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

    Episode  |  January 4th, 2019  |  18 mins 58 secs
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    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
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    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
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    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.

  • Episode 16: The Church's birthday

    Episode  |  May 17th, 2018  |  16 mins
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    "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 15: "The only tragedy in life is not to become a saint."

    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 14: What difference does the Resurrection make?

    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 13: The newness of JPII Newman

    Episode  |  April 9th, 2018  |  19 mins 56 secs

    The first-ever RCIA class at the new JPII Newman Center saw 5 college students enter the Church this Easter. Archbishop Lucas talks with Fr. Joe Taphorn about the beautiful community of students that's growing on the UNO campus.

  • Episode 12: Welcoming the newly-initiated

    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 11: Baptism as the focal point of Lent

    Episode  |  March 10th, 2018  |  11 mins 10 secs
  • Episode 10: The meaning of stewardship

    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