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Who We Are


The Committee for Religious Liberty of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops seeks to strengthen and sustain religious freedom by assisting the U.S. bishops, individually and collectively, to teach about religious freedom to the faithful and the broader public, and to promote and defend religious freedom in law and policy.

To this end we:

  • Collaborate with other USCCB committees on religious liberty issues
  • Develop educational materials
  • Sponsor the annual Religious Freedom Week (June 22 - 29)
  • Provide materials for the Solemnity of Christ the King
  • Circulate fact sheets and other information on critical issues
  • Publish First Freedom newsletter
  • Provide dioceses with religious liberty liturgical resources
  • Coordinate/advise on public policy efforts concerning these issues

Committee Members

Most Reverend Thomas Wenski, Chairman
Archbishop of Miami

Most Reverend David J. Malloy
Bishop of Rockford

Most Reverend David A. Konderla
Bishop of Tulsa

Most Reverend Joseph F. Naumann
Archbishop of Kansas City, KS

Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge
Bishop of Arlington

Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley
Archbishop of Oklahoma City

Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades
Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend

Most Reverend Mario E. Dorsonville
Auxiliary Bishop of Washington

Most Reverend Robert Barron
Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles

Bishop Consultants

Most Reverend William E. Lori
Archbishop of Baltimore

Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera
Bishop of Scranton

Most Reverend Robert P. Deeley
Bishop of Portland

Most Reverend Michael C. Barber, S.J.
Bishop of Oakland

Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez
Archbishop of Philadelphia

Lay Consultants

Jason Adkins, Esq.
Executive Director, Minnesota Catholic Conference

Montse Alvarado
Executive Director, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Carl A. Anderson
Supreme Knight, Knights of Columbus

Kevin Baine, Esq.
Co-Chair, First Amendment Practice Group, Williams & Connolly LLP

Kim Daniels
Member, Vatican Secretariat for Communication

Ambassador Mary Ann Glendon
Learned Hand Professor of Law, Harvard University

Patrick Kelly
Deputy Supreme Knight, Knights of Columbus

L. Martin Nussbaum, Esq.
Partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

Gloria Purvis
Host, EWTN Morning Glory radio show

Jason Shanks
President, Our Sunday Visitor Institute


Anthony Picarello, Esq.
General Counsel & Associate General Secretary

Richard Coll
Executive Director, Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development

Dan Balserak
Religious Liberty Director & Assistant General Counsel

Lauren McCormack
Executive Director, Office of Government Relations

Aaron M. Weldon, Ph.D.
Religious Liberty Program Specialist

Kyle Burkhart
Executive Assistant, Office of the General Counsel

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