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United States Bishops elect new president and vice president

Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio

Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio was elected as the new president and Archbishop William Edward Lori as vice president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) at the bishops’ General Assembly held in Baltimore, Maryland on November 15.

Archbishop Broglio of the United States Archdiocese for the Military Services was chosen from a slate of 10 candidates with 138 votes out of 237 votes cast on the third ballot.

He is currently serving as the USCCB secretary and succeeds the outgoing Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles after three years of terms as Conference president.

Archbishop Broglio was born in 1951 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and ordained a priest in 1977 for the Diocese of Cleveland.

He held a Bachelor of Arts in Classics at Boston College, a Bachelor of Sacred Theology, and a Doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University, in Rome.

From 1990 to 2001 he was chief of cabinet to Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano, and desk officer for Central America.

He was appointed as the fourth Archbishop of the military archdiocese, USA, in 2007 and he worked in the Vatican diplomatic corps serving in nunciatures in several countries.

In the USCCB, Archbishop Broglio was chairman of the Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace and their Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance.

He served on the Religious Freedom and International Justice and Peace committees and on the Defense of Marriage and Health Care subcommittees.

Archbishop William Edward Lori

Archbishop William Edward Lori of Baltimore succeeds the outgoing Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit who is the current vice president, after three years of term as Conference vice president.

Archbishop Lori is currently the chairman of the USCCB’s committee on Pro-Life Activities.  

Archbishop Lori was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1951, and ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Washington in 1977.

He held a Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s degree, and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology.

He is the former chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Doctrine and its Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. 

In 2002, Archbishop Lori was appointed to the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse.

Since 2005, he was the Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus to oversee the spiritual welfare of the Order’s 1.8 million members and their families.  

During the USCBB general assembly, the election of the new president and vice president, as well as the chairmen of several committees, discussion, and voting on several important items will occur. The assembly will continue until November 17.  - With inputs from Vatican News and USCCB


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