He is the vice chancellor of the board of the Catholic Extension Society and an advisor to the Catholic Social Workers National Association, the Archdiocese of Louisville website says. He is on the board of directors of the National Catholic Bioethics Center and on the advisory board to the cause for the canonization of Servant of God Archbishop Fulton Sheen.
Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore served on the U.S. bishops' Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse in 2002, at the height of the sexual abuse scandals, and played a key role in drafting the bishops' Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
He was named Bishop of Bridgeport, in March 2001 after serving as auxiliary bishop of Washington from 1995-2001. While there, he successfully led a religious liberty fight against a radical state legislative proposal that would have remade the legal structure of the Catholic Church. He now heads the bishops' ad hoc Committee for Religious Liberty.
Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr has headed the Cincinnati archdiocese since 2009, and was Bishop of Duluth from 2001-2008.
He served as a priest in the Diocese of Sioux City before working at the apostolic nunciature in Washington, D.C. from 1985-1989. He served as national executive director for World Youth Day 1993, held in Denver, Colo.
Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit was an auxiliary bishop of Detroit from 1996-2003 before becoming Bishop of Oakland in 2003. He served in the Vatican Secretariat of State in the early 1990s and also served as an adjunct instructor at the Gregorian.
He is a member of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Doctrine and its Subcommittee on the Catechism.
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami has chaired the Catholic Legal Immigration Network. He was ordained an auxiliary bishop of Miami in 1997 and later served as Bishop of Orlando before returning to head the Miami archdiocese.
He has ministered to Haitians and Cubans living in the U.S. and speaks both Haitian Creole and Spanish. As director of Miami's Catholic Charities affiliate, he helped lead a major relief operation for victims of a 1996 hurricane in Cuba and then led similar efforts elsewhere in the Caribbean and Latin America.
The U.S. bishops' conference's current president is Cardinal Timothy Dolan, whose three-year term is coming to a close.
In the 2010 leadership election, the U.S. bishops chose then-Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York over Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, the conference vice-president. The move was unprecedented, as the bishops have customarily chosen the previous conference vice-president to serve as president.
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