U.S. Catholic bishops to elect new president at November general assembly

Washington— At their fall general assembly in Baltimore Nov. 14-17, the U.S. bishops will elect the next president and vice president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from a list of 10 candidates nominated by their fellow bishops.

They will also vote on elected chairs for six USCCB standing committees.

The President and Vice-President are elected for a three-year term, which begins at the end of that year’s General Assembly. At that time, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles and Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit will complete their terms as president and vice president, respectively.

The presidential and vice-presidential candidates are, in alphabetical order:

  • Bishop Timothy Broglio of the American Archdiocese for military services.
  • Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, Virginia.
  • Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport, Connecticut.
  • Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City.
  • Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco.
  • Archbishop Paul Etienne of Seattle.
  • Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas.
  • Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller of San Antonio.
  • Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore.
  • Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana.

According to the USCCB bylaws, the president is elected first by a simple majority vote of the members present and voting. The vice-president is then elected from among the nine remaining candidates.

In either election, if a candidate does not obtain more than half of the votes cast in the first ballot, a second vote is taken. If a third ballot is necessary, this ballot is a second ballot between the two bishops who received the most votes in the second ballot.

During the meeting, the bishops will also vote for the elected chairs of the six USCCB standing committees on: canonical affairs and church governance; Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs; evangelization and catechesis; International justice and peace; protection of children and young people; and religious freedom.

The six bishops will each serve for one year as elected chair of their respective committee before beginning a three-year term as president at the end of the 2023 Fall General Assembly of Bishops.

The nominees are, in alphabetical order:

  • Canonical Affairs and Church Governance Committee: Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, and Bishop Alfred A. Schlert of Allentown, Pennsylvania.
  • Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Committee: Bishop Joseph Bambera of Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Auxiliary Bishop Peter L. Smith of Portland, Oregon.
  • Committee on Evangelism and Catechesis: Archbishop Charles Thompson of Indianapolis and Bishop William D. Byrne of Springfield, Massachusetts.
  • International Justice and Peace Commission: Bishop Nelson Pérez of Philadelphia and Bishop Abdallah Elias Zaidan of the Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon.
  • Child and Youth Welfare Committee: Bishop Barry Knestout of Richmond, Virginia, and Auxiliary Bishop Elias R. Lorenzo of Newark, New Jersey.
  • Committee for Religious Freedom: Bishop Cordileone and Bishop Rhoades.

Since elections for the President and Vice President of the USCCB also take place at the General Meeting, if one of the nominees for Committee Chair is elected to one of these senior positions, the USCCB’s Priorities and Plans Committee will meet to nominate a new nominee. for this committee.

Last November, the bishops elected the elected chairs of five standing commissions. At the end of this year’s fall meeting, they will assume the chair of their respective committees on:

  • Clergy, consecrated life and vocations: Bishop Earl Boyea of ​​Lansing, Michigan.
  • Divine worship: Bishop Steven Lopes, who leads the personal ordinariate of the pulpit of Saint Peter, based in Houston.
  • Domestic Justice and Human Development: Archbishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia.
  • Lay people, marriage, family life and youth: then Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles, who now leads the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota.
  • Migration: Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso.

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