Who We Are


    The 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 Religious Freedom Week (June 22 - 29)
    • Provide materials for the Solemnity of Christ the King
    • Circulate fact sheets and other information on critical issues
    • Publish First Freedom newsletter
    • Provide dioceses with religious liberty liturgical resources
    • Coordinate/advise on public policy efforts concerning these issues

      Committee Members

      Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades, Chairman
      Bishop of Ft. Wayne-South Bend


      Richard Coll
      Executive Director, Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development

      Dan Balserak
      Religious Liberty Director & Assistant General Counsel

      Aaron M. Weldon, Ph.D.
      Religious Liberty Program Specialist

      Kyle Burkhart
      Executive Assistant, Office of the General Counsel