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Illinois priest set to begin five-year term as USCCB general secretary

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BALTIMORE — Bishops elected Father Michael J.K. Fuller, a priest of the Diocese of Rockford, Ill., as the general secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He will serve a five-year term in the position. He had been serving as interim general secretary since the July resignation of Msgr. Jeffrey D. Burrill, who stepped down after the USCCB learned of an impending media report accusing him of engaging in improper behavior.

Father Fuller was elected over Father Daniel Hanley, an Arlington diocesan priest and associate director of the USCCB Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations. The paper ballot voting was Nov. 16, the first of two days of public sessions during the bishops' fall general assembly Nov. 15-18 in Baltimore.

In other voting, Bishop James. F. Checchio of Metuchen, N.J., is the new treasurer-elect of the USCCB. He was voted into the position over Archbishop Paul D. Etienne of Seattle by a vote of 135-106. Bishop Checchio is a member of the bishops' Committee on Budget and Finance and the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism. He also chairs the Audit Subcommittee for Budget and Finance as well as the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations. The treasurer-elect will serve for one year in that capacity before beginning a three-year term in the office at the conclusion of the bishops' 2022 fall general assembly.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2021