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United States Catholic Bishops Elect New Officers

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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) elected Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York as their new president and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, vice president at their annual Fall General Assembly.

Archbishop Dolan, who succeeds Cardinal Francis George of Chicago as president of the USCCB, was elected 128-111 on the third ballot in a run-off with Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Arizona. Archbishop Kurtz was elected 147-91 on the third vice presidential ballot in a run-off with Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap., of Denver. Archbishop Dolan and Archbishop Kurtz begin their three-year terms as president and vice president at the conclusion of this week’s meeting.

The Bishops elected Bishop Michael Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, to serve as USCCB treasurer-elect of the USCCB in a 123-114 vote over Bishop Paul Bradley of Kalamazoo.

The Bishops also voted for the chairmen-elect of six committees, who will begin their three-year chairmanships in November 2011. The Bishops elected:

  • Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for Military Services to chair the Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance.
  • Bishop Joseph McFadden of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to chair the Committee on Catholic Education.
  • Bishop Denis J. Madden, auxiliary bishop of Baltimore, to chair the Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.
  • Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wisconsin, to chair the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis.
  • Bishop Daniel Conlon of Steubenville, Ohio, to chair the Committee on Child and Youth Protection.
  • Archbishop Edwin O’Brien of Baltimore to chair the Committee on International Justice and Peace.

The Bishops also elected Msgr. Ronny Jenkins, a canon lawyer and priest of the Diocese of Austin, Texas, as USCCB General Secretary. Msgr. Jenkins will succeed the current general secretary of the conference, Msgr. David Malloy, who has served since 2006. Msgr. Malloy is a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. His term as General Secretary ends at the end of June 2011.