Fr. Michael McCabe


Fr. Michael McCabe is the pastor at St. Mary, Nebraska City and the Superintendent of Nebraska City Lourdes Central Catholic K-12. He considers it a great honor to serve God’s people in parish and school life. He particularly loves working with the many gifted, faith-filled and generous people in our parish and school, and some of his outside interests are musicals, trains, investments and a good round of golf.

Since moving to Nebraska City in 1998, Fr. McCabe’s duties have also included serving as the hospital chaplain at St. Mary’s Community Hospital and as a member of both the hospital board and the hospital foundation. Additionally, he serves on the endowment committees for Lourdes Central Catholic Schools and Falls City Sacred Heart.

Fr. McCabe has been a member of the Bishop’s Finance Committee since 2004, and he was a board member for the Crossing the Threshold Endowment from 2004-2008.

Prior to becoming the Pastor at St. Mary in Nebraska City, Fr. McCabe spent five years as the Pastor of St. Mary in Dawson and St. Anne in Shubert and was a guidance counselor, religion teacher and coach at Falls City Sacred Heart. Before that, he served as an assistant pastor at St. Mary in Nebraska City and at St. Teresa’s in Lincoln.

Before he was ordained, Michael G. McCabe earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Creighton University in 1982, and his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. His school continued at Mt. St. Mary Seminary, where he earned his Master of Divinity. He was ordained on May 27, 1989.

Fr. Michael Ventre
Associate Pastor

Fr. Michael Ventre is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio where his parents still reside. He has four sisters and two brothers. He attended St. Dominic Elementary School, Delhi Jr. High and St. Maximilian Kolbe High School which is run by the Franciscan Friars of the Mary Immaculate. They are a wonderful group of men who taught him his faith and where he first began thinking about a vocation to the Priesthood. He was able to see Pope John Paul II in St. Louis in 1999 and in Rome for a senior trip in 2002.

He came to Nebraska for the first time in June 2002 and again in November, 2002. He took courses at Southeast Community College during the Spring of 2003 and entered St. Gregory the Great Seminary in August, 2003 and graduated in May, 2007 with B.A. in Philosophy. He took some time off from the seminary after graduation from 2007-2010. During that time he participated in Totus Tuus for the Archdiocese of Denver and the Diocese of Cheyenne in 2007 and 2008. He also worked for the Diocese of Cheyenne in their Education Office. From November 2008-2010 he worked at home and spent time with his family. He also continued his discernment until he decided to return in August, 2010 and entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he graduated in May, 2014 with a Masters in Divinity and Masters of Arts.

Fr. Ventre was ordained a deacon in May, 2013 and a priest on May 24, 2014.  His first assignment was associate pastor at St. Mary’s Church in Nebraska City beginning on June 15, 2014.

Fr. Ventre teaches Theology at Lourdes Central Catholic School to six grade and senior high students. He loves to play golf in his spare time and is an avid sports fan. He also enjoys traveling and has traveled to 41 states. He likes to visit the Catholic churches in the communities that he travels to for their beauty and architecture.

Franciscan Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother

The Franciscan Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother is a Religious Community of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, dedicated to obeying the Lord’s command to spread the Gospel message (Mt. 28:19-20).  Under the patronage of the Sorrowful Mother, the Sisters provide service to those in spiritual need through dedicated prayer, religious presence, education, attentive listening, sharing and caring.

Desiring the fullness of life Sister Ana Maria prayed for the perfect spouse. In love, God called and her prayers were answered beyond expectation.

Sister Kathleen desired a life of prayer and living with like-minded, faith-filled individuals. Bonded in community, she continues to be strengthened daily through the adoration and reception of Holy Eucharist, Liturgy of the Hours, community prayers, spiritual reading and meditation.

Sister Cynthia wished to experience the depth of Christ's joy and share it with others. Through her gifts she continues to spread the happiness of God’s love and excite in others the desire to know the source of true joy.

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Fr. Steven Thomlison, Fr. Steven Mills and Fr. Michael McCabe.
Fr. Mills celebrated his first Mass at St. Mary’s Church on Sunday, May 26. Fr. Mills was ordained May 25, 2013 at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ in Lincoln.