The Archdiocese of Omaha is blessed with 200,000 Catholics and 140 flourishing parishes. The numbers don’t lie. In Houston, we have 1.8-2 million Catholics and 154 parishes to support them. I could not get over thinking that in Omaha the parishioners have so much more access to their priests and religious sisters.
I have heard that in the 1950s that priests would come to a parishioner’s house to celebrate special days like birthdays and first communion. I don’t even think it had to be a special day for a priest to come over for dinner.
Unfortunately, this has become much harder with fewer priests so that the only interaction many priests have with his flock is on Sunday at Mass. I see that the priests in Omaha still have the opportunity to get to know their parishioners, many of them, on a deeper level. It is beautiful!
On my last morning in Nebraska, the Serrans set up a meeting with Fr. Andrew Roza, the new Vocation Director for the Diocese of Omaha! We had a delightful meeting, and I think that Vocation Ministry will be coming there in 2017!
When leaving, the archdiocesan secretary said that while we were meeting a box of my books had arrived! We took it as an affirming sign of for this new this partnership! Thank you, Holy Spirit!