Big move for a Omaha priest 

Friends recently helped the Rev. Tom Fangman move to his new parish, and there were plenty of boxes.
After 18 years leading Sacred Heart Church and an organization for inner-city Catholic schools, he took over this month at St. Patrick Church in the Elkhorn area.

Fangman will face new challenges at St. Patrick, a large and growing parish. The priest said he would have been happy spending the rest of his career at Sacred Heart, but knows that reassignments are healthy.
“God has shown me there are good people anywhere,” he said. “That gives me the courage to go on to the next new things.”
Priests are typically reassigned after six or sometimes 12 years. The Archdiocese of Omaha kept Fangman with Sacred Heart and the Christian Urban Education Service longer because the organization and the parish school are considered special ministries that benefit from long-term leadership, said Deacon Tim McNeil, archdiocesan spokesman.
CUES, which receives corporate and individual donations, financially supports Sacred Heart, Holy Name and All Saints Schools. Sacred Heart’s enrollment is mostly non-Catholic, and all three schools have ethnically diverse students from economically challenged north and South Omaha neighborhoods. The schools send on 95 percent or more of their eighth-grade graduates to complete high school on time.

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