Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha

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Archdiocese of Omaha
Archidioecesis Omahensis
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha.svg
CountryUnited States
Territory23 counties in eastern Nebraska
Ecclesiastical provinceOmaha
Area14,051 sq mi (36,390 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
238,800 (25.7%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedJanuary 6, 1857 (161 years ago)
CathedralSt. Cecilia Cathedral
Patron saintSaint Cecilia
Current leadership
ArchbishopGeorge Joseph Lucas
Emeritus BishopsElden Francis Curtiss
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The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha (Latin: Archidioecesis Omahensis) is a particular church of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church in the midwestern region of the United States. Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss served as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese until Archbishop George Joseph Lucas, formerly the head of the Springfield, Illinois diocese, was installed on July 22, 2009. The Archdiocese serves more than 230,000 Catholics in 23 northeast Nebraska counties in approximately 140 parishes and missions[1].


On January 6, 1857 Pope Pius IX established the Vicariate Apostolic of Nebraska from the Vicariate Apostolic of Indian Territory East of the Rocky Mountains. The Rev. James Myles O'Gorman, O.C.S.O. from New Melleray Monastery near Dubuque, Iowa was named the Apostolic Vicar on January 28, 1859.[2] It lost territory when the Vicariate Apostolic of Montana was created in 1883. The vicariate was elevated to a diocese and renamed the Diocese of Omaha by Pope Leo XIII on October 2, 1885 with the Reverend James O'Connor appointed as its first bishop. At the time, the diocese included all of Nebraska and Wyoming. It lost territory on August 2, 1887 when the dioceses of Cheyenne and Lincoln were established. The diocese lost territory two more times to the Diocese of Kearney; in 1912 when it was created and again in 1916. It was elevated to an archdiocese by Pope Pius XII on August 10, 1945.[3][4]


St. Cecilia Cathedral

Ordinaries and their years of service:

Bishops of Omaha[edit]

  1. James O'Connor (1876-1890)
  2. Richard Scannell (1891-1916)
  3. Jeremiah James Harty (1916-1927)
  4. Joseph Francis Rummel (1928-1935), appointed Archbishop of New Orleans

Archbishops of Omaha[edit]

  1. James Hugh Ryan (1935-1947)
  2. Gerald Thomas Bergan (1947-1969)
  3. Daniel E. Sheehan (1969-1993)
  4. Elden Francis Curtiss (1993-2009)
  5. George Joseph Lucas (2009-present)


