October 6, 2015 - Advisory: U.S. Bishops’ Staff in Rome for Synod of Bishops on the Family*

To: Members of the News Media 
From: USCCB Office of Public Affairs 
Re: U.S. Bishops’ Staff in Rome for Synod of Bishops on the Family 
Date: October 6, 2015 
WASHINGTON—Staff of the Office of Public Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will be in Rome, beginning Sunday, October 4, to assist the U.S. delegation to the Synod and members of the media covering the October 4-25 gathering.
Media wishing to receive updates from Rome, including information on media availabilities and communiqués from members of the U.S. delegation, should send their contact information to [email protected].
Interview requests may be submitted electronically at www.usccb.org/about/media-relations/resources/interview-request-form.cfm. Please note that requests for Synod fathers including Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop Gomez and Archbishop Cupich will be facilitated through their local communications directors, whom USCCB staff in Rome are happy to contact.
The U.S. delegation is comprised (alphabetically) of:
  • Bishop Kurt Burnette of the Byzantine Ruthenian Catholic Eparchy of Passaic, New Jersey 
  • Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., of Philadelphia 
  • Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of Chicago 
  • Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston (USCCB vice president) 
  • Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York 
  • Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles 
  • Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky (USCCB president) 
  • Bishop George V. Murry, SJ, of Youngstown, Ohio 
  • Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington 
The Fourteenth Ordinary Synod of Bishops, convened by Pope Francis, continues the discussion of the October 2014 Extraordinary Synod of Bishops, which explored pastoral challenges of the family in light of evangelization. Information on the Synod is available at www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/2014-2015-synods-of-bishops-on-the-family.cfm.
For more information, contact Don Clemmer at 260-580-1137 or [email protected].