Communications Manager, Archdiocese of Omaha
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.
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 | 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.