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Post date: 06/17/2019
This past spring, the Archdiocese of Omaha challenged Catholic middle and high school students to consider the role of the family in society today.  In the annual pro-life essay contest, promoted by the archdiocese’s Center for Family Life Formation, seventh- through 11th-graders were invited to write a 300- to 400-word essay on the significance...

Maggie Murphy shows off a medal saying “Live Jesus in our hearts, forever” that she received at Roncalli’s Senior Parent Breakfast May 15. COURTESY PHOTO
Post date: 06/14/2019
Maggie Murphy and Bobby Bogar have much the same desires as any teenager: acceptance, participation, friendship. Their four years at Roncalli Catholic High School in Omaha testify to their success in these pursuits. Yet their paths to fulfilling these aspirations were a good deal more challenging. You see, while on the inside these two members of...
Post date: 05/16/2019
Attorneys for the Archdiocese of Omaha and the Diocese of Lincoln, along with Nebraska Assistant Attorney General Ryan Post, appeared before Lancaster County District Judge Lori Maret May 2 to present arguments concerning the dioceses’ compliance with subpoenas from the attorney general’s office. The subpoenas were issued Feb. 26 to more than 400...

Deacon William Cremers, pictured May 7 in the library of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, will be ordained a priest June 1 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. CHRISTOPHER KENNEBECK/KENRICK-GLENNON SEMINARY
Post date: 05/15/2019
For Transitional Deacon Bill Cremers, the realization of his priestly vocation came gradually, steadily encouraged by friends, family and priests, and following what might be considered a traditional path. That path will culminate in his ordination to the priesthood by Archbishop George J. Lucas June 1 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. As a...

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
Post date: 05/15/2019
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
Post date: 05/15/2019
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.
Post date: 05/15/2019
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
Post date: 05/15/2019
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...
Post date: 05/15/2019
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...
Post date: 05/15/2019
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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