WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will be voting for the Chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty, as well as for Chairman-elect of five standing committees during the 2019 General Assembly taking place November 11-13 in Baltimore, MD.
The five committee chairmen will serve for one year as chairmen-elect before beginning a three-year term at the conclusion of the bishops' 2020 Fall General Assembly. The bishop elected for chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty fills the vacancy created earlier this year after the chairman stepped down for health reasons. At the conclusion of the bishops’ 2019 Fall General Assembly, the bishop elected to the Committee for Religious Liberty will assume the post of chairman. The bishops elected for the remaining five committees will serve for one year as chairmen-elect before beginning a three-year term.
As elections for president and vice president of the Conference are also taking place at this meeting, should any of the candidates for committee chairmanship be elected to fill to a higher office, the bishops’ Committee on Priorities and Plans will convene to nominate a new candidate for that committee.
Nominees for the Chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty, as well as the Chairman-elect of the Committees on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance, Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Evangelization and Catechesis, International Justice and Peace, and Protection of Children and Young People are as follows:
1. COMMITTEE FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
Bishop George V. Murry, SJ of Youngstown
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami
2. COMMITTEE ON CANONICAL AFFAIRS AND CHURCH GOVERNANCE
Bishop Mark L. Bartchak of Altoona-Johnstown
Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki of Milwaukee
3. COMMITTEE ON ECUMENICAL AND INTERRELIGIOUS AFFAIRS
Bishop Steven J. Lopes of The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter
Bishop David P. Talley of Memphis
4. COMMITTEE ON EVANGELIZATION AND CATECHESIS
Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Bishop Thomas A. Daly of Spokane
5. COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE AND PEACE
Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford
Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento
6. COMMITTEE ON PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr. of Kansas City-St. Joseph
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight of Jefferson City
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