Study Committees Set Up By U.S. Bishops

The bishops of the U.S. have formed a group of small committees to coordinate and assist their study of subjects coming before the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council.

Each of the 12 committees will study a particular field and be available to help all the U.S. bishops in their preparations for the general sessions of the council dealing with that field.

Five U.S. cardinals pose for a photo in St. Peter’s Square following a meeting of the second session of the Second Vatican Council in 1963. From left are Cardinals John E. Ritter of St. Louis, James McIntyre of Los Angeles, Francis Spellman of New York, Richard Cushing of Boston and Albert Meyer of Chicago. (CNS file photo)

The program works through a general committee composed of a presidency, a secretariat and various particular committees. Archbishop Thomas A. Boland of Newark, N.J., is general chairman of the project and chairman of the presidency.

Other members of the presidency are Bishops William A. Scully of Albany, N.Y.; William A. O’Connor of Springfield in Illinois; Floyd L. Begin of Oakland, Calif.; and Ernest J. Primeau of Manchester, N.H.

The secretariat is composed of Auxiliary Bishop Jeremiah F. Minihan of Boston, chairman; Bishop John J. Carberry of Lafayette in Indiana, and Auxiliary Bishop Francis J. Furey of Philadelphia.

Particular study committees and their memberships are:

Committee on Faith and Morals — Bishops George W. Ahr of Trenton, N.J.; Albert L. Fletcher of Little Rock, Ark.; Henry S. Grimmelsman of Evansville, Ind.; Walter W. Curtis of Bridgeport, Conn.; Joseph M. Marling, C.PP.S., of Jefferson City, Mo.; Leo A. Pursley of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind.; Auxiliary Bishop John F. Hackett of Hartford, Conn.

Committee on Government of Dioceses — Bishops Bernard J. Flanagan of Worcester, Mass.; Peter W. Bartholome of St. Cloud, Minn.; William P. O’Connor of Madison, Wis.; Auxiliary Bishop John A. Donovan of Detroit; Bishop Frederick W. Freking of Salina, Kan.; Auxiliary Bishop Philip M. Hannan of Washington; Bishop Charles A. Buswell of Pueblo, Colo.

Committee on the Clergy and the Faithful — Bishops Charles P. Greco of Alexandria, La.; Thomas K. Gorman of Dallas-Fort Worth; Francis J. Green of Tucson, Ariz.; Christopher J. Weldon of Springfield, Mass.; Coadjutor Bishop Joseph H. Hodges of Wheeling, W.Va.; Bishop Robert F. Joyce of Burlington, Vt.

Committee on Religious — Bishops Richard H. Ackerman, C.S.Sp., of Covington, Ky.; Jerome D. Hannan of Scranton, Pa.; Floyd L. Begin of Oakland, Calif.; Joseph M. Marling, C.PP.S., of Jefferson City, Mo.; William T. McCarty, C.SS.R., of Rapid City, S.D.; Edward C. Daly, O.P., of Des Moines, Iowa; Paul L. Hagarty, O.S.B., of Nassau, Bahamas.

Committee on the Sacraments — Bishop Walter W. Curtis of Bridgeport, Conn.; Auxiliary Bishop Stephen A. Leven of San Antonio, Tex.; Bishop Thomas S. Drury of San Angelo, Tex.; Auxiliary Bishop Joseph M. Pernicone of New York; Bishop Hilary B. Hacker of Bismarck, N.D.; Auxiliary Bishop Adolph Marx of Corpus Christi, Tex.; Bishop Vincent S. Hines of Norwich, Conn.

Committee on Seminaries — Bishops Loras T. Lane of Rockford, Ill.; Ralph L. Hayes of Davenport, Iowa; Auxiliary Bishop Charles F. Mulrooney of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Auxiliary Bishop Henry E. Donnelly of Detroit; Coadjutor Bishop Joseph H. Hodges of Wheeling, W. Va.; Bishops John J. Russell of Richmond, Va.; Bernard S. Topel of Spokane, Wash.

Committee on Oriental Church — Byzantine Rite Bishop Nicholas T. Elko of Pittsburgh; Bishop Andrew G. Grutka of Gary, Ind.; Auxiliary Bishop George J. Biskup of Dubuque, Iowa; Byzantine Rite Bishop Jaroslav Gabro of Chicago; Byzantine Rite Bishop Joseph M. Schmonduik of Stamford, Conn.; Auxiliary Bishop Aloysius J. Wycislo of Chicago; Bishop John K. Mussio of Steubenville, Ohio.

Committee on the Missions — Bishops John W. Comber, M.M., superior general of the Maryknoll Fathers; Auxiliary Bishop John S. Boardman of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Bishop Charles H. Helmsing of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo.; Auxiliary Bishop Edward E. Swanstrom of New York; Bishop William G. Connare of Greensburg, Pa.; Auxiliary Bishop Aloysius J. Wycislo of Chicago; Bishop Francis P. Leipzig of Baker, Ore.

Committee on the Lay Apostolate — Bishop Allen J. Babcock of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Coadjutor Bishop Leo C. Byrne of Wichita, Kan.; Bishops Christopher J. Weldon of Springfield, Mass; Thomas K. Gorman of Dallas-Fort Worth, Tex.; Auxiliary Bishop John A. Donovan of Detroit; Bishop John K. Mussio of Steubenville, Ohio; and Auxiliary Bishop Cletus F. O’Donnell of Chicago.

Committee on Communications — Bishops Thomas K. Gorman of Dallas-Fort Worth, Tex.; Allen J. Babcock of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Coadjutor Bishop Leo C. Byrne of Wichita, Kan.; Bishops Leo A. Pursley of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind.; Albert R. Zuroweste of Belleville, Ill.; Auxiliary Bishop John A. Donovan of Detroit; Auxiliary Bishop Aloysius J. Wycislo of Chicago.

Committee on Christian Unity — Bishops Floyd L. Begin of Oakland, Calif.; Leo A. Pursley of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind.; John P. Treacy of La Crosse, Wis.; Auxiliary Bishop Stephen A. Leven of San Antonio, Tex.; Auxiliary Bishop Philip M. Hannan of Washington; Bishops Charles H. Helmsing of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo.; Charles A. Buswell of Pueblo, Colo.

Committee on the Liturgy — Bishops Vincent S. Waters of Raleigh, N.C.; Leo F. Dworschak of Fargo, N.D.; Charles A. Buswell of Pueblo, Colo.; Victor J. Reed of Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla.; Clarence G. Issenmann of Columbus, Ohio; Auxiliary Bishop Gerald V. McDevitt of Philadelphia; Bishop John J. Russell of Richmond, Va.

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