Monsignor Liam M. Barr
Monsignor Liam Barr was born and raised in Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland. He first attended seminary at St. Patrick’s College in Maynooth, Ireland. He left Ireland and attended the Pontifical Irish College in Rome where he earned a bachelor's degree in theology, as well as a bachelor's degree in philosophy. During this time, he celebrated 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 master's degree in theology.
In 1974, Msgr. Barr was ordained to the priesthood at St. George’s Cathedral in London, England. Over the past 44 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 social justice curriculum for seniors. He also serves as Director of the Office of Stewardship and Development for the Diocese. In 2007, he was honored with the title of Monsignor.
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. He has worked closely with Bishop Bruskewitz in establishing the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Lincoln, and then serving 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, 28 three-bedroom units were built. 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 continues to serve.
Fr. Stephen Greave
Fr. Stephen Greave was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to Bill and Jayne Greave. The family briefly moved to Dallas but finally settled in Lincoln as part of St. Peter’s parish. Fr. Greave holds the honor and privilege of being the first St. Peter's parishioner ordained to the priesthood. After grade school, he went to Pius X High School, graduating in 2007.
After high school Fr. Greave spent one year at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, and then decided to go to seminary. He then graduated from St. Gregory the Great Seminary in 2011, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in 2015, and was ordained a priest on May 23rd, 2015 along with seven other men from the Diocese of Lincoln. His ordination class was the largest ordination class since 1988.
He was first assigned to St. Michael’s in Hastings with Fr. Michael Houlihan and Fr. Jeremy Hazuka. While there he taught 8th and 10th grade religion at St. Cecilia’s Middle and High School. On December 28th, 2017 he was assigned as parochial assistant at St. Joseph’s Parish in Lincoln. In addition, he teaches 11th grade religion at Pius X High School.