Washington D.C., Nov 6, 2013 / 02:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ten bishops are nominees to become the next president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops at the group’s general assembly to be held in Baltimore Nov. 11-14.
The nominees come from a wide variety of backgrounds. The 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 Gregory M. Aymond is the first New Orleans native to head the city’s archdiocese, where he had served as an auxiliary bishop from 1997-2000. He is former Bishop of Austin, and has been archbishop of New Orleans since 2009.
The archbishop recently made news for asking Catholic schools in his archdiocese to stop holding Sunday events in order to reduce temptations to neglect faith and family life.
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., has headed the Philadelphia archdiocese since 2011, where he has been working to help the Church recover from a severe sex abuse scandal, financial deficits, and declining church attendance. Previously, he headed the Denver archdiocese since 1997. He was Bishop of Rapid City from 1988-1997.
He is known for his media engagement, his openness to discuss political issues and other cultural topics, and his efforts to engage Catholics in public life. The Kansas native made his solemn profession with the Capuchin Franciscans in 1968. He served on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom from 2003-2006.
Bishop Blase J. Cupich of Spokane formerly headed the Diocese of Rapid City from 1998-2010. He served as a priest in Omaha, and was rector of the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio from 1989-1996.
Bishop Cupich received a doctorate of sacred theology in sacramental theology from the Catholic University of America.
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston is a member of the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People. He was Bishop of Sioux City from 1998-2004.
He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 1977; before becoming a bishop he served in the Congregation for Bishops and was an adjunct professor at the Pontifical North American College. He holds degrees in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Patristic Institute Augustianum. He previously headed the bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities.
Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles is the leading Hispanic Catholic bishop in the U.S. (Read More)