Covering the United
of Catholic Bishops
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is a membership body composed
of all the active Catholic bishops in the United States. Through it the bish-
ops support and collaborate with one another in carrying out the church’s
mission, with a special emphasis on evangelization, or spreading the Gospel.
While the bishops themselves are scattered across the country in their own
dioceses, the national headquarters of the USCCB is at 3211 Fourth Street NE,
Washington, DC 20017-1194.
Here is a brief overview of the staffing structure at USCCB headquar-
ters. The main work of each department or secretariat will follow later, in the
descriptions of the responsibilities of the committees they serve.
OFFICE OF THE GENERAL SECRETARY
general secretary of the USCCB
is Msgr. Ronny Jenkins. His office over-
sees the staff of about 250 priests, men and women religious, and laymen
and laywomen who assist the bishops in their work. He is assisted by three
associate general secretaries, an assistant general secretary for planning, and
associate general secretary for pastoral life
is Msgr. J. Brian
Bransfield. He handles canon law concerns and oversees eight conference
• Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations.
• Cultural Diversity in the Church.
• Divine Worship.