A parish is a home shared by all—a welcoming place where we can gather and live our faith as Catholics by participating in Sunday Mass, celebrating the sacraments, volunteering our time and living a full parish life.
Together, our parishes form a large Catholic family that goes back generations in Nebraska. As early as 1838 when the Jesuit missionary Peter De Smet celebrated Mass in what is now Bellevue, to later in 1856 when Father Edmonds celebrated Mass at St. Mary in downtown Omaha—the first established Catholic Church in the Nebraska territory—our parishes all share a common history.
Since its beginning, our Catholic neighborhood has grown to include 140 parishes and missions throughout northeast Nebraska. We now provide religious education to 17,000 elementary and high school students. We share a bond with 248 religious sisters, 241 deacons and 204 devoted priests and brothers.
Today, the Archdiocese of Omaha is rooted in diverse ethnic and cultural heritages—extending from farms and ranches to towns and city centers, covering 23 northeast Nebraska counties over 14,051 square miles, reaching about 230,000 Catholics. Our parish doors remain open to all as our faith continues to flourish.