Communications Manager, Archdiocese of Omaha
Episode | May 8th, 2019 | 15 mins 55 secs
The month of May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. In this episode, Archbishop Lucas talks about Mary as the "first, best disciple," and how to relate to her in the here-and-now, not simply as an important historical figure.
Episode | April 16th, 2019 | 22 mins 23 secs
easter, holy week, lent
The Church has great riches to share with us during the celebration of the Triduum, says Archbishop Lucas. In this episode, he unpacks the Paschal Mystery for us and invites us to enter into these high holy days with heightened expectations.
Episode | April 4th, 2019 | 13 mins 31 secs
During the month of April, communities across the country are encouraged to increase awareness and provide education and support to families through resources and strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect. In this episode, Archbishop Lucas discusses the Archdiocese's widespread efforts to foster safe environments. "I want our entire community of faith to know and understand how we strive to lead the way in protecting children."
Episode | March 28th, 2019 | 10 mins 38 secs
Archbishop Lucas shares what he's heard and seen in his visits to the flood-damaged communities of our archdiocese.
Episode | March 16th, 2019 | 20 mins 20 secs
Archbishop George J. Lucas explores the Gospel readings from Luke for the first two Sundays of Lent to help us immerse ourselves into this liturgical season.
Episode | February 28th, 2019 | 21 mins 45 secs
communion, media, technology
We are flooded with communications. It's increasingly clear that the technology we rely on--social media, the smartphones we carry everywhere--can help us to build up real human communion and can just as readily thwart it.
Episode | February 13th, 2019 | 24 mins 30 secs
abortion, education, politics
As Catholics, we not only have the right to bring the light of the Gospel into the public square, but an obligation to do so. The Nebraska Catholic Conference represents the Church in matters of public policy pertaining to four key areas of concern: human life and dignity, education, marriage and family life, and social and human development.
Episode | January 19th, 2019 | 19 mins 38 secs
In several parts of archdiocese - both metro and rural - populations have shifted or are declining. We also know that the number of active priests will continue to decrease over the coming years. It is easy to fall into a defensive posture: "How will we protect what we have? How are we going to keep our parish open?”
But that isn't the attitude of the Gospel, which is always missionary.
Episode | January 4th, 2019 | 18 mins 58 secs
archomaha unite, epiphany
Happy new year! In this first episode of 2019, Archbishop Lucas talks about the importance of the Feast of the Epiphany (Jan. 6) and what it tells us about our mission as Christians.
Episode | December 21st, 2018 | 21 mins 3 secs
In the face of challenges - those facing the Church, those facing us personally - it's easy to feel that God is distant from us. What the Church proposes, however, is that the Lord is near and that He enters into our particular circumstances. This time of year, our primary task is to ask for Him to come near, and to be open to how He wants to make Himself known to us.
Episode | November 3rd, 2018 | 22 mins 13 secs
In October, Archbishop George J. Lucas conducted listening sessions on the sexual abuse scandals with parishioners across the Archdiocese of Omaha. In this week’s interview, communications manager David Hazen speaks with him about what he learned at those meetings and his commitment to even higher standards of ministerial and personal conduct on the part of bishops and priests.
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 | 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.