Bringing Catholics Back

As the archdiocese goes through the pastoral planning process called Journey of Faith, I’m sure you’ve heard some of the statistics. One of the most striking is: Since 2003, Mass attendance in the archdiocese has declined by 42%.  This is more than a number; it’s souls.

Who comes to mind when you think about that reality? A friend? Neighbor? Siblings or children?

We all have someone who has left the Catholic faith, and I hazard to guess that this causes all of us some grief. We want to know why people walk away, and where they go. We want some way to talk to them and to, hopefully, bring them back.

Today’s conversation is about just that.


  • Return: How to Draw Your Child Back to the Church by Brandon Vogt
  • A heavy cross: Seeing loved ones leave the faith is difficult but can be overcome through prayer and formation by Susan Szalewski

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Jim Jansen – Director of Pastoral Services, Archdiocese of Omaha

TJ Simpson – Director of Evangelization, Midtown Catholic

One Response to “Bringing Catholics Back”

I enjoy podcasts you provide to the faithful. Letting go of false responsibility is what I needed to hear and not feeling ashamed our Catholic confirmed daughters have left the church. Freedom in proclaiming and loving while accepting the reality I’m not their Savior is a blessed reminder. Thank you for that in equipping me with questions to ask them to listen to their hearts.

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