The United States Conference of Cathoilic Bishops met this week to elect a new President of the Conference.
Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York won the election. Originally from the St. Louis, MO area, Archbishop Dolan is a gregarious, dynamic, orthodox and beloved Archbishop. He was born and raised in St. Louis, MO, the oldest of five children. He studied at the St. Louis Preparatory Seminary South, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cardinal Glennon College and his Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical North American College and Angelicum in Rome. He was ordained a priest in 1976.
According to Deacon Keith Fournier of Catholic Online, he has an infectious enthusiasm borne of a sincere, living faith.. He is filled with the joy of the Lord. "Wherever he serves, he is dearly loved by his priests and deacons. That is because he has a pastor's heart and knows the importance of a Bishop's relationship with his clergy. He is also a dynamic and inspiring communicator and solid teacher of the truths as taught by the Magisterium of the church." http://www.catholic.org/hf/faith/story.php?id=39202
The president of the conference is the "voice" for all bishops in the United States. The purpose of the Conference is to promote the greater good which the Church offers humankind, especially through forms and programs of the apostolate fittingly adapted to the circumstances of time and place. This purpose is drawn from the universal law of the Church and applies to the episcopal conferences which are established all over the world for the same purpose. http://www.usccb.org/whoweare.shtml