Archbishop Dolan to Lead Relief Services

WASHINGTON, D.C., DEC. 13, 2007 ( Archbishop Timothy Dolan of Milwaukee has been appointed chairman of Catholic Relief Services, the overseas relief and development agency of the U.S. episcopal conference.

Cardinal Francis George, president of the U.S. episcopal conference, confirmed Monday that Archbishop Dolan, 57, will succeed Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg, Florida, who has served as a member of the board for the past 12 years, and as board chair since 2001.

“We are excited to welcome Archbishop Dolan as our new board chair and look forward to his leadership in our mission to assist the world’s poor,” said Ken Hackett, president of Catholic Relief Services. “With his guidance, we will continue to work in the spirit of Catholic social teaching to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of all people.”

Timothy Dolan was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and ordained to the priesthood in 1976. He was named rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome in 1994, and named auxiliary bishop of St. Louis in 2001. He was named archbishop of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 2002.