Omaha parishes of the Archdiocese of Omaha[5]
Assumption Parish (1894) 5434 S 22nd St. Czech
Blessed Sacrament Parish (1919) 3020 Curtis Ave.
Christ the King Parish (1953) 654 S 86th St.
Holy Cross Parish (1922) 4803 William St.
Holy Family Parish (1876) 1715 Izard St.
Holy Ghost Parish (1918) 5219 S 53rd St.
Holy Name Parish (1917) 2901 Fontenelle Blvd.
Immaculate Conception Parish (1897) 2708 S 24th St. Polish Heritage & Tridentine (Latin) Masses
Mary Our Queen Parish (1963) 3535 S 119th St.
Mother of Perpetual Help Parish (1975) 5215 Seward St. Church of the Deaf
Our Lady of Fatima Parish 709 S 28th St.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish (1927) 2310 O St. Spanish
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish (1917) 2110 S 32nd Ave.
Sacred Heart Parish - Omaha (1890) 2218 Binney St.
St. Adalbert Parish (1916) 2617 S 31st St. Czech/Korean
St. Agnes Parish (1889) 2215 Q St. Irish/Spanish
St. Anthony Parish (1907) 5401 S 33rd St. Lithuanian
St. Benedict of Moor Parish (1919) 2423 Grant St. African American
St. Bernard Parish (1905) 3601 N 65th St.
St. Bernadette Church 7600 So. 42 Street, Bellevue, NE 68147
St. Bridget Parish (1887) 4112 S 26th St. Irish
St. Cecilia Cathedral (1888) 715 N 40th St.
St. Charles Borromeo (2005) 7790 South 192nd St. Gretna
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish (1981) 5419 N 114th St.
St. Frances Cabrini Parish (1868) 1334 S 9th St.
St. Francis Assisi Parish 4521 S 32nd St. Polish/Spanish
St. Gerald Parish (1962) 9602 Q St Lakeview Chapel - 7859 Lakeview St, Ralston
St. James Parish (1963) 9025 Larimore Ave.
St. Joan of Arc Parish (1955) 3122 S 74th St.
St. John Parish (1897) 2500 California St. Creighton University
St. John Vianney Parish (1974) 5801 Oak Hills Dr.
St. Joseph Parish (1887) 1723 S 17th St.
St. Leo the Great Parish (1978) 1920 N 102nd St.
St. Margaret Mary Parish (1919) 6116 Dodge St.
St. Mary Parish (1902) 3529 Q St.
St. Mary Parish 2302 Crawford Street Bellevue, NE 68005
St. Mary Magdalene Parish (1868) 109 S 19th St.
St. Matthew Parish 12210 So. 36 Street Bellevue, NE 68123
St. Bernadette Church 7600 So. 42 St. Bellevue, NE 68147
St. Patrick Parish, Elkhorn (1868) 204th & Maple St.
St. Patrick Parish, Omaha (1883) 1404 Castelar St.
St. Peter Parish 709 S 28th St.
St. Philip Neri Parish (1904) 8200 N 30th St.
St. Pius X Parish (1954) 6905 Blondo St.
St. Richard Parish (1963) 4320 Fort St.
St. Robert Bellarmine Parish (1966) 11802 Pacific St.
St. Rose of Lima Parish (1919) 4102 S 13th St.
St. Stanislaus Parish (1919) 4002 J St. Polish
St. Stephen the Martyr Parish (1989) 16701 S St.
St. Therese of the Child Jesus Parish (1918) 2423 Grant St.
St. Thomas More Parish (1958) 4804 Grover St.
St. Vincent de Paul Parish (1991) 14330 Eagle Run Dr.
St. Wenceslaus Parish (1877) 15353 Pacific St. Czech
Sts. Peter and Paul Parish (1917) 5912 S 36th St. Lithuanian, Croatian, Slovenian, and Hungarian [6]

Omaha Catholic schools[edit]

The Omaha Catholic Schools is a school district in and around Omaha which is part of the Archdiocese of Omaha. All schools are accredited or approved by the state of Nebraska. The school district is composed of 54 elementary schools, one private 4th-8th grade school, four corporation high schools, three K-12th grade schools, one special needs K-12th grade school, and ten private high schools. Over 20,000 students attend Omaha Catholic Schools each year.

Catholic secondary schools in the Omaha area
School name Type City Address Date of founding
All Saints Catholic School K-8 Omaha 1335 S. 10th St.
Archbishop Bergan High School 6-12 Fremont 1950
Cedar Catholic High School Rural Hartington
Central Catholic High School Rural West Point
Creighton Preparatory School All boys Omaha 7400 Western Ave. 1878
Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School Private Bellevue 1968
Duchesne Academy All girls Omaha 3601 Burt St. 1881
Holy Family High School K-12 Lindsay
Marian High School All girls Omaha 7400 Military Ave. 1955
Mercy High School All girls Omaha
Mount Michael Benedictine Abbey and High School All boys Omaha 1953
Norfolk Catholic High School Rural Norfolk 1926
Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School Rural Elgin 1967
Roncalli Catholic High School Private Omaha 6401 Sorensen Parkway 1974
St. Francis High School K-12 Humphrey
St. Mary's High School K-12 O'Neill 1900
St. Peter Claver Cristo Rey Catholic High School Corporation Omaha 2007
Scotus Central Catholic High School Rural Columbus 1889
V. J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School Private Omaha 3131 S. 156th Street 1993

Suffragan sees[edit]

Ecclesiastical Province of Omaha

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Infographic". Archdiocese of Omaha. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Prelate History". Archdiocese of Omaha. Archived from the original on 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2014-02-06.
  3. ^ "Archdiocese of Omaha". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2013-06-04.[self-published source]
  4. ^ "Metropolitan Archdiocese of Omaha". Retrieved 2013-06-04.
  5. ^ Official Catholic Directory Anno Domini 2006. National Register Publishing, 2006
  6. ^

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Coordinates: 41°15′35″N 96°00′30″W / 41.25972°N 96.00833°W / 41.25972; -96.00833