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

      Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Chairman
      Archbishop of New York

      Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley
      Archbishop of Oklahoma City

      Most Reverend William E. Lori
      Archbishop of Baltimore

      Most Reverend David A. Konderla
      Bishop of Tulsa

      Most Reverend David J. Malloy
      Bishop of Rockford

      Most Reverend Andrew H. Cozzens
      Bishop of Crookston

      Most Reverend Daniel E. Flores
      Bishop of Brownsville

      Most Reverend Mario E. Dorsonville
      Auxiliary Bishop of Washington

      Most Reverend Robert P. Reed
      Auxiliary Bishop of Boston

      Consultants

      Most Reverend Thomas Wenski
      Archbishop of Miami

      Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
      Archbishop of Milwaukee

      Most Reverend Thomas Daly
      Bishop of Spokane

      Most Reverend David P. Talley
      Bishop of Memphis

      Most Reverend Robert Barron
      Bishop of Winona-Rochester

      Most Reverend Arturo Cepeda
      Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit

      Jason Adkins, Esq.
      Executive Director, Minnesota Catholic Conference

      Montse Alvarado
      Executive Director, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

      Carl A. Anderson
      Past Supreme Knight, Knights of Columbus

      Kevin Baine, Esq.
      Senior Counsel, Williams & Connolly LLP

      Kim Daniels
      Member, Vatican Dicastery for Communication

      Ambassador Mary Ann Glendon
      Learned Hand Professor of Law, Emeritus, Harvard University

      Patrick Kelly
      Supreme Knight, Knights of Columbus

      Rev. Dominic Legge, O.P.
      Director, Thomistic Institute

      L. Martin Nussbaum, Esq.
      Partner, Nussbaum Speir Gleason

      Gloria Purvis
      Host, The Gloria Purvis Podcast

      Jason Shanks
      President, Our Sunday Visitor Institute

      Elise Ureneck
      Founder and Principal, Credendi Communications

      Staff

      Anthony Picarello, Esq.
      General Counsel & Associate General Secretary

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

      Dan Balserak
      Religious Liberty Director & Assistant General Counsel

      Lauren McCormack
      Executive Director, Office of Government Relations

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

      Kyle Burkhart
      Executive Assistant, Office of the General Counsel