WASHINGTON (March 1, 2002) -- Fourteen new members have been added to the Catholic Bishops' National Advisory Council, a 63-member body which meets semi-annually to review documentation and offer recommendations concerning matters before the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Joining the Council from the membership of the USCCB Administrative Committee for a three-year term are Bishop Gregory M. Aymond, Bishop of Austin, TX, and Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, Auxiliary Bishop of Miami.
From the thirteen regions of the Conference, those having regional elections in 2001 have announced the following new lay men and women representatives who will serve a four-year term: Region II: Brian Evers of Troy, NY, and JoAnn Perou of Uniondale, NY; Region III: Juan Escobar of Philadelphia, PA, and Claudia Pastrana of Elizabeth, NJ; Region VII: William Weber of Ingraham, IL, and Anne Verbeke of Merrillville, IN; Region VIII: Perrie Schafer of Mandan, ND, and Bernadette Dunn of Crookston, MN.
In the At-Large category, at-large members, representing all categories of membership, are appointed by a selection committee of the National Advisory Council from names proposed by the bishops of the 193 dioceses. These individuals are selected to provide an occupational, ethnic and regional balance to the Council. New at-large members to the Council are Kim Harris, Middleburgh, NY; Rose Hogan, Anna, IL; Deacon Jack Luz, Eugene, OR; Caroline Wong, Berkeley, CA.
The 2002 officers of the Council are Sidney Simmons, II, Esq., Jacksonville, FL, Chairperson; Ms. Charolette Davis, Houston, TX, Chairperson-Elect; Mr. Brian Corbin, Youngstown, OH, Secretary; Ms. Rosalina Domondon, Pearl City, HI, Internal Affairs; Reverend James Kuhns, Spokane, WA, Reactive Chairperson; Reverend Richard Zajac, Buffalo, NY, Proactive Chairperson. The past Chairperson of the Council is Mr. Henry W. Dwyer, Lakewood, NJ.