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Pope Francis prays for Seward family

Editor's Note:

Read more about Levi Dybdal from the Oct. 5 Seward Independent: 'Levi’s story a journey of perseverance, positivity and unwavering faith'


SEWARD (SNR) – Bishop James Conley visited St. Vincent de Paul Church in Seward Nov. 8 to deliver a letter from Pope Francis’ Secretariat of State at the Vatican in Rome, to Jon and Tausha Dybdal.

The letter expressed the Holy Father’s condolences and promised his prayers for the family of 17-year Levi Dybdal, who died after several years of illness. Included with the letter were three holy cards and three rosaries from Pope Francis.

Levi had attended World Youth Day (WYD) in Krakow, Poland, in July with his mother Tausha and his brother Lance. They were part of the group from the Catholic Diocese of Lincoln, including Bishop Conley, who went on the pilgrimage and to see Pope Francis. Levi died Sept. 5.

Bishop Conley sent a letter to Pope Francis, describing Levi’s deep faith in Jesus that was a great witness to people who met him. Bishop Conley said the pope and Levi made eye contact as the pontiff drove by Levi in the section of people in wheelchairs at World Youth Day. His letter to Pope Francis included the funeral pamphlet with Levi’s photo on the cover, and his biography on the back.

Bishop Conley’s presentation Nov. 8 was made to the family in the presence of the student body of St. Vincent de Paul School, of which Levi was an alumnus. Family members attending the presentation were Levi’s parents Jon and Tausha, his siblings Lance, Jessica, and Erich, and his grandparents Erich and Janet Broer.

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