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Standing outside Our Lady of Lourdes Church last school year are members of the parish school’s 2017-18 student government. They are, from left, Claire Hern, now a freshman at Marian High School in Omaha; sixth-graders Lucas Post and Abigail Cady; seventh-grader Kaylee Campos; fifth-grader Shania Alvarez-Hurtado; eighth-graders Zane Kazor and Grace Prucha; and now-freshmen Lexi Gewinner of Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School in Bellevue and Simon Baber of Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha.
Post date: 11/06/2018
Jenny and Matt Peters faced the fearsome realities of a child’s cancer diagnosis – twice, each time with a different child. Through all of their challenges, the prayers, meals and other support from the people of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Omaha helped pull them through. “We had to dig deep into our souls to find the grace and strength to go...

Art teacher Rebekah Menzel of St. Mary School in Bellevue enjoys the music with Zeb Crider, of St. Mary Parish in Bellevue, while national evangelist and singer Steve Angrisano performs at a teacher and parish catechist rally Oct. 23 in West Point. DELORES MEISTER
Post date: 11/05/2018
About 100 Catholic school teachers and parish catechists gathered in West Point Oct. 22 for a faith rally with nationally known Catholic singer and storyteller Steve Angrisano. Sponsored by the Catholic Schools Office, it was an opportunity to energize, inspire and build community, said Chris Nelson, executive director of the five-school Catholic...
Post date: 11/05/2018
A priest of the archdiocese has resigned due to past allegations of significant boundary violations with young adults and minors and Archbishop George J. Lucas’ promise to hold clergy to a higher standard of behavior in response to the worldwide clergy sexual abuse scandal. Since 2016, Father Andrew Syring has been associate pastor of St. Mary...
Post date: 11/02/2018
Rosie Brokke, left, a sophomore at Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School in Bellevue, helps fire up sixth-graders gathered Oct. 26 for the archdiocese’s annual Vocations Awareness Day at Gross Catholic. Assisting Brokke are classmate Rachel Culhane, center, and schoolmate Sophie Egermier, a junior. The special day for vocations has been held the...

Ann O’Connor, president of Roncalli Catholic High School in Omaha, visits at the school Oct. 25 with seniors Jaida Williams, center, and McKenna Murcek. Joe Ruff/Staff
Post date: 11/02/2018
V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School in west Omaha, Roncalli Catholic in the north and Daniel J. Gross Catholic in Bellevue in the south. Those three archdiocesan high schools form a triangle of Catholic faith and academics in the Omaha area. And school officials, stakeholders and archdiocese officials have been working particularly hard...
Post date: 11/02/2018
Voters in Legislative District 16, which includes Washington, Cuming and Burt counties, have a clear choice Nov. 6 when it comes to abortion, immigration, Medicaid expansion and school funding. But neither candidate for the legislative seat, Ben Hansen nor Chuck Hassebrook, brings a consistent Catholic worldview to that slate of challenges. And...
Post date: 11/02/2018
They should have known the priest assigned to their Omaha parish in 2015 had been accused two years earlier of an unwanted sexual advance against an 18-year-old man. They should have known the priest, Father Francis Nigli, was sent to a Maryland treatment center for several months in 2013 before being returned to ministry, first in Blair and then...
Post date: 11/02/2018
A retired priest who had been celebrating Masses at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. James parishes in Omaha has been permanently removed from public ministry after declining to contest an allegation that he sexually abused a boy in the mid-1980s, the Archdiocese of Omaha said. The archdiocese received the allegation against Father Donald Cleary in...
Post date: 11/02/2018
People from throughout the archdiocese shared their hurts, disappointments and hopes with Archbishop George J. Lucas at two listening sessions concerning the sexual abuse scandals facing the church.  Sixty-four people attended an Oct. 6 session at St. Leo the Great Parish in Omaha, and 34 attended an Oct. 20 session at Sacred Heart Parish in...
Post date: 11/02/2018
High-quality education – and how to pay for it – are key issues in a legislative race in north-central and northwestern Douglas County. Two newcomers to the campaign trail, Wendy DeBoer and Matt Deaver, are vying for a seat in the Nebraska Legislature currently held by state Sen. Bob Krist, who is vacating the spot due to term limits. Krist, a...

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