BALTIMORE - Bishop Richard J. Malone was elected chairman-elect of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth at the Fall General Assembly on Nov. 12. He was also re-elected to the board of Catholic Relief Services.
The committee works to promote what the Catholic Church teaches about many issues that are important to the followers of Christ today, especially in marriage and family life and which resources and programs can be used effectively by laity in leadership and ministerial roles.
Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, it has expanded in size to reach more than 100 million people in more than 100 countries on five continents. The mission of CRS is to assist impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas, working in the spirit of Catholic social teaching to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person.
Other bishops elected to lead committees were:
Bishop Kevin J. Farrell of Dallas treasurer-elect/chairman-elect of the Committee on Budget and Finance
Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh, North Carolina, chairman-elect of the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston chairman-elect of the Committee on Divine Worship
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami chairman-elect of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development
Bishop Eusebio L. Elizondo, M.Sp.S., auxiliary bishop of Seattle, chairman-elect of the Committee on Migration
The treasurer-elect and chairmen-elect will assume leadership of their respective committees in November 2013.
Other bishops elected to the CRS board were Bishop Joseph R. Cistone of Saginaw, Mich.; Bishop Gregory J. Mansour of the Eparchy of St. Maron of Brooklyn for Maronites and Bishop Arthur Serratelli of Paterson, N.J.