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USCCB General Secretariat


The USCCB General Secretary supports the work of the President and Vice President of the Conference. All administrative matters proper to the Conference and its activity are coordinated through the USCCB General Secretariat. The Office of the General Secretary follows closely the work of the Conference committees and is responsible for the coordination of activities and staff. The General Secretariat is also responsible for the preparation and arrangements for meetings of the Administrative Committee and of the general membership and for the maintenance of the Conference files and archives.

The General Secretariat consists of a General Secretary, who (as required by the Congregation for Bishops) is to be a priest or a bishop, and one or more Associate or Assistant General Secretaries.

The election of the General Secretary is made by a majority vote of the members of the Conference by secret ballot, upon presentation of two or three candidates by the President with the concurrence of the Administrative Committee. After an initial term of five years, the General Secretary shall be eligible for re-election in the same manner, but on a yearly basis.

The General Secretary may appoint one or more Associate or Assistant General Secretaries according to the needs of the Conference, after consultation with the Executive Committee.  All personnel employed by or assigned to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops are subject to the general supervision and direction of the General Secretary. ----USCCB Statutes and Bylaws

General Secretary

Reverend Monsignor J. Brian Bransfield was elected general secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) during their 2015 Fall General Assembly.


Reverend Monsignor J. Brian Bransfield, STD

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Associate General Secretaries

Rev. Msgr. Jeffrey D. Burrill, S.T.L. was appointed Associate General Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in February, 2016.


Reverend Monsignor Jeffrey D. Burrill, STL

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Theresa Ridderhoff


Theresa Ridderhoff, M. Ed.

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Anthony R. Picarello Jr., was named associate general secretary for policy and advocacy of the USCCB in October, 2011.


Anthony R. Picarello, Jr., Esq.

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