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Episcopal Advisory Council

Council members serve as representatives of the bishops in their respective United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Regions. They have been invited directly to serve on our Council, or they have been appointed by the USCCB Administrative Council Representative from their Region. Currently, Council members are:

Most Reverend Jeffrey R. Haines headshot

USCCB Episcopal Liaison (Region VII)

Most Reverend Jeffrey R. Haines
Archdiocese of Milwaukee, WI

Region I (NH, VT, ME, MA, CT, RI)

Most Reverend Robert P. Deeley
Diocese of Portland, Maine

Region II (NY)


Region III (PA, NJ)

Most Reverend Manuel A. Cruz, DD
Archdiocese of Newark, NJ

Region IV (VA, WV, DE, MD, DC)

Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout
Diocese of Richmond, VA

Region V (TN, AL, KY, LA, MS)

Most Reverend Shelton J. Fabre
Archdiocese of Louisville, KY

Region VI (MI, OH)

Most Reverend Robert D. Gruss
Diocese of Saginaw, MI

Region VII

Most Reverend Jeffrey Haines
(see above)

Region VIII (SD, ND, MN)


Region IX (IA, MO, KS, NE)

Most Reverend James Johnson Jr.
Diocese of Kansas City, MO

Region X (OK, TX, AR)


Region XI (CA, NV, HI)


Region XII (ID, MT, OR, WA, AK)

Most Reverend Peter F. Christensen
Diocese of Boise, ID

Region XIII (CO, WY, AZ, NM, UT)

Most Reverend John C. Wester
Archdiocese of Santa Fe

Region XIV (NC, SC, GA, FL)

Most Reverend John G. Noonan
Diocese of Orlando, FL

Region XV (Eparchy of St. George in Canton for the Romanians)

Most Reverend John Michael Botean
Bishop of St. George in Canton for the Romanians

Staff Support

Erica Cohen Moore
NACC Executive Director