George Joseph Lucas

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George Joseph Lucas (born June 12, 1949) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the fifth and current Archbishop of Omaha, having previously served as Bishop of Springfield in Illinois from 1999 to 2009.

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George Lucas was born in St. Louis, Missouri, as the eldest of the four children of George and Mary (née Kelly) Lucas; he has one sister, Catherine, and two brothers, James and John. He attended St. Louis Preparatory Seminary South from 1963 to 1967, and then Cardinal Glennon College until 1971, whence he obtained his Bachelor's degree in Philosophy. Lucas studied theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary from 1971 to 1975, and was ordained to the priesthood by John Cardinal Carberry on May 24, 1975.

He then served as associate pastor of in Sunset Hills until 1980, and of St. Dismas Church in Florissant until 1981. Whilst part-time associate pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in St. Louis (1981-1984) and of Ascension Church in Normandy (1984-1986), Lucas furthered his studies at St. Louis University from 1982 to 1986, there earning his Master's degree in History. He was a professor (1981-1987) and vice-principal (1982-1987) at St. Louis......
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