.- Sixteen new members have been added to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' National Advisory Council. The 63-member council meets semi-annually to review documentation and offer recommendations concerning matters before the bishops.
New to the council are Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix and Bishop David Zubik of Green Bay. They join Bishop Joseph Pepe of Las Vegas and Bishop James Murray of Kalamazoo.
Deacon Everett Doxtator of DePere, WI, joins the council as well. A deacon category was added to the council members in 2003.
Nine laypeople from across the country were named as representatives, among the USCCBâs 14 regions, for a four-year term. Three other lay people were named as members at large.