Ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., in 1977, Lori was appointed an auxiliary bishop of that diocese in 1995, and in 2001 Pope John Paul II appointed him bishop of Bridgeport, Connecticut. He was appointed archbishop of Baltimore in 2012.
He is also currently chancellor and chairman of the board of St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, chancellor of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, and past chairman of the board of trustees of The Catholic University of America.
Throughout his career, Lori has influenced national Church policy. He was instrumental in the crafting of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, better known as the Dallas Charter, in 2002. In 2005, he was elected supreme chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization. Lori was named apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, in September 2018 by Pope Francis following a series of allegations made against that diocese’s bishop, including sexual and financial misconduct.
The new vice president serves a three-year term. Already, several known, high-profile challenges await Lori. These include the first session of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome Oct. 4–29, 2023; a national eucharistic congress in Indianapolis in June 2024; the synod’s concluding session in October 2024; and the U.S. presidential election in November 2024.
Lori currently serves on four USCCB committees and consults on several others. He also served as chairman of the bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, overseeing a comprehensive statement of the U.S. bishops on religious liberty, from 2011 until 2017. He has strongly denounced racism, including in a major 2019 pastoral letter.
In his role with the bishops’ pro-life committee, Lori has spoken out repeatedly in favor of assistance for pregnant women and against President Joe Biden’s advancement of abortion. He has been a vocal proponent of the bishops’ 2020 initiative “Walking with Moms in Need” to help struggling pregnant women, mothers, and babies.