Michael Abbey cemetery.  Father Richard attended the former Holy Ghost School and the former...
Post date: 12/06/2018
Jesuit Father Matthew Creighton, who was president of Creighton University in Omaha from 1978 to 1982, died Nov. 23 in Pontiac, Mich. He was 91. A funeral Mass was held Nov. 29 at the Colombiere Center, a Jesuit retirement community in Clarkston, Mich., with burial in the center’s cemetery. A memorial Mass will be held at St. John Church on the...
Post date: 11/16/2018
Missionary Benedictine Father Joel Macul didn’t want to go to Kenya 25 years ago. Asked by the Catholic Voice to reflect on the importance of gratitude in view of Thanksgiving and how it is lived out in a faith-filled life, Father Macul said the five years he served at a monastery and school near Nairobi had a powerful impact on his life. It was...

Lauren Miller, director of admissions for Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, answers questions at the Catholic Schools Office’s Latino Parents High School Night Oct. 22 at College of Saint Mary in Omaha. COURTESY PHOTO
Post date: 11/16/2018
Despite large graduating classes and concern among some Hispanic families over immigration politics, overall enrollment in the archdiocese’s 71 elementary and high schools dipped only slightly this year after three years of growth. Enrollment of 19,818 students for the 2018-19 school year is only 43 fewer than last year’s 19,861, a change of less...

Mercy High School senior Mayela Hernandez, left, chats with classmate Shacty Alvarez-Hurtado in the school’s media center. They are two of 66 Latino students at the all-girls school in Omaha. JOE RUFF/STAFF
Post date: 11/16/2018
Sergio Hernandez couldn’t be happier with his decision – along with his wife, Maria – to place their daughters at Mercy High School in Omaha. “Mayela has evolved and matured with that community,” said Hernandez, a member of Assumption-Guadalupe Parish in Omaha, of their senior at Mercy. “She makes positive decisions for herself and her younger...
Post date: 11/16/2018
Continuing a long-running success story, students who graduated from Catholic high schools in the archdiocese in 2018 scored higher on average in the annual ACT exam than Nebraska seniors as a whole and across the country. Scores also are higher in the archdiocese’s 17 high schools when they are broken out for students identifying themselves as...

Jason Evert speaks to tens of thousands of young people worldwide every year about the virtue of chastity and ways to cope with the permissiveness of modern culture. COURTESY PHOTO
Post date: 11/16/2018
An internationally acclaimed Catholic speaker and author will talk to teens and parents at several archdiocesan parishes and schools about the beauty of chastity and ways to cope with the influences of a permissive culture. Jason Evert, who with his wife, Crystalina, co-founded the Chastity Project, will speak later this month at St. Mary Church...

Joyce Johnson serves up a helping of green bean casserole for Joyce Hudson at the community Thanksgiving dinner at St. Francis Borgia Church in Blair in 2017. JOE BURNS/ENTERPRISE MEDIA GROUP
Post date: 11/16/2018
Large family gatherings are common at Thanksgiving. Few, however, compare to the family of 900 expected at the 10th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner – on Thanksgiving Day – at St. Francis Borgia Church in Blair. “It takes a lot of people to put it on, and rather than a burden, people find it a joy because everyone who comes – volunteers and...

Jackie Kmiecik (center back) of St. Bernadette Parish in Bellevue and a volunteer at the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Omaha helps Maria Garcia (right) and family members Francisca Garcia (in pink sweater) and Joselin Garcia select produce at the pantry Nov. 8. Pantry worker Maryana Garza (left) looks on. The pantry is one of several in the archdiocese that help working families, the homeless and others. MIKE MAY/STAFF
Post date: 11/16/2018
Routine visitors to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in downtown Omaha include the working poor, families from all ZIP codes in the Omaha area and the homeless. “We see so many working families, who for one reason or another need help supplementing their food budget,” said Diane Mead, president of the society’s Omaha district council...
Post date: 11/06/2018
Six people were honored Oct. 24 for their support and service to Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha at the annual Loyola Dinner of Honor and Distinction. Jesuit Father Tom Merkel, president of the all-boys school from 2003 to 2012 and currently assistant vice president for university relations at Creighton University, also in Omaha, received...

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