Archbishop Requests

Archbishop Lucas enjoys attending events, presiding at sacramental ceremonies and meeting with the people in the archdiocesan parishes. To request the Archbishop’s presence at your confirmation, liturgy, or event, please select from the following:

Electronic Request Form  Print Request Form

Please note it is preferable for these requests to be submitted twice per year: in January for events in August through December, and in July for events in January through June.

VATICAN REQUESTS

Papal Audience and Mass Requests

PAPAL CALENDAR - June through December 2020 

Due to the global challenge of the coronavirus, public gatherings will not be possible in St. Peter's Square or Basilica at least through the end of June. However, Pope Francis desires to continue his General Wednesday Papal audiences and the Sunday Regina Caeli and Angelus prayer and greetings, which the faithful may prayerfully view and follow in live streaming on the Vatican News website - https://www.vaticannews.va/en.html.  At the conclusion of His events and liturgies, whenever the Holy Father imparts his Apostolic blessing, the faithful watching and participating are still able to receive the Holy Father's Apostolic blessing through the means of the media.  This blessing, of course, extends to themselves, their loved ones who are sick, and any religious objects they desire to have blessed.

In addition, as in previous years, the Holy Father will not have any Papal audiences during the month of July.  At this time, we expect that Papal audiences will resume during the month of August.  If Papal audiences are held as public events, no tickets will be necessary for pilgrims to attend the August Papal audiences.  At this time, the Vatican is accepting requests for any of the Papal events or liturgies in August or later.


Held on Wednesdays when Pope Francis is in Rome, attending a Papal Audience and Mass gives you the chance to see the Pope and receive his special blessing. If you plan to visit Rome and would like to request tickets for a Papal Audience, The Office of the Archbishop will make the request for you. Please submit a request either by email or in writing to the Office of the Archbishop and include:

  • Your name
  • Contact information
  • The date of your request
  • The name of your parish

Please send all Papal Audience requests via email to lmthomsen@archomaha.org or by mail to:

Office of the Archbishop
2222 N. 111th Street
Omaha, NE 68164

Papal Blessing Parchment Requests

A Papal Blessing is the Pope’s official blessing on parchment – a certificate with hand painted calligraphy, a papal seal and signature. These requests are meaningful to commemorate milestone anniversaries, reception of the sacraments and other important events for baptized Catholics. The circumstances for which a Papal Blessing can be obtained is listed on the website of the Office of Papal Charities, who takes care of these requests.

To request a Papal Blessing, please visit https://www.elemosineria.va/papal-blessing-parchments/. Instructions for obtaining a Papal Blessings are detailed there. You will be asked to make a donation to the Office of Papal Charities to cover their costs, with any remaining proceeds applied entirely to works of charity undertaken by their office daily in the name of the Pope in service of the poor.

The Office of the Archbishop is happy to assist you with your request. Please contact lmthomsen@archomaha.org for assistance.