Lincoln Bishop Blesses Bells for New Church

Bishop James Conley, Lincoln Diocese

Bishop James Conley, Lincoln Diocese

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Four bells that will beckon worshippers to services at a new Catholic church have been blessed by the Lincoln bishop.

Bishop James Conley performed the ritual on Thursday at what will be St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and the Newman Center. They sit across Q Street from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s City Campus.

The project is expected to be completed next spring to serve about 6,000 Catholics at the university.

The cast bronze bells have been given names, in keeping with tradition: St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke and St. John.