Mary Dulac, foreground, a spiritual mom with the Institute for Priestly Formation’s summer program for seminarians, talks July 23 with seminarian Andrew Natali of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wis., for whom she had been praying, during Friends Night at Creighton University in Omaha. At right is spiritual mom Kate Brennan and the seminarian she prayed for, Tyler Hiles of the Diocese of La Crosse, Wis. DAVID GOUGER/STAFF.
They had never met before, but they were far from being strangers. So seminarian Andrew Natali smiled broadly when he spotted Mary Dulac and her 6-month-old son, Louis, in a Creighton University ballroom in Omaha. And the two adults hugged and... Read More

A bus full of students and adults, including Benedictine Father Daniel Lenz, right, of Mount Michael Abbey near Elkhorn, leave Christ the King Church in Omaha for a July 18-20 archdiocesan youth conference at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. The conference drew 375 teens and adults. FATHER DAMIEN WEE FOR CATHOLIC VOICE
Logan Spencer traveled about 370 miles from O’Neill to Atchison, Kan., for a "Sacred Encounter," a weekend archdiocesan youth conference that drew 375 teens and adults. The July 18-20 Benedictine College Youth Conference gave him a chance "to get... Read More

Sitting in the choir loft at Holy Cross Parish in Omaha, Father Ron Wasikowski reads passages he wrote for “Windows of Grace,” a parish book designed to lead people in prayer by meditating on the church’s stained-glass windows. The pastor of St. Matthew the Evangelist Parish in Bellevue, Father Wasikowski brought to the project a love and knowledge of art, particularly how religious art can be used to help deepen people’s faith. JOHN BOSCO/STAFF
Each of 39 related stained-glass windows at Holy Cross Parish in Omaha tells a story. Through red reflecting passion, blood and power, blue highlighting spiritual love, truth and heaven and symbols representing the Eucharist, the windows reflect God... Read More

Archbishop George J. Lucas stands next to his letter of appointment to the Archdiocese of Omaha, a papal bull signed by now-retired Pope Benedict XVI. The lead seal at bottom came with the letter and bears on one side the pope’s name and on the other an image of Ss. Peter and Paul. JOHN BOSCO/STAFF.
A large letter in calligraphy, matted and framed, has a prominent place on a wall in Archbishop George J. Lucas’ office, just steps away from his desk. It is the letter in Latin from now-retired Pope Benedict XVI, appointing the archbishop five... Read More

St. Cecilia School eighth-graders Haley Richstein, left, and Lucia Carlson, with sixth-grader Kaitlyn Roy, warm up their voices in Omaha recently as part of the Archdiocesan Youth Choir. The choir is broadening its invitation to youths by encouraging high school students to audition this year. JOE RUFF/STAFF
Kaitlyn Roy, a sixth-grader at St. Cecilia School in Omaha, said she loves singing and praising God, and she’s found an ideal place to do both – the Archdiocesan Youth Choir. "We’re singing to God. We are praying to God and Jesus," Roy said recently... Read More

Mary Dulac, foreground, a spiritual mom with the Institute for Priestly Formation’s summer program for seminarians, talks July 23 with seminarian Andrew Natali of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wis., for whom she had been praying, during Friends Night at Creighton University in Omaha. At right is spiritual mom Kate Brennan and the seminarian she prayed for, Tyler Hiles of the Diocese of La Crosse, Wis. DAVID GOUGER/STAFF.

A bus full of students and adults, including Benedictine Father Daniel Lenz, right, of Mount Michael Abbey near Elkhorn, leave Christ the King Church in Omaha for a July 18-20 archdiocesan youth conference at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. The conference drew 375 teens and adults. FATHER DAMIEN WEE FOR CATHOLIC VOICE

Sitting in the choir loft at Holy Cross Parish in Omaha, Father Ron Wasikowski reads passages he wrote for “Windows of Grace,” a parish book designed to lead people in prayer by meditating on the church’s stained-glass windows. The pastor of St. Matthew the Evangelist Parish in Bellevue, Father Wasikowski brought to the project a love and knowledge of art, particularly how religious art can be used to help deepen people’s faith. JOHN BOSCO/STAFF

Archbishop George J. Lucas stands next to his letter of appointment to the Archdiocese of Omaha, a papal bull signed by now-retired Pope Benedict XVI. The lead seal at bottom came with the letter and bears on one side the pope’s name and on the other an image of Ss. Peter and Paul. JOHN BOSCO/STAFF.

St. Cecilia School eighth-graders Haley Richstein, left, and Lucia Carlson, with sixth-grader Kaitlyn Roy, warm up their voices in Omaha recently as part of the Archdiocesan Youth Choir. The choir is broadening its invitation to youths by encouraging high school students to audition this year. JOE RUFF/STAFF
      Msgr. James Gilg, who helped found V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha, served as superintendent of Catholic schools for seven years and most recently organized and led a new consortium of five elementary schools in Omaha, is retiring at the end of the school year.      ...

A bus full of students and adults, including Benedictine Father Daniel Lenz, right, of Mount Michael Abbey near Elkhorn, leave Christ the King Church in Omaha for a July 18-20 archdiocesan youth conference at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. The conference drew 375 teens and adults. FATHER DAMIEN WEE FOR CATHOLIC VOICE
Logan Spencer traveled about 370 miles from O’Neill to Atchison, Kan., for a "Sacred Encounter," a weekend archdiocesan youth conference that drew 375 teens and adults. The July 18-20 Benedictine College Youth Conference gave him a chance "to get away for a while and be with Christ," said Spencer,...
Challenging men to "get real with God" and understand how much he wants to be part of their lives, comedian Jonnie W. told nearly 250 men at the fifth-annual Heartland Catholic Men’s Conference that in today’s broken world it is more important than ever to persevere in faith. "Your value as a man...
Ruth Leininger of Holy Ghost Parish in Omaha is proud of her father for a lot of reasons – he was a good husband, a hard worker, father to 10 children and active in his parish. Lloyd Becker also suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, brought on by years of smoking and being around...
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