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Make A Pilgrimage Close To Home

(SNR) - While vacationing, visiting family and friends, or traveling to class reunions, weddings or other events in Nebraska this summer, consider adding a special spiritual dimension to your journey. Spending an hour or two as a pilgrimage to one of the following destinations can enliven any person’s faith.

Butler County/Dwight

Featured on the National Register of Historic Places, Assumption Church in Dwight and the grottos and chapel that enhance its environs are an ideal destination for spiritual contemplation. 336 West Pine Street.

Furnas County/Arapahoe

Pilgrims and tourists alike find inspiration in the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, built by Father Denis out of gratitude to our Lord and His mother for helping him survive a German concentration camp during World War II. You’ll find it west of Saint Germanus Church at 912 Chestnut Street. (Editor’s Note: Please see the story about St. Germanus Parish in Arapahoe at left.)

Lancaster County/Denton

Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, 7880 West Denton Road in Denton has beautiful grounds and a lovely, traditional chapel that is ideal for prayer. Mass and Vespers times vary when classes are not in session. Please call in advance of your visit: (402) 797-7700.

Villa Regina Mother House, home of the School Sisters of Christ the King, is situated on lovely grounds that include outdoor Stations of the Cross. Please call to arrange your visit: (402) 477-5232 4100 S.W. 56th Street.

Lancaster County/Lincoln

Trained docents provided tours of the Cathedral of the Risen Christ (pictured above) for groups of any size. Please call (402) 488-0948 and press 0 for the office to schedule a tour.

For an inspiring look at artifacts and documents from the early days of the Diocese of Lincoln, plan a self-guided tour of the Diocesan Archives and Museum in the basement of the Catholic Chancery at 33rd and Sheridan. Historian Sister Kathryn Maney, M.S., will be available for tours in August. Call (402) 488-0921 for an appointment.

A visit to Christ the King Chapel, 1040 South Cotner Blvd., where the Servant Sisters of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration are constantly in prayer, is always a rejuvenating experience. Leave your prayer intentions with the sisters.

Lincoln Right to Life maintains a lovely Prayer Garden with Stations of the Cross (below) on a property immediately south of the capital city’s abortion mill. Rosaries are available if you forget to bring your own. 37th and South streets.

Lancaster County/Waverly

Take a step away from the hectic pace of your everyday life at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat Center in Waverly. For even more focus, attend a retreat. Find the retreat schedule and directions at www.goodcounselretreat.com or by calling (402) 786-2705.

Otoe County/Nebraska City

The Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto sits on the campus of Our Lady of Lourdes Central High School at 412 2nd Avenue in Nebraska City. It is a beautiful, quiet place for contemplation and prayer.

Not only is Saint Benedict Parish, 411 5th Rue, the oldest in the diocese, the church is the oldest brick church in continual use in the state. In the cemetery adjacent to the church, gravestones of the first parishioners are inscribed in German.

Pawnee County/Steinauer

Once the home of a community of religious sisters, Convent House Bed & Breakfast (above) is now a charming inn run by Saint Anthony parish in Steinauer. Make your reservations or get directions by telephoning (402) 869-2230.

Red Willow County/Indianola

Saint Catherine Church at 809 D Street in Indianola is one of the most impressive churches in the western part of the state. Stop in for a holy hour.

Saline County/Crete

Built as a pilgrimage site where the faithful can receive graces, the Schoenstatt Cor Mariae Shrine (at right) was built just a few years ago. The shrine is located on Hwy 103 and all are welcome. Please call (402) 826-3346 or visit www.cormariae.com for directions.

Saline County/Wilber

If you are visiting the Southeast part of the state during the first full weekend of August, consider a trip to Wilbur for the annual Czech festival. Saint Wenceslaus Church, 501 N. Wilson features a traditional Czech-style Mass outdoors on Saturday evening at 6 and a regular Mass on Sunday at 10 a.m. Throughout the festival, the parish altar society runs a kolache stand downtown.

Seward County/Seward

Though the seminarians are away in various locations until classes resume in late August, Saint Gregory the Great Seminary (at right) is still an inspiring destination. Please call (402) 643-4052 before your visit to find out when Masses are being celebrated, or to arrange a tour. Watch the Register this fall for “Visitor Sunday” announcements.

Saunders County/Valparaiso

The Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph (above), 9300 Agnew Road in Valparaiso, has a chapel that is open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Mass is typically celebrated at 7 a.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. weekends.

To learn more about the Diocese of Lincoln, please visit www.dioceseoflincoln.org.

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