BISHOPS RELATIONS

The TEC Conference enjoys a close and long-standing relationship with many bishops in North America and abroad. 

The Most Reverend Gregory Aymond

Archbishop of New Orleans

Episcopal Moderator of TEC

Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond recently became the Episcopal  Moderator of the TEC Conference. The Episcopal Moderator helps  to promote and represent TEC with the United States Conference
of Catholic Bishops and advises the TEC Conference. Bishop Aymond succeeds Bishop Roger Callahan in this post.

Bishop Aymond earned a master's degree in divinity from Notre  Dame Seminary in New Orleans in 1975 and was ordained as a  priest of the New Orleans Archdiocese the same year. From 1973 to  1981, he was a professor, business administrator and then rector of  St. John Vianney Preparatory Seminary in New Orleans. From 1981  to 1986, he was professor of pastoral theology and homiletics and  director of education at Notre Dame Seminary.

The bishop served as president-rector of Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans from 1986 to 2000, longer than any rector in the seminary's history. He also was a member of the seminary faculty for 18 years. During his tenure, Notre Dame Seminary grew to become the third-largest seminary in the country. Bishop Aymond also served as the executive director of the archdiocesan Department of Christian Formation, with responsibility for Catholic schools and religious education, and as the archdiocesan director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

He has made mission work a strong emphasis of his ministry. In the 1980s, Bishop Aymond and groups of Notre Dame seminarians began to visit Sotuto, Mexico, where they built housing and offered religious training. In 1994, he began a medical mission program in Nicaragua called 'Christ the Healer,' taking volunteer teams of health care professionals to the town of Granada to offer medical help at San Juan de Dios Hospital.

Archbishop Aymond was ordained an auxiliary bishop of New Orleans in 1997 and became coadjutor bishop of Austin in 2000, succeeding to head the diocese. Under his tenure, the Diocese of Austin experienced unprecedented expansion, including a threefold increase in the number of seminarians. He established the Institute for Spiritual Direction, opened San Juan Diego Catholic High School for students from low-income families, opened St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School and initiated a distance learning program with St. Mary's University in San Antonio that allows lay people in the Austin Diocese to obtain master's degrees in theology.

Archbishop Aymond has served as chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People. He also was chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Educational Association from 2000 to 2004. He has recently served as a member of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth and the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations. He is presently the chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Divine Worship.

Bishop Aymond was installed in 2009 as Archbishop of New Orleans, where he was born and raised. The Archdiocese of New Orleans has a population of 1.08 million people, with about 387,000, or 36 percent, of them Catholic. Since becoming Archbishop, he has negotiated a lease and renovated a youth retreat and summer camp facility formerly run by the monks of St. Joseph Abbey. Causes related to family, poverty, violence and racism have also marked his first three years of service as Archbishop of New Orleans. In 2010 Bishop Aymond stood alongside TEC founders Fr. Matt Fedewa and Dorothy Gereke as all three proudly received the National Catholic Youth Ministry Award presented by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry.

Most Rev. Roger L. Schwietz, OMI
TEC Conference Episcopal Moderator Emeritus
www.archdioceseofanchorage.org

Archbishop Roger Schweitz, OMI, served as TEC's Episcopal Moderator for many years.

A member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate since his first profession of vows on August 15, 1961, Archbishop Schwietz was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on July 3, 1940 and baptized on July 21, 1940 in Saint Casimir Church.  He was ordained to the priesthood in Rome on December 20, 1967 and consecrated Bishop of Duluth at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary on February 2, 1990.

In addition to an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, he has earned a M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Ottawa; a S.T.L. in Sacred Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome; and a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University.  Archbishop Schwietz was also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree from Lewis University in 1998.

Since being named Bishop of Duluth and Currently as Archbishop of Anchorage, Archbishop Schwietz has held a number of positions within the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.  He served as a consultant to the Liturgy Committee from 1991-1994.  He served as a member of the Bishop’s Vocation Committee from 1992-2004, being elected chair of the committee in 1998.  He served as a member of the Bishops’ Committee on the Laity from 1995-1998 and chairman of its Subcommittee on Youth from 1993-1998.  He has served as a member of the Catholic Relief Services Board of Directions from 1997-2003 and a member of the NCCB Administrative Board from 1994-1997 and 1998-2002.  He has served as the Regional Representative on the Board for the North American College at Louvain, 2001-present.

Archbishop Schwietz currently serves as Episcopal Moderator Emeritus for Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) movement. He previously served as Episcopal Moderator and had held that position since 1991. He also served as Episcopal Liaison to Region I of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.

In his ten years as Bishop of Duluth, he wrote three pastoral letters:  A Call to Charity; A Call to Conversion and A Call to Hope.

Archbishop Schwietz was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Anchorage by Pope John Paul II on January 18, 2000 and became the Archbishop of Anchorage on March 3, 2001, upon the retirement of the Most Reverend Francis T. Hurley.

 Prior to being named Bishop of Duluth, Archbishop Schwietz served as associate pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in International Falls, Minnesota from 1975-1978.  In 1978, Archbishop Schwietz was named Director of the College Seminary program for the Oblates of Mary Immaculate at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.  In 1984, he became pastor of Holy Family parish in Duluth, Minnesota, from where he was appointed by Pope John Paul II the seventh Bishop of Duluth on December 12, 1989.