HIS EMINENCE, DONALD CARDINAL WUERL, Archbishop of Washington.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl is the Archbishop of Washington and was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. He participated in the March 2013 conclave that elected Pope Francis.
He serves on numerous national and international bodies including the Vatican Congregations for the Doctrine of the Faith, for Bishops, for Clergy, the Pontifical Councils for Promoting Christian Unity, for Culture, and the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See. He is the former chairman of numerous committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, including the Committee on Doctrine, and is a member of the USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis.
Cardinal Wuerl is known for his teaching ministry and is involved in many education, health care and social service organizations. He is the author of numerous articles and over a dozen books, including the best-selling catechisms, The Teaching of Christ and The Catholic Way. His recent books include, The Mass (2011), The New Evangelization: Passing on the Catholic Faith Today (2013), The Church (2013), The Feasts (2014), To the Martyrs: A Reflection on the Supreme Christian Witness (2015), and Ways to Pray: Growing Closer to God (2015).
Cardinal Wuerl was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to help direct the October 2012 Synod of Bishops on The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith. He was appointed by Pope Francis as a member of the 2014 Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization and the Council of the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops that prepared for the October 2015 Synod on The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World.
The Cardinal was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and received graduate degrees from The Catholic University of America, the Gregorian University in Rome and a doctorate in theology from the University of Saint Thomas in Rome. He was ordained a bishop by Pope John Paul II on January 6, 1986, in Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome. He served as Auxiliary Bishop in Seattle until 1987 and then as Bishop of Pittsburgh for 18 years until his appointment to Washington. His titular church in Rome is Saint Peter in Chains.