U.S. Bishops to Meet November 14-16 in Baltimore, Will Hear First Presidential Address of Archbishop Dolan

October 6, 2011 By Public Affairs Office

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will meet November 14-16 in Baltimore for their annual Fall General Assembly. The bishops will hear the first address of Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York as president of the USCCB.

The meeting agenda will also include:

  • Elections of USCCB secretary-elect, chairmen-elect of five committees, the chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace, and board members of Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
  • Discussion and approval of the “Resolution on Diocesan Financial Reporting”
  • Discussion and vote on changing the current Task Force on Health Care into a permanent Subcommittee on Health Care Issues under the Committee on Doctrine
  • Discussion on religious liberty
  • Discussions and approval to place the inscription of the “Optional Memorial of Blessed Marianne Cope” and the “Optional Memorial of Blessed John Paul II” on the Proper Calendar
  • Discussion and approval of Blessings of the Oils for Catechumens, the Sick, and for Consecrating the Chrism
  • A report by the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth and the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage
  • A report by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo on the work of Project Rachel, the post-abortion healing ministry
  • A report by Cardinal Donald Wuerl on Anglicanorum coetibus, the Vatican’s response to groups of Anglicans seeking full communion with the Catholic Church
  • A report by Bishop Kevin Farrell on the proposed publication of the Committee on National Collections guidelines entitled: One Church, One Mission Guidelines for Administering USCCB National Collections in Dioceses
  • Discussion and approval of the 2012 Conference Budget
  • An oral report on status of Deepen Faith, Nurture Hope, Celebrate Life, the USCCB’sPriority Plan
  • A presentation on the Evaluation of the Reorganization and the Process to Create a Priority Plan, 2008-2011
  • Discussion and consensus from the body of bishops on three priority initiatives for 2013-2015

Coverage of the meeting is open to credentialed media. Sessions open to the media will be Monday, November 14, and Tuesday, November 15. Media conferences will follow open sessions of the meeting. Reporters seeking to cover the meeting can download a credential application form at www.usccb.org/about/media-relations/upload/application-news-media-credentials.pdf and submit it by November 4 via email to media relations, fax to (202) 541-3173, or mail to:

November Meeting Credentials
Office of Media Relations
3211 4th St. NE
Washington, DC 20017-1194


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