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.