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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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    Pro-Life Title X Effort Fails in Dramatic Vote

    May 4th, 2017 – In a dramatic turn of events at the State Capitol in Lincoln yesterday, the Legislature repealed pro-life language from a budget proposal that would have shifted taxpayer dollars away from abortion clinics and toward comprehensive healthcare centers. In the hours leading up to the second round of debate, Senator John Stinner of Gering, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, filed an amendment to strike the budget language requiring Title X family-planning funds to b...  Read More...

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    U.S. Supreme Court Finally Hears Historic Religious Freedom Case

    On Wednesday, April 19th, the United States Supreme Court heard a long-awaited oral argument about whether Missouri’s “Blaine Amendment” – i.e., a state law that prohibits public funds from being distributed to private, religious schools – violates the U.S. Constitution.The case is titled Trinity Lutheran v. Comer, and its outcome could have dramatic effects for religious freedom across the country – including right here in Nebraska.Blaine Amendments exist in ...  Read More...

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    NSAA Representatives Decisively Reject Proposal Targeting Private Schools

    The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) Representative Assembly decisively rejected a proposal on April 7, 2017 that would have unjustly punished success and effectively discriminated against students attending private religious schools. It needed 31 favorable votes to pass. The Representative Assembly mustered only 18 votes in favor of the policy, as opposed to 33 votes against.The Nebraska Catholic Conference (NCC) has opposed the policy from the beginning, when it was first introduc...  Read More...

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    “Choose Life” Bill Passes

    UPDATE: On April 3rd, 2017, after three filibusters carried out by Senator Ernie Chambers at each successive round, the Nebraska Legislature finally passed LB 46 authorizing drivers to purchase “Choose Life” license plates for an additional $5 fee.Click here to see how your senator voted on the bill.Click here to see how your senator voted on the “A” bill appropriating a small amount of start-up funds to create the initial batch of plates.The Governor will sign the bill a...  Read More...

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The Catholic Dioceses of Nebraska

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    Archdiocese of Omaha

    The 230,000 Catholics in the Archdiocese of Omaha live at once in the ancient tradition of Roman Catholicism and the young, unique heritage of Northeastern Nebraska The diocese is lead by Archbishop George J. Lucas and is rooted in diverse ethnic and cultural heritages extending from farms and ranches to towns and city centers.    Read More...

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    Diocese of Lincoln

    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Lincoln comprises the majority of the eastern and central portions of the state south of the Platte River with a Catholic population of nearly 97,000. Bishop James D. Conley currently serves the Dioceses 9th Bishop.   Read More...

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    Diocese of Grand Island

    The Diocese of Grand Island operates under the direction of Bishop Joseph G. Hanefeldt in his role as shepherd and teacher. Consisting of over 42,000 square miles in central and western Nebraska the Church is a true cross section of age, race and economic background, yet we are truly one in the faith and family of Christ.   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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  • Lessons learned during Legislative session

    Friday, 09 June 2017 - The state legislature adjourned their session on May 23. The legislature will not reconvene until early January. As with all things, lessons were learned along the way.   Read More...

  • Historic moment in Legislature for school choice

    Friday, 26 May 2017 - The Nebraska Legislature’s Revenue Committee voted May 18 to advance the Opportunity Scholarship Act (LB295) to General File on a 5-3 vote (see below for information to send a thank you to Senators who supported LB295). The bill is now eligible for debate by the entire Legislature for the 2018 legislative session. The advancement to General File marks a historic moment for school choice legislation in Nebraska.   Read More...

  • Law passed to combat human trafficking

    Friday, 19 May 2017 - In Nebraska, at least 900 individuals are sold for sex multiple times each month. Just last fall, 41 Nebraskans were arrested during a human trafficking sting. Many of us, busy with work, school, soccer games, church activities, are unaware of this horrifying reality happening in our backyard.   Read More...

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