Bishop Nelson Perez was among the bishops who attended this week’s United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ fall meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. Sessions were conducted Nov. 11-13.
Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles was elected as the new USCCB president. He served as vice president of the conference for the past three years and is the first Latino chosen to lead the group. Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron was elected vice president. Both began their terms at the conclusion of the general assembly and will serve for three years.
Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for Military Services, USA, was elected conference secretary. A Cleveland native, he replaces Archbishop Vigneron who vacated the secretary position when he was elected vice president.
Bishop Perez addressed the conference twice, once as chairman of the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church -- the largest USCCB committee -- and once to report on V Encuentro. He was part of a USCCB delegation that travelled in September to Rome to present the V Encuentro report to Pope Francis.
As the V Encuentro process concludes in 2020, bishops are invited:
- To have diocesan Encuentros to receive the proceedings and celebrate achievements of the V Encuentro in their dioceses
- To identify priorities and pastoral responses in their respective dioceses
- To document and collect initiatives developed as a result of the V Encuentro process
- To continue the missionary work inspired by Evangelii Gaudium and through the use of resources such as Creating a Culture of Encounter. New initiatives are in progress or being developed, including emerging family ministries; best practices in Hispanic ministry for dioceses and parishes; a V Encuentro leaders campaign; the V Encuentro Youth and Young Adult Leadership Initiative and a new pastoral statement and comprehensive vision for Hispanic Latino ministry in response to the V Encuentro process.
Other items approved by the bishops at the fall meeting included:
- A short letter and five short video scripts to supplement Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the bishops’ teaching document for the faithful on the political responsibility of Catholics.
- The 2020 proposed budget, presented by the Committee on Budget and Finance.
- The full body of bishops also approved the Revised Strategic Priorities for the 2021-24 USCCB Strategic Plan.
- By a voice vote of the majority of members present and voting, the bishops also approved to support the request of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon asking the Holy Father to name St. Irenaeus a doctor of the Church.
- The bishops also elected the following members to the Catholic Relief Services Board of Directors: Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport; Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, MSpS of Seattle; and Bishop Anthony Taylor of Little Rock.
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