Archbishop Announces School, Parish Changes
Omaha, NE - Archbishop George L. Lucas announced a new strategic plan Tuesday that would care for young families living east of 72nd Street.
Three schools would be closed, and 34 parishes would be reduced to 26 within three years.
Among the new strategies: the creation of the Catholic Schools Consortium. The five member schools are Holy Cross, Our Lady of Lourdes, Saints Peter and Paul, St. Bernadette, and St. Thomas More.
Students from Assumption-Guadalupe, Holy Ghost and St. Stanislaus would be able to attend the consortium school of their choice after the 2012-2013 school year.
Archbishop Lucas also said the Christian Urban Education Service, which helped Sacred Heart School in north Omaha, will now provide financial support to Holy Name and All Saints.
More than 200 representatives from every parish and Catholic school in east Omaha helped in the year-long planning process. According to a news release, the Omaha Hispanic community has grown almost 60% in the last 10 years. More masses will be added in Spanish, and a Hispanic Pastoral Outreach Center will open.
Another announcement: some of Omaha's "most historic" parishes will merge with neighboring parishes:
St. Rose of Lima to St. Bridget
Assumption to Our Lady of Guadalupe-St. Agnes
St. Anthony to Saints Peter and Paul
St. Adalbert to Our Lady of Lourdes
St. Terese of the Child of Jesus to Holy Name
St. Patrick to St. Francis Cabrini
Blessed Sacrament to St. Philip Neri
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