This semi-monthly podcast brings you conversations with Most Rev. George J. Lucas, Archbishop of Omaha, as he shares his pastoral vision with the local Church: "One Church: encountering Jesus, equipping disciples, and living mercy."
Episode | October 4th, 2018 | 22 mins 20 secs
All of the tumult in the US Church in recent months has in some way pointed back to the question: What is the true vocation of a bishop? Archbishop Lucas helps us understand what it means to be charged with teaching, governing, and sanctifying the people of God in a particular local Church.
Episode | September 22nd, 2018 | 19 mins 25 secs
It is obvious that recent scandals in our church have demoralized, confused and wounded many of the faithful. How can we begin to move toward some kind of healing?
Says Archbishop Lucas: This is precisely the time when we should be looking for Jesus and asking how we might come closer to him, how we might invite him into the places where individual people and the whole church are feeling burdened and broken.
Episode | August 29th, 2018 | 33 mins 40 secs
Archbishop Lucas addresses the twin evils of clerical sex abuse and the abuse of power in our Church.
Episode | July 9th, 2018 | 29 mins 28 secs
In this month's episode, Archbishop Lucas chats with his predecessor, Archbishop Elden Curtiss, on the occasion of the latter's 60th anniversary of priestly ordination. Archbishop Curtiss recalls his own vocation to the priesthood, shares how his relationship with Jesus has grown over the years, and talks about some of the new challenges facing priests and seminarians today.
Episode | June 9th, 2018 | 8 mins 25 secs
Archbishop George J. Lucas ordained three men to the priesthood on Sunday, June 3 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. This is the homily he preached, exhorting the newly-ordained to be shepherds after Christ's own heart.
Episode | May 17th, 2018 | 16 mins
catholic, jesus, pentecost, pope francis
"After Jesus ascended into heaven, the disciples were praying on the day of Pentecost. They then had a powerful experience of the coming of the Holy Spirit. Their response is striking and instructive: They went out the door of the place where they had been gathered, and they began to talk about Jesus. They used their own words, gave examples of their own life with Jesus, they witnessed their faith in him as the risen Son of God, and an amazing thing happened: People believed them."
Archbishop Lucas expounds on the importance of this feast, and a brand new one established this year by Pope Francis which celebrates Mary, Mother of the Church.
Episode | May 4th, 2018 | 17 mins 10 secs
Archbishop Lucas unpacks Pope Francis' latest exhortation, "Gaudete et Exsultate," pointing out first of all that we should actually read it (instead of just reading about it). The pope is very clear: Jesus wants to make a saint out of each and every person.
Episode | April 24th, 2018 | 16 mins 30 secs
The central question of the Easter season is the central question of our entire lives: Do we really believe that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead?
Episode | April 9th, 2018 | 19 mins 56 secs
The first-ever RCIA class at the new JPII Newman Center saw 5 college students enter the Church this Easter. Archbishop Lucas talks with Fr. Joe Taphorn about the beautiful community of students that's growing on the UNO campus.
Episode | March 23rd, 2018 | 17 mins 56 secs
Archbishop Lucas shares his hopes for those who are entering the Church this Easter, and invites all Catholics to take responsibility for these newest members of the family of faith.
Episode | March 10th, 2018 | 11 mins 10 secs
Episode | February 15th, 2018 | 11 mins 13 secs
"The Church established by Our Lord is both a spiritual and a physical organism. We live out the Gospel and we proclaim and promote the Kingdom of God in this world. We do not do it in our imagination, and we do not do it in some totally spiritual world; we do it here." - Archbishop Lucas
Episode | January 24th, 2018 | 10 mins 22 secs
There's a lot talk about studies showing a rapid rise in the number of religiously non-affiliated young people -- the "nones" for short. But Archbishop Lucas recently attended two events which clearly demonstrate the zeal and faithfulness of large numbers of teenagers and young adults.
Episode | January 7th, 2018 | 21 mins 12 secs
catholic, immigration, justice, mercy
January 7-13, 2018 is the USCCB's National Migration Week. In this first episode of the new year, Archbishop Lucas and Fr. Scott Hastings discuss what it means for Catholics to welcome, understand, and accompany the immigrants and refugees living in our communities.
Episode | December 1st, 2017 | 9 mins 20 secs
advent, catholic, christmas, faith
Preparing for Christmas often feels more like a project than anything else. The challenge to our faith during this season is to think about what God has done and is doing. We remember that we’re saved because of God’s project, God’s work, God’s action in our lives, and not by our own efforts.
Episode | November 27th, 2017 | 17 mins 50 secs
catholic, faith, pilgrimage
Santiago de Compostela.
Archbishop Lucas offers reflections on his recent pilgrimage to several holy places in Europe, and how such a journey illuminates the earthly journey each of us must make.