Covering the USCCB
variety of other issues related to Catholic elementary and secondary education
throughout the diverse system of parish, diocesan and privately run Catholic
schools. On internal church matters, it deals with standards for Catholic
higher, secondary and elementary education in many areas. These range from
” (episcopal authorization for Catholic theologians to teach in
Catholic colleges and universities) to college campus ministry, from responsi-
bilities of Catholic educators to the roles of Catholic schools in sexual educa-
tion, from curriculum issues to bishops’ responsibilities over the educational
institutions in their dioceses.
The national staff serving the committee forms the USCCB Office of
Catholic Education. The Office of Catholic Education works collaboratively
with other USCCB secretariats and departments, as well as with national, state
and local organizations that participate in the service of the Church’s educa-
tional, catechetical and world missions ministries. The office’s executive direc-
tor is Dominican Sister John Mary Fleming.
Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations
This committee is responsible for matters ranging from priestly life, deacons
and ministry, to the religious life of men and women in religious orders, to
programs encouraging the development of vocations to the ordained or reli-
gious life. It also handles bishops’ relations with Catholics who are members
of what the church calls
—Catholics who are not members of
religious orders but who make special vows committing themselves to lives of
poverty and chastity while making their living in the secular world in a vari-
ety of professions.
Fr. Ralph O’Donnell is the executive director of the USCCB Secretariat of
Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations.
Committee on Communications
The committee oversees the USCCB’s media relations and publications and
the church’s engagement with film, broadcast, print and digital media. Helen
Osman is the USCCB secretary of communications. Her Office of the Secretary
of Communications oversees the following:
Office of Public Affairs
, through which the USCCB releases state-
ments, makes official announcements and responds to inquiries from
news media. James Rogers is its executive director.