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Committee on International Justice & Peace

The committee assists the bishops, both collectively and individually, in advancing the social mission of the Church on international justice and peace through policy development, advocacy, education, outreach, and acts of ecclesial solidarity. The committee advises the bishops on international public policy issues, especially integral human development, human rights, religious freedom, and peace.

This mandate includes the following areas of responsibility: International policy, advocacy, justice and peace concerns, solidarity with the Church in other countries, outreach to dioceses on international issues, and international dimensions of Catholic social teaching education.

Committee Members

Most Reverend Oscar Cantú
Chairman, Bishop of Las Cruces

Most Reverend Frank J. Dewane
Bishop of Venice

Most Reverend Robert W. McElroy
Bishop of San Diego

Most Reverend William F. Murphy
Bishop of Rockville Centre

Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J.
Bishop of Youngstown

Most Reverend Michael F. Olson
Bishop of Fort Worth

Most Reverend Richard E. Pates
Chairman, Bishop of Des Moines

Most Reverend Jaime Soto
Bishop of Sacramento

Most Reverend Abdallah Elias Zaidan, M.L.M.
Bishop of the Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon

Bishop Consultant

Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio
Archbishop of Military Services

Most Reverend Gregory J. Mansour
Bishop of St. Maron of Brooklyn
President, Board of Catholic Relief Services

Most Reverend Eusebio L. Elizondo, M.S.p.S.
Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle
Chairman, Committee on Migration

His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick
Archbishop Emeritus of Washington
Chairman, Subcommittee on the Church in Africa

Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski
Archbishop of Miami

Lay Consultants

Dr. Charles Clark
Professor and Senior Fellow, Department of Economics and Finance, St. John's University

Dr. Thomas F. Farr
Director of the Religious Freedom Project, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University

Ambassador Mary Ann Glendon
Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, Harvard University

Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love
Professor, Department of Politics, The Catholic University of America

Organizational Consultants

Reverend Msgr. John E. Kozar
President, Catholic Near East Welfare Association

Sr. Joan Marie Steadman, C.S.C.
Executive Director, Leadership Conference of Women Religious

Reverend John A. Pavlik, O.F.M. Cap.
Executive Director, Conference of Major Superiors of Men

Sr. Marie Bernadette Thompson, O.P.
Council Coordinator, Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious

Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo
President and C.E.O., Catholic Relief Services



Stephen Colecchi, Director, Office of International Justice and Peace

Christopher Ljungquist, International Policy Advisor

Virginia Farris
, International Policy Advisor

Stephen Hilbert, International Policy Advisor

Elizabeth Dietz, Staff Assistant


Committee Mandate and Goals

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