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Pre-Workshop Live Event: USCCB Guidelines for Receiving Pastoral Ministers in the U.S.

Date: 12/10/2014 3:00 PM-4:00 PM ET

Cover image for Guidelines for Receiving Pastoral Ministers in the United States, Third Edition.In September 2014, the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, in collaboration with the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church, the Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People and the Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance, released Guidelines for Receiving Pastoral Ministers in the United States, Third Edition. This resource provides helpful information for dioceses, eparchies and religious communities to prepare international pastoral ministers for service and the communities that receive them. In order to help implement the Guidelines, the USCCB has organized four regional workshops in 2015.

This pre-workshop live event will be an interactive session with the following USCCB personnel and will outline the basic components of the document as well as what to expect during the regional workshops.

Rev. W. Shawn McKnight, S.T.D.
Executive Director
Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

A priest of the Diocese of Wichita, Fr. McKnight has served as a pastor, on the faculty of a seminary, and in permanent diaconate formation programs.

Carlos Ortiz Miranda
Associate General Counsel
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Mr. Ortiz Miranda earned his B.A. at the University of Puerto Rico, his J.D. at Antioch School of Law, and his LL.M. in international and comparative law from Georgetown University.  He is Associate General Counsel for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and was Distinguished Lecturer at the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law teaching immigration law and policy for many years.  Mr. Ortiz served as the Chair of the Religious Worker Committee, American Immigration Lawyers Association.  He specializes and has presented and written extensively on immigration law.  Mr. Ortiz is a member of the District of Columbia and New York State Bar Associations.

Siobhan M. Verbeek, J.C.L.
Director of Canonical Services

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Ms. Verbeek is a nationally recognized canon lawyer who provides regular canonical counsel to diocesan leaders on the myriad pastoral issues confronting the contemporary Church in the United States. 

Intended Audience:
This pre-workshop live event is designed for key personnel in dioceses, eparchies and religious communities who are responsible for drafting and implementing policies regarding international pastoral ministers.

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