James Noonen lights the Easter candle June 7, the Pentecost vigil, as one of his last duties as an altar server at the now-closed St. Patrick Church in Omaha. By SUSAN SZALEWSKI/STAFF.
As a boy, James Noonen learned Latin and became an altar server at Sacred Heart Parish in Emerson. Noonen moved to Omaha at age 17, and decades later, while in his 70s, he embraced the role again. He served Masses at the recently closed St. Patrick... Read More

Father Norman Hunke, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish near Gretna, runs along Wehrspann Lake at the Chalco Hills Recreation Area in northwestern Sarpy County. A runner for about 35 years, Father Hunke says he enjoys being outside because it allows him to encounter God in another way. Photo by David Gouger/Staff.
Physical activity makes for a healthy body, and for many priests, exercise is part of their routine. But the benefits extend beyond fitness, they say, offering opportunities for prayer and reflection and relieving stress. Indeed, body, mind and... Read More

Football players from St. Francis High School in Humphrey work in Pilger June 26, tearing out the foundation of a building destroyed when two tornadoes struck the town 10 days earlier.
About 170 seminarians studying on the Creighton University campus in Omaha saw news about deadly tornadoes striking northeast Nebraska June 16, and they prayed for the victims. Twenty-four of them decided to do more. Led by Taylor Leffler, a... Read More

Nina Magnani, left, and Nomi Macadangdang, high school students from Wailuku, Hawaii, look June 22 at Spencer Tracy’s Oscar award while touring Boys Town. Photo by SUSAN SZALEWSKI/STAFF.
People have been touring Boys Town for nearly 100 years – since Father Edward Flanagan purchased land for the campus in what is now west Omaha and welcomed visitors there. But now tourists have a whole new way of exploring the famed home for at-risk... Read More

James Noonen lights the Easter candle June 7, the Pentecost vigil, as one of his last duties as an altar server at the now-closed St. Patrick Church in Omaha. By SUSAN SZALEWSKI/STAFF.

Father Norman Hunke, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish near Gretna, runs along Wehrspann Lake at the Chalco Hills Recreation Area in northwestern Sarpy County. A runner for about 35 years, Father Hunke says he enjoys being outside because it allows him to encounter God in another way. Photo by David Gouger/Staff.

Football players from St. Francis High School in Humphrey work in Pilger June 26, tearing out the foundation of a building destroyed when two tornadoes struck the town 10 days earlier.

Nina Magnani, left, and Nomi Macadangdang, high school students from Wailuku, Hawaii, look June 22 at Spencer Tracy’s Oscar award while touring Boys Town. Photo by SUSAN SZALEWSKI/STAFF.
      Jesuit Father Patrick Malone – the pastor of St. John Parish at Creighton University in Omaha who ministered to recovery workers after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City – died July 22 after a 26-year battle with leukemia. He was 55.       Visitation for Father Malone will be at 4 p....
A song that has etched itself onto millions of hearts – “On Eagle’s Wings” – is commemorated on two plaques at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Omaha, where it was first performed at a funeral nearly 40 years ago. A special unveiling was held July 8 at the church. “It’s a piece of parish history...
Celebrating 50 years of religious service is one thing. A brother and sister celebrating that milestone the same year, in the same city, at the same party, is something else again. That’s the case with retired Father Robert Preisinger and Sister of Mercy Dolores Preisinger – the only children of...
For four years, men attending the Heartland Catholic Men’s Conference have learned about the faith, networked with other Catholic men and been nourished spiritually. And this year men can deepen that experience with their spouses and children through the Heartland Family Festival, a new event that...
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