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Who We Are


The Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops seeks to strengthen and sustain religious freedom by assisting the U.S. bishops, individually and collectively, to teach about religious freedom to the faithful and the broader public, and to promote and defend religious freedom in law and policy.

To this end we:

  • Collaborate with other USCCB committees on religious liberty issues
  • Develop educational materials
  • Sponsor the annual Fortnight for Freedom (June 21 to July 4)
  • Provide materials for the Solemnity of Christ the King
  • Circulate fact sheets and other information on critical issues
  • Publish Free to Serve newsletter
  • Provide dioceses with religious liberty liturgical resources
  • Coordinate/advise on public policy efforts concerning these issues

The current Committee is chaired by Archbishop William Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore.


The Committee


Most Reverend William E Lori, Chairman
Archbishop of Baltimore

Most Reverend William Leonard P. Blair
Archbishop of Hartford

Most Reverend Frank J. Dewane
Bishop of Venice

Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda
Coadjutor Archbishop of Newark

His Eminence, Cardinal Timothy Dolan
Archbishop of New York

Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron
Archbishop of Detroit

Most Reverend Christopher J. Coyne
Bishop of Burlington

Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Philadelphia


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

Most Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone
Archbishop of San Francisco

Most Reverend Oscar Cantú
Bishop of Las Cruces

Most Reverend Mitchell Thomas Rozanski
Bishop of Springfield in Massachusetts

Most Reverend Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS
Archbishop of San Antonio

Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez
Bishop of Austin

Carl Anderson
Supreme Knight, Knights of Columbus

Patrick Kelly
Knights of Columbus

Kevin Baine, Esq.
Williams & Connolly LLP

L. Martin Nussbaum, Esq.
Lewis Roca Rothgerber

Mary Ann Glendon, J.D., LL.M.
Harvard Law School

Robert Gilligan
Illinois State Catholic Conference

Kim Daniels
Former Spokesperson for the President of the USCCB

Colleen Carroll Campbell
Author, Journalist, and Former Presidential Speechwriter

Steve Kearney
Kearney O'Doherty Public Affairs, LLC


Anthony Picarello, General Counsel and Associate General Secretary
Jayd Henricks, Executive Director, Government Relations
Hillary Byrnes, Assistant General Counsel
Aaron Matthew Weldon, Religious Liberty Program Specialist
Tyler Lomnitzer, Executive Assistant, Office of the General Counsel

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