General Assembly - November 2021

November  15th - 18th 

Preliminary Agenda

The meeting agenda is expected to include discussion and votes on a number of items including: the Eucharistic revival initiative and approval of a national Eucharistic Congress in 2024; an update of the “Socially Responsible Investment Guidelines”; a statement on the EucharistThe Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church; the proposal to add Saint Teresa of Calcutta on the Proper Calendar for the Dioceses of the United States as an optional memorial on September 5; the Resolution on Diocesan Financial Reporting; new English and Spanish versions of the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults; a translation of Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharistic Mystery Outside Mass; “National Statutes for the Catechumenate” in English and Spanish; and the USCCB’s 2022 budget.


During the assembly, the bishops will vote for a treasurer-elect for the Conference, as well as chairmen-elect of five Conference committees: Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations; Divine Worship; Domestic Justice and Human Development; Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth; and Migration. The bishops elected will serve for one year as treasurer-elect or chairman-elect before beginning a three-year term at the conclusion of the 2022 Fall General Assembly. There will also be votes for the election of board members for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and for the election of a new USCCB general secretary.


Also expected at the meeting will be a consultation of the bishops on causes of beatification and canonization for Servant of God Charlene Marie Richard and Servant of God Auguste Robert Pelafigue. Other items that will be presented and discussed include: the 2021-2023 Synod of Bishops; the work of Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA, and Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC); the 50th anniversary of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development; the Journeying Together intercultural dialogue and encounter process; the application and implementation of the Pastoral Framework for Marriage and Family Life Ministry in the United States; the “Walking with Moms in Need” initiative.

Speeches & Presentations

These will be posted at the conclusion of each plenary session.

Action Items

Action items will be posted at the conclusion of the plenary meeting

Chairman Positions

Each bishop elected will serve for one year as the treasurer-elect or as chairman-elect of the respective committee before beginning a three-year term at the conclusion of the bishops’ 2022 Fall General Assembly.

The following bishops were nominated:

USCCB TREASURER-ELECT, COMMITTEE ON BUDGET AND FINANCE

  • Bishop James F. Checchio
  • Archbishop Paul D. Etienne

CHAIRMAN-ELECT, COMMITTEE ON CLERGY, CONSECRATED LIFE, AND VOCATIONS

  • Bishop Earl A. Boyea
  • Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila

CHAIRMAN-ELECT, COMMITTEE ON DIVINE WORSHIP

  • Bishop Steven J. Lopes
  • Archbishop Mitchell T. Rozanski

CHAIRMAN-ELECT, COMMITTEE ON DOMESTIC JUSTICE AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

  • Archbishop Borys Gudziak
  • Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki

CHAIRMAN-ELECT, COMMITTEE ON LAITY, MARRIAGE, FAMILY LIFE, AND YOUTH

  • Bishop Robert Barron
  • Bishop Edward J. Burns

CHAIRMAN-ELECT, COMMITTEE ON MIGRATION

  • Bishop Mark J. Seitz
  • Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski