The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has selected Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory as the next Chairman of the Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship. Chosen at the annual November meeting in Baltimore by a vote of 124-114 over Bishop John Barres of Allentown, PA, Archbishop Gregory will serve for one year as chairmanelect before replacing current committee chair Bishop Arthur Serratelli of Paterson, NJ, for a three-year term. Archbishop Gregory, originally a priest of Chicago, has served as Archbishop of Atlanta since 2004. From 2001-2004 he served as President of the USCCB.
In addition to its regular work, the Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship is expected to oversee the publication of various liturgical texts for the United States over the next few years, including the Second Editions of the Rite for the Dedication of a Church and Altar, Exorcisms, the Rite of Baptism for Children, and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.
Joseph O’Brien lives on a homestead with his wife Cecilia and their nine children in rural southwestern Wisconsin. He is Managing Editor of Adoremus Bulletin, a correspondent for the Catholic Business journal, and poetry editor and cocktail reviewer for The San Diego Reader. He has a BA (1995) and MA (2004) in English from University of Dallas, Irving, TX.