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  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Know Your Rights

    The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in December 2015, replacing the No Child Left Behind Act (2002) and serving as the latest iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (1965), which makes federal aid available for the benefit of students in need, whether in public or private school.Following are some of the key changes contained in ESSA for private school students and teachers. For a more complete breakdown, click here. Please don’t hesitate to call us w...  Read More...

  • Bishops' Joint Statement on DACA Youth

    Para leer en español, haz click aqui.The Catholic Bishops of Nebraska support DACA youth. DACA youth have become contributors to our economy, veterans of our military, academic standouts in our universities,and leaders in our parishes. These young people entered the United States as children and know America and our local communities in Nebraska as their only home.Since 2012, nearly 800,000 young people nationally have passed background checks, paid a fee, and received permission to ...  Read More...

  • Nebraska Catholic Conference Welcomes Marion Miner As New Associate Director for Pro-life, Family

    Friday, 18 August 2017- LINCOLN, NE (SNR) - The Nebraska Catholic Conference (NCC) hired Marion Miner as the new associate director for pro-life and family, effective Aug. 7.Miner was selected by Tom Venzor, executive director of the NCC, and Nebraska’s three Catholic bishops—Archbishop George J. Lucas of the Archdiocese of Omaha, Bishop James D.   Read More...

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    The Supreme Court's Latest Decision on Religious Freedom

    As you’ve likely heard, this week the U.S. Supreme Court issued a major ruling in support of religious freedom. In the case of Trinity Lutheran v.   Read More...

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    Nebraska Catholic Conference Celebrates Advancement of Opportunity Scholarships Act

    May 23, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Tom Venzor, Executive Director of the Nebraska Catholic Conference, hosted a press conference to celebrate the historic advancement of the Opportunity Scholarships Act (LB295) from the Revenue Committee.Last week, as the 2017 Nebraska Legislature prepared to dismiss for the remainder of the year, the Revenue Committee voted 5 to 3 to advance the bill to "General File" for debate by the entire Legislature. For more information about the Committee'...  Read More...

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Prayer for the Nebraska Catholic Conference

Prayer for the Nebraska Catholic Conference

Eternal Father, You call us to engage the world so that Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, might be made visible in the words and actions of Your servants. Through the good work of the Nebraska Catholic Conference, may the light and grace of the Gospel shine upon the many difficult problems, questions, policies and issues that arise in our secular world, which so often does not recognize what is good and true and beautiful.  Grant to all of those who work in and with the Nebraska Catholic Conference, on behalf of our citizens who are often denied justice in our culture, the charity, courage and perseverance they need to do Your work in serenity, joy and peace.  We invoke the intercession of Blessed Mary and all of the Saints and the Holy Angels, who stand ready to carry out Your divine will. We ask all in the power of the Holy Spirit and through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord. Amen

St. John Fisher, pray for us.  St. Thomas More, pray for us.  

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  • A Different Kind of Advent: Legislative Session

    Friday, 08 December 2017 - The liturgical season of Advent invites us into the dramatic moment of salvation history: the Incarnation of the God-Man, Jesus Christ. During Advent, we consider how Israel anxiously awaited the Messiah and how we can better prepare for the Second Coming of Christ in Glory. At the Nebraska Catholic Conference, we are also preparing for another advent—the advent of the 2018 legislative session.The 2018 legislative session begins Jan.   Read More...

  • Jesus Christ, King of Our Politics?

    Friday, 01 December 2017 - “Oh, what happiness would be ours if all men, individuals, families, and nations, would but let themselves be governed by Christ!”These words were written by Pope Pius XI on December 11, 1925, in his encyclical Quas Primas, which instituted the solemn liturgical feast we recently celebrated: Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Though nearly a century old, the truth of these words; in fact the whole of Quas Primas resonates across time an...  Read More...

  • Eucharistic Thanksgiving & Politics

    Wednesday, 22 November 2017 - This time of year prompts an opportunity to consider the meaning of ‘thanksgiving’ and how it can fundamentally impact our life and our view of the world. In particular, thanksgiving and gratitude, stemming from an intimate relationship with the Eucharist, can impact our view of politics.In his monumental work, The Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius Loyola provides a “way of preparing and disposing the soul to rid itself of all inordinate...  Read More...

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