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United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

The USCCB Promotes the Common Good which the Church Offers Humankind

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is an assembly of the hierarchy of bishops who jointly exercise pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


What does the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) do?

The purposes under civil law are:

~to unify, coordinate, encourage, promote and carry on Catholic activities in the United States;

~to organize and conduct religious, charitable and social welfare work at home and abroad;

~to aid in education;

~to care for immigrants;

~nd generally to enter into and promote by education, publication and direction the objects of its being.


USCCB Mission

The mission is to support the ministry of bishops with an emphasis on evangelization, by which the bishops exercise in a communal and collegial manner certain pastoral functions entrusted to them by the Lord Jesus of sanctifying, teaching, and governing (see Lumen gentium, no. 21).

This mission calls the Conference to:

1. Act collaboratively and consistently on vital issues confronting the Church and society (see Christus Dominus, no. 38.1)

2. Foster communion with the Church in other nations, within the Church universal, under the leadership of its supreme pastor, the Roman Pontiff

3. Offer appropriate assistance to each bishop in fulfilling his particular ministry in the local Church (Cf. Apostolos suos, 1998.)


The mission of evangelization is entrusted by Christ to his Church to be carried out in all her forms of ministry, witness, and service. By evangelizing, the Church seeks to bring about in all Catholics such an enthusiasm for their faith that, in living their faith in Jesus and strengthened by the sacraments, most especially the celebration of the Eucharist, they freely share that faith with others to transform the world. (Based on Go and Make Disciples, A National Plan and Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the United States, 1990)


The USCCB website offers a lot of information.  Please browse the many items on the website.

One of the most helpful areas of their website is the Issues & Actions portion of the website where they describe the Catholic response to social and societal issues.