The Shepherd's Voice

with Archbishop George J. Lucas

About the show

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."

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Episode 41: The challenge of giving God everything

    Episode  |  December 4th, 2019  |  24 mins 5 secs
    stewardship

    Archbishop Lucas reflects on gratitude and the Christian's vocation to stewardship: "The challenge of the Scriptures and of our Catholic faith is to begin with a stance of recognizing our dependence on God, of giving thanks and then making an offering to him without a lot of fanfare. We say to him in our own minds, and practically in our checkbooks, 'This significant portion of what I have received I am dedicating to you and to your purposes, and you will help me see how best to make use of it.'"

  • Episode 40: "Open Wide Our Hearts": healing from racism, working toward unity

    Episode  |  November 16th, 2019  |  28 mins 44 secs

    Archbishop George J. Lucas discusses the listening session he attended in Omaha on Nov. 2, in which local Catholics shared how they have experienced racism. The conversation took its themes from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ recent letter, "Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love - A Pastoral Letter Against Racism".

    Later in the episode, the archbishop reminds us that it's especially urgent to work toward the common good in what promises to be a polarizing and divisive election year.

  • Episode 39: "Lord, help our unbelief": How Lectio Divina helps us receive Jesus

    Episode  |  November 4th, 2019  |  26 mins 20 secs

    Many Catholics struggle to "get something" out of their experience of Mass, with huge numbers reporting (according to recent surveys) that they don't believe the Church's pivotal claims about the Eucharist. Archbishop Lucas offers an introduction to the practice of Lectio Divina, and discusses why and how praying with the Word helps us to receive the Word both spiritually and physically.

  • Episode 38: Standing up for human dignity

    Episode  |  October 21st, 2019  |  27 mins 46 secs
    abortion, common good, public policy, respect life

    In our second Respect Life Month podcast, Archbishop Lucas talks about how Catholics are called to bear public witness to the Church's teachings on the sanctity of human life.

  • Episode 37: Equipping Parishes for Pro-Life Witness

    Episode  |  October 11th, 2019  |  25 mins 37 secs
    equipping disciples, living mercy

    October is Respect Life Month! For the first of two podcasts on that theme, Archbishop Lucas talks with Whitney Bradley, coordinator of the Archdiocese of Omaha's Respect Life Apostolate.

  • Episode 36: Living mercy with St. Vincent de Paul

    Episode  |  September 16th, 2019  |  33 mins 58 secs
    living mercy

    The Society of St, Vincent de Paul is dedicated to living mercy by accompanying people in need. In this installment of The Shepherd's Voice, Omaha council president Diane Mead joins Archbishop Lucas to talk about the concrete ways in which the Society shares the love of Christ with thousands of people throughout our archdiocese.

  • Episode 35: A summer of graces: Archbishop Lucas marks 10th anniversary

    Episode  |  July 9th, 2019  |  25 mins 26 secs

    In this mid-summer episode, Archbishop Lucas talks about

    • the display of faith evident at the ArchOmaha Unite event
    • the US Bishops' June meeting in Baltimore
    • how he sees the local Church after 10 years in ministry here
    • advancing the vision and mission of our Archdiocese, and the key role the laity play in sharing the Gospel
  • Episode 34: Fostering a culture of vocations

    Episode  |  May 23rd, 2019  |  22 mins 48 secs

    Spring may be wedding and graduation season, but it’s also the season for ordinations to the diaconate and priesthood. In this episode, Archbishop Lucas takes this opportunity to tackle important questions about fostering a culture of vocations.

  • Episode 33: Mary, the First Disciple

    Episode  |  May 8th, 2019  |  15 mins 55 secs
    mary

    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 32: Entering into Holy Week

    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 31: Word of Honor: Our commitment to protecting God's children

    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 30: Nebraska Flood Relief & Recovery

    Episode  |  March 28th, 2019  |  10 mins 38 secs
    flood

    Archbishop Lucas shares what he's heard and seen in his visits to the flood-damaged communities of our archdiocese.

  • Episode 29: Lent and the Gospel of Luke

    Episode  |  March 16th, 2019  |  20 mins 20 secs
    lent, transfiguration

    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 28: Communications & Communion

    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 27: Nebraska Catholic Conference: Lobbying for the Common Good

    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 26: Planning for Mission, not Maintenance

    Episode  |  January 19th, 2019  |  19 mins 38 secs
    pastoral planning

    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.