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Cirila Nava, a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Omaha, scrapes paint from an old radiator at St. Mary School in Omaha as the building is renovated into Centro Pastoral Tepeyac, a new Hispanic pastoral center. In the background are Bryan Diaz, left, and Clemente Nava, right, also members of St. Francis of Assisi Parish. DANIKA LANG/STAFF
Post date: 04/05/2019
A vacant school building in South Omaha has found new a purpose and new identity serving Hispanic Catholics. The building, formerly St. Mary School, which closed in 2005, and which housed St. Peter Claver Cristo Rey High School from 2007 to 2011, is now Centro Pastoral Tepeyac (or Tepeyac Pastoral Center, named after the site of the apparitions of...

Candidate Jamie Snyder, left, of St. Peter Parish in Omaha, and her sponsor, Laura Ortiz, of St. Matthew the Evangelist Parish in Bellevue, greet Archbishop George J. Lucas during the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion of the Baptized March 10 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. MIKE MAY/STAFF
Post date: 03/15/2019
Aspirants to the Catholic faith entered the final leg of their journey March 10 as they traveled to St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha to take part in the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion of the Baptized with Archbishop George J. Lucas. Accompanied by their sponsors, and other family and friends, 284 candidates and 115 catechumens...
Post date: 03/15/2019
A French priest has been working since 2002 to bring to light a previously little-known aspect of the Holocaust in World War II. Now, Father Patrick Desbois is bringing his findings and insights to Omaha, along with the message that such genocides continue to this day. As founder of Yahad-in-Unum (Together in One), a nonprofit organization...

Sister Clara teaches about the spiritual nourishment of the Eucharist during her Spanish RCIA class in O’Brien Hall at St. Peter Parish March 4. DANIKA LANG/STAFF
Post date: 03/15/2019
When Father Damien Cook prayed and began looking for religious sisters to work in his parish, God answered him in a most unexpected way.  Father Cook, former pastor of St. Peter Parish in Omaha, had seen a need for sisters in active ministry to alleviate the poverty and address cultural diversity in his parish since his arrival in June 2004. ...

Seminarian Brett Jamrog provides instruction to Kristi Cornelius’ fifth grade religion class at St. Cecilia School, one of many responsibilities he has embraced during a pastoral internship year at St. Cecilia Parish in Omaha. SUSAN SZALEWSKI
Post date: 03/15/2019
Brett Jamrog is taking a yearlong break from college classes at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis. But he’s not taking it easy. The 26-year-old major seminarian is learning, growing and working during a pastoral internship year at St. Cecilia Parish in Omaha.  He’s been teaching religion at the parish grade school, helping with liturgy at the...

Deacon Jim Tardy, a member of St. Cecilia Parish and outreach manager for Catholic Cemeteries, leads the Stations of the Cross at Calvary Cemetery in Omaha at last year’s Good Friday service. COURTESY PHOTO
Post date: 03/15/2019
For the fourth consecutive year, Catholic Cemeteries is offering the faithful an opportunity to commemorate Christ’s passion and death by praying the Stations of the Cross on most Wednesdays of Lent and on Good Friday.  Although open to everyone, people who have lost loved ones during the past year are especially invited to attend as a way to pray...
Post date: 03/15/2019
Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Mary Kennan Kudlacz, an Omaha native whose 65 years of religious life included teaching, school administration and pastoral counseling, died Feb. 25 in Hazel Green, Wis. She was 85.  A funeral Mass was held March 4 at the Dominican motherhouse in Sinsinawa, Wis., with burial in the motherhouse cemetery.  Sister Mary...
Post date: 03/15/2019
Servant of Mary Sister Mary Lucy Bottosto, whose 73 years of religious life included 55 years with the Servants of Mary community in Omaha, died Feb. 25 in Omaha.  She was 96. A funeral Mass was held Feb. 27 at Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel at the order’s motherhouse in Omaha, with interment in the motherhouse cemetery. A native of Massena, N.Y.,...

Dr. George Delgado delivers the keynote address on abortion pill reversal Oct. 26 at the Bishops’ Pro-Life Banquet at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln. COURTESY PHOTO
Post date: 03/14/2019
Abortion advocates place emphasis on a woman’s right to choose: to choose what happens to her body, her baby and her life. But what if her choice changes? Dr. George Delgado is the founder of Abortion Pill Reversal, an initiative for women who have changed their minds after taking mifepristone (RU-486), the first of two drugs used in a chemical or...
Post date: 03/14/2019
A March 12 hearing to determine when the Archdiocese of Omaha and its parishes, schools and institutions will be required to respond to subpoenas from Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson’s office has been postponed to an unspecified date. The subpoenas, issued Feb. 26, asked for records related to the sexual assault or abuse of children, and...


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