Baltimore man to lead secretariat of U.S. bishops' conference

November 21, 1997|By John Rivera | John Rivera,SUN STAFF

Baltimore resident H. Richard McCord has been named executive director of the Secretariat for Family, Laity, Women and Youth of the U.S. Catholic bishops conference in Washington.

Associate director of the secretariat for the past 10 years, McCord succeeds Dolores Leckey, who is retiring at the end of the year from the post she has held since 1977.

Before going to the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, McCord served the Archdiocese of Baltimore in various positions for 13 years in the Department of Christian Formation, the Comprehensive Ministry Formation Program, the Division of Adult and Family Ministry and the Division of Adult Religious Education.

Before coming to Baltimore, he was co-director of adult religious education for a parish in Miami.

Since joining the staff of the secretariat, McCord has helped bishops' committees prepare several pastoral statements on family, youth, young adults, domestic violence, women's leadership and the lay vocation. Last month, he led the U.S. delegation participating in the Second World Meeting of the Holy Father and Families in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

McCord received a doctorate in education from the University of Maryland in 1985, a master of arts degree in Christian education from Princeton Theological Seminary and a master of divinity degree from Mary Immaculate Seminary in Northampton, Pa.

Pub Date: 11/21/97

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