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USCCB Offices

 

Anti-Trafficking Program

The mission of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Anti-Trafficking Program is to educate on the scourge of human trafficking as an offense against fundamental dignity of the human person; to advocate for an end to modern day slavery; and to provide training and technical assistance on this issue.

Canonical Affairs and Church Governance

The committee assists the bishops, both individually and collectively, by providing direction for the Conference in the ongoing implementation of the 1983 Code of Canon Law and 1990 Code of Canons for the Eastern Churches and in the interpretation of particular law issued by the Conference. The committee also addresses issues from a canoni...

Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Through the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Catholics and friends of CCHD across the country help poor and low-income Americans to help themselves and their communities out of poverty. Since 1970, the Catholic Campaign has contributed over $280 million to more th...

Catholic Education

Provides guidance for the educational mission of the Church in the United States in all its institutional settings, including Catholic elementary and secondary schools, Catholic colleges and universities, and college campus ministry. The committee advocates for federal public policies in education that are consistent with Catholic values ....

Catholic News Service

Catholic News Service is the USCCB's news and information service providing news stories, features and reviews to paying clients that are both secular and religious news outlets.CNS manages the Origins Documentary Service, an images service and other features requested by their clients.

Child and Youth Protection

Faced with the crisis of child sexual abuse by clerics that dramatically came to light in 2002, the church set up an aggressive safe environment program that is the envy of other organizations that work with children. A National Review Board works with the office and its oversite committee to ensure ongoing diligence and care of children...

Children and Migration

Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations

Focused on promoting, supporting, and educating about the Church's pastoral needs and concerns for the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life within culturally diverse communities of the United States; and in addressing issues concerning the life and ministry of bishops. The committee develops foundational documents and appropriate...

Communications

Under the direction of the Secretary for Communications, staff for the Communications Department are grouped into five teams (offices) with specific areas of expertise to ensure that the broad communication needs of the USCCB are coordinated and implemented in an organic and collaborative manner. Each team or office has key areas of respon...

Cultural Diversity in the Church

The vision of Encuentro 2000 and Ecclesia in America is enlivened throughout the Church by encouraging Catholics from various culturally diverse communities into a fuller participation in the faith, life, and evangelizing mission of the Church. The committee especially works to promote an awareness of cultural diversity within all the comm...

Customer and Client Relations

Responsible for marketing, promoting and coordinating the distribution of the digital and print resources of the USCCB along with developing and managing client and customer relationships of the Communications Department. This team is responsible for developing new business and markets for USCCB resources. For products available through ...

Divine Worship

Supports the bishops of the Latin Church, both collectively and individually, in fulfilling their roles as priests and leaders of the worshiping community, especially with the translation of liturgical text and the development of guidelines for the celebration of the Mass and the sacraments. The committee addresses in a particular way pray...

Doctrine

The committee on Doctrine evaluates complex questions, problems, and programs to determine and define the Catholic point of view. They are also entrusted with teaching the Catholic doctrine and promoting collaboration among theologians.

Domestic Social Development

Advances the social mission of the Church, within a culturally diverse community, through education, poverty awareness, capacity- and constituency-building, outreach, policy development, advocacy, and the organization of low-income communities. The committee advises the bishops on issues of human dignity, development, and poverty. This man...

Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs

Provides guidance and proposes specific approaches for ecumenical and interreligious dialogues. It determines concrete ways of acting in accordance with the Decrees on Ecumenism and on Non-Christian Religions of the Second Vatican Council and with other ordinances and legitimate customs, taking account of the time, place, and persons with ...

Evangelization and Catechesis

Assists the bishops in fulfilling their role as evangelizers and chief catechists in their dioceses by addressing all aspects of evangelization and catechesis for adults, youth, and children. This includes fostering the distribution and implementation of foundational documents related to evangelization and catechesis, the development of gu...

General Counsel

Provides legal advice to the USCCB. It also supports the work of diocesan attorneys, state Catholic conferences, and other national, regional, and local Catholic entities by providing uniform assistance on constitutional, tax, (including the administration of the Group Ruling), litigation and other matters.

General Secretary

The General Secretary, who is assisted by three associates, provides overall vision and day-to-day direction of the staff of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Government Relations

USCCB Government Relations (GR) represents the USCCB before the U.S. Congress on public policy issues of concern to the bishops. GR coordinates and directs the legislative activities of the USCCB staff and other church personnel to influence the actions of the Congress. A specific set of issues is assigned to each congressional liaison sta...

Human Trafficking

International Justice and Peace

Advances the social mission of the Church on international justice and peace through policy development, advocacy, education, outreach, and acts of ecclesial solidarity. The committee advises the bishops on international public policy issues, especially integral human development, human rights, religious freedom, and peace, This mandate in...

Justice, Peace & Human Development

The work of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development is guided by the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace; the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and the Subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. These committees meet twice a year to review issues, establish policies and set ...

Laity, Marriage, Family Life & Youth

Responds to the faith issues of lay men and women, married couples and families, lay ecclesial ministers, and young people in our pluralistic and culturally diverse society. The committee assists the bishops to promote the evangelization and faith formation of these persons, leading them toward a deeper commitment to Christ and his Church ...

Media Relations

Responsible for all relationships with the secular and religious news media by providing information about the USCCB and its programs and activities to both the news media and the general public.This office also has responsibility for effective strategy development and coordination of the USCCB's social media outreach.

Migration & Refugee Services

Represents the bishops' interests in policy formulation and communication, advocacy, education, refugee resettlement, and other specialized services to at risk and vulnerable populations, such as victims of trafficking and unaccompanied minors. The Committee actively promotes the U.S. bishops' migration-related interests with public policy...

Migration Policy

National Collections

Promotes the stewardship dimension of the national collections of the Church, and works to increase the revenues of the national collections. These efforts support the Church's works of social justice, evangelization, education, and national and local institutional development--both domestically and around the world. The committee works co...

National Religious Retirement Office

Coordinates the annual national appeal for the Retirement Fund for Religious and distributes financial assistance to eligible religious institutes. By 2023, religious orders may face more than $20 billion in unfunded retirement liabilities.

New American Bible

Released on March 9, 2011, the New American Bible, Revised Edition (NABRE) is the culmination of nearly 20 years of work by a group of nearly 100 scholars and theologians, including bishops, revisers and editors. The NABRE includes a newly revised translation of the entire Old Testament (including the Book of Psalms) along with the 1986 ...

Pro Life Activities

Teaches respect for all human life from conception to natural death and organizes for its protection, especially on behalf of those who are unborn, disabled, elderly, dying, or facing the death penalty. This includes education, promotion of pastoral care programs, and public policy advocacy focused on issues involving the defense of human ...

Resettlement Services

World Youth Day

Pope John Paul II announced the institution of World Youth Day in December, 1985, as an annual gathering of youth and young adults for prayer, worship and celebration of the Catholic faith. The event is observed annually in dioceses and every three years at an international gathering. Several offices work closely to support the pilgrims...



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