Feature

Area Catholic parishes transitioning to form ‘families’ in Journey of Faith

Change is coming for many area Catholic parishes as they adjust to current realities of church attendance, clergy numbers and a population shift from rural to urban communities.
Similar trends have been noted in many other faiths over the past two decades.
In the Omaha Archdiocese, parishes have been conducting research and planning for the future changes since 2019.
Some reorganization of area parishes began in 2019. At that time, Father Mark Tomasiewicz, pastor of St. Michael’s Parish, Albion, concluded his service to St. John the Baptist Parish, Petersburg, and took on additional duties as pastor of St. Anthony’s Parish in Cedar Rapids.
At the same time, St. John the Baptist Parish, Petersburg, and St. Bonaventure Parish, Raeville, joined with St. Boniface Parish, Elgin; St. Theresa Parish, Clearwater; St. Peter de Alcantara Parish, Ewing, and St. John the Baptist Parish, Deloit Township. This parish is currently served by two priests, Fr. John Norman and Fr. Kevin Vogel.
The new Journey of Faith process will take further steps toward forming “Parish Families” across rural Nebraska.
Full story in the Aug. 31 Albion News/Boone Co. Tribune print and e-editions.