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BALTIMORE—Reverend Monsignor J. Brian Bransfield, a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was elected general secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) during their Fall General Assembly, November 17.
"I'm grateful and humbled by the confidence Archbishop Kurtz and the body of bishops have placed in me," Msgr. Bransfield said. "My predecessor, Msgr Ronny Jenkins, demonstrated exemplary leadership. I deeply appreciate his extraordinary contribution and comprehensive work." Msgr Bransfield added, "The expert staff at the USCCB is always equal to the task. Their missionary spirit and talent is an ongoing inspiration."
Elected to a five-year term, the general secretary coordinates all administrative matters of the Conference, and is responsible for the coordination of the work of the Conference Committees and staff. He likewise directs and coordinates the planning and operational activities of the various secretariats and offices in support of the work of the Conference.
Msgr. Bransfield has served as associate general secretary since 2011. From 2009-2011 he served as assistant general secretary for the implementation of the USCCB strategic plan. He has also served as executive director of the USCCB Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis.
Ordained in 1994, Msgr. Bransfield holds a doctorate in moral theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. He is the author of several books, most recently Life Everlasting: The Mystery and the Promise.
Msgr. Bransfield succeeds the Reverend Monsignor Ronny Jenkins who has served as General Secretary since 2011.
Keywords: Msgr Brian Bransfield, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, , USCCB, general secretary, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, Msgr Ronny Jenkins, John Paul II Institute, Baltimore
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