Bishop James Conley


Lincoln bishop returns from medical leave of absence

Bishop James Conley of Lincoln resumed leadership of that diocese Nov. 13 following an 11-month medical leave of absence to seek treatment for depression, anxiety, chronic insomnia and debilitating tinnitus, a constant ringing in the ears.

Omaha Archbishop George J. Lucas served as apostolic administrator of the Lincoln diocese during Bishop Conley’s absence.

In a Nov. 12 news release, Bishop Conley said he received “wonderful care from my spiritual director, mental health professionals, and medical doctors, along with the loving support and prayers of my family, my brother bishops, priests, religious and lay faithful.”

In a letter accompanying the news release, Archbishop Lucas thanked the Catholic faithful of the Lincoln diocese for their support.

“While my efforts in the diocese have necessarily been somewhat limited during the past 11 months, your kindness to me has been bountiful,” the letter read. “The support of your prayers has meant a great deal to me. It has been a privilege to serve as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese, and I am grateful to God and to all of you.”

Archbishop Lucas also said he is glad for Bishop Conley’s return, and looked forward, along with Bishop Joseph Hanefeldt of Grand Island, to “once again working with Bishop Conley on matters that affect the common good here in Nebraska.”

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