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 16: The Church's birthday

    Episode  |  May 17th, 2018  |  16 mins
    catholic, jesus, pentecost, pope francis

    "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

  • Episode 9: The young aren't the Church's future--they're the present

    Episode  |  January 24th, 2018  |  10 mins 22 secs

    There's a lot talk about studies showing a rapid rise in the number of religiously non-affiliated young people -- the "nones" for short. But Archbishop Lucas recently attended two events which clearly demonstrate the zeal and faithfulness of large numbers of teenagers and young adults.

  • Episode 8: "...I was a stranger and you welcomed Me."

    Episode  |  January 7th, 2018  |  21 mins 12 secs
    catholic, immigration, justice, mercy

    January 7-13, 2018 is the USCCB's National Migration Week. In this first episode of the new year, Archbishop Lucas and Fr. Scott Hastings discuss what it means for Catholics to welcome, understand, and accompany the immigrants and refugees living in our communities.

  • Episode 7: This Advent, "Watch!"

    Episode  |  December 1st, 2017  |  9 mins 20 secs
    advent, catholic, christmas, faith

    Preparing for Christmas often feels more like a project than anything else. The challenge to our faith during this season is to think about what God has done and is doing. We remember that we’re saved because of God’s project, God’s work, God’s action in our lives, and not by our own efforts.

  • Episode 6: The Pilgrim's Journey

    Episode  |  November 27th, 2017  |  17 mins 50 secs
    catholic, faith, pilgrimage

    Santiago de Compostela.

    Archbishop Lucas offers reflections on his recent pilgrimage to several holy places in Europe, and how such a journey illuminates the earthly journey each of us must make.

  • Episode 5: Equipping Disciples

    Episode  |  November 15th, 2017  |  26 mins 3 secs
  • Episode 4: What is evangelization?

    Episode  |  October 25th, 2017  |  25 mins 27 secs
    evangelization, jesus, mission

    Evangelization. Though we hear the word a lot, we often don’t have a clear grasp of its meaning.

    In this episode, Archbishop Lucas is joined by Jim Jansen, director of the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, to talk about the challenges we face in announcing the Good News.

  • Episode 3: What does it mean to encounter Jesus?

    Episode  |  October 4th, 2017  |  23 mins 49 secs
    evangelization, jesus, mission, vocation

    "The Father didn't send us a book of rules... but a Person." In this episode, Archbishop Lucas unpacks 'encountering Jesus' as the foundation of the life of the Church.

  • Episode 2: Sharing the journey with migrants and refugees

    Episode  |  September 13th, 2017  |  17 mins 21 secs
    immigration, omaha, pope francis, refugees

    Not since WWII have so many people been displaced from their homelands. Archbishop Lucas responds to Pope Francis' invitation for bishops and all of the faithful to draw close to those in our communities who have arrived as strangers seeking the same things we all seek.

  • Episode 1: Charlottesville, Racism, and the Church's Response

    Episode  |  August 31st, 2017  |  34 mins 36 secs
    christ, justice, prayer, racism

    So often it seems we’re looking across a divide; the devil is at work tempting us to think that the divide is good. Whether the divide is racial or political, we’re tempted to think that that person is bad and not worthy of our respect. Racism is a sin that damages the human family.