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Tom Stubby, left, and Erik Taylor chat at St. Pius X Church in Omaha April 14 before joining fellow RCIA participants for discussion of the Sunday Mass readings. MIKE MAY/STAFF
Post date: 04/18/2019
Tom Stubby almost didn’t get to begin classes to join the Catholic Church, but not because of schedule conflicts or second thoughts. He was lying in a hospital bed for 12 days. On Aug. 30, while riding his bicycle on Big Papio Trail in Omaha, he was severely injured after hitting a large branch lying across the trail and crashing. But with the...

Members of a small faith-sharing group at St. Isidore Parish in Columbus meet April 12 in the home of leader Sarah Doerneman, center. Other members are Natalie Luchsinger, left, Leslie Styskal, Lynn Heinrich and Erin Schmidt. JENNIE KRUEGER
Post date: 04/18/2019
Imagine friends and neighbors regularly gathering around the Word of God and praying as a normal part of their Lenten journey. That’s the vision of Jim Jansen, director of the archdiocese’s Office of Evangelization and Catechesis. To that end, he said, his office held workshops earlier this year to help parish leaders around the archdiocese form...

Danny Leger leads praise and worship music for “XIV from the Crowd,” a meditation on the Stations of the Cross, March 19 at St. Wenceslaus Church in Omaha. DANIKA LANG/STAFF
Post date: 04/18/2019
He recognized his passion for music and ministry at age 14. Omaha musician Danny Leger, now 34, first expressed intentions to use music for evangelization while talking with a small group on his first youth retreat.  He doesn’t remember what he said, but the memory is preserved in the journal he kept from that day. In it, a young girl had written...
Post date: 04/18/2019
Priests from across the archdiocese will honor 18 brother priests who are celebrating milestone anniversaries – two commemorating 60 years of service, three celebrating 50 years, three marking 40 years and 10 celebrating 25 years. The annual priest jubilee Mass and dinner will be held April 30 at St. Patrick Church in Fremont, with Archbishop...

Vocation Ministry founder Rhonda Gruenewald explains how to start and sustain a successful vocations committee at the Vocation Summit at St. Patrick Church in Fremont April 6. FATHER DAMIEN WEE
Post date: 04/18/2019
“The vocation landscape is hurting in our church.” Rhonda Gruenewald, founder of Vocation Ministry and author of “Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry,” identifies in her video, “What is Vocation Ministry?” the decline of vocations to marriage, the priesthood and the religious life as a major obstacle to growth in the church.  There...
Post date: 04/18/2019
Archbishop George J. Lucas prays over the oil of catechumens, oil of the sick and the sacred chrism at the archdiocesan Chrism Mass April 15 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. The archbishop gathered with priests of the archdiocese to renew their ordination promises and bless the oils that will be used in parishes throughout the archdiocese in...
Post date: 04/18/2019
Missionary Benedictine Sister Mary Agnes Salber, whose 76 years of religious life included service at the Immaculata Monastery in Norfolk and St. Augustine Indian Mission in Winnebago, died April 7 in Norfolk. She was 90. A funeral Mass was held April 10 at the monastery chapel, with interment in Prospect Hill Cemetery, also in Norfolk. Sister...

Msgr. James Gilg, spiritual director for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the archdiocese, conducts a brief ceremony and blesses their newest store on North 90th Street in Omaha as part of its April 10 grand opening. At left is Marty Smith, executive director for the society. LISA SPELLMAN
Post date: 04/18/2019
Marty Smith stood in the front of the new Society of St. Vincent de Paul thrift store at 5505 N. 90th St. in Omaha, and looked out over the crowd gathering near the entrance.  He shook hands with a few people and exchanged pleasantries with others. Smith, who took the position of executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul last...

Safe environment coordinator Cathi Snyder reviews procedures for enrolling staff and volunteers in training sessions and submitting background checks at the coordinator in-service at St. Leo the Great Church in Omaha March 12. DANIKA LANG/STAFF
Post date: 04/05/2019
Revisions made in June 2018 to the U.S. bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People are leading to significant changes in the archdiocese’s safe environment training and policies to better protect children and young adults. These enhancements come in addition to safe environment initiatives the archdiocese is undertaking on...

Taylor Wiester, left, a second grade teacher at Holy Cross School, assists student Julia Hernandez Wiley with independent spelling work during Lexia small group rotations March 13. DANIKA LANG/STAFF
Post date: 04/05/2019
Blended learning works, and the Archdiocese of Omaha Catholic Schools Office (CSO) has the numbers to prove it. The blended learning initiative is a new CSO program in which technology is used to improve  instruction in math and reading in grades K-8. The project was organized in 2013, piloted during the 2017-18 school year and is now in its first...

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