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Dr. John Pendergrass Appointed to USCCB National Advisory Council

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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has informed Dr. John A. Pendergrass, Ed D., of his appointment to the USCCB’s National Advisory Council (NAC). Dr. Pendergrass is the Director of the Child and Youth Protection Office in the Diocese of Raleigh.

The National Advisory Council meets twice a year to review and offer recommendations about matters before the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Members of the Council are free to present any concern of the Church to the Bishops. Following each meeting, recommendations put forth by the Council may be forwarded to the USCCB Administrative Board or to the appropriate USCCB Committee for review and/or action.

The Council includes Bishops, men and women religious, Diocesan priests, deacons and lay persons. The most numerous group (30 members) is comprised of lay men and women representing the fifteen geographical regions of the USCCB. Dr. Pendergrass will be one of the two members representing Region XIV, which consists of North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Georgia.

“I am honored to serve on the National Advisory Council,” Dr. Pendergrass said. “This is a unique opportunity to work collaboratively with a group representing all the ministries in the Church as we herald the grace that is ours through Jesus, our Savior.”

Dr. Pendergrass has worked in various ministries in the Diocese of Raleigh for more than 25 years. His previous positions include campus ministry, parish religious education, Catholic school teacher, and principal of St. Raphael Catholic School. In addition to his role as Director of the Child and Youth Protection Office, he is also Assistant Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Diocese.

“This appointment is a reflection of the rich background and experience of Dr. Pendergrass and a true honor for him and the Diocese of Raleigh,” Bishop Michael F. Burbidge said. “I am confident that Dr. Pendergrass will greatly assist the work of the NAC and offer sound advice and wisdom to the Bishops of the U.S. as we seek to respond effectively to the spiritual and pastoral care of God’s people.” 

The appointment of Dr. Pendergrass is effective January 2012 for a term of four years.