Episode | December 16th, 2019 | 17 mins 32 secs
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 | December 4th, 2019 | 24 mins 5 secs
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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | September 16th, 2019 | 33 mins 58 secs
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 | 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 | 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 | May 8th, 2019 | 15 mins 55 secs
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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | March 16th, 2019 | 20 mins 20 secs
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 | 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 | 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.