CLSA Member Elected USCCB General Secretary
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Posted by: Katie Richards
BALTIMORE (November 16, 2010) — The U.S. bishops elected Msgr.
Ronny Jenkins, a canon lawyer and priest of the Diocese of Austin,
Texas, as the new general secretary of the United States Conference of
Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The election was part of the bishops’ annual
Fall General Assembly. The general secretary is the priest who oversees
the day-to-day operations of the USCCB on behalf of the U.S. bishops.
Msgr. Jenkins currently serves as associate general secretary of
the USCCB. He was ordained a priest on June 24, 1989. He holds a
bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in philosophy from
the University of Dallas. He earned his baccalaureate and licentiate
in sacred theology at Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University, and was
awarded a licentiate and doctorate of canon law at The Catholic
University of America (CUA).
Msgr. Jenkins has served as pastor and judicial vicar in the
Diocese of Austin and as an associate professor of canon law at CUA.
Prior to coming to the USCCB, he was a consultant to the bishops’
Committee on Canonical Affairs and currently consults on the Committee
on the Protection of Children and Young People. He is currently an
adjunct associate professor of canon law at CUA, as well as a member of
several national and international canon law societies. His work has
been published in numerous periodicals, including The Jurist and Periodica.
He also served as postulator of the sainthood cause of Mary Virginia
Merrick. He was named a Chaplain to His Holiness in 2005, and a
Prelate of Honor in 2009. Msgr. Jenkins has been an Active member of the Canon Law Society since 1996.
Msgr. Jenkins will succeed the current general secretary of the
conference, Msgr. David Malloy, who has served since 2006. Msgr. Malloy
is a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. His term as general
secretary ends at the end of June 2011.
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