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Conference hires assoc. director for pro-life, family

LINCOLN (NCC/SNR) – The Nebraska Catholic Conference (NCC) announced the hiring of Jeff Kanger as the new associate director for pro-life and family Dec. 5.

Kanger was selected by Tom Venzor, executive director of the NCC, and Nebraska’s three Catholic bishops—Archbishop George J. Lucas of the Archdiocese of Omaha, Bishop James D. Conley of the Diocese of Lincoln, and Bishop James G. Hanefeldt of the Diocese of Grand Island.

“We are very excited to have Jeff join us at the NCC,” Venzor said. “Jeff brings a variety of experiences and talents that will certainly advance the pro-life and family mission of our Lord Jesus Christ and our bishops who serve Him in Nebraska. Most of all, Jeff possesses a deep Catholic faith and has a strong desire to advocate for a culture that defends life and protects the family.”

Kanger most recently served as executive vice president of First State Bank Nebraska in Lincoln. He also has experience in political campaigns and government relations. Kanger is a graduate of Creighton Prep High School in Omaha. He received his undergraduate degree in political science from Northwest Missouri State University and his law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law.

“I am grateful to the bishops and Tom for the opportunity to advance the teachings and public policy interests of the Church by advocating for a culture of life and strong families,” Kanger said. “I also look forward to connecting the faithful with elected officials to tell the stories of our faith in action throughout Nebraska.”

Kanger is replacing Tom Venzor, who is now the executive director of the NCC, and Greg Schleppenbach, who also previously served as both executive director and director of pro-life activities for the NCC and is now the associate director for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities.

The Nebraska Catholic Conference (NCC) is the statewide association operated jointly by the Archdiocese of Omaha, Diocese of Grand Island, and Diocese of Lincoln.  Located in Lincoln, the NCC represents the public policy interests of Nebraska’s three Roman Catholic bishops before the Nebraska legislature, the Nebraska delegation in Congress, and state agencies.  The public policy issues addressed by the NCC include institutional concerns of the Catholic Church as well as issues related to Catholic moral and social teaching, human dignity, and the common good.

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