Feb 15, 2003

Cardinal George Appoints New BCL Members, Advisors

Online Edition

– Vol. VIII, No. 10: February 2003

Cardinal George Appoints New BCL Members, Advisors


by Helen Hitchcock

Cardinal Francis George

, Chicago, who assumed chairmanship of the Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy (BCL) following the November 2002 bishops’ meeting, has appointed new committee members, consultants and advisors.

Cardinal George has been the US bishops’ representative to the International Committee on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) since 1997, and has served on the Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine.

The seven committee members are

Archbishop Oscar Lipscomb

(Mobile, former BCL chairman),

Archbishop Justin Rigali

(St. Louis),

Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk

(Cincinnati, former ICEL chairman, past president of the USCCB and past chairman of Doctrine and Liturgy committees),

Bishop Blase Cupich

(Rapid City),

Bishop John Smith

(Trenton, NJ), and

Bishop Alan Vigneron


Cardinal George and Archbishops Lipscomb and Rigali are also members of the

Vox Clara

committee established in July 2001 by the Congregation for Divine Worship to oversee translations.

Appointed consultants to the BCL are

Cardinal Roger Mahony

(Los Angeles),

Bishop Carlos Sevilla, SJ


Bishop Daniel Dinardo

(Sioux City), and

Bishop George Murry, SJ

(St. Thomas, VI).

Newly appointed advisors to the BCL are

Monsignor Francis Mannion

, founder of the Society for Catholic Liturgy, head of Chicago’s Liturgical Institute and columnist for

Our Sunday Visitor


Sister Janet Baxendale, SC

, former head of the liturgy office of the Archdiocese of New York, and

Father Chrysogonus Waddell

, OCSO, of Gethsemane Abbey, Kentucky, a musician and composer.

Advisors to the BCL also include


members from the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions and the Institute for Hispanic Liturgy.

Monsignor Frederick McManus

, emeritus professor of canon law of Catholic University of America, former director of the BCL and founding officer of ICEL, is a perpetual consultant to the BCL.



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Helen Hull Hitchcock

Helen Hull Hitchcock (1939-2014) was editor of the <em>Adoremus Bulletin</em>, which she co-founded. She was also the founding director of Women for Faith & Family and editor of its quarterly journal, Voices. She published many articles and essays in a wide range of Catholic journals, and authored and edited <em>The Politics of Prayer: Feminist Language and the Worship of God</em> (Ignatius Press 1992), a collection of essays on issues involved in translation. She contributed essays to several books, including <em>Spiritual Journeys</em>, a book of “conversion stories” (Daughters of St. Paul). Helen lectured in the US and abroad, and appeared frequently on radio and television, representing Catholic teaching on issues affecting Catholic women, families, and Catholic faith and worship.