The Shepherd's Voice

The Shepherd's Voice
with Archbishop George J. Lucas
32: Entering into Holy Week
Apr 16 • 22 min
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 holy days with heightened expectations. Highlights: 0:00 -…
31: Word of Honor: Our commitment to protecting God’s children
Apr 4 • 13 min
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…
30: Nebraska Flood Relief & Recovery
Mar 28 • 10 min
Archbishop Lucas shares what he's heard and seen in his visits to the flood-damaged communities of our archdiocese. Please click here to donate to our flood relief efforts.
29: Lent and the Gospel of Luke
Mar 16 • 20 min
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. Highlights: How Jesus faces down the devil, and what that has to do with our own temptations…
28: Communications & Communion
Feb 28 • 21 min
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. How can we begin to critically…
27: Nebraska Catholic Conference: Lobbying for the Common Good
Feb 13 • 24 min
"Because Jesus has sent us into the world to bring the light of the Gospel and to let it shine everywhere, the three bishops of Nebraska feel a responsibility to not only participate in the internal affairs of the church, but also to share the truth with…
26: Planning for Mission, not Maintenance
Jan 19 • 19 min
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…
25: Looking forward in hope: the new year, Epiphany, and more
Jan 4 • 18 min
Happy new year, and happy Feast of the Epiphany! "The coming of the Magi reminds us that there might be an opportunity to share Jesus with people who seem to us unlikely to be looking for him. It is God who creates an opening in the minds and hearts of…
24: Christmas: Jesus Wades into the Human Mess
Dec 21, 2018 • 21 min
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…
23: The shepherd is listening
Nov 3, 2018 • 22 min
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…
22: A preview of ArchOmaha Unite
Oct 20, 2018 • 15 min
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
Oct 4, 2018 • 22 min
On Oct. 17 the church celebrates the feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch (35 – 108 A.D.). In one of his letters, he wrote, “See that you all follow the bishop just as Jesus Christ does the Father,” and “Let no man do anything connected with the Church…
20: Asking Jesus to heal us
Sep 22, 2018 • 19 min
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? Archbishop Lucas says, "This is precisely the time when we should be looking for Jesus and…
19: Facing the ugliness in the Church
Aug 29, 2018 • 33 min
Archbishop Lucas addresses the twin evils of clerical sex abuse and the abuse of power in our Church. Highlights: Acknowledging the problems, resolving to address accountability of bishops (0:00 - 5:00) "I think it's fair to say the institutional Church…
18: 60 Years a Priest: A conversation with Archbishop Elden F. Curtiss
Jul 9, 2018 • 29 min
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…
17: Homily for Priestly Ordinations
Jun 9, 2018 • 8 min
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.
16: The Church’s birthday
May 17, 2018 • 16 min
"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…
15: “The only tragedy in life is not to become a saint.”
May 4, 2018 • 17 min
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…
14: What difference does the Resurrection make?
Apr 24, 2018 • 16 min
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?
13: The newness of JPII Newman
Apr 9, 2018 • 19 min
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.Special Guest: Fr. Joe…
12: Welcoming the newly-initiated
Mar 23, 2018 • 17 min
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.
11: Baptism as the focal point of Lent
Mar 10, 2018 • 11 min
10: The meaning of stewardship
Feb 15, 2018 • 11 min
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;…
9: The young aren’t the Church’s future—they’re the present
Jan 24, 2018 • 10 min
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…
8: “…I was a stranger and you welcomed Me.”
Jan 7, 2018 • 21 min
January 7-13, 2018 is the USCCB's National Migration Week (#NMW2018). 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…
7: This Advent, “Watch!”
Dec 1, 2017 • 9 min
In the Gospel reading for the First Sunday of Advent this year, Jesus tells us, "Watch!" This is difficult for most of us for whom—if we're honest—preparation for Christmas often feels more like a project than anything else. While getting ready to…
6: The Pilgrim’s Journey
Nov 27, 2017 • 17 min
Lourdes. Fatima. Santiago de Compostela. Eternity. 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.
5: Equipping Disciples
Nov 15, 2017 • 26 min
Jesus tells us to go and "make disciples" of all nations, and thus our archdiocesan vision emphasizes the need for equipping them for their mission. In this episode, Archbishop Lucas tackles the question, "What makes somebody a disciple?"
4: What is evangelization?
Oct 25, 2017 • 25 min
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…
3: What does it mean to encounter Jesus?
Oct 4, 2017 • 23 min
"The Father didn't send us a book of rules… but a Person." In this episode, Archbishop Lucas unpacks 'encountering Jesus' as the heart of our archdiocesan vision and the mission of the universal Church. Highlights: Jesus is a real person, not our…
2: Sharing the journey with migrants and refugees
Sep 13, 2017 • 17 min
Archbishop Lucas responds to Pope Francis' invitation for bishops and all of the Catholic faithful to take part in "Share the Journey," an effort to raise awareness and improve the lives of refugees and migrants. Highlights: The global campaign kicks off…
1: Charlottesville, Racism, and the Church’s Response
Aug 31, 2017 • 34 min
Most Rev. George J. Lucas, Archbishop of Omaha, discusses the Christian response to racism, hate speech, and similar forms of division in light of recent events in Charlottesville and elsewhere. "The Gospel has a response that is not simply reaction, but…