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]

Demographics and statistics[4][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 terms of service:[5]

  1. Thomas Bonacum (1887–1911)
  2. John Henry Tihen (1911–1917)
  3. Charles Joseph O'Reilly (1918–1923)
  4. Francis Beckman (1923–1930)
  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–Current)

On September 14, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI appointed James D. Conley as Bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska, succeeding Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz. Conley's installation occurred November 20, 2012.[6]

Diocesan priests who have become bishops[edit]

High schools[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Diocese of Lincoln". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  2. ^ "Diocese of Lincoln". Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  3. ^ Bruskewitz, Fabian. "Statement of Bishop Bruskewitz Excommunicating Certain Groups". Reproduced at 1996-03-19. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  4. ^
  5. ^ Diocese of Lincoln,
  6. ^ "Bishop Conley appointed to lead Diocese of Lincoln". Catholic News Agency. September 14, 2012. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 

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