Wednesday, November 13, 2013


USCCB REPORT: Archbishop Joseph E Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, was elected president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) during the bishops' annual fall General Assembly on 12 November, in Baltimore. Archbishop Kurtz has served as vice president of USCCB since 2010. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston was elected USCCB vice president.

Archbishop Kurtz and Cardinal DiNardo are elected to three-year terms and succeed Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York and Archbishop Kurtz, respectively. The new president and vice president's terms begin at the conclusion of the General Assembly, 14 November.
Archbishop Kurtz was elected president on the first ballot with 125 votes. Cardinal DiNardo was elected vice president on the third ballot by 147-87 in a runoff vote against Archbishop Charles J Chaput, OFM Cap, of Philadelphia.
The president and vice president are elected by a simple majority from a slate of 10 nominees. If no president or vice president is chosen after the second round of voting, a third ballot is taken between only the top two vote getters on the second ballot.
Archbishop Kurtz was born on August 18, 1946, and ordained a priest of Allentown, Pennsylvania on March 18, 1972. He previously served as bishop of Knoxville, Tennessee from 1999-2007 before being appointed to Louisville. Cardinal DiNardo was born May 23, 1949, and ordained a priest of Pittsburgh on June 16, 1977. He previously served as bishop of Sioux City, Iowa, from 1998-2004 before being appointed to coadjutor bishop, then archbishop, of Galveston-Houston. Pope Benedict XVI named him a cardinal in 2007, making him the first cardinal from Texas.
The bishops also elected Archbishop George J Lucus of Omaha chairman of the Committee of Catholic Education in a 141-93 vote over George V Murry, SJ, of Youngstown, Ohio. Archbishop Lucas, who has served as interim chair of the committee since the May 2013 death of Bishop Joseph P McFadden, will begin his term at the conclusion of this week's bishops' meeting.
The bishops chose chairmen-elect of five other USCCB committees. The chairmen-elect will begin their three-year terms in one year, at the conclusion of the bishops' fall 2014 General Assembly. These were:
Coadjutor Archbishop Bernard A Hebda of Newark, New Jersey, to the Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance in a 167-70 vote over Bishop Joseph N. Perry, auxiliary bishop of Chicago.
Bishop Mitchell T Rozanski, auxiliary bishop of Baltimore, to the Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs in a 130-105 vote over Bishop Arthur L. Kennedy, auxiliary bishop of Boston.
Archbishop-designate Leonard P Blair of Hartford, Connecticut, to the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis in a 135-98 vote over Bishop John O Barres of Allentown, Pennsylvania.
ishop Oscar CantĂș of Las Cruces, New Mexico, to the Committee on International Justice and Peace in a 126-110 vote over Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford, Illinois.
Bishop Edward J Burns of Juneau, Alaska, to the Committee on Child and Youth Protection in a 118-114 vote over Bishop Robert J Cunningham of Syracuse, New York.
On November 11, the following bishops were elected to the board of Catholic Relief Services (CRS): Bishop William P Callahan, OFM Conv., of La Crosse, Wisconsin, Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Florida, and Bishop Cirilo B Flores of San Diego.
Also on November 11, the following bishops were elected to the board of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC): Bishop Richard Garcia of Monterey, California, and Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami.
In November 2012, Cardinal DiNardo was elected to chair the Committee on Divine Worship for a term beginning this week. Since his election as USCCB vice president prevents him from assuming leadership of the committee, the bishops elected Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli of Paterson, New Jersey to chair the committee in place of Cardinal DiNardo, beginning November 14. Bishop Serratelli was chosen in a 114-112 vote over Archbishop Allen H Vigneron of Detroit. Bishop Serratelli previously chaired the committee from 2007-2010.
Source: USCCB

Conference Officers

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky 


Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston
Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond of New Orleans
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., of Philadelphia
Bishop Blase J. Cupich of Spokane, Washington
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston
Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky
Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore
Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr of Cincinnati
Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami

Committee and Board Election Results

Chair, Committee on Catholic Education

Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha - 141
Bishop George V. Murray, S.J., of Youngstown - 93

Chair, Committee on Divine Worship

Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli of Paterson - 114
Archhbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit - 112

Chair-Elect, Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs

Auxiliary Bishop Arthur L. Kennedy of Boston - 105Auxiliary Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski of Baltimore - 130 

Chair-Elect, Evangelization and Catechesis

Bishop John O. Barres of Allentown - 98
Bishop Leonard P. Blair of Toledo - 135

Chair-Elect, International Justice and Peace

Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces - 126
Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford - 110

Chair-Elect, Child and Youth Protection

Bishop Edward J. Burns of Juneau - 118
Bishop Robert J. Cunningham of Syracuse - 114

Chair-Elect, Canonical Affairs and Church Governance

Coadjutor Bishop Bernard Hebda of Newark - 167
Auxiliary Bishop Joseph N. Perry of Chicago - 70

Catholic Relief Services Board

Three bishops with highest vote totals are elected
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, of Oakland, CA - 95
Bishop William P. Callahan, OFM., Conv. of LaCrosse, WI , - 13
Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, FL - 142
Bishop Cirilo B. Flores of San Diego, CA, 123

Bishop Joseph W. Tobin, CSsr, of Indianapolis, IN 121

Catholic Legal Immigration Network Board:

The following bishops were elected:
Bishop Richard Garcia of Monterey
Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami

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