Baltimore, Md., Nov 12, 2013 / 07:25 am
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has elected Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville as its next president, giving national prominence to a prelate with significant experience in Catholic social services.
Archbishop Kurtz, 67, has served as the conference vice president since 2010. He was elected conference president at the conference's fall assembly in Baltimore the morning of Nov. 12. He will serve a three-year term.
The bishops' conference president plays a significant role in coordinating and leading charitable and social work and education, while providing a public face for the Catholic Church in the U.S.
Archbishop Kurtz served as Bishop of Knoxville from 1999-2007. He was a priest of the Diocese of Allentown, Pa. for 27 years, with a special focus in social services, diocesan administration, and parish ministry. He served as the director of the diocese's Catholic Charities affiliate from 1988 to 1998 and was an executive director of the diocese's Catholic Social Agency and Family Life Bureau.