St. Joseph Catholic Church

Monsignor Liam M. Barr

Monsignor Liam Barr was born and raised in Ballina, County Mayo Ireland. He first attended the seminary at St. Patrick’s College in Maynooth, Ireland. He left Ireland and attended the Pontifical Irish College in Rome where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Theology, as well as a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy. During this time, he continued his love of theatre by acting and directing several plays at the Pontifical Irish College. Msgr. thereafter moved to the United States and continued his education at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, where he earned his Masters Degree in Theology.

In 1974, Msgr. Barr was ordained to the priesthood at St. George’s Cathedral in London, England. In 2007, he was honored with the title of Monsignor. Over the past 36 years, Msgr. has served in many capacities. He was the superintendent of the Lourdes Catholic Schools in Nebraska City from 1977 through 1981. He then served as the Superintendent of Pius X High School in Lincoln for 13 years. While acting as Superintendent of Pius X, Msgr. also taught each year and developed a curriculum for seniors in social justice. He also serves as Director of the Office of Stewardship and Development for the Diocese.

Monsignor Barr has been involved in leading Capital Campaign and Endowment Drives within the Diocese, which over a period of thirty years has raised in excess of 40 million dollars. He has also worked closely with Bishop Bruskewitz in establishing the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Lincoln, and then served as its first Executive Director. He also served as the Executive Director of the Progress For People, LLC, a corporation established for the purpose of building low income housing for families with children, called Paul VI Heights. In total, twenty eight three bedroom units were built and subsequently dedicated on November 30, 1997. He also served as Director of Development at the Ava Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, Michigan, from 2000 through 2003.

Monsignor Barr has served as Pastor of a number of different parishes throughout the Diocese of Lincoln during his priesthood. He was appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Church in 2003, where he presently serves.