Study Circles


Director, Catholic Center
14100 Crawford St.
Boys Town, NE 68010

Contact: Fr. Val J. Peter

With the exception of June, the Omaha Communio group met every month during 2012, under the leadership of Father Val Peter. The Circle continues to meet at the Sisters of Mercy Villa, with original group members Sister Marilyn Wallace, Father Ross Burkhalter, and Father Ted Richling. More recently, Sharon Cooney, “an avid reader of Communio,” has joined the group, together with the latest additions: Sister Jeananne Sutton, a dedicated reader and theologian, and Jennifer Barrett, “the new Specialist for Marriage and Family Ministries” in the Archdiocese of Omaha.

According to Father Peter, “Two of the best discussions centered on the article by Francis Cardinal George: ‘The Significance of Vatican II’ from the Spring/Summer 2012 issue and David Schindler’s ‘The Repressive Logic of Liberal Rights: Religious Freedom, Contraceptives, and the “Phony” Argument of the New York Times’” from Winter 2011. “A lively discussion indeed!” Clarifying his point, Father Peter explains that “the format of the group discussions lend themselves to a very lively interchange. This was especially true in 2012 due to the 50th anniversary of Vatican II. Many of our group discussions have revolved around the implementation of Vatican II.” The group commented that the work of the “Concilium started off well, but went into decline.” Fortunately, the mission of Communio, which seeks to continue that work, has “begun well and is still flourishing.”