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Breanna Burklund’s Mission

December 29, 2019 · Posted In: Religion, Web Exclusive

Six years ago, Omaha Magazine printed a story on Millard South High School student Breanna Burklund’s work with Christian organization Samaritan’s Purse. We quickly caught up with the now-23-year-old through email and discussed the work […]

Debra McKnight at Urban Abbey

Resistance, Reflection, and Retaining One’s Religion

August 20, 2019 · Posted In: Omaha Magazine, People, Religion

The Rev. Debra McKnight’s journey to the altar hasn’t been without obstacles. The freedom to live out her calling as a pastor came on the heels of immense testing, resistance to conformity, persistent theological reflection, […]

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On a Mission to Revitalize North Omaha

February 14, 2019 · Posted In: Omaha Magazine, Religion

Wes and Candy Zollicoffer are not your average neighbors. Instead of plopping down in front of the television after a full day’s work, the Zollicoffers would rather pick up trash along the street or organize […]

Leprosy, Communist Revolutionaries, and a Gun to Her Back

May 3, 2018 · Posted In: 60 Plus in Omaha, Religion

In 1948, Barbara Entz’s family moved to Omaha after a blind evangelist from the city, J.J. Esau, told her father to become a minister. Esau was in public relations with the nondenominational Grace Bible Institute […]

From Profane to Sacred

October 16, 2017 · Posted In: 60 Plus in Omaha, Religion

Twenty-five years ago hordes of television cameras and newspaper reporters descended on Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to cover the trial of a 31-year-old serial killer whose depths of depravity defied comprehension. Details of the murders—17 in all, […]

Omaha’s Saint: Father Flanagan and the Cause for Canonization

February 20, 2017 · Posted In: Family, Omaha Magazine, Religion

A small, framed black-and-white photo hangs on the living room wall of the Rev. Clifford Stevens’ modest apartment, located on the south campus of Omaha’s famous Village of Boys Town. It shows Monsignor Edward J. […]

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The Last Nuns of Duchesne

August 26, 2016 · Posted In: Lifestyle, Omaha Magazine, People, Publications, Religion

The nuns have left the building. For the first time in the 135-year history of Duchesne Academy, students have no interaction with members of the Religieuses du Sacre Coeur de Jesus (also known as the […]

Omaha’s Lost Religious Buildings

March 17, 2016 · Posted In: 60 Plus in Omaha, Lifestyle, Publications, Religion

Despite Omaha’s deserved early reputation as a city of crime and vice, it was also a city with a thriving religious community. Or, more properly, a variety of religious communities, as Omaha has always been […]

Keeping the Faith

February 12, 2016 · Posted In: Lifestyle, Omaha Magazine, Publications, Religion

I received the news around 6 a.m. the morning of February 10. “John Feit Arrested,” the email from a fellow journalist in Phoenix read. He included a link to a story on the NBC News […]