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 48: What is the Holy Spirit doing now?

    Episode  |  May 13th, 2020  |  17 mins 41 secs
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    Archbishop George J. Lucas and communications manager David Hazen recall last year's ArchOmaha Unite celebration, where thousands of Catholics from across the archdiocese came together to ask for a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The Archbishop discusses how we see the Spirit at work now in very different circumstances, and how the encouragement experienced at that event can be very useful as we face the difficulties of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Episode 47: Facing the pandemic with St. Joseph the Worker

    Episode  |  May 1st, 2020  |  25 mins 13 secs
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    We've seen unprecedented rises in the level of unemployment over recent weeks as many segments of the economy have ground to a halt. "It looks bad on a graph, but it's really a terrible experience for the people who are now out of work - those who may be furloughed, may be fired, without a clear sense of a path into the future for their own security and for their families," says Archbishop Lucas.

    The feast of Saint Joseph the Worker gives those of us who do have work the chance to appreciate it more fully, and should help us to notice and pray specifically for those who are suffering the loss of work at this time. Joseph is also a refuge and model for those who are facing the loss of gainful employment.

  • Episode 46: Easter: "God has not turned His back on us"

    Episode  |  April 14th, 2020  |  13 mins 7 secs

    Archbishop Lucas gave this homily during the Easter Vigil Mass at St. Cecilia Cathedral on April 11, 2020.

  • Back to basics: The 'how' and 'why' of Confession

    Episode  |  February 25th, 2020  |  19 mins 34 secs
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    It can be easy to see the sacrament of penance as a chore, a sort of spiritual spring cleaning. But as we head into Lent, Archbishop Lucas invites us to see this sacrament as a path to freedom, as something great Jesus wants to do for us.

  • Episode 44: From the 'threshold of the apostles' to the March for Life

    Episode  |  February 6th, 2020  |  15 mins 47 secs

    Archbishop Lucas talks about his recent meeting with Pope Francis in Rome, and his subsequent trip to the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.

  • Episode 43: "When did we see you a stranger and welcome you?"

    Episode  |  January 7th, 2020  |  19 mins 35 secs

    For National Migration Week 2020, Archbishop Lucas reflects on our Christian responsibility to face the needs of migrants and refugees. He acknowledges the complexity of the issues surrounding immigration and invites us to look at them in light of the Gospel first, and not simply according to common political categories. #NMW2020

  • Episode 42: Christmas: Quiet glory and a Kingdom for the poor

    Episode  |  December 16th, 2019  |  17 mins 32 secs
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    There are many distractions this time of year, but during Advent and Christmas, the Church repeatedly points us toward Jesus’ proclamation of the Kingdom. How can we receive this announcement anew this Christmas? How do we see the glory of the Lord here and now, especially in the faces of the poor?

  • Episode 41: The challenge of giving God everything

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