I am deeply honored that the body of bishops has elected me to serve as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
As our Holy Father, Pope Francis, calls us to witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I look forward to serving my brother bishops as together we seek to serve our Lord. The Conference has a vital role in assisting each bishop in his ministry as well as in proclaiming the Church’s teaching and perspective on important issues of the day. I ask for the prayers of all Catholics as the Bishops’ Conference strives to be a voice for those who are poor and vulnerable, for religious liberty, for the common good, and most importantly, for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Cardinal Dolan has served as President with grace, courage, and humor. With deep gratitude, I thank him for his inspiring and dedicated leadership over these past three years. I have greatly enjoyed serving with him as Vice President.
I look forward to working with Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, the new Vice President, as well as Archbishop Peter Sartain and Bishop Kevin Farrell, who serve as secretary and treasurer respectively. I offer special thanks to Msgr. Jenkins and the staff of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Through the intercession of our Blessed Virgin Mary, whose wholehearted “yes” is the inspiration for all of our efforts, may we cooperate with God’s grace, sustain our Church, and encourage all people of good will.
Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.
Archbishop of Louisville
November 12, 2013
Archbishop Kurtz meets with local media in Louisville to discuss his election as President of the United States
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