Fr. Michael McCabe
Father McCabe came to St. Joseph from being Pastor of St. Mary Church in Nebraska City where he served for 20 years. His duties included serving as Superintendent of Nebraska City Lourdes Central Catholic K-12, Chaplain at St. Mary's Community Hospital and the endowment committees for Lourdes and Falls City Sacred Heart. Prior to Nebraska City, Father McCabe spent five years as Pastor of St. Mary in Dawson and St. Anne in Shubert. Berfore that, he was Assistant Pastor at St. Mary in Nebraska City and at St. Teresa Church in Lincoln.
He has been a member of the Bishop's Finance Committee since 2004 and was a board member for the Crossing the Threshold Endowment from 2004-2008. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Creighton University in 1982, and his Masters in Business Administration from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His continued his education as Mount St. Mary Seminary, where he earned a Master of Divinity. He was ordained on May 27, 1989.
Father McCabe is honored to serve God's people at St. Joseph Parish. Some of his outside interests are musicals, trains, investments and a good round of golf.
Fr. Robert Johnson
Fr. Johnson’s home parish is the Church of the Annunciation in Kearney, Mo., but he said he considers St. Thomas Aquinas Church, the UNL Newman Center, to be his home parish in Lincoln.
Fr. Johnson is the son of Jimmy and Theresa Johnson and has an older brother and sister.
He credits his time at the Newman Center and Phi Kappa Theta Catholic Fraternity at UNL with helping him be open to listening to the call to the seminary, and first heard the call to the seminary during his senior year but took a job in Texas working as an engineer.
“After I moved down there,” he said, “I found out that my pastor was the vocations director for the Diocese of Victoria in Texas, and then I knew that I was going to end up in the seminary. I finally accepted the call on Good Friday in 2014 and the rest, as they say, is history.”
Fr. Johnson is grateful to his parents and family, Father Robert Matya, Father Holdren, Father Dan Morales, his pastor in Texas, and his brother Phi Kaps for his discerning the call to his vocation.
Fr. Johnson said, “I am excited to be able to celebrate Mass for and with the people, but I am most excited for that moment when, please God, I get to Heaven and the Lord shows me the people whom He was able to reach through my vocation as His priest.”
In addition to serving as assistant pastor at St. Joseph Church, Fr. Johnson has been appointed as an advocate on the Diocesan Tribunal and will teach at Pius X High School.