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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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 spirit are connected. In three stories, the Catholic...
It’s hard to say "no" to the honor of helping Archbishop George J. Lucas when he asks for assistance. But even if that had not been the case, lending a hand to the archdiocese’s $40 million Ignite the Faith capital campaign as a general chair with his wife, Kelly, and seven other couples was an "...
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...
Families gathering at an Aug. 3 festival at Roncalli Catholic High School in Omaha will celebrate a special anniversary – 50 years of education at 6401 Sorensen Parkway in Omaha. And everyone is invited – with Mass at 11 a.m. and live bands, children’s activities, food vendors, a beer garden and...
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