Roman Catholic Diocese of Lincoln

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Diocese of Lincoln
Dioecesis Lincolnensis
Coat of Arms of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lincoln.svg
Country United States
Territory The territory that lies south of the Platte River across Southern Nebraska
Ecclesiastical province Omaha
Area 23,844 sq mi (61,760 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
96,625 (16.4%)
Parishes 134
Denomination Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established August 2, 1887 (127 years ago)
Cathedral Cathedral of the Risen Christ
Patron saint Immaculate Conception
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop James D. Conley
Emeritus Bishops Fabian Bruskewitz
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Cathedral of the Risen Christ

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Lincoln (Latin: Dioecesis Lincolnensis) is a Catholic diocese in Nebraska, United States, and comprises the majority of the eastern and central portions of the state south of the Platte River. It is a suffragan see to the Archdiocese of Omaha. The episcopal see is in Lincoln, Nebraska. Bishop James D. Conley is the current ordinary of the Diocese. Cathedral of the Risen Christ is the cathedral parish of the diocese.


The diocese was established on August 2, 1887, by Pope Leo XIII from the territory taken from the Diocese of Omaha.[1][2]

In 1996, bishop Fabian Bruskewitz issued a statement forbidding Catholics in the diocese to join a number of organizations, including the Society of St. Pius X, Call to Action, Planned Parenthood, Catholics for a Free Choice, the Hemlock Society, and various Masonic groups, under pain of excommunication.[3]

In June 2014, the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' National Review Board for the protection of children reported that the Lincoln diocese was the only one in the United States that had yet to comply with the USCCB's charter requiring every diocese to submit its procedures for the protection of children to the Review Board for an audit.[4]

Demographics and statistics[5][edit]

  • Total population: 588,641
  • Catholic population: 96,625
  • Diocese patron: Immaculate Conception
  • Priests: 150
  • Deacons: 3 permanent; 8 transitional
  • Parishes: 134
  • Seminarians: 49
  • Religious priests: 10
  • Religious sisters: 141


The past bishops of the diocese and their years of service:[6]

  1. Thomas Bonacum (1887–1911)
  2. John Henry Tihen (1911–1917)
  3. Charles Joseph O'Reilly (1918–1923)
  4. Francis Beckman (1924–1930)
  5. Louis Benedict Kucera (1930–1957)
  6. James Vincent Casey (1957–1967)
  7. Glennon Patrick Flavin (1967–1992)
  8. Fabian Bruskewitz (1992–2012)
  9. James D. Conley (2012–present)

On September 14, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI appointed James D. Conley as Bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska, succeeding Fabian Bruskewitz. Conley's installation occurred November 20, 2012.[7]

Diocesan priests who have become bishops[edit]

High schools[edit]

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Coordinates: 40°48′35″N 96°40′31″W / 40.80972°N 96.67528°W / 40.80972; -96.67528