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 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

    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.

  • Episode 25: Looking forward in hope: the new year, Epiphany, and more

    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 24: Christmas: Jesus Wades into the Human Mess

    Episode  |  December 21st, 2018  |  21 mins 3 secs
    advent, hope

    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 23: The shepherd is listening

    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 22: A preview of ArchOmaha Unite

    Episode  |  October 20th, 2018  |  15 mins 3 secs

    Archbishop Lucas is joined by Fr. Jeff Lorig to talk about the archdiocese's upcoming ArchOmaha Unite event.

  • Back to basics: The vocation of a bishop

    Episode  |  October 4th, 2018  |  22 mins 20 secs
    bishops, ecclesiology

    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 20: Asking Jesus to heal us

    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 19: Facing the ugliness in the Church

    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 18: 60 Years a Priest: A conversation with Archbishop Elden F. Curtiss

    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 17: Homily for Priestly Ordinations

    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.