BALTIMORE – The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) today chose Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond as the new secretary-elect of the conference. Archbishop Aymond will serve one year as secretary-elect and then serve a full three-year term as secretary.
Archbishop Aymond was chosen secretary-elect in a 100-94 vote over Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for Military Services.
The bishops also elected the chairmen-elect of five committees and new members of the board of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), during the bishops’ annual fall General Assembly, Nov. 11-14, in Baltimore.
The other bishops elected:
Bishop Christopher Coyne, auxiliary bishop of Indianapolis, chairman-elect of the Committee on Communications in a 114-102 vote over Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas.
Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S. of San Antonio chairman-elect of the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church in a 160-60 vote over Bishop Joseph J. Tyson of Yakima, Washington.
Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit chairman-elect of the Committee on Doctrine in a 149-66 vote over Bishop Robert J. McManus of Worcester, Massachusetts.
Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi of Mobile, Alabama, chairman-elect of the Committee on National Collectionsin a 134-71 vote over Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California. Archbishop Rodi was ordained as a priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman-elect of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities in a 127-102 vote over Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles.
Each bishop elected will serve for one year as secretary-elect or chairman-elect before beginning a three-year term.
Bishops elected to the CRS board were Bishop Edward J. Burns of Juneau, Alaska; Bishop Felipe Estévez, of St. Augustine; Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha, Nebraska; Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend; and Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami.
Bishops elected to the CLINIC board were Bishop Martin Holley, auxiliary bishop of Washington, and Bishop Edgar da Cunha, SDV, of Fall River, Massachusetts.
The bishops approved their 2015 budget in a 192-9-7 vote. They also voted on a 3 percent increase in the diocesan assessment for 2016. The USCCB by-laws require a two-thirds majority of all 197 eligible members to approve a 3 percent increase in the assessment. In the initial vote, 128 eligible bishops approved the assessment. The absent eligible members will be canvassed to determine the final vote.