Jim Jansen, a leader in the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, speaks during the organization’s annual Student Leadership Summit at the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona Jan. 2, 2020. JESUS VALENCIA OF THE CATHOLIC SUN/CNS PHOTO

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Jim Jansen named new director of Pastoral Services

Goal is to help parishes live out archdiocese mission

“One church: encountering Jesus, equipping disciples, and living mercy.”

That’s the vision for the Archdiocese of Omaha, and it’ll be Jim Jansen’s job to help bring it to fruition.

Jansen, the archdiocese’s new director of Pastoral Services, said his work will be to assist Archbishop George J. Lucas and the archdiocese “dream and plan” around that vision and its priorities. 

Jansen begins his new role July 1. He’s been director of Evangelization and Catechesis for the archdiocese since 2017.

Plans are in the works, Jansen said, to provide parishes and schools with “unprecedented levels of support” for furthering the archdiocese’s pastoral vision.

“Our goal at the chancery is to be able to offer a unity of support in a way that’s never been done before,” Jansen said.

Jansen was born and raised in Omaha and graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, with a degree in political science. He earned a master’s degree in pastoral theology from Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Florida.

Jansen worked for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) for almost 20 years before joining the archdiocese.

Jansen and his wife, Kim, members of St. Bernadette Parish in Bellevue, have six children, ages 2 to 17.

“Exciting projects are in the works,” he said, and he’ll be “committed to reaching out and listening to parishes” and helping them to be fruitful.