WASHINGTON (January 21, 2004) -- Sixteen new members have been added to the United States Conference of 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 as a representative from the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious is Sister M. Maximilia Um, FSGM, of Washington, DC.
In the Diocesan Priest category, new diocesan priest representatives, elected to four-year terms, are: Reverend Kenneth S. Van Haverbeke, Wichita, KS; Reverend Richard Vega, Lompoc, CA; Reverend James S. Wall, Phoenix, AZ.
From the fourteen regions of the Conference, those having regional elections in 2003 have announced the following new lay men and women representatives who will serve a four-year term: Region 1: John Deckro of Cape Elizabeth, ME, and Dr. Marie Hilliard of Canton, CT. Region 4: Shane Goettle of Woodbridge, VA, and Lourdes Travieso-Parker of Gloucester, VA; Region 6: Patrick Quinn of Grand Rapids, MI, and Leslie Young of Columbus, OH; Region 10: Johnnie Dorsey, Sr., of Austin, TX, and Alicia Alvarez of Lubbock, TX; Region 11: Douglas Rodrigues of Loma Linda, CA, and Gwendolyn Mitsui of Mililani, HI; Region 14: Frederick M. Fisher, Jr. of New Bern, NC, and Rebeca Boudreaux of Plymouth, NC.
The 2004 officers of the Council are Mrs. Adriana Vlasic, Bloomfield Hills, MI, Chairperson; Sister Linda Werthman, RSM, Farmington Hills, MI, Chairperson-Elect; Mrs. Rose Hogan, Anna, IL, Secretary; Mr. Juan Escobar, Pottstown, PA, Internal Affairs; Reverend William D. Hammer, Louisville, KY, Reactive Chairperson; Monsignor Richard Sniezyk, Springfield, MA, Proactive Chairperson. The past Chairperson of the Council is Mr. Brian Corbin, Youngstown, OH